Actor Jon Voight, well-known for supporting President Donald Trump, teared up in an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News, recalling to conservative commentator Mark Levin an encounter he recently had with a woman who also voted for the Republican leader.
The 79-year-old celebrity said he was traveling with an unnamed conservative woman when he asked her for her thoughts on “our man,” meaning Trump. In response, the woman simply placed her hand on her heart.
As he recounted to Levin the details of the exchange, Voight began to cry.
“That’s me crying,” the Oscar-winning star said. “The gesture was so beautiful, she couldn’t even speak. She was just saying, ‘Thank God.’ And I say, ‘Thank God.’ And one of the reasons I can say, ‘Thank God,’ is because I know [God] is there for us all.”
In today’s increasingly secular society, Voight argued, people no longer have “this compass of God.” The performer pointed to Karl Marx, one of history’s leading communist thinkers, claiming he “eliminated God from the picture.”
“[Marx] said, ‘We can do it without [God],’ but not our guys,” Voight said, gesturing to a series of photos of U.S. founders in Levin’s studio. “They knew very well — ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. They are endowed by our creator.’”
In the past, Voight, who is Catholic, has referred to faith as “a compass.” In 2016, the Hollywood star said faith “keeps you humble.”
“It keeps you in energy to keep going, overcome things, solve problems, be good, think of others, all of that stuff,” he said at the time. “So my faith has been very important to me.”