Former President Donald Trump took to his far-right social media platform Truth Social to share a video from MAGA actor Jon Voight—the star of classics such as Midnight Cowboy and Deliverance—bizarrely comparing Trump's treatment to that of Jesus Christ, while quoting the Bible.
Voight expressed fervent support, stating Trump had been "ridiculed" and "destroyed as Jesus," whose flagellation and subsequent crucifixion are recounted in both the canonical and synoptic gospels. He proclaimed that Trump is “the only man that can destroy the negative propaganda that has been sworn into this office.”
“Can he be saved with the American people who believe in God’s glory? Can we save our nation from the dark cloud that has been put upon our life’s dreams? Yes."
“Because Joshua promised the land of hospitality and his sword of righteousness. Fought the battles left and right. The battles of right and wrong. And Jesus said that man can rise above darkness, that he can be saved with this understanding, this truth."
"Believe. And he shall finalize the Holy Ghost. The light of God’s happiness for all to rise. And this truth can open the ways for the gifts to be."
"Believe. That the man that can help this nation, the one man that was ridiculed, destroyed as Jesus, Trump, can come back and save the American dream for all. And make America great with the dignity, with the power of who she is.”
"The land of freedom. God’s land. God’s glory. The USA. Much love to you."
You can hear what he said in the video below.
Voight's declaration sparked significant criticism online after the organization Republicans Against Trump brought attention to Trump's decision to share it.
Both Voight and Trump were swiftly mocked.
As Trump continues to face legal troubles, including charges related to alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 general election results, he has consistently portrayed himself as a victim of political persecution.
His March 4 trial date for charges related to the 2020 election and the 2021 insurrection he incited has been removed from the public calendar, indicating a delay as Trump asserts presidential immunity from criminal prosecution during his term.
The development in the trial calendar aligns with Trump's broader strategy of delay delay delay. While the legal proceedings continue, Trump remains active on social media platforms, using Truth Social to amplify voices that echo his grievances and reinforce his political narrative of wrongful prosecution.
His followers have continued to promote these ideas; political commentator Nick Adams was recently mocked after he claimed only Jesus has been "unfairly persecuted" more than Trump.