Actor Jon Voight spoke out Wednesday against the attempts by the media to distort Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s words into something he never meant.
“People are trying to make him look foolish,” Voight said in an interview with TMZ. “He’s a terrific guy. I know him personally. He’s got a good sense of humor. He’s off the cuff. He’s a lot of fun.”
Since Tuesday, the media and the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have attacked Trump over a few words he said Tuesday during a campaign rally.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Some said those words were an incitement of violence against Clinton.
When a reporter asked about the contention that Trump was joking about an assassination, Voight sprung to Trump’s defense.
“First of all nobody made…you’re using that word. He didn’t say that word,” Voight said.
He then scolded the media.
“Don’t do that, don’t distort what he said,” Voight said.
Voight noted that the fuss over Trump’s comments on Tuesday mirrors the difficulty Trump has faced throughout his campaign.
“You can be in a lot of trouble if people want to distort your words,” the actor said. “That’s what he goes through. All the time, every time. … He’s being attacked continuously. They’re taking apart everything he does.”
Voight pointed to Trump’s recent speech on the economy as what the media should be focused upon.
“He made a wonderful speech yesterday. Everybody should sit down and listen to that speech, because it’s full of substance and it tells you what the problems are, and it tells you how to answer those problems,” Voight said.
The actor endorsed Trump in March.
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