You know what they say about presidential elections, don’t you? It ain’t over until the Hollywood insiders-turned-outsiders and the ex-candidates get involved in the final throes of the pre-general-election-election. Actually, nobody says that. At all. Still, considering Wednesday’s dueling headlines about former Republican contender Carly Fiorina and actor Jon Voight‘s political endorsements, maybe we should make it a thing. Probably not, but maybe.
The 77-year-old star of Baby Geniuses and the Space Baby (a children’s film about “a baby [who] is smarter than a dog in space”) spoke with Breitbart News about his endorsement of Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Voight released a 263-word statement to the conservative news outlet, which followed up with the actor to ask him why he’d ultimately decided to support Trump’s presidential campaign. “I’m not someone who’s saying he’s the best of this group,” he noted, adding: “He’s an answer to our problems. We need to get behind him.”
Voight’s statement reads more like a Trump-approved piece of public relations material, and because he admittedly gave his written remarks to the Donald’s camp before discussing them publicly, that doesn’t mean that the candidate’s people had any say in the matter. Still, it sounds… interesting:
I, Jon Voight, can say, without hesitation, that Donald is funny, playful, and colorful, but most of all, he is honest. When he decided to run for president, I know he did it with a true conviction to bring this country back to prosperity. He is the only one who can do it. No frills, no fuss, only candid truths.
Trump himself hasn’t commented on the endorsement online or anywhere else, though his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, tweeted out a link to the Breitbart article on Wednesday.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 9, 2016
Meanwhile, Fiorina — who dropped out of the race along with Trump
hostage supporter Chris Christie — surprised the audience at a rally for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign in Orlando on Wednesday morning. According to The New York Times, she told the crowd that “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin,” and that everyone should unify behind Cruz because he “has won over and over and over.”
Both the Cruz campaign and Fiorina took to social media to spread the news of the latter’s endorsement. The junior Texas Senator’s official Twitter account posted a short clip of Fiorina’s rally speech, while Fiorina published a short statement regarding her endorsement on Facebook. The ex-candidate admitted that, while her name was still on the ballot box for the Virginia primary, she checked Cruz’s name instead.
“I ran for President because I believe it is time to take our country back—and I still believe that. I still believe we need a candidate who will stand for conservative principles. A nominee who will never settle for the status quo, and who will unite us as Republicans.
“It is time for us to unite behind Ted Cruz.”
Sadly, no one came to the defense of “Little Marco” Rubio. Even Ohio Governor John Kasich performed fairly well compared to the junior senator from Florida on Tuesday.