Trump to Honor Actor Jon Voight with Prestigious National Medal of Arts
Oscar-winning actor to receive medal from the president
Conservative actor Jon Voight will become the first to receive the prestigious National Medal of Arts since President Donald Trump took office, according to reports.
The four recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal were announced by the White House in a statement Sunday night.
The prestigious medals will be awarded by President Trump during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday.
Voight is one of Trump’s highest-profile supporters in Hollywood, and frequently sings the president's praises through his Twitter account.
The honors have been an annual affair during past administrations, but since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, they haven't been awarded.
President Obama awarded the most recent medals in September 2016.
Voight will receive the accolade “for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.”
The iconic actor starred in the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy,” which won an Academy Award for best picture.
He also appears in hit Showtime series “Ray Donovan.”
Other recipients of the National Medal of Arts will be Alison Krauss, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, and The Musicians of the United States Military.
May The Truth Prevail pic.twitter.com/LgDHN14cal— Jon Voight (@jonvoight) November 14, 2019
Additionally, those receiving the National Humanities Medal this year will be The Claremont Institute, Teresa Lozano Long, Patrick O’Connell, and James Patterson.
Last month, Voight said Trump would win reelection in 2020 because he believes the Democrats “do not represent America anymore."
The actor said the Democratic Party changed into something he never thought possible.
The actor added that the Democrats “have no heroes today,” unlike when John F. Kennedy was still alive.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Voight said:
“I’m a big supporter of our president, and I feel that what has happened with the Democratic party is something that I’d never thought I’d see happen.