The recent protests in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration have been called empowering and uniting by many, but one Hollywood star calls them treason — especially when supported by other celebrities.
“When you see the young people, like Shia LaBeouf and Miley Cyrus, and they have a lot of followers, a lot of young people, what are they teaching?” actorJon Voight told TMZ. “They're teaching treason. They're teaching going up against the government, not accepting the will of the people on this presidency."
LaBeouf launched aperformance art installation outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, on Friday, just as Trump was beingsworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Titled “He Will Not Divide Us,” the public is invited to say, “He will not divide us” into a camera. The piece will stay up for the next four years “or the duration of the presidency,” LaBeouf said.
Cyrus spoke at and participated in Saturday’s Women’s March in Los Angeles, which saw more than 400,000 participants.
When asked if Cyrus,LaBeouf and the countless others who are part of the anti-Trump movement are merely exercising their First Amendment rights, Voight agreed, with a caveat.
“It is what First Amendment’s about. But what was the march about? It was against the government, against the president trying to denigrate his office and his presidency, and that’s no good.”
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Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children marched around the world on Saturday to protest against Trump, his cabinet and their plans that could potentially affect women’s rights, immigration, health care, the environment and more.
“I find this a sad thing to see what they’re doing,” Voight concluded.
The Academy Award-winning actor is a longtime Trump supporter and spoke at his Make America Great Again celebration on the eve of the inauguration.
“We have all been witness to a very grueling year and a half for the president-elect," Voight said. “We have been witness to a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if God could reverse all the negative lies against Mr. Trump, whose only desire is to make America great again.”