Trump Appoints Conservatives Allies Jon Voight & Mike Huckabee As Kennedy Center Trustees
On Tuesday, the White House announced in a statement that President Donald Trump has appointed ten people to serve on the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., including right-wing actor Jon Voight and talk show host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Voight, 80, is most known for Coming Home, a 1978 film in which he played a paraplegic Vietnam War veteran, for which he won an Oscar. He is also recognized for roles in Deliverance, Anaconda and Midnight Cowboy. Since the beginning of Trump’s candidacy, Voight has been one of the few and most prominent pro-Trump voices in Hollywood.
“He’s a patriot, and the people are responding because they know it’s exactly what has to happen,” Voight told Page Six. “Somebody has got to get in there and clean it out — even take the paint off.”
“There are a ton of lies, propaganda, and slander, and it is very disturbing. And the American people are saying, ‘Hey, this is nonsense.’ They are on his side now. And they’re right to be,” he added.
In December, Voight also praised Trump for the work he’s been doing. ”He’s doing a good job every day. He’s doing such a good job every day. He’s doing amazing things, really, and the news is not representing it, and there are people who are trying to cook up slanders and lies to bring him down,” he said.
The other nominated trustees include Carl H. Lindner III of Ohio, Marc Stern of California, Kelcy Warren of Texas, billionaire co-founder of Energy Transfer, Heather Washburne of Texas, philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, author Karen Tucker LeFrak, Kelly Roberts of California and Broadway producer Daryl Roth. And among all the most common theme that unites most of the new appointees is that they’re generally close supporters of the president who has picked them.
These trustees will serve the remainder of a six-year term through September 2024.
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1971, stemming from legislation signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958. The center is best known for its annual Kennedy Center Honors, highlighting the lifetime work of a few key artists, including last years picks Cher, Reba McEntire and composers Philip Glass and Wayne Shorter.