Jon Voight narrates intro to Trump convention

Actor Jon Voight, a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE, narrated a video on Monday night to kick off the first night of the Republican National Convention, previewing the arguments the GOP will make throughout the week.

The video, which was similar to those shared by the official White House account promoting Trump's accomplishments, hit on a number of themes the president is likely to echo throughout the convention, including support for law enforcement, a defense of the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and attacks on Democrats.

Voight described Trump, whose approval ratings have hovered in the low 40s for much of his first term, as "a man who cares, a man who loves America and all Americans."


"We all know that it is easy to criticize. It takes a true leader to solve problems," Voight said as a video played showing Trump. "COVID-19. While others criticized without solutions, President Trump's swift action saved lives, and as leading Democrats want to keep businesses closed down, our president is leading a way for a full economic recovery."

The video also swiped at prominent Democrats who have served as reliable foils for the president throughout his first term.

"Politicians spun their deceptions and obstructed progress," Voight said over footage of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Climate activists target Manchin Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision MORE (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMore than 200 women, transgender inmates to be transferred from Rikers Island Alabama using COVID funds to build new prisons — is that Biden's vision? Alabama clears plan to use COVID-19 relief funds to build prisons MORE (D-N.Y.), who led the impeachment of Trump late last year.

Voight's prominent role at the outset was notable given that Republican leaders dismissed the inclusion of celebrities during last week's Democratic National Convention.

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Updated at 8:53 p.m.