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Every election has celebrities taking stands: While some prefer to not discuss anything unrelated to their work, there will always be at least a handful speaking out about their convictions and exhorting their fans to do the same. Yet, no election has had a campaign as messy as the face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in this year's run for the US presidential office, which means that famous supporters from both camps are going the extra mile to make their opinions heard.

Read: People are losing their patience. While we can give kudos to Hillary for not throwing a chair at the Man Who Uses Cheetos Powder As Foundation during the second debate, others are not so well versed in the art of keeping their cool. This weekend, Robert De Niro recorded a statement for the #VoteYourFuture initiative, shortly before audio from 2005 involving Trump discussing his gentleman seduction tactics leaked. Thankfully for Trump, he's got supporters in Hollywood too: Jon Voight, ever the Midnight Cowboy, jumped to the tax-evading candidate's rescue on Twitter, defending his creepy Don Juan attitude along the way.

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In a segment that didn't make the final cut but was released by the producers nonetheless, De Niro didn't hold back about Trump:

"[He's] blatantly stupid… he's a punk, he's a dog, he's a pig, he's a con, a bullshit artist. A mutt who doesn't know what he's talking about. [...] He talks how he wants to punch people in the face. Well, I'd like to punch him in the face."

Probably devastated to see that not all men older than 70 voted Republican — I see you, Clint Eastwood — Jon Voight, from Ray Donovan and Mission Impossible, jumped to Twitter to express his disappointment:

'Trump's Words Did Not Hurt Anyone'

In a series of tweets defending the Republican nominee, he didn't fail to mention the leaked audio of Trump boasting about his seduction tactics, which involve grabbing women "by the pussy."

Voight on Showtime's 'Ray Donovan'
Voight on Showtime's 'Ray Donovan'

If you haven't heard the delightful footage of Trump having an off-the-record conversation with radio host Billy Bush, here's how the dialogue went down — Trump later defended it as being "locker-room banter":

Billy: "Your girl's hot as shit, in the purple." Trump: "Wow! Yes! Wow!" Billy: "Yes! The Donald has scored. Wow, my man!" Trump: "Maybe it's a different one." Billy: "It better not be the publicist. No, it's her." Trump: "Yeah, that's her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything." Billy: "Whatever you want." Trump: "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

Nothing is going to earn you female voters like saying fame allows you to grab them by the pussy! And in Voight's eyes, it's not like this kind of comment would hurt anyone:

In fact, Trump is far from being the only one making sexist remarks about women and treating them like sex objects.

Well, that's true, Mr. Voight. It also entirely misses the point: Would you excuse De Niro based on the fact that other men have called people pigs in the past? Apparently not.

De Niro Isn't Having Any Of Voight's 'Delusion'

De Niro in 'Goodfellas'
De Niro in 'Goodfellas'

In Dubai for a tourism event, De Niro gave a swift response to Voight's Twitter rant and begged Americans to vote in the election.

"Voight is a nice guy, but he's delusional. [...] They have to vote, they must vote, it's imperative that you vote, it's a very serious situation. Everybody has to be vigilant to make sure that this guy does not become President. Let's not win by a margin, let's make sure he's crushed... that he's not around because he represents so many horrible things."

He's not the first one to have expressed his disapproval of the sniffling candidate, with Jennifer Lawrence already warning last year that "if Donald Trump becomes president, that will be the end of the world," and the Avengers actors teaming up for an anti-Trump PSA they titled "Save the Day."

I hope you do enjoy celebrities' opinions, because there's one more month of this madness.


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