Why Jolie's dad won't defend her against Trump

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Sunday, 2 October 2016, 1:50PM

It appears no woman is safe from the insults of Donald Trump - not even celebrated beauty Angelina Jolie.

The Presidential candidate (and owner of the Miss Universe pageant) deems himself an authority on the subject of women's attractiveness.

"I understand beauty and she's not a great beauty by any stretch of the imagination. I don't even find her attractive," he said, during an interview with Larry King.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally on September 30, 2016 in Novi, Michigan. Photo / Getty

Continuing his unbelievable commentary, Trump added: "She's been with so many guys she makes me look like a baby."

In 2006, he also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where he took a random jab at Jolie, declaring, "Angelina Jolie is not beautiful."

When the host asked him how he could possibly think that, Trump replied, "Well, that's why they have menus at restaurants."

Actor Jon Voight attends the Amazon Emmy Celebration at Sunset Tower Hotel on September 18, 2016. Photo / Getty

Surprisingly, Jolie's own father, actor Jon Voight, has not even remotely come to her defence.

An avid Trump supporter, he said last week while promoting his TV series, Ray Donovan, "So he makes a remark about my daughter's physicality, that's his business. I don't care. So what?"

It's no secret Jolie has endured a tumultuous relationship with her father.

He left the family when she was a baby, and father and daughter have struggled ever since to maintain a calm, ongoing relationship.

In fact, she didn't speak to Voight for six years following a 2002 TV appearance during which he claimed she had "serious mental problems."

Father and daughter did reconcile as Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand was dying of cancer in 2007.

Angelina Jolie and father Jon Voight. Photo / Getty

Voight is an anomaly in Hollywood due to his unwavering support of Trump.

When questioned about the former reality star's failures in his career and over the course of his presidential campaign, Voight insisted, "No, he has not failed."

He then gets a little heated.

"Wait a minute. Did he fail in his life? Yes. Did I fail in my life? Have you failed in your life? Yes. We all have and has it been good for us to fail? Sometimes yes, because we learn from it."

Despite Trump's ongoing sexist comments - most recently this week's body-shaming saga over 1996 Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, whom he described as an "eating machine" - Voight disagrees with the notion that Trump is sexist.

Actress Alicia Machado speaks onstage during the NALIP 2016 Latino Media Awards at Dolby Theatre on June 25, 2016. Photo / Getty

"He hires people that are suitable for leadership in different departments, and a lot of women, I must say. A great percentage of those leaders, the people in charge of the major projects that he has, are women."

Presumably, underweight women.

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Voight, meanwhile, seems unfazed by Trump's appalling statements.

"Imagine the press without Donald Trump. You'd have nothing," he laughs. "Every day, it's Donald Trump said this or that."

How does Voight's Democratic Ray Donovan co-star and screen son Liev Schreiber navigate the political arena on set?

"Well, things can get pretty interesting on set." he laughs. "Jon and I typically avoid the subject."