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Peter Fonda apologizes for anti-Trump Twitter rant

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/21/18, 10:51 am

Actor Peter Fonda apologized Wednesday for a late-night Twitter rant prompted by his outrage over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which led to the separation of immigrant families at the U.S. southern border. In an all-caps message, Fonda said President Donald Trump’s 12-year-old son, Barron, should be ripped from “his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles.” Fonda quickly deleted the message but not before drawing rebukes from the first family and Sony Pictures Classics, which has produced a new film in which Fonda has a small part.

In the apology issued by his manager and publicist, Fonda blamed the “devastating” images from the southern border for his “highly inappropriate and vulgar” messages: “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.” Donald Trump Jr. described two-time Oscar nominee, brother of Jane Fonda, and son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda as a “sick individual” who acted “like a bully and a coward.”

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 06/21/2018 11:07 am

    I wonder what Mr. Fonda has personally done to alleviate the sufferings of the detainees who have tried to illegally enter this country.  Volunteered at shelters? Donated money?

    Or is it just easier to make obscene rants on the internet towards a politician one personally dislikes?

    And I also think some who oppose President Trump are encouraging Latino families to try to illegally enter the US, in order to create situations that stir public outrage. In other words, setting children up to be separated from their parents—using children as pawns. Despicable but hardly surprising. 

  • Kris
    Posted: Thu, 06/21/2018 07:44 pm

    Even worse if the children unaccompanied or with people posing as their parents for a pass across the border.  Did you read about the 6 year old yesterday abandoned in the desert by his "uncle" after they made it to the US?  Would a real relative leave a child to die?  Or was the child kidnapped to be a "beard" for the adult?  Hope they follow through on DNA tests before they release children to "parents" without proof.


  • Bob C
    Posted: Thu, 06/21/2018 03:11 pm

    For Mr Fonda, Think before tweeting, and don't watch news late at night, would be wise practices to help him to stay out of trouble.  

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 06/21/2018 07:12 pm

     If it's Trump's fault, why did he have to do an executive order to undo it? I heard the photos were from Obama's time in office.

    Another actor who tweets without thinking. Not surprised it's Jane's brother.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 06/22/2018 12:07 am

    Mr. Fonda's statement to Fox News said, "I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family...[gives reasons for it]...but I went way too far.  It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused."

    This is a genuine apology, which we have never to my knowledge heard from Pres. Trump for any of his statements, many of which have been highly insulting and even slanderous.  So it seems to me that those who criticize Mr. Fonda despite his apology need also to hold Pres. Trump to the same standard, or they are hypocrites.

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Fri, 06/22/2018 06:25 am

    I don't recall the President advocating for the forcible rape of a child still I think some of his statements are outrageous.  He should be sorry for every time he engaged in a personal attack.  It would help his cause if he were more "presidential" all the time.  However one must remember that an apology is different than repentance.  Are we sorry for the vileness in our heart that led to a vile tweet or just sorry enough to remove the sting of the backlash?

    As to the horror of children being seperated from incarcerated parents.  It is sad but it happens all the time in every county in this country.  If you get busted for criminal activity you will be seperated from your children.  Many of these children cry but the liberal media only records a few.  Remember they are not trying to report the news.  They are pushing an agenda.    

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 06/23/2018 08:41 pm

    Pardon me, but did Pres. Trump not slander a previous president?  Has not Pres. Trump started forest fires with his tongue?  How is that less bad than Mr. Fonda's tweet, according to God's standards?  If we are unmerciful to Mr. Fonda, but show abundant mercy to Pres. Trump despite his habitual intemperance, how is that just?

  • Vista48
    Posted: Fri, 06/22/2018 07:45 am

    If more than 50% of illegal immigrants were anticipated to vote Republican, this whole thing would have been shut down decades ago. Once the left saw a political advantage, the continuance of illegal immigration was all but guaranteed. They are using the children as pawns, and Fonda's comments reveal that he is willing to exploit the children of U.S. citizens as well. "Never let a crisis go to waste" has become a mantra of the left, as they rail so very loudly about a "problem" that they have no intention of solving.