Peter Fonda Apologizes for Barron Trump Rant, Secret Service Has Been Notified

Actor Peter Fonda crossed the line with his anti-Trump criticism when he suggested the president's 12-year-old son be ripped out of his mother's arms and locked in a cage with pedophiles.

The Trump family was quick to condemn the comments, and the First Lady's spokesperson confirmed that the Secret Service had been notified of the tweets. Fonda has since apologized for crossing the line

Fonda was outraged by President Donald Trump's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration at the border last month. Normally, people caught crossing illegally with children were treated more leniently, but with Trump's new policy, adults with children were prosecuted the same as adults without children.

When adults were detained by authorities, children were taken from them and held in temporary care situations. Images of crying children sparked outrage around the world.

Fonda went on a Twitter rant, attempting to convince someone to organize cross-county protests. He hoped that 90 million people would participate.

He called for hacking the government computers and releasing the names and addresses of border patrol agents, as well as the schools that their kids attend. He pushed for people to show up at their homes and schools to protest Trump's policies.

Even those in agreement with Fonda about Trump's policies felt that these suggestions were uncomfortably crossing lines by involving children and putting children in danger. Fonda only doubled down on his stance, suggesting that fear was the best motivator.

Fonda then tweeted, "We should rip Barron Trump from his mother's arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will stand up against the giant a--hole she is married to."

For many, this went way too far.

"The tweet is sick and irresponsible," said Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's communication's officer. She said the Secret Service had been alerted.

Barron's eldest half-brother, Donald Trump Jr., blasted Sony Pictures Classics for not taking action against the actor the way ABC took action against Roseanne Barr when she made a racist tweet last month.

"So @iamfonda can suggest kidnapping and putting a child in a cage with pedophiles and @sonyclassics won’t do anything! I guess that’s ok if you’re a liberal. If you’re a conservative you’d face real consequences. Great work @SonyPictures. Let them know your thoughts?" Don Jr. tweeted.

Sony responded with a statement, saying, “Peter Fonda’s comments are abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely. It is important to note that Mr. Fonda plays a very minor role in the film. To pull or alter this film at this point would unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project. We plan to open the film as scheduled this weekend, in a limited release of five theaters.”

Fonda eventually deleted the tweet and issued an apology. "I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television," he said. "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."

Trump has since announced that he will be pushing forth a new executive order that will work with parents and children at the borders in order to keep families together.

Source: CNN
Photos: Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com/Flickr, Peter Fonda/Twitter, DoD/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

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