Over the past few days, social media has been exploding with bipartisan anger over a vile tweet sent by actor Peter Fonda, in which he called for President Trump’s son, Barron, to be “put in a cage with pedophiles.”
Supposedly seeking to demonstrate his staunch opposition to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, Fonda has since apologized for his words — but only after first lady Melania Trump reported him to the secret service.
Fonda’s explicit, now-deleted tweet read, “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 ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO.”
As you can imagine, Melania found the threatening comment extremely hurtful. According to the Daily Caller, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, stated that the secret service has been “notified” of the tweet.
“The tweet is sick and irresponsible and USSS has been notified,” Grisham said.
You’re clearly a sick individual and everyone is an internet badass but rather than attack an 11 year old like a bully and a coward why don’t you pick on someone a bit bigger. LMK. https://t.co/8OhiQ0aZmO
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 20, 2018
Fonda has also tweeted advocating the caging and public humiliation and assault of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
“Kristjen Nielsen is a lying gash that should be put in a cage and poked at by passersby,” Fonda tweeted. “The gash should be pilloried in Layfayette Square naked and whipped by passersby while being filmed for posterity.”
As for the Barron Trump tweet, however, Fonda has since issued an apology. It reads as follows:
“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television. 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.”
On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order calling a halt to the separation of families at the border.
“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated. We are working very hard on immigration. People haven’t dealt with it, and we are dealing with it,” Trump said as he signed the order, before insisting that his immigration and border policy remains very clear.
“We are keeping a very powerful border and we still have zero tolerance for people who are entering our country illegally,” he said.
(H/T: The Daily Caller)