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A Republican lawmaker has notified Capitol Police of a potential threat after something that actress Jane Fonda said Friday during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”
Fonda, who has been a left-wing activist and controversial figure since the early 1970s, when she gave the Soviet-backed North Vietnam communist regime a public relations victory by being photographed sitting on an enemy anti-aircraft gun, appeared to suggest that Americans who are pro-life and support abortion restrictions should be subject to “murder.”
“We have experienced many decades now of having agency over our body. Of being able to determine when and how many children to have,” Fonda said during a segment discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to return the issue of abortion back to individual states.
“We know what that feels like. We know what that’s done for our lives. We are not going back. I don’t care what the laws are, we are not going back,” she added to applause.
“That’s the activist speaking and she probably will get a Nobel prize,” gushed co-host Sunny Hostin.
“It’s the truth. It is the truth, I’m not going to do it,” Fonda continued.
“Besides marching and protesting what else do you suggest?” Joy Behar asked.
“Murder,” Fonda replied with a straight face, which prompted Behar to day, “She’s just kidding.” Fonda, however, shot her a look and did not confirm Behar’s assumption, staying silent instead.
Jane Fonda on The View said Pro-life politicians need to be murdered because of their views on abortion.pic.twitter.com/e0zo34sSU2
— Patriot Alerts (@alerts___) March 10, 2023
Following the show, freshman Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) ripped Fonda for her remarks on Twitter and added that U.S. Capitol Police have been notified of a potential threat.
“I have notified Capitol Police of Jane Fonda’s call to murder pro-life politicians,” Luna wrote. “I am a pro-life member of Congress. As she did not retract or clarify that she was ‘joking’ with her statement, we are taking this threat as a serious one. Jane Fonda and The View, must issue a full retraction of Fonda’s sickening call to murder pro-life politicians and those who fight for the rights of unborn babies.”
I have notifed Capitol Police of Jane Fonda’s call to murder pro-life politicians.
I am a pro-life member of Congress. As she did not retract or clarify that she was “joking” with her statement, we are taking this threat as a serious one.
Jane Fonda and The View, must issue a… https://t.co/BhUvQaH26Z
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) March 10, 2023
“Calling for the murder of a pro-life politicians is not only dangerous but it’s incredibly sick. This leads to targeting and can result in someone being seriously hurt,” she added. “The View should be ashamed that they condone violence, especially against women elected officials as we are already targeted way more for stalking and violence way more than our male counterparts.”
“Calling for murder of pro-life politicians like myself and many others is not only sick but should be investigated,” Rep. Paulina added.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) also took to Twitter, responding: “Shorter Jane Fonda: ‘well, so long as SOMEONE gets murdered…’ Incitement, much?”
Later in life, Fonda apologized to the country and Vietnam veterans for her trip to Hanoi in 1972. The Washington Post noted:
Fonda’s transformation from actress to activist began several years earlier. She was active in the Black Panthers and marched for the rights of American Indians, soldiers and working mothers. But she was advised by other activists to focus her political energies, deciding to go all-in as an impassioned voice for the antiwar movement.
She and actor Donald Sutherland started an “anti-USO” troupe to counter Bob Hope’s famous shows for the troops. They called it FTA, which they said stood for Free the Army, but it was also a not-so-subtle nod to the expression “f— the Army.”
“…[T]he action that still enrages veterans most was that photograph of her with North Vietnamese troops on an antiaircraft gun that would have been used to shoot down American planes. This, probably more than anything, earned her the nickname ‘Hanoi Jane,'” the Post noted further.
Fonda has since walked back her remarks on The View.
“While women’s reproductive rights are a very serious issue and extremely important to me, my comment on The View was obviously made in jest,” she told Fox News Digital in a statement. “My body language and tone made it clear to those in the room – and to anyone watching – that I was using hyperbole to make a point.
“Women across the country are facing real threats when it comes to our bodies, and people lose faith in our mission to protect women when others choose to focus on tangential issues and passing jokes instead of the actual problem at hand,” Fonda added.