A Republican lawmaker has contacted Capitol Police about a possible threat after Jane Fonda made comments on “The View” about pro-life supporters.
During a segment about the Supreme Court’s decision to return abortion laws to individual states, Fonda appeared to suggest that those who support abortion restrictions should be subject to “murder.”
Her comments were met with applause from the audience and co-host Sunny Hostin even suggested Fonda could win a Nobel prize. When asked what else could be done besides marching and protesting, Fonda responded with “murder,” prompting Joy Behar to assume it was a joke.
However, Fonda did not confirm Behar’s assumption and remained silent. Freshman Representative Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) took to Twitter to express her outrage over Fonda’s comments and notified Capitol Police of a possible threat.
Luna is a pro-life member of Congress and felt that Fonda’s comments were not only sickening but dangerous. She also called on Fonda and “The View” to issue a full retraction of Fonda’s call to murder pro-life politicians and those who fight for the rights of unborn babies.
Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) also tweeted about Fonda’s comments, calling it “incitement.” Fonda has had a controversial past as a left-wing activist since the 1970s.
Her trip to Hanoi in 1972 where she was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American planes earned her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.”
Fonda has since apologized for her actions and has focused her political energies on being an impassioned voice for the antiwar movement. Fonda has walked back her remarks on “The View,” saying that her comment was made in jest and that her body language and tone indicated that it was hyperbole.
She added that the real issue is the threats women are facing with regard to their reproductive rights and that focusing on passing jokes and tangential issues is distracting from the actual problem.
In conclusion, Fonda’s comments about pro-life supporters were met with backlash from lawmakers and the public. While she has apologized and clarified her intentions, her controversial past as a left-wing activist continues to affect how her comments are received.