Celebrities who get swept up in the politics bug will say dumb things from time to time. Actor Peter Fonda recently took his turn, writing in all caps in a late-night Twitter rant that 12-year-old Barron Trump should be ripped from “his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles.”
On Wednesday, the 78-year-old Academy Award-winning actor came to his senses and apologized after deleting the tweet, saying that his anger over Trump’s “zero-tolerance” border policy prompted him to lash out.
“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” Fonda said in the statement, released by both his manager and his publicist.
“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,” Fonda’s statement continued. “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.”
Peter Fonda is 78 years old. If he needs someone to step in for him I'm down.
— 𝕾𝖎𝖗 𝕵.𝕲. 𝕬𝖑𝖑𝖆𝖓𝖎𝖓𝖌𝖙𝖔𝖓 𝕴𝕴𝕴 🍁 (@JeffreyGAllan) June 23, 2018
But crackpot conspiracy theorist and all-round purveyor of bullsh*t Alex Jones isn’t satisfied.
“I’d have trouble not knocking his teeth out,”Jones said to guest Anthony Cumia during his show this Friday. “I’m serious, he wants to kidnap people, he wants to harass ICE agents’ kids … but man, you know what? I want to offer him a million dollars to get in a cage fight with me … him and one of his buddies because I know he’s an old guy.”
Jones was so incensed with Fonda’s now-deleted remarks that the subject took up the majority of his Twitter feed the past few days. It quite a turn-around from a man who not too long ago had no problem slandering children grieving from the trauma of school shootings as crisis actors.
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