On Wednesday, actor and counter-culture icon Peter Fonda issued a statement apologizing for a Tuesday night tweet in which he wrote, in all caps, "WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES.”
Fonda said he ‘immediately regretted it,’ though the vulgar tweet was not deleted until today.
"I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television," wrote Fonda, the brother of actress Jane Fonda.
"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," he said. "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.”
Besides his remarks about the Trump family, Peter Fonda, in a different tweet, called U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen a “lying gash” who “should be pilloried in Lafayette Square naked and whipped.”
The deleted tweet was dated 12:47 AM, Jun 19, 2018. In addition to Ms. Nielsen, Fonda also targeted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in another deleted tweet, saying that “SS (Sarah Sanders) is a lying gash, too. And 'gash' is much worse than c**t. Maybe we should take her children away and deport her to Arkansas.” (Asterisks added.)
First Lady Melania Trump’s Office alerted the Secret Service about Peter Fonda’s violent incitements against her son Barron on Wednesday.