(PresidentialHill.com)- Actress Jane Fonda was forced to defend a joke she made during a recent interview on ABC’s “The View,” arguing that she was “using hyperbole” when she suggested that pro-life politicians should be murdered.
Last Friday, while appearing on “The View” along with fellow actress Lily Tomlin, Fonda was asked by co-host Joy Behar what, beyond marching and protesting, people could do to stop pro-life laws being enacted in some states. Fonda joked, “Well, I’ve thought of murder.”
Fonda’s joke caused outrage on social media, with critics blasting the Oscar-winning actress for suggesting politicians in pro-life states should be murdered. She also came under fire from pro-life Republican House members who accused Fonda of inciting violence and harassment against them.
In a tweet last Friday, Florida Republican Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna released a statement saying that she reported Fonda to the US Capitol Police and arguing that Fonda’s joke was “dangerous” and “incredibly sick.” Luna claimed that Fonda’s remark would lead to someone being targeted and “seriously hurt.”
In her statement, Luna demanded that Jane Fonda and “The View” both publicly retract the remark, which she said “condones violence” toward pro-life women politicians.
Additionally, Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene accused Fonda of calling for pro-life politicians to be “assassinated.” In a follow-up tweet, Greene called on the FBI and Justice Department to “step up” and hold Fonda and “The View” “accountable.
In a statement to Fox News Digital last Friday, Fonda said the comment was “made in jest” and insisted that both her tone and body language made that clear to those watching “The View.” Fonda explained that she used hyperbole to “make a point.”
Fonda added that American women face “real threats” and urged those who support abortion not to “lose faith” when people highlight “tangential issues and passing jokes.”