Although former First Lady Michelle Obama once called for Democrats to go high, “when they go low,” actor Peter Fonda has another idea. Fonda has vocalized his distaste for President Trump since the business magnate, and reality television star started running for office. And since President Trump has been sworn in as the leader of the nation, Fonda’s criticisms have grown sharper and more morally ambiguous.
But the other day, Fonda just urged his fans to commit a crime in order to get more Democrats elected in 2018. With a lot of vacancies open in the House and the Senate, with more Democrats in office, critics of Trump believe it can help sway the political waves toward a more progressive and liberal agenda.
Fonda practically urged his followers to commit voter fraud in the upcoming election, so more Democrats can fill the vacant seats in government. The actor quickly deleted his outrageous Tweet, but not before major news outlets swooped in and took screenshots of it to publish on their regular broadcast.
Peter Henry Fonda wrote, “If you have a millennial in your family, take their early ballots, fill them out and mail them in, or take the ballot to the voting place and give it to the officials… No more worrying.”
Fox & Friends was among the first to launch a counter-attack on Fonda, which has since put his reputation in jeopardy. The talk show tweeted back, “Encouraging voter fraud? Actor Peter Fonda tells voters to utilize millennials’ early ballots.”
Fonda wrote the tweet, which he quickly deleted, as a response to one of his fans who worried that he raised his children to be “Trumpets” and “worried” the young ones would vote Republican.
Although Fonda was probably trying to make a bad joke, some people could misconstrue his suggestion as an urge to commit widespread voter fraud. And it certainly backfired in his face as the right-leaning media could use it as ammunition to spread doubt over the legitimacy of United States election, which Russia has been proven to hack and influence.
Joe Biggs attack Fonda for his voter fraud comment, “Wow. Pete Fonda telling adults to take young adults ballots and fill it out for Democrats if they are not voting the way they want them to.”
Oliver Campbell wrote, “Did you tell people to go and commit electoral fraud? Because that’s electoral fraud. You know. A felony.”
While disagreeing politically is one thing, planting the seed of electoral fraud is different. And Peter Fonda’s critics won’t hesitate to point that out and make him feel his mistake.
This isn’t the actor’s first tweet which has sparked controversy. In June, he wrote (and then quickly deleted):
“We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will stand up against the giant a**hole she is married to. 90 million people in the streets on the same weekend in the country. F***.”
No matter how you spin it, that’s crossing the line.