First Lady Melania Trump reportedly contacted the Secret Service this week after actor Peter Fonda made disturbing and obscene statements about Melania and President Donald Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron during a social media tirade on Wednesday.
Peter Fonda, the younger brother of actress Jane Fonda, tweeted a number of statements about the Trump family and administration, including that he’d like to “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,” CNN reports.
“90 million people in the streets on the same weekend in the country. F*ck,” he continued.
Fonda’s rant is not unique. Many social media users have lambasted Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy that has led to migrant children being separated from their parents. A number of shelters for children have been found to have a history of abuse and neglect allegations.
Fonda’s tweets also targeted Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, calling both women derogatory names and calling for Nielsen to be stripped naked in public and whipped by passersby, Fox News reports.
Stephanie Grisham, communications director for the first lady, confirmed in a statement to CNN that the Secret Service was notified on Wednesday and called Fonda’s tweet about Barron “sick and irresponsible.”
Fonda later apologized for his tweets in a statement, CNN reports.
“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” he said.
“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. 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.”
Amid increasing criticism of the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border, the president signed an executive order on Wednesday to end the practice, The Guardian reports.
[Photo: Melania Trump attends a meeting with President Donald Trump, King Felipe VI, and Queen Letizia of Spain at the White House on June 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. By Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty Images]