Donald J. Trump Jr., 39, took to Twitter in a riposte to Jane Fonda, a Hollywood denizen and inveterate apologist for progressive and leftist causes. Fonda was interviewed by the BBC recently and was asked "Are you proud of America today?" The actress, known by some by the sobriquet "Hanoi Jane" because of a visit she made to North Vietnam during the midst of the Vietnam War where she was depicted alongside a Communist aircraft gun, fired back "No."

Fonda added, "But, I’m proud of the resistance."  Presumably remarking about feminists, progressives, fellow Hollywood types, and Democrats, she added, "I’m proud of the people who are turning out in unprecedented numbers and continue over and over and over again to protest what Trump is doing. I’m very proud of them, that core."

It was in 1972 when Fonda traveled to Hanoi where she posed next to a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun of the sort that were firing on American warplanes. She was quoted as saying that Americans returning home after stints in North Vietnam's infamous prison camps were "hypocrites and liars and pawns." Fonda claimed that Americans imprisoned by the North Vietnamese were never tortured. Accounts by former prisoners such John McCain and Jeremiah Denton, both of whom went on to become US Senators, gave the lie to her claim. 

Trump Jr., who has over 2 million followers on Twitter, wrote on Tuesday, "Darn, we lost "Hanoi Jane"... again. I'm not sure how real hardworking Americans will be able to cope. 🙄"



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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