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Peter Fonda Issues Apology After Disturbing Comment Towards Barron Trump

Donald Trump and his family have always been in the spotlight, but ever since he assumed office as the President of the United States, the media frenzy surrounding the family has gotten out of hand.

In 2017, an article published by The Daily Caller slammed the head of state's youngest child, son Barron for his attire during an outing with his father and mother, First Lady Melania Trump.

Titled "It's High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He's In The White House," the author shames Barron for wearing a red t-shirt and khaki shorts. He wrote that the outfit isn't "normal" and that "the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public."

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Although Barron's mother says he loves to dress up and he has previously been spotted in a suit and tie at various events, the author seems to have forgotten that the First Son was just 11 years old at the time and doesn't need to be subjected to such criticism.

Many people came to the boy's defense, and among them was former first child, Chelsea Clinton.

Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter was 12 when she moved into the White House, and it wasn't long after that she became a victim of harsh, unsolicited criticism, so she knew exactly what Barron was going through.

"It's high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves," Chelsea tweeted. She added, "no child should be talked about in the below manner-in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame."

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You would think that people would learn from this incident, but instead things got worse as time went on.

This week, as more information about the refugee crisis at the border started to emerge. People took to social media to voice their opinions on the matter, but of course, there were some who felt the need to use Barron to get their points across.

While tweeting about children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, actor Peter Fonda wrote that now-12-year-old Barron Trump should be taken from "his mother's arms and put in a cage with pedophiles."

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The Oscar-nominee, who is the son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda and brother of actress Jane Fonda, later deleted the all-caps tweet after people called him out for being inappropriate.

“The tweet is sick and irresponsible," wrote the first lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham. She added that the U.S. Secret Service were made aware of the remarks, but "as a matter of practice" there would be no additional comments on the matter.

Barron's older brother, Donald Trump Jr. also spoke out, calling Peter a " clearly a sick individual” who behaved “like a bully and a coward.”

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Peter eventually issued a statement of apology in which he admitted that he was wrong in tweeting "something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family."

He continued, “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.”

Peter's comments comes on the eve of the release of his new Sony Studios film, Boundaries, which forced the company to release a statement condemning the actor's actions.

"Peter Fonda’s comments are abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely. It is important to note that Mr. Fonda plays a very minor role in the film. To pull or alter this film at this point would unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project. We plan to open the film as scheduled this weekend, in a limited release of five theaters."

This isn't the first time that Peter has been caught up in a political controversy. Back in 2011, he called then-President Barack Obama a "traitor" for letting British Petroleum officials to handle the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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It's highly unlikely that Peter's recent comments will affect his film's earnings as Sony had only planned a limited release for it.

Due to the lack of severe consequences thus far, many have been pushing for production companies, networks and the public to boycott him, as they have done to Roseanne Barr after she made some controversial comments on Twitter.

Do you think Peter's apology is sincere?

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