While at the Cannes Festival in France to promote a new documentary named “The Big Fix” about the BP Gulf oil spill, Peter Fonda made comments that could be construed as threats against President Obama. And because there is a federal law prohibiting to threaten the President, will he face legal trouble?
Peter Fonda “I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles” the actor told a Daily Telegraph at the international film festival. “For what purpose?” Well, I’m not going to say the words ‘Barack Obama,but …” Later Peter Fonda added: “We are heading for a major conflict between the haves and the have nots,” Fonda said. “I came here many years ago with a biker movie and we stopped a war. Now, it’s about starting the world.” Then again“ There’s no room any more for a sissy and, like I said, don’t forget that I’ve got grandsons who I’ve trained with long-distance rifles”
And if it was enough, Fonda said that he “sent an email to President Obama saying: “You are a f***ing traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military — in this case the Coast Guard — what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do’.”
Well, the FBI will have to decide if Peter Fonda was using his First Amendment rights as opposed to making threats. And if his words are considered threats, do US Federal Courts have jurisdiction to pursue a US citizen who made such statements while abroad? I don’t think so. Should I remind everybody that Peter Fonda is the son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda and the brother of actress Jane Fonda (picture from archives)