"Hanoi Jane" Fonda is still apologizing for going to North Vietnam 1972, and American Veterans are still letting her know “we haven’t forgotten.”
Fonda's appearance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md., on Friday drew about 50 protesters, many veterans of the Vietnam War.
“I’m a lightning rod,” Fonda told her audience, according to the Frederick News-Post
. “This famous person goes and does something that looks like I’m against the troops, which wasn’t true, but it looked that way, and I’m a convenient target. So I understand.”
Fonda was a staunch anti-war advocate in the 1970s and an outspoken critic of the U.S. military. During a visit to Hanoi, she was photographed posing with North Vietnamese soldiers on an anti-aircraft gun. The pictures enrage many Americans to this day and earned her to name "Hanoi Jane."
"She encouraged North Vietnam to pull away from the negotiations table,” Army veteran Bob Hartman told the News-Post. "She got Americans killed."
"We haven’t forgotten,” Marine Corps veteran Tommy Grunwell said.
Fonda called her actions a "huge mistake" during her appearance.
“Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,” Fonda said responding to a question submitted from the audience. “It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.”
On Friday, protesters held signs saying "Forgive? Maybe. Forget? Never" and waved American flags.
Fonda even drew fire from a Twitter post praising the movie "American Sniper," which chronicles the life of late Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle. The movie premier over the weekend set a box-office record
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