State Senator Steen Miles (D-43rd) has withdrawn her resolution commending Jane Fonda.
“Honoring Jane Fonda, no matter how much good work she has done, would be spitting on everyone who has ever worn the uniform of this country,” Douglas said Wednesday. He gave an impassioned speech in which he accused Fonda of betraying America in wartime and working for the nation’s defeat.
Several lawmakers gave Douglas a standing ovation.
Fonda, a two-time Academy Award winning-actress, created a stir in the early 1970s when she engaged in anti-war activities, including posing on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. Fonda has said that she regretted the gesture, but she continues to speak out regularly on controversial political and social issues, including the war in Iraq.
Miles then gave a lengthy speech explaining her actions in introducing the resolution. She said she and several other senators have been trying to honor women who do good work for Georgia all month.
A tearful Miles also took issue with the criticism that she does not understand or is insensitive to the military. She said her brother and former husband both served in the Vietnam War. “I have a deep and abiding respect and love for our men and women warriors,” Miles said.