Jane Fonda is making her case against President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE — and comparing him to Adolf Hitler — in remarks urging voters to head to the polls for Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“If you’ve read anything about the rise of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler, you will see the parallels,” Fonda reportedly said Thursday at the Women’s Media Awards held by the Women's Media Center in New York.
“Attacking the media is the first step in the move towards fascism,” Fonda, 80, said, according to Variety. “The cornerstone to democracy is an independent, democratic media. And it’s under attack in a major way because bad guys are running it all. We have to make sure it doesn’t continue.”
Trump has repeatedly referred to the “fake news media” as the “enemy of the people.”
Earlier this week, Trump tweeted that it’s “dishonest” to say he dubbed all media with the “enemy” term, writing:
CNN and others in the Fake News Business keep purposely and inaccurately reporting that I said the “Media is the Enemy of the People.” Wrong! I said that the “Fake News (Media) is the Enemy of the People,” a very big difference. When you give out false information - not good!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2018
Voting next week, Fonda said, “has never been more important.”
“Our democracy is fragile and it’s under attack. Civility is under attack,” added the star of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”
Fonda, a prominent Hollywood Democrat, had appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone toward Trump in recent remarks. “You have to have empathy for him,” the actress said during a September podcast. “And I think that has to also transfer to the people who voted for him.”
“I feel that I understand a little bit — this is a man who was traumatized as a child by his father, who had a mother that didn’t protect him,” Fonda added. “And the behavior is the language of the wounded.”
But on Thursday Fonda said, “We don’t have to take it anymore. Voting is the way to stop it. Everybody has to vote, and I think they will.”