The city of Seneca Falls, New York, is mulling cutting ties with the National Women’s Hall of Fame after the outfit inducted American traitor Jane Fonda into its ranks.
Seneca Falls town supervisor Greg Lazzaro was incensed when the woman who went to Vietnam to support our enemies during wartime back in 1972 as offered the honor.
Lazzaro proposed that the city end its association with the Hall of Fame and cut all funding after it celebrated the traitor.
“I realize back then there were real emotional views, but her views were unacceptable then and they’re unacceptable now,” Lazzaro told CNN. “I don’t believe she deserves to be in the hall of fame.
Lazzaro added that others have expressed their outrage over Fonda:
Lazzaro said many community members have also approached him to express their disapproval, including members of the local branches of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Seneca Falls Vietnam veteran and VFW member David Ostroski said Fonda’s behavior in 1972 was “a slap in the face” and said he plans to speak at the town council meeting on Tuesday. “It’s like, are you kidding me?” he said. “In my home town, you want to do this?”
The city has spent hundreds of thousands on the museum.
The town of Seneca Falls has long supported the Hall. According to the draft resolution, the town has donated $278,750 to the Hall since 2010 and it recently helped it secure a grant of more than $420,994 for a new building. Bennett confirmed the donation amount but wasn’t sure of the details of the grant. She said some of the funds will be used for new street lamps and sidewalks — improvements from which Seneca Falls as a whole will benefit.
Kate Bennett, chair of the Hall of Fame, said she was shocked by the opposition to Fonda.
“We have been talking to town council members and many in the town and the town council are very supportive of the work we do,” Bennett said.
Lazzaro added that Fonda just “does not meet the criteria” of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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