Actress and activist Jane Fonda expressed her support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in his run for president, citing his stances on climate change and calling him “the climate candidate.”
Fonda told USA Today that climate change is one of the most important issues to consider when electing a president, and she felt Sanders was the candidate who best represented the issue.
“We have to get a climate president in office, and there’s only one right now, and that’s Bernie Sanders,” the Grace and Frankie actress said. “So, I’m indirectly saying I believe you have to support the climate candidate.”
Sunshine Sachs, Fonda’s press representatives, did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment Saturday.
Fonda began holding her “Fire-Drill Friday” protests in Los Angeles, after being arrested five times in Washington D.C., while trying to motivate politicians to address climate change.
According to USA Today’s report, Fonda’s lawyer made a deal with a Washington, D.C. judge that if she doesn’t get arrested for three months in Los Angeles, then she will not have to complete community service or return for a court date.
“We are here today in Wilmington district 15 in the Los Angeles harbor area to confront the immense, destructive power of the fossil fuel industry,” the actress told protesters on Friday. “Here in California, oil companies have been allowed to drill at will for 150 years, fueling the climate crisis and also, a health and environmental justice crisis from the production of their dirty product.”
Fonda was joined by her Grace and Frankie co-stars Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterson, who also starred with Fonda in the HBO series The Newsroom–as well as House of Cards’ Diane Lane, Sideswiped’s Rosanna Arquette, and Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parilla. The actress thanked them all for being there.
“There’s a small bunch of white mean getting really rich, while they’re destroying the health of the people like the people you heard from, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” she told the audience. “It’s happening all across the country, and all across the world, and so, we have to say, ‘No more fossil fuel.’ Windmills are great, and solar panels are great, and Priuses are great, and we have to do all of that, but it’s not going to matter if we don’t stop the drilling and the fracking and the exporting and the refining of fossil fuels.”