By Susan Crabtree, Washington Free Beacon
The Vietnam War ended nearly a half century ago, but the bitter political divisions it spawned are reverberating once again this week in one of the most hotly contested congressional districts in the country.
Military veterans who support Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) on Tuesday demanded that a Democratic group aimed at defeating him return a $100,000 donation it recently received from Jane Fonda, who turned 80 in December.
Around 15 veterans outside Issa’s office holding flags and sporting their combat ribbons recalled Fonda’s controversial 1972 photo shoot in North Vietnam, where she was photographed sitting behind an enemy anti-aircraft gun. The stunt earned the actress the nickname “Hanoi Jane.”
“Democrats, Democrats, you should be ashamed, taking Commie money from Hanoi Jane,” the vets and Issa supporters shouted at a group of Democratic protestors gathered across the street.
The protesters, carrying signs with slogans such as, “Adios Issa,” “Disarm Hate,” and “Stop Trump, Defeat Issa,” chanted back, “Do Your Job” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Darrell Issa has got to go.”
Outnumbered roughly three to one and shouted down throughout their rally, the veterans used a megaphone to amplify their message and played patriotic songs, including Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.”
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