The Secret Service has reportedly said it will open an investigation into Madonna after the singer told the Women’s March on Washington that she had thought about ‘blowing up the White House’. Donning a black p***yhat, the music icon caused controversy by dropping the F-bomb four times, sparking a slew of apologies from broadcasters airing the protest live.
Madonna told a crowd of more than half a million that she thought about “blowing up the White House” during an impassioned speech at a massive anti-Trump protest in Washington.The singer, who often makes sensational political statements, made the exaggerated remark to illustrate her anger at the shocking electoral college win of minority President Donald Trump.
“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she said. “But I know this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair.”
The Women’s March on Washington brought people from across the US to protest the Trump administration, a day after the new president was sworn into office to a significantly smaller crowd of people. According to the New York Post’s Madonna’s inauguration day statements about “blowing up the White House” have gotten the attention of the Secret Service who are known to take any threatening statement seriously until they can establish intent.
From the Post:
One US official told The Post that Madonna’s statement will have be evaluated for its seriousness.
“It’s all about intent. Is she intending to do harm to the White House or President Trump? Otherwise it will be characterized as inappropriate,” the official said. “If it’s characterized as inappropriate, then there won’t be any discussions with the U.S. Attorney. If it’s determined that there’s intent on her part, then there will be discussions with the U.S. Attorney and they’ll take it from there.”
Madonna’s comments, delivered at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, were condemned by President Donald Trump’s administration, with White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus telling “Fox News Sunday”:
“One of the singers said she wanted to blow up the White House. I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama?”
Madonna took to Instagram Sunday to clarify her remarks, saying:
“I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context,” she said.
Madonna was not the only celebrity to speak out against Trump. Ashley Judd was just one of the many who took to the stage. She recited a poem written by a 19-year-old Tennessee native.
“I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee,
“I am a nasty woman,’ she went on, referencing Donald’s infamous attack on Hillary Clinton. “I’m not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust.