WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Secret Service has reportedly said that it would open an investigation into Madonna after she told the crowd at the Women’s March on Washington that she had thought about “blowing up the White House” — even though the singer has insisted that she “spoke in metaphor.”
“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” the 58-year-old superstar said to hundreds of thousands of protesters who marched in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
“But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W. H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War Two, we must love one another or die. I choose love.”
The U.S. Secret Service, charged with protecting President Trump and his family, is aware of the comments and is investigating, according to The Gateway Pundit.
On Sunday, Madonna responded to the controversy by sharing with her 8.6 million Instagram followers in a post that she “spoke in metaphor.”
She wrote: “Yesterday’s Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did. However 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.”
Yesterday’s Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did. However 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. My speech began with ” I want to start a revolution of love.” ♥️ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting “we choose love”. 🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸 #revoltutionoflove♥️#revolutionoflove♥️*******************************************************
President Trump’s team did not mention Madonna by name, but expressed outrage over the comments. “One of the singers said she wanted to blow up the White House. I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told Fox News Sunday.
Senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway said Madonna should have spent her day giving some of her “hundreds of millions” to a women’s shelter.
A Secret Service spokeswoman declined comment Sunday, but one official told The New York Post that before deciding how to proceed, federal law enforcement will need to evaluate Madonna’s statement before deciding if she was serious.
“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.”
Main photo: Madonna at Women’s March in Washington, D.C. [Madonna’s World/YouTube (screenshot)]