On Saturday, at the Women’s March on Washington, actress and singer Madonna openly declared that she’d considered “blowing up the White House.” Following a false report from Gateway Pundit that Secret Service was “aware” of the remarks and would be launching an investigation, Madonna lashed out at Secret Service via Twitter. The actress later explained that she is “not a violent person.”
“F**k Donald Trump and F**k the Secret Service,” Madonna posted in the wee hours of the morning, ironically taking after the president she so boldly condemned.
Perhaps realizing the folly of this statement, the actress promptly deleted the tweet, but it was memorialized by others.
The star’s outburst against Secret Service followed false reports after Madonna’s incendiary remarks at the Woman’s March on Washington Saturday.
“I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” Madonna declared. Despite these incendiary comments, however, the celebrity made a quick transition. “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 II, we must love one another or die. I choose love. Are you with me?”
Saturday afternoon, Gateway Pundit reported that “a spokesman for the Secret Service” said “the agency is aware of the comment.” The spokesman added that “an investigation would be opened but that the decision to prosecute rests with the U.S. Attorney’s office.”
Britain’s The Daily Mail cited Gateway Pundit, reporting that the “Secret Service WILL investigate Madonna.”
This report was contradicted by a simple phone call to Secret Service. “There was no Secret Service statement regarding this matter,” Nicole Mainor, a spokesperson at Secret Service, told PJ Media in a phone call Monday morning.
Nevertheless, Madonna seemed to take the report seriously. Early on Sunday morning, she posted the tweet saying “F**k the Secret Service.”
Quite a few users preserved the tweet for posterity.
Here’s a screenshot which shows how many replies, retweets, and likes her original post allegedly received.
— 🇺🇸CHRIS for TRUMP🇺🇸CULT45 (@Trumpster4Trump) January 22, 2017
In a statement on Instagram later on Sunday, Madonna tried to justify her comments.
I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s [sic] 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.
If hundreds of thousands of women marching with “pussyhats” (their term), leaving bras on trees, putting pads with political messages on walls, and assaulting other women who disagree about abortion — even saying they wish one of them would “get raped” — if this is all “positive change,” it might make sense why voters in the majority of states rejected it.
To be fair, it is important to include another part of Madonna’s response directly addressing why focusing on her “blowing up the White House” comment is taking it “wildly out of context.” Here it is:
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.
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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♥️*******************************************************
Is the kind of protest Washington, D.C., saw on Saturday an example of “changing things for the better … with love?” I’d like to tell that to Katie Joy Ussery, the young pro-life woman who was spat upon and who heard the hateful words wishing rape upon her, just so she would have to get an abortion. I’d like to tell that to Abby Johnson, a pro-life woman pregnant with twins who was reportedly shoved into the street.
On Saturday, America did not see “love.” America saw anger, violence against other women, and obstruction against the man who is — for good or ill — the nation’s president. As Obama supporters endlessly repeated after his electoral victories, “elections have consequences.” Protesting is fine, it is our First Amendment right after all, but advertising such rage and anger in the name of “love” isn’t doing their movement any favors.
Correction: This article has been updated from its original version, which reported that the Secret Service was investigating Madonna. That information was originally reported by Gateway Pundit, but the Secret Service denied those claims.