Madonna says her comments ‘out of context’ as Secret Service assess risk
The Secret Service have become involved following remarks made by Madonna at an anti-Trump rally.
The row has broken out after her comments, in which she threatened “blowing up the White House” during her speech.
Madonna made the statement at the Women’s March in Washington DC.
During her speech, which was cut from live coverage by many news channels for swearing, said: “Yes, I’m angry.
“Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.
“But I know that this won’t change anything,” she told thousands of protesters.
The pop icon has since back tracked on the comment, trying to explain them.
She says it was in an attempt to explain there are two reactions to President Trump – anger and action.
Madonna wrote on Instagram: “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”.
The Secret Service are now reported to be investigating the comments and the threat they could pose, according to the Gateway Pundit.
A spokesman said an investigation would be opened but that the decision to prosecute rests with the US Attorney’s office.
“It’s all about intent”, the spokesperson said.
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“Is she intending to do harm to the White House or President Trump?
“Otherwise it will be characterised as inappropriate,” the official said.
“If it’s characterised as inappropriate, then there won’t be any discussions with the US Attorney.
“If it’s determined that there’s intent on her part, then there will be discussions with the US Attorney and they’ll take it from there.”
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told Fox News: “One of the singers said she wanted to blow up the White House. I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama?”
Madonna spoke of being a proud feminist in an emotional Women of the Year speech, condemning Trump’s attitudes towards women.