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.
She went on to speak of her rage at the election result, telling the crowd she had thought a lot about ‘blowing up the White House’ but knew that it ‘wouldn’t change anything’.
Donning a black p***yhat, the music icon caused controversy by dropping the F-bomb four times, causing a slew of apologies from broadcasters airing the protest live. She went on to speak of her rage at the election result, telling the crowd she had thought a lot about ‘blowing up the White House’ but knew that it ‘wouldn’t change anything’.
According to the Gateway Pundit, a spokesman for the Secret Service said they were ‘aware’ of Madonna’s comments and will open an investigation, but the ultimate decision whether or not to prosecute is the decision of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The Secret Service declined to comment on the matter.
Madonna stated in her impassioned speech: ‘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.
‘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. Are you with me?’
Her speech was met with raucous applause from the crowd of an estimated half a million people in attendance at the National Mall for the march.
Tempers ran high as marchers took to Washington D.C. to oppose Donald Trump’s new presidency – with Ashley Judd joining Madonna in spewing lewd rants against the new President.
The Hollywood actress and the pop star departed from the general spirit of inclusivity and calls for mutual respect with personal attacks not only on Trump but also his family, including daughter Ivanka.
They say well-behaved women rarely make history, and Judd clearly took that quote to heart as she recited a poem written by a 19-year-old from Tennessee.
‘I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee,’ she said.
‘I am a nasty woman,’ she continued – referencing Donald’s famous attack on Hillary Clinton. ‘I’m not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust.
‘I’m not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, your wet dreams infused with your own genes’.
‘I’m not as nasty as confederate flags being tattooed across my cities, maybe the south is actually going to rise, maybe for some it never really fell.’
Judd continued to proudly repeat the phrase ‘I’m a nasty woman’ as the crowd of thousands continued to cheer.
‘And our p***ies ain’t for grabbing, they’re for reminding you that our walls are stronger than America’s ever will be,’ she concluded.
‘Our p*****s are for our pleasure, for birthing new generations of filthy, vulgar, nasty, proud, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh, generations of nasty women.
‘So what today means is that we are far from the end, today marks the beginning, the beginning of our story.’
‘The revolution starts here, the fight for the right to be free, to be who we are, to be equal, lets march together through this darkness and with each step know that we are not afraid.’
‘That we are not alone, that we will not back down, that there is power in our unity, and that no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity.’
‘And to our detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything, “f*** you”,’ she proclaimed.
Madonna also performed two of her classic hits, Express Yourself and Human Nature, changing one of the lyrics in the latter song to ‘Donald Trump suck a d***’.
The pair were just two of the big names to speak at the march’s rally at the National Mall for a sea of protesters in pink ‘p***yhats’, knitted beanies with cat ears that have become the unofficial accessory of the march.
Among other notable figures to attend the March on Washington were Cher, America Ferrera, Scarlett Johanesson, Alicia Keys, and Amy Schumer.
Madonna, whose name was on the list of speakers for the event, asked the crowd: ‘Are you ready to shake up the world? Welcome to the revolution of love.’
‘To the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny,’ she continued. ‘Where not just women are endangered but all marginalized people.’
‘Where being uniquely different right now might truly be considered a crime. It took this this moment of darkness to wake us the f***k up,’ she exclaimed.
‘It seemed as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and that good would win in the end. Well good did not win this election, but good will win in the end.’
Protesters chanted ‘Thank you Obama!’ before the rally kicked off at 10am with a speech from actress America Ferrera at what is believed to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in US history.
‘The president is not America, his cabinet is not America,’ Ferrera began. ‘We are America, and we are here to stay. We march for our families, for our neighbors, for our futures.
‘We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our president is waging a war.’
‘We are gathered here across the country and the world to say Mr Trump we refuse,’ Ferrera continued.
‘We reject the demonization of our Muslim brothers and sisters, we demand an end to the system murder and incarceration of our black brothers and sisters, we will not give our rights to safe and legal abortions, we will not ask our LGBTQ families to go backwards, we will not go from being a nation of immigrants to a nation of ignorance.’
She continued: ‘We won’t build walls and we won’t see the worst in each other and we won’t turn our backs on the more than 750,000 young immigrants in this country.
‘Together we, all of us, will fight, resist and oppose every action that threatens the lives and dignity of any and all of our communities.’
‘Marchers, make no mistake. We are, every single one of us, on attack. Our safety and freedom are on the chopping block and we are the only ones who can protect one another.
‘If we do not fight together…we will lose together.’
Director Michael Moore called on the crowd to get active in politics during his speech.
‘Look at this, I can’t even see the end of the crowd,’ he exclaimed as he began. ‘We’re gonna have a million people here today! Look at this!’
‘Okay, we got through day one!’ he congratulates the crowd. ‘We in day two now of the Trump tragedy.
‘So I woke up this morning, picked up the Washington Post, and the headline read “Trump takes power”’.
‘I don’t think so, here’s the power, here’s the majority of America, right here,’ he said as the crowd erupted in cheers. ‘We are the majority. New president vows to end American carnage.’
‘Mr Trump we are here to vow to end the Trump carnage,’ he said, dramatically ripping up the Post paper and throwing it before joking: ‘I’ll pick that up later, recycle!’
‘The majority of Americans did not want Donald J Trump in the White House,’ Moore continued. ‘And we are here today as their representatives.’
‘I don’t want to give the standard demonstration speech, you got a lot of great speakers here today. I would like to give you a to do list of what we can all do starting immediately.’
‘We have to get busy folks, we’ve got our work cut out for us. Number one, I want you to make this part of your new daily routine. I want you to call congress every single day,’ he said.
‘I’m telling you these calls work. When they tried to get rid of the Congressional Office of Ethics, the switchboard was jammed and overloaded, we shut it down with phone calls.
‘Two hours later they pulled back. That’s how powerful you are. Make it part of your daily routine.’
Moore then called on the crowd to join organizations like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.
‘Join every group, let’s make these groups HUUUUGE,’ he said, mimicking Trump’s favorite catchphrase.
Moore then called on the crowd to ‘take over the Democratic Party’, as he said the ‘old guard’ has to go.
‘Number three, you need to form your own personal rapid response team.
‘We need new leadership, we need young leadership, we need women, we need people of color, gay and lesbian and bisexual and transgender,’ he continued.
He then called on the blue states who voted for Hillary Clinton to act a ‘region of resistance’.
Moore finished: ‘What you have to do in these states, you have to create laws to show the rest of the country what its like to have health care for all, what its like to not have mass incarceration, show the rest of America how it works,’ he said.
Many of the march’s organizers became visibly emotional as they looked at the sea of women before them.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem took the stage for some wise words of encouragement.
She said: ‘You look great, I wish you could see yourselves its like an ocean.’
‘Thank you for understanding that sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are, sometimes pressing send is not enough,’ she began.
‘This unites us with those around the world who don’t have computers, or electricity or literacy, but have the same dreams and beliefs.’
‘I’ve been thinking of the uses of a long life,’ Steinem continued. ‘You remember when things were worse. We remember the death of the future with Martin Luther King Jr, John F Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Malcolm X.’
Steinem, a nationally recognized leader of the feminist movement, continued: ‘Now our great leaders like Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are still with us, and remember how much we feared they might not be and how much threat there was on their lives.
‘Now our honored Bernie Sanders is still with us and not only with us but he’s focusing on economic justice and a universal college education.’
‘And now Hillary Clinton is alive – and definitely not in jail,’ she added as the crowd laughed. ‘She who told the whole world that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.’
Steinem touched base on violence against females, abortion rights, the danger of a Muslim registry and provided a message from the Women’s March in Berlin: ‘We in Berlin know that walls don’t work.’
‘I have met the people, and you are not them,’ Steinem said of Trump.
‘Just this march on Washington today required a thousand more buses than the entire inauguration.’
‘This is the upside of the downside. This is the outpouring of true democracy that I have never seen in my long life.
‘It is wide in age, deep in diversity, and remember the Constitution does not begin with “I, the president”. It begins with ‘We, the people.”‘
‘We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled, we will work for a world where all countries are decorated.’
‘We are at one with each other, we are looking at each other – not up,’ she concluded.
Steinem finished on a note urging marchers to get personal: ‘We are linked, we are not ranked. This is a day that will change us forever because we are together, each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again.
‘When we elect a possible president we to often go home. We’ve elected an impossible president – we’re never going home. We’re taking over.’
‘Make sure you introduce yourselves to each other, and decide what we’re going to do tomorrow.’
Actress Scarlett Johansson spoke on behalf of women’s reproductive health issues as she took the stage.
She began by sharing personal stories about how Planned Parenthood had helped both her and the women closest to her.
Johansson revealed how safe she felt when she first visited the clinic at when she was 15 and had seen a change in her body and was living on the opposite side of the country from her mother.
‘No judgement, no questions asked, Planned Parenthood provided a safe place where I could be treated with gentle guidance,’ she said.
‘I’m sure there isn’t one person here who hasn’t been helped by Planned Parenthood, directly or otherwise.’
‘There are very real and devastating consequences to limiting access to what should be considered basic healthcare,’ she said, noting how the clinic was the only place for millions of women in the country to get treatment.
‘President Trump, I did not vote for you,’ Johansson continued. ‘That said, I respect that you are our president-elect and I want to be able to support you.
‘But first I ask that you support me, support my sister, support my mother, my best friend and all of our girlfriends.’
‘Support the men and women today who anxiously await to see how your next move drastically affects their lives.
‘Support my daughter, who may potentially not have the right to make the choices about her body and her future that your daughter Ivanka has had the privilege to have.’
Johansson concluded her speech with a call to arms for the crowd to get active in their communities and in politics.
‘My immediate thought of hearing the election results was we have so much work to do,’ she said.
‘Once the heaviness began to subside, I realized an opportunity has presented itself to make real long-term change, to view our responsibilities to get involved with and stay active in our communities.’
‘Let this weight not drag you down but help to get your heels stuck in,’ she continued.
Don’t give up your power,’ she tells the crowd. ‘Don’t let the feeling of helplessness make you feel complacent.
Alicia Keys made a surprise appearance towards the end of the rally, doing a spoken word piece that quoted Maya Angelou’s famous poem ‘Still I Rise’.
‘We rise. We will not allow our bodies to be owned and controlled by men in government – or men anywhere for that matter,’ she began.
‘We will not let our compassionate souls get stepped on. No hate, no bigotry, no muslim registry, we value education, health care and equality.’
Keys continued: ‘We will continue to rise until our voices are heard, until our planet’s safety is not deferred.’
‘Until our bombs stop dropping on other lands. Until our dollar is the same as a man’s.’
She then asked the crowd to chant ‘We are here’ and ‘We’re on fire’ before launching into her famous hit ‘Girl on Fire’, a tune she sang at Barack Obama’s inauguration at the 2013 Inauguration Ball.
Celebrities weren’t only on the stage when it came to marches not just in DC, but New York, Los Angeles and even Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Film Festival is currently taking place.
Julia Roberts, Cher, Emma Roberts, Chrissy Teigen, Amy Schumer, Padma Lakshmi, Yoko Ono, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Grace Moetz were among the stars who marched on the nation’s capital.
Cher said she believed Trump’s presidency had people ‘more frightened maybe than they’ve ever been’.
In Park City, Charlize Theron and Chelsea Handler led protesters in a chant of ‘Love, not hate, make America great’. John Legend was also pictured at the march during Sundance as wife Teigen showed her support in DC.
Actresses Helen Mirren and Cynthia Nixon and Whoopi Goldberg joined a crowd of protesters in New York as they made their way to Trump Tower in the Upper East Side neighborhood.