Madonna was one of the speakers at Saturday’s Washington, D.C., Women’s March, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says her speech should have landed her behind bars.
The entertainer read from her notes about how she’d dreamed of “blowing up the White House”:
“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I’m outraged. Yes, I’ve thought a 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?”
She saw herself as preaching love:
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 22, 2017
That’s not what Newt Gingrich heard, however. In fact, he thought she should have been arrested:
“What you have is an emerging left-wing fascism. She’s part of it, and I think we have to be prepared to protect ourselves. Frankly, the truth is she ought to be arrested for saying she has thought about blowing up the White House.”
Social media showed that Gingrich had plenty of company:
#Madonna what is even happening with you? What ever happens to love Trumps hate? Now you want to blow up the White House?
— David (The Gay Republican) (@GayRepublicSwag) January 21, 2017
And then word came that she was being investigated by the Secret Service and first out of the blocks was reportedly Madonna herself, who subsequently deleted this tweet:
— John doe (@juhhhjgghk) January 22, 2017
Others cheered on the Secret Service:
— ????????? ? (@RavenHUWolf) January 22, 2017
— 77 WABC Radio (@77WABCradio) January 23, 2017
— Rebecca Evans Mouk (@Farmgirl329) January 21, 2017
And “James” agrees that she should be prosecuted:
— james (@jbsrq) January 21, 2017
Gingrich said Madonna was like the “young fascists who ran around breaking windows” before the Inauguration.