In a recent interview with Sean Hannity, President Trump has announced that he has had enough of people directing mean thoughts and ideas towards him and his family.
Trump’s primary remark was directed at the aging pop star, Madonna. During the Hannity interview, Trump called Madonna “disgusting” for talking about blowing up the White House during last weekend’s Women’s March.
For those who aren’t familiar with the backstory, during last weekend’s Women’s March in Washington, D.C., Madonna, while giving her performance, stated, “”Yes I’m angry, yes I’m outraged, yes I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything.”
An article on PerezHilton.com, highlights the ongoing dialogue between the two:
Madonna has since apologized on Instagram, explaining that she was merely speaking in metaphor, and does “not promote violence.”
Donald Trump, however, isn’t buying it! In an interview airing Thursday night, the President spoke to Sean Hannity about the music legend, and he did NOT mince his words, stating:
“Honestly, she’s disgusting. I think she hurt herself very badly. I think she hurt that whole [cause]… I thought her — and a couple of others. But I thought she was in particular — I thought what she said was disgraceful to our country.”
From an article on atlantic.com, the sentiment was similar:
Her speech has now taken on outsized importance in reactions to the demonstrations, especially among conservatives. Newt Gingrich and Piers Morgan both said Madonna should be arrested. Kellyanne Conway, on the same afternoon where she coined the term “alternative facts,” directed a question about the march toward the pop star:
You have celebrities from the podium using profanity-laced insults. You have a very prominent singer who’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars not going over to a woman’s shelter here in D.C. to write a check, but instead saying that she thought of, quote, “burning down the White House.”
The atlantic.com article then went on to explain Madonna’s side of the story:
Of course, Madonna’s message was not as inflammatory as it was made to sound: She’s against violence, and she mentioned her terrorist impulses only to reject them. In a statement on Sunday, she further clarified her “one phrase taken wildly out of context,” saying, “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.”
What do you think? Is it appropriate to use inflammatory language in order to get headline, even if, seconds later, you explain that what you said was not really what you mean?