Republican Colorado congressman Ken Buck took shots at Madonna and other Hollywood stars on Wednesday (Jan. 13) during a debate about impeaching President Donald Trump on the House floor, blaming not only his Democratic counterparts, but also liberal celebrities for their anti-Trump comments in the past.
“Robert De Niro said that he wanted to punch the president in the face. Madonna thought about blowing up the White House. Kathy … Griffin held up a likeness of the president’s beheaded head. And nothing was said by my colleagues at that point,” Buck said, trying to draw a line between the president being accused of inciting violence during last week’s Capitol attack and celebrities’ previous statements.
In 2017, the Queen of Pop took the stage at the Women’s March on Washington, the day after Trump was inaugurated as president, and made some provocative comments to the crowd, though she finished with a message of love. “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair,” the “Material Girl” singer said during the March. “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? Say this with me: We. Choose. Love.”
Madonna took to Instagram a day after her speech and clarified that she didn’t mean to promote violence with her comment and that acting out of the anger she felt “doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love.”
Griffin noted her only takeaway from Buck’s speech was that she and Madonna were being name-dropped, according to her Twitter.
Watch Buck’s statement below.