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Andrew McCarthy on Madonna WH 'Threat': Fantasy, Not Felony

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 04:21 PM

Madonna's quip to Women's March on Washington protesters that she imagined blowing up the White House was a "despicable" comment — but it can't be considered a threat against President Donald Trump, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax TV.

"It wasn't a threat. She said she fantasized about blowing up the White House and I think you know frankly our culture and our discourse would've been better these many decades if we had been spared Madonna's fantasies," McCarthy said Tuesday to Steve Malzberg on "America Talks Live."

"As despicable as it may be — what she said should be branded indelibly on what that freak show was about on Saturday which was really the hard left on parade — that's a different issue from whether it amounts to a legal threat."

In her rant during a speech at Saturday's march, The Material Girl told demonstrators protesting Donald Trump's swearing in as the nation's 45th president:

"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. We cannot fall into despair."

A day later, she took to Instagram to clarify the crack, writing, "I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.

"My speech began with 'I want to start a revolution of love' … 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."

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McCarthy, who served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said with free speech under assault across the nation, "we need to be very careful encouraging the government [to investigate] where it's pretty clear that no law was broken."

"If she had said 'we all ought to race down Pennsylvania Avenue and blow up the White House' and then somebody acted on it I would say under these circumstances sure that ought to be looked at as incitement," McCarthy said.

"If she had said 'Once I'm done here, I'm going to make my way down Pennsylvania Avenue to blow up the White House,' that would be a threat and that should be prosecuted. But that's not really what she said here.

McCarthy is a contributing editor for National Review and author of "Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment," published by Encounter Books.

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Madonna's quip to Women's March on Washington protesters that she imagined blowing up the White House was a "despicable" comment — but it can't be considered a threat against President Donald Trump, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax TV.
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