A day after Donald Trump assumed office as the 45thPresident of the United States, women across the world took to the streets to protest in an early indication of the strong opposition the newly inaugurated Republican may face in office.
Several celebrities such as Madonna, who were part of the protests, also made some scathing remarks against President Trump. Not one for euphemisms, Madonna opened her speech by urging Americans to reject “this new age of tyranny, where not just women are in danger but all marginalised people, where being uniquely different right now might truly be considered a crime. It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f— up.”
She later said, “To our detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything, f— you.” In fact, after her third use of the F-word, the CNN journalist had to take away the microphone from her.
Conservative commentators took exception most to Madonna’s remark that she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know this won’t change anything.” Instead, Madonna said that rather than falling into despair, she would “choose love,” the Wrap reported.
Madonna’s remarks have not gone down well with conservatives, with Piers Morgan, who is a close friend of Trump saying, “Madonna’s guaranteed all the headlines will now be about her White House bomb threat & F-word rant. She’s wrecked the #WomensMarch.”
Fox News political analyst David Wohl added that Madonna was “a pathetic, washed-up, has-been who apparently thinks that threatening @realDonaldTrump will somehow spark her dead career.”
It’s officially Trump versus the media
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attacked the media for its coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Spencer accused some members of the media of deliberately engaging in ‘false reporting’.
“There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable. And I’m here to tell you it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable as well,” he told reporters.
A Slate.com blog by Daniel Politi suggested that White House veterans were ‘shocked’ at what transpired. “It is embarrassing, as an American, to watch this briefing by Sean Spicer from the podium at the White House,” conservative commentator William Kristol, who has long been opposed to Trump, wrote on Twitter.
According to CNN, Spicer suggested Trump would bypass traditional media outlets he believes are unfairly reporting on his presidency.”The American people deserve better, and so long as he serves as the messenger for this incredible movement, he will take his message directly to the American people, where his focus will always be,” Spicer said.
The press briefing has also sparked off a lot debate over the facts presented by Spicer including the number of people that attended the inauguration. “This was the largest audience to ever witness the inauguration—period. Both in person and around the globe.”
According to the Slate blog, “it’s unclear how Spicer came to such a conclusion, but flat-out lying seems to be part of it.”