After singer Madonna joked about wanting to blow up the White House during the Women’s March rally Saturday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called for her arrest Monday.
“She is parallel to the young fascists who ran around town breaking windows, all of whom should be given the maximum sentence,” Gingrich said on Fox & Friends.
“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,” he said. “Frankly, the truth is she ought to be arrested for saying she has thought about blowing up the White House.”
Under U.S. case law, threats and incitement are only illegal when they are considered “true threats” with actual violent intent behind them, not just political hyperbole (elsewise a great many celebrities and political observers would find themselves in the slammer).