In the now heavily militarised building, both top and rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats delivered, heard and supported pained speeches for the case to oust Trump.
As lawmakers sparred in the chamber, Buck blasted Madonna, Kathy Griffin and even Robert De Niro in a largely weak defence of Trump’s efforts to stoke violence.
He appeared to compare the president inciting a white supremacist insurrection that led to five deaths to, er, celebrities commenting on Trump.
Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) blames Capitol insurrection on anti-Trump comments from Robert de Niro, Madonna, and Kathy Griffin. pic.twitter.com/QTNfoxNcsQ
— The Recount (@therecount) January 13, 2021
GOP lawmaker Ken Buck attacks ‘Hollywood socialists’ like Madonna as he downplays Trump’s role in Capitol riots
“The socialists in Hollywood joined their allies in Congress,” he said.
“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.”
Griffin appreciated the shout-outs – which are sadly very, very real, made by a real, 61-year-old man – as she took to Twitter to say: “My one take away… ‘Kathy Griffin AND MADONNA.’”
My only take away…
“Kathy Griffin AND MADONNA”
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 13, 2021
De Niro and Trump have waged a war of the strongmen before and throughout the presidency, trading withering comments about one another. In a video encouraging voters to hit the polls in the 2016 presidential election, he said: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”
While Madonna has similarly emerged as one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, saying at a Women’s March in 2017 that she has “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House”.
A comment she later sought to stress had been taken out of context by critics. “I am not a violent person,” she said, imploring her followers to always “choose love”.
Griffin, meanwhile, has constantly skewered Trump with her satire. The flashpoint came in 2017 for a photograph of herself clutching a disembodied head of Trump covered in ketchup.
The ensuing backlash battered her mental health, she said in subsequent interviews, and cratered her lined-up work.
But unbowed by right-wing cancel culture, the Emmy award-winning comic has continued to sound out against Trump, even as she experienced coronavirus-like symptoms earlier last year.
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