While taking part in a protest march in Washington DC on Saturday, Madonna said she had thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House”.
Trump supporters reacted angrily, claiming that there would have been uproar if such a comment had been made about former president Barack Obama.
Madonna has now said her remarks were taken “wildly out of context”.
I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase.”
She added she was trying to express there are two ways to respond to Donald Trump’s election – with hope or with anger – and said she wanted to start a “revolution of love”.
After Madonna made the comments, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told Fox News:
One of the singers said she wanted to blow up the White House. I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama?”
Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House aide, described Madonna’s speech as “destructive”.
She also drew attention to some reports that the secret service had been made aware of the singer’s comments.