Rose McGowan defends herself after viral tweets on Trump and Iran

Rose McGowan is standing up for herself in a new interview after she criticized President Donald Trump over the threat of war with Iran in viral tweets on Friday.

In a new interview with the Associated Press (AP), McGowan, 46, shared her hopes for preventing violence, clarifying that while she doesn’t favor Iran over America, she does want America to change.

"I don't support Iran over America. I want America to be better," McGowan told the AP.

McGowan originally took to Twitter earlier on Friday to share her feelings after the U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani. In a series of tweets on the subject, McGowan wrote a message to the people of Iran.

“Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people,” McGowan wrote. “52% of us humbly apologize. We want peace with your nation. We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime. We do not know how to escape. Please do not kill us.” In a second tweet, she called the president a “d***head.”

McGowan then tweeted, “Of course #Soleimani was an evil evil man who did evil evil things. But that at this moment is not the f***king point. The United States is morally corrupt and acts illegally. It is only logical to appeal to Iran’s pride by apologizing. I’m taking one for the team.”

And later: “I do not side with Iran, but I most definitely do not side with the USA.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Rose McGowan attends the Mercy For Animals' Annual Hidden Heroes Gala at Vibiana on September 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: Actor Rose McGowan attends the screening of 'Lady in the Dark' during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26657_006 (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for TCM)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: Rose McGowan attends KYGO 'Stole The Show' documentary film premiere at The Metrograph on July 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Boots (L) and actress Rose McGowan attend the 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Rose McGowan attends the 'Filmstruck' launch event at 404 NYC on October 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Turner)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Rose McGowan attends Sexy Beast for Planned Parenthood LA at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Actress Rose McGowan attends 'SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra Of Rock' Screening during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Actress Rose McGowan attends Housing Works Design On A Dime Opening Night Reception at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Actors Rachael Leigh Cook (L) and Rose McGowan attend CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Women's Filmmaker Luncheon on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Actress Rose McGowan attends the New York Academy Of Art's Tribeca Ball 2016 on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 31: Actress Rose McGowan attends the premiere of 'Confirmation' at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Rose McGowan attends the Miu Miu Tales 11 screening event during New York Fashion Week at EN Japanese Brasserie on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Actress Rose McGowan attends The Powerpuff Girls x Moschino Launch Event at Moschino Store on February 4, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. Moschino PPG Event. 25923_001. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Turner)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Rose McGowan attends The Second Annual Horizon Awards on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Second Annual Horizon Awards)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Rose McGowan attends the Lena Dunham and Planned Parenthood Host Sex, Politics & Film Cocktail Reception at The Spur on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Rose McGowan attends Tangerine Entertainment Celebrates Women Filmmakers hosted by Writer/Director Rose McGowan at Photage Film Lounge on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 05: Actress Rose McGowan attends the Soho Beach House tent closing party with Rhonda International, Lisa Solberg's Mister Lee's Shangri La & Bombay Sapphire at Soho Beach House on December 5, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images For Soho House & Co)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 02: Rose McGowan attends Celebration for Francesco Vezzoli's Ossessione Vezzoli at Nautilus Hotel on December 2, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Rose McGowan attends the 53rd New York Film Festival 'NYFF Live' at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
Rose McGowan attends the '2015 New York City Ballet Fall Gala' at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)

McGowan followed up with an explanation about her fear of violence. “Ok, so I freaked out because we may have any impending war,” she tweeted. “Sometimes it’s okay to freak out on those in power. It’s our right. That is what so many Brave soldiers have fought for. That is democracy. I do not want any more American soldiers killed. That’s it.”

When questioned by the Associated Press about her statements, McGowan admitted that she recognizes her comments were unusual, but has a hard time believing both the U.S. and Iranian governments.

“I woke up, I stupidly looked at Twitter. I was going to the bathroom, and I was like, ‘what?’” she told the AP. “So, I just thought I would do something a little strange or unusual ... bloodshed should be avoided if you can. And I kind of just thought, what if I take a really bizarre way around this. A very strange thought, I understand.”

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