Kathy Griffin has never been coy about her aversion to Donald Trump. The now notorious photo of Griffin, in which she’s pictured holding up the fake, severed head of Trump covered in ketchup, attests to her fearlessness in expressing this discontent with POTUS 45.
But the severed-head fiasco is only the latest in a long series of digs aimed at the president. Griffin has long been an opponent of Trump’s, and by marshaling her own brand of acerbic wit, has skewered and roasted him in interviews, comedy specials, and various other platforms long before this latest image came out.
In one memorable video, Griffin spoofed an anti-Trump ad put out by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. The video featured a number of misogynistic sound bites from Trump over the years, interlaced with clips of Griffin telling Trump to “f*ck off.”
In a parody of a famous Michelle Obama line, Griffin mentioned in the spoof, “Sorry Michelle, but when he goes low, I go lower.”
She confirmed as much in a recent stand-up comedy set during her “Celebrity Run-In Tour,” which featured a good chunk of material criticizing Trump. As Griffin explained early on in that set, her remarks were only going to grow more “politically incorrect” now as a response to Trump.
“I will not be holding back in this political environment,” she mentioned. “I’ve decided to become worse. Because I’m a lady.”
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Her appearances on various news and entertainment programs, such as MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, revealed Griffin’s commitment to lambasting Trump.
“I’m a big resister, and I don’t believe in compromise with this president. I also think he’s crazy. I think he’s mentally ill. He’s also an idiot,” Griffin told Matthews earlier this year.
Yet despite all of the vitriol she’s spewed about Trump in the past, her comments never met with anywhere near the level of controversy garnered by her latest photo.
The image of Griffin holding up what appears to be Trump’s severed head has instigated a public outcry against the comedian, with many feeling she had taken this latest stunt way too far.
As a consequence of the picture, which photographer Tyler Shields released on social media this Tuesday, Griffin has lost her position as host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve special, along with numerous other jobs and sponsorships.
The comedian apologized for the provocative photo soon after it came out, but the initial outrage has only increased since then.
Many high profile figures have since come out in condemnation of the photo. Donald Trump Jr. expressed his anger over the image in a recent tweet, and Chelsea Clinton also denounced it, writing that the picture was “vile and wrong.”
Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS? https://t.co/QdghcbIjS7
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 30, 2017
This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 30, 2017
Griffin has received death threats as a result of the image and has even been contacted by the Secret Service.
Yesterday, Griffin held a press conference in which she apologized again for the picture, this time while trying to fight back tears.
But she also stated that “if you don’t stand up, you get run over.” She went on to argue that Trump was actively trying to ruin her life, which was a sentiment that Griffin’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, reinforced during the press conference.
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“As a result of the first family bullying her, she has been vilified, getting death threats, fired from multiple jobs and had multiple events canceled,” Bloom stated.
“I’m going to be honest,” Griffin said at one of her most vulnerable moments. “He broke me. He broke me. He broke me.”
But she also reaffirmed her refusal to back down to Trump and even confirmed her intention go on mocking him in the future.
“I’m not good at being appropriate,” Griffin said. “I’m only good at doing comedy one way. It’s in your face. I’m going to make fun of the president. And I’m going to do it more now.”
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