Comedienne Kathy Griffin appeared emotional and tearful while blaming President Trump for her current troubles after she released a photo that depicted her holding a bloody fake head that resembled the president. At a Los Angeles press conference on Friday, she said, “I’m not afraid of Donald Trump.” Griffin said, “He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole career.”
“I don’t think I’ll have a career after this. He broke me.”
The image Griffin published has been roundly denounced by numerous public figures, including Chelsea Clinton. The Secret Service has begun an investigation. Griffin’s lawyer gave assurances that Griffin will “fully cooperate.” In wake of the controversy, Griffin has lost her job as a host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage. Her co-host, Anderson Cooper, criticized Griffin. At least one sponsor has cut ties with Griffin, who has also now had five scheduled tour dates canceled.
The emotional Griffin told the media that the Trump family “are personally trying to ruin my life forever” with their posts on social media. President Trump called the photo “sick,” while First Lady Melania Trump questioned Griffin’s sanity. The president tweeted: “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
However, Griffin believes that she has been targeted because of her sex. “This is a woman thing. I’m sorry if you don’t agree with me, but I live it. I’m 56 years old. Everywhere I go, there’s a male promoter. The people who sign my checks are white guys, usually older white guys.” Griffin said that she has received “specific” and “detailed” death threats. “You shouldn’t have to die for this,” Griffin said.
Earlier this week, Griffin issued an apology for the photo, which was taken by photographer Tyler Shields. She said at the time, “I went way too far,” adding, “It wasn’t funny. I get it.”
“As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing,” Melania Trump said in a statement. “When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”
Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted several times about the controversy, writing, “This is the left today. They consider this acceptable.” The younger Trump criticized CNN for not immediately cutting ties with the comedienne. He also tweeted, “Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?”
Griffin appeared to be down, but