President Trump tweeted his disgust over a photo comedienne Kathy Griffin posted of herself holding a fake, bloody head of the commander in chief. Trump tweeted on Wednesday, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
TMZ reported that young Barron Trump actually saw the photograph in question.
First Lady Melania Trump responded to Griffin in a statement on Twitter that condemned the photo. Melania Trump’s statement read:
“As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. 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.”
The photograph was shot by celebrity photog Tyler Shields and posted to Twitter on Tuesday. Griffin tweeted: “I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his … wherever.'” Once an ensuing uproar was unleashed, Griffin issued an apology.
On Tuesday, Griffin erased the photo and issued a video apology. She said, “I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction to these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line. Then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask your forgiveness.”
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?” Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted,
“Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin’s post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.”
At least one Democrat chimed in. Chelsea Clinton tweeted, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.” CNN’s news host Anderson Cooper, who has co-hosted the network’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Griffin, also condemned the post. He tweeted: “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a response: “Thank you. Will you work with her again if @CNN has her back in air? Asking for a lot of people.”
For its part, CNN claimed that it is currently “evaluating” its relationship with Griffin. CNN released a statement saying, “We found what she did disgusting and offensive.” It went on to say, “We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating our New Year’s Eve coverage and have made no decisions at this point.”
Griffin’s photo caught the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, which noted that such “threats against [our] protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations.” Reportedly, the agency is looking into the circumstances of the photograph.