After the 2016 election, many on the left started spreading images of President Donald Trump being killed in a variety of ways. Fortunately, some are starting to learn that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.
Just recently, an image was published online showing Kathy Griffin, an anti-Trump comedian, posing with a fake, severed head of Donald Trump, sparking outrage. She initially tried to defend the despicable photoshoot, but later issued an apology. The grotesque image can be seen below (Warning, graphic content):
According to reports, Griffin recently partnered with Tyler Shields, a photographer based in Los Angeles, to produce a series of anti-Trump images. In one photo, they took a hyper-realistic mask of Donald Trump and covered it with blood. She then held the President’s bloody head, which looked like it had been severed, out in front of her and stared coldly into the camera.
Many Trump supporters were understandably outraged by the disturbing image, which looked similar to images of beheadings conducted by the so-called “Islamic State,” including the President’s own son. On Twitter, Donald Jr. tweeted, “disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?”
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
Surprisingly, even some liberals spoke out against the comedian. Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, tweeted, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”
Jake Tapper, a well-known opponent of Trump, also condemned the idea, stating, “It’s pretty disgusting. I can’t imagine how anybody would think that’s appropriate.”
Even her longtime friend Anderson Cooper spoke out against the image. “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate,” he tweeted.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017
In response to the criticism, she initially decided to try and defend what she had done. “I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever’ Also @tylershields great Photog/filmmaker,” she tweeted, referring to comments Trump made about Megan Kelly in the past. In a follow-up tweet, she wrote, “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”
The comment about Kelly that Griffin is talking about was said by Trump long before he was the President. Back in 2015, after being aggressively questioned by Kelly, Trump told reporters, “you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base.” Many on the left thought his comments were sexist. However, he clarified that he was merely talking about how confrontational she was and claimed that when he said “wherever” he was talking about her nose.
Griffin’s decision to double down only sparked more outrage. Many began demanding boycotts of her comedy shows. Others reached out to CNN and told them to reconsider letting her participate in their annual New Year’s Eve broadcast, which is something she’s done several times before. The news network responded by issuing a press release. “We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” they stated, adding, “[but] we are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are [currently] evaluating our New Year’s Eve coverage and have made no decisions at this point.”
Due to the massive pushback, Griffin was forced to delete her previous tweets and issue an official apology. “I sincerely apologize,” she said in a 30-second video posted on Twitter. “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,” she continued, adding, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. Taking down the image. I am going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong.” Despite her apology, the Secret Service suggested on Twitter that she was under investigation.
As a country, it is imperative that we stand up against those spreading images of our president being killed. It needs to be clear that threats made against the president will not be tolerated. Allowing this in manner is a form of condoning it and could put his life in true danger.