Kathy Griffin re-shares beheaded Trump photo amid delayed election results
Kathy Griffin has tweeted out the highly controversial 2017 photo of her holding a prop meant to look like President Trump’s severed head as America awaits the results from the 2020 election.
Griffin shared the infamous, bloody photo again Wednesday after Trump declared victory in states that hadn’t yet reported official results.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 4, 2020
The image had gathered more than 60,000 likes and 9,000 retweets on Twitter as of Thursday afternoon, but hadn’t attracted anywhere near as much controversy as it did when Griffin first posted it more than three years ago.
At the time of the initial incident, Trump condemned Griffin, writing, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself.” He added that his children were “having a hard time” dealing with the violent image.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
The president hasn’t responded to Griffin resurfacing the picture as of yet.
The backlash the comedian received after initially posting the photo cost her multiple career opportunities, saw her interviewed by the Secret Service and caused her to receive death threats for years.
Griffin claimed she was the subject of a two-month federal investigation, faced charges of conspiracy to assassinate the president of the United States and was temporarily placed on the no-fly and International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, lists.
After initially apologizing for sharing the photo, Griffin changed her tune a few months later, saying, “I am no longer sorry. The whole outrage was B.S., the whole thing got so blown out of proportion and I lost everybody.”
A longtime co-host of CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration coverage, Griffin got fired from the job over the photo, with co-host and friend Anderson Cooper calling the move “disgusting.”
She recently recounted having to beg for a small role on the Netflix series “You.”
Despite the intense repercussions for her actions, Griffin told CBS News she would do it all again a year before re-sharing the image.