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‘I Didn’t Break the Law’
“You can be as offended by that photo all you want, that doesn’t bother me at all. But I want people to know I didn’t break the law,” Griffin told the AP. “If you take a photo like that, you didn’t break the law. I didn’t violate the First Amendment in any way. If you take a photo like that, you didn’t violate the First Amendment in any way.”
President Trump tweeted at the time, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
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
‘Vile and Wrong’
Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton echoed similar sentiments, tweeting, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”
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
Clinton makes a good point.
In an age of mass shooters and other random acts of violence carried out by mentally unstable people, the last thing those with influence should be doing is promoting violence. Griffin is a comedian and should not be held to the same standards as an elected official, but there is a line and she definitely crossed it.
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There’s a reason so many across the ideological spectrum has such a harsh reaction it: The stunt went far beyond partisanship and was an offense to common decency.
If that makes one “unemployable and uninsurable,” perhaps they will think twice before doing something so heinous again.
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