Kathy Griffin held a news press conference, with her attorney Lisa Bloom, addressing the bloody Trump mask photo shoot. She alleges that the Trump family is bullying her since the incident, which caused national outrage — and it was a disaster of a train wreck.
Kathy Griffin and civil-rights lawyer Lisa Bloom came for Donald Trump Friday.
“i’m not afraid of Trump,” she said. “He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole career.”
She spoke to reporters in order to address what she saw as a disproportionate response by the president and his family after she posed with a fake, severed Trump head for photographer Tyler Shields.
He wants to mess with me?” the comedian said at a press conference in Los Angeles. “He picked the wrong redhead!”
Following the release of the photo, 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!”
His eldest child, Donald Jr., called Griffin’s photo “disgusting” in a tweet. On Wednesday, in a flurry of tweets, he called her subsequent apology “phony.” He also mocked CNN for lacking the “moral and ethical standards” of Squatty Potty, the toilet stool company who fired Griffin before they did.
In a statement, first lady Melania Trump said the incident makes one “wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”
Bloom is quite familiar with Trump: She represented Jill Harth, the first woman to publicly accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. Harth, a makeup artist hired to work with him on his pageant business, said he groped and sexually assaulted her in 1997. They settled that case and Harth kept quiet for years until other women began speaking out against him during the 2016 election season. Harth went as far as threatening to countersue him if he followed through on his threats to sue his accusers.
Griffin apologized within hours of the images appearing online. But she was roundly criticized for the photo and suffered financial repercussions, including the loss of her New Year’s hosting gig on CNN, an endorsement deal and canceled standup performances in New Jersey and New Mexico.
Kathy Griffin was recently fired from several gigs, including CNN, and several recent comedy shows she had lined up.
After left-wing ‘comedian’ Kathy Griffin posed with a bludgeoned look-alike, severed head of President Donald Trump, social media has exploded with reactions to the controversial photo.
Griffin says the Trump family is trying to “ruin her life, forever.”
She jokes about meeting Trump and her hair. “This is America, and you shouldn’t have to die for it,” Griffin adds, mentioning the death threats she’s been receiving.
Here’s Fox News’ Howard Kurtz’s take:
Kathy Griffin Press Conference Quotes
“If I don’t stand up and say this,” Griffin feels that her younger fans would get the wrong message.
“I don’t want this [the bullying] to happen to anyone else,” Griffin says.
“it’s in your face comedy, I keep it real,” Griffin says. She adds that she will continue to “make fun of” President Trump despite the backlash and her claim that the family is bullying her.
Griffin says some people have come up to her and defended her photo shoot.
“I’m not laying down for [Trump]” Griffin says as she gets emotional.
Griffin takes questions.
Reporters asks about Griffin’s joke about Barron Trump she made before: “Many things on the news that are not appropriate for children,” Bloom says. She calls for parents to filter out “inappropriate” content.
Griffin says she “makes fun of everyone in my act.”
On Trump saying Barron was “traumatized”: You don’t know if the president is lying, Bloom says.
Griffin says she didn’t think people would be trying to “murder” her and thinks Trump should be doing her job.
Kathy Griffin Recalls The Tuesday The Photo And Video Were Released:
Griffin recounts Tuesday when the photo was first released.
The comedian says she contacted Tyler Shields, says the two get together every couple of years to do “ridiculous” photo shoots.
Griffin notes that saw that Shield’s work was powerful. She says she made a mistake, and it was end of day.
“I started to think of that Megyn Kelly” comment Trump made, the comedian says.
She got a Trump mask and used ketchup for blood.
Griffin “wanted to give someone” something to talk about.
“There was never an intention to threaten anyone with this photograph.”
Twitter Reactions To The Kathy Griffin and Lisa Bloom Press Conference:
Wanna laugh?? Check out this bit from the @Kathygriffin Lisa Bloom presser?
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— Boston??Bobblehead (@DBloom451) June 2, 2017
Full Kathy Griffin Press Conference Disaster:
Utilize the fast forward/rewind Youtube function as this is the presser in full.
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