Trump, Others Condemn Kathy Griffin ‘Beheading’ Photo
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday condemned Kathy Griffin’s photo shoot with a bloodied Trump mask on Twitter.
Trump, on his Twitter handle, said “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself”.
The president also expressed concerns that his children were having a hard time with the Trump’s ‘decapitated’ photo shoot.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself.
“My children, especially my 11 year old son, Baron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” Trump tweeted.
Donald Trump Jr. echoed a similar sentiment earlier and accused the comedian of giving a “phony apology”.
“The #kathygriffin phony apology would be a lot easier to believe if there was a video of her mocking the response she knew was coming,” Trump Jr. wrote just before the president tweeted about it.
On Tuesday, he also posted an Instagram photo with a lengthy caption that condemned Griffin’s actions.
Griffin, a CNN co-host for the network’s New Year’s Eve programme, had shared the image in a now-deleted tweet.
“I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his … wherever,’” she wrote on her twitter handle.
In a second tweet, she added: “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief”.
In a video posted on social media on Tuesday night, Griffin said she crossed the line and that the image was too disturbing.
“I sincerely apologise I am just now seeing the reaction of these images,” she said.
Criticism came from liberals and conservatives, including former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Democratic Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea.