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Kathy Griffin: ‘A sitting president of the US … is personally trying to ruin my life forever’

A defiant and emotional Kathy Griffin is speaking out against abuse and death threats she says she’s received for photo she posed for holding a bloody, decapitated head meant to be Donald Trump’s.

‘If you don’t stand up, you get run over,’ Griffin said at a press conference today.

‘What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country. A sitting president of the US … is personally trying to ruin my life forever.’

Griffin apologized the same day the photo was posted online and asked that it be taken down.

But she has still lost jobs because of the backlash including her high-profile gig co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper.

Of the CNN firing she said: ‘It’s hurtful to me. There’s a bunch of old white guys trying to silence me and I’m just here to say that it’s wrong.’

She has also lost upcoming live bookings in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

‘I don’t think I will have a career after this,’ Griffin said tearfully. ‘I’m going to be honest. He broke me.’

But she added: ‘I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career.’

For more than a decade, Griffin has been one of the most successful stand-up comediennes in the US winning two Emmys and a Grammy and authoring two best-selling memoirs. She also holds the world record for starring in the most stand-up comedy TV specials.

The staunch LGBTI ally is determined to go on.

‘This president, of all people, is going to come after me? He picked the wrong redhead.’ Griffin said.

‘I’m gonna make fun of the president, and you know what? I’m going to make fun of him more now. … I’m not going to be collateral damage for this fool.’

She stands by her apology for the photo which was taken by Tyler Shields and insists it was meant as a parody.

‘I made a horrible, horrible call,’ she said. ‘Trust me, if I could redo the whole thing I’d have a blow up doll and no ketchup.’

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  1. I love Kathy. I knew she would be put through hell.

  2. I’ve never been a fan; but, it’s quite ridiculous how this is playing out.

    I have no issues with CNN and others dropping her. That’s sometimes going to happen when you take a strong position, regardless of your political inclinations.

    The hypocrisy is what is enraging. Nugent and others get by with saying horrible things about Obama and the right wing screams “free speech!!” the whole time. When it’s on the other hand they scream about how they’re so insulted and basically want her eradicated. Ridiculous and hypocritical.

    It’s time to accept that this President is going to get away with anything he wants as long as the right in the US looks the other way. He has been accused of abuses, rapes, skipping out on bills, and countless other things. They simply don’t care. I personally don’t understand it.

  3. Oh, I have to disagree and I’m not a republican, but when they had Obama masks and hanging Obama dummy from the tree, the media and public was RIGHTFULLY outraged. No matter how bad we may think Trump’s policies are, a civil society should never stoop to such tactics. Griffin only cares about her career and promoting herself, not the American people. Don’t they get it yet? Everytime they attack Trump it only increases his fan base.

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