Comedian Kathy Griffin claims that, while she's doing well on tour overseas, she's unable to do a U.S. national comedy tour because she'd "be shot" by a Trump supporter.
Speaking to Politico Wednesday, Griffin says that, after posing for a controversial photo that showed her holding up Donald Trump's (fake) severed head, she's received death threats that she's afraid Americans will act on.
“I wish I could tour in the U.S. without getting shot — I know I can’t. I was in the middle of a 50-city tour when the tweet happened. It was canceled in 24 hours," Griffin said, apparently unaware that the backlash to her photo was not simply swift but also, generally, bipartisan.
She went on to claim that the photo really wasn't that bad, but that Donald Trump had escalated matters by using her stunt as a "tool" to distract from "his bad news of the day."
“After that, I had to go offline because of the death threats,” she said. “He didn’t use my handle in his tweet, so he didn’t have my followers coming after him.”
Of course, it's not as though Donald Trump doesn't have his own detractors. Or that anyone watching the drama play out was somehow unaware of whom Trump was referencing.
Given that Griffin has often translated her own misfortune into success in stand-up, it's hard to believe that she's not wanted anywhere in the United States simply because of Donald Trump, but for now she's keeping to YouTube and other self-publishing platforms (except Twitter) where she can exert some measure of control over feedback.
“My YouTube is lit. I really do have a real story to tell. In my live act, I talk about the interrogation with the feds and how everybody turned on me on every platform," she said. "I still can’t tweet a picture of my new puppies without getting all hateful responses in broken English.”