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D-List comedienne Kathy Griffin, who once posed holding a fake severed head of former President Trump, continued her gruesome and tasteless obsession with the 45th president Monday by suggesting his late first wife’s body be exhumed.
The cold-hearted comic’s joke was apparently about Trump allegedly having classified documents at his Florida home. In trying to make a punchline of Ivana Trump, who died tragically in mid-July after falling down the stairs at her home in New York City, Griffin tweeted, “Exhume Ivana.”
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 15, 2022
Griffin, who was a fixture on CNN’s New Year’s Eve specials for years, posed for a May 2017 photo session by photographer Tyler Shields in which she held up a bloody replica of Trump’s severed head. TMZ obtained a copy of the shot before the picture’s release, reporting that Griffin joked during the shoot that she and Shields would need to flee to Mexico after the release or they’d go to prison.
The stunt was too much even for CNN.
“We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” the network said in a statement. “We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating New Year’s Eve and have made no decisions at this point.”
But by the end of August 2017 Griffin indicated she was unrepentant. Appearing on Australia’s “Sunrise Live” with hosts David Koch and Samantha Armytage, she brazenly stated that she wasn’t sorry for the infamous photo, calling the incendiary reaction to the photo “B.S.”, referring to the “atrocities” perpetrated by President Trump, and whining about all she had suffered because she’s a woman.
“You were very sorry at the time; you apologized,” Koch said in the interview. “You were very upset. Are you no longer sorry for it?
“Correct,” Griffin replied. “I’m no longer sorry. The whole outrage was B.S. The whole thing got so blown out of proportion. And I lost everybody; I had Chelsea Clinton tweeting against me. I had friends, Debra Messing, from ‘Will and Grace’, tweeting against me. I mean, I lost everybody. And so I have been through the mill, I also, I didn’t just lose like, one night on CNN; my entire tour was canceled within 24 hours because every single theater got all these death threats. I mean, these Trump fans; they’re hard-core. They have, like, robocalls, and they’re a minority, but they know how to act like they’re a majority.”
Armytage pointed out that it wasn’t just “Trump fans” who took offense, noting that liberal actress Debra Messing and Chelsea Clinton had denounced the photo.
“Do you not agree that that picture, holding up a severed head, I know it’s a mask, covered in tomato sauce, but do you do not accept that was a little bit over the line?” Armytage asked.
A defiant Griffin snapped back at the hosts.
“You’re full of crap,” she said. “Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the President of the United States is committing, and I’m also on a mission to tell people honestly if it happened to me, as big-mouthed and obnoxious as I am, it can happen to you.”
On the night of the 2020 presidential election, as results were still being tabulated all over the country, Griffin retweeted the infamous photo.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 4, 2020