Some might remember the controversial photo shoot of comedian Kathy Griffin where she was photographed holding what looked like President Trump’s severed head covered in copious amounts of blood.
She defended her photo shoot as a form of “art” and said that she is “not afraid to do images that make noise.” It seems she might have reason to be afraid now, as reports have come out that Kathy Griffin has been interviewed by the Secret Service for over an hour and the investigation is still not closed. (via Fox News)
The comedian is paying a steep price for her tasteless pictures, as she lost her contract with CNN to host the New Year’s Eve segment with Anderson Cooper, as well as her position as spokesperson for a personal care company that she was representing.
Her surprise visit by the Secret Service was icing on the cake.
Her attorney claimed that she was simply exercising her First Amendment right to tell a joke. He further stated that, “When you look at everything in the media, all the time entertainers make videos or express themselves in other ways, you’ve never seen an entertainer, let alone a comedian, be subject to a criminal investigation.” (via Independent Journal Review)
Holding a severed head of the current president seems far more than any ordinary joke. Her attorney should not need the reminder that threatening the president of the United States is a Class E felony under the United States Code, Title 18, Section 871, which prohibits knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making any threat to the president, and is punishable by 1-5 years in prison.
Trump tweeted in response, saying, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11-year-old son Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
It is good to see that there is a line where liberal comedians and celebrities cannot cross in their endless vilification of the president. Johnny Depp made a reference to killing Trump two weeks ago, where he asked a crowd, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Thankfully, he later apologized for the remark.
What’s worse is that these comments set a bad example to follow. There have already been over 12,000 Twitter posts calling for the president’s death. Heather Lowrey was one of the many calling for his murder, tweeting, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump.” She ended up being investigated by the Secret Service under the same section of the law that Kathy Griffin is being investigated under. (via Breitbart)
Obviously, the Secret Service has their hands full dealing with the sheer number of people who express these morbid sentiments, but it’s reassuring to see things are turning against those who so freely threaten the very lives of others for no other reason than disagreeing with their policies.
Hopefully, we may one day return to an era where we can disagree with each other politically without having the need to make veiled death threats. Working to get Americans to a point where we can all “agree to disagree” will go a long way into preserving peace in our Republic.