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Kathy Griffin: Donald Trump is 'messing with the wrong redhead'

Kathy Griffin and civil-rights lawyer Lisa Bloom came for Donald Trump Friday.

"I’m not afraid of Trump," she said. "He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole career."

She spoke to reporters in order to address what they both view as a disproportionate response by the president and his family after she posed with a fake, severed Trump head for photographer Tyler Shields.

Those photos, Bloom said, were meant to be a parody of Trump's infamous "blood-blood-coming-out-of-her-whatever" comments about then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

"She captioned it, 'There was blood coming out of his wherever.' It was a parody of Trump's own sexist remarks taken to an extreme, absurdist visual."

Following the release of the photo, the president tweeted, "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"
His eldest child, Donald Jr., called Griffin's photo "disgusting" in a tweet. On Wednesday, in a flurry of tweets, he called her subsequent apology "phony." He also mocked CNN for lacking the "moral and ethical standards" of Squatty Potty, the toilet stool company who fired Griffin before they did.

In a statement, first lady Melania Trump said the incident makes one "wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."

Bloom said that her client never imagined it could be misinterpreted as a threat of violence against Trump. "That was never what she intended."

In addition to losing her New Year's TV gig on CNN, an endorsement and several standup performances, Griffin has received "detailed, specific" death threats and is under investigation by the United States Secret Service, which her criminal attorney, Dmitry Gorin, expects will be resolved in her favor.

Griffin's hands shook and her voice occasionally became choked as she discussed the emotional impact of the last week.

"He broke me and then I was like 'No, this isn’t right'. I apologized because was the right thing to do. Then it became a mob mentality pile-on."


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