Kathy Griffin’s Severed Trump Head Stunt Is Just Plain Wrong
(And Why Give Our Opponents Ammunition?)
I think Kathy Griffin is funny. I loved her Bravo TV show, and her early support of LGBT civil rights has been very welcome.
But Kathy Griffin has just made it a little bit harder for liberals to claim the moral high ground in the never-ending battle that is America. The stand-up comedian who may be best-known for standing with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Times Square every New Year’s Eve just recorded a short video and posed for a photograph of herself with what is supposed to look like the dripping, bloody, severed head of PresidentÂ Donald Trump.
TMZ posted the video, which NCRM will not post here. The image is also all over Twitter, but we will not post it here either.Â
Whatever her reasoning for pulling this unacceptableÂ and tasteless stunt is, it doesn’t matter.
Regular readers know that for the past 18 months, the vast majority of NCRM’s articles are anti-Trump. We’re proud to be that voice, to inform our readers of the latest destructive attacks on America this President and his administration have made. (And in fact, we do it exceptionally well.) We do it to help make it stop, and to help move people to informed action.
But it’s time Americans draw a line, and say our political discourse has become unacceptably destructive. It’s perfectly acceptable and patrioticÂ to attackÂ Donald Trump’s policies, his ridiculous remarks, his offensive behavior, and attacks on our allies and on America and Americans. It’s also vital that as Americans we respect the Office of the President, even if our own President will not. And that means saying “no” to a bloody severed “head” of Trump.
It means that just as we denounced the attacks on President Barack Obama, the disgusting memes, the birtherism, and the grotesque images of him being lynched, we also must denounce this vile assault on Trump. Yes, even Trump.
Donald Trump Jr. posted to TwitterÂ a link to the Drudge Report’s story including the image, saying, the left considers this acceptable.
Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS? https://t.co/QdghcbIjS7
â€” Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 30, 2017
He apparently hasn’t seen the countless, vile, disgusting images of Obama with a noose around his neck.Â
Of course, Griffin is just one person, and as much as I often find her funny, I can say this does not represent me or my beliefs, and based on the responses to this tweet I posted, I can say it seems the vast majority on the left don’t think it’s acceptable either.
Kathy Griffinâ€™s disgusting effort to get attention by posing with a fake severed head of Donald Trump is offensive, wrong, and unacceptable.
â€” David Badash (@davidbadash) May 30, 2017
Every once in a while we need to take a stand, even if it’s unpopular, justÂ to ensure we’re not blindly playing follow the leader.
This one should be easy.
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Trump Indictment Is a Massive 34 Counts: CNN
When he appears in New York next week, Donald Trump will face a 34-count indictment.
CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.”
JUST IN: CNN’s John Miller says Trump will face 34 counts related to falsifying business recordshttps://t.co/XqxXbMBcSC pic.twitter.com/oY1blHS8K0
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 30, 2023
Attorney Tristan Snell, who assisted in the successful prosecution of the Trump University case for the New York Attorney General’s Office, responded via Twitter:
“This is WAY more than expected. If this is correct, it could mean that the indictment covers FAR more than the Stormy Daniels hush money — like Karen McDougal hush money or other hush money/catch-and-kill cases.”
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“My hunch for a while,” Snell adds, “given [David] Pecker’s involvement and the drawn-out timetable of the indictment, plus the TWENTY interviews of Michael Cohen with the DA, showed that something far larger than Stormy might be in the works.”
“May still be wrong, of course. But 34 counts is a LOT!”
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Says It Is Coordinating With Trump to ‘Surrender’
Donald Trump’s attorneys were notified Thursday afternoon a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him on felony charges related to his alleged hush money payoff of a porn star he reported slept with.
The ex-president’ attorney recently said if indicted Trump would travel to New York to turn himself in.
The Office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has just issued a strongly-worded statement saying it is “coordinating” with Trump’s attorneys for his “surrender.”
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” the statement reads.
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The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery posted the statement to Twitter.
Breaking news: Manhattan DA is negotiating for Trump’s “surrender.” pic.twitter.com/9fFx7heiGA
— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery) March 30, 2023
NBC News explains the process, noting he is expected to be arraigned next week.
“After the indictment, Trump will be arrested and taken into custody. He will likely have a mug shot and fingerprints taken,” NBC reports. “Trump will then appear in court to be arraigned, where he will hear charges and enter a plea. Two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that the former president is likely to be arraigned next week. Trump will either be jailed or released while pre-trial hearings take place.”
'INDICTED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR'
‘You Can’t Stand on Fifth Avenue and Just Shoot Somebody’: Donald Trump Indicted – Legal Experts Respond
Just past 5:00 PM ET The New York Times broke the news that Donald Trump, the ex-president, had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on felony charges.
It is a historic moment.
Legal experts are weighing in to help guide Americans through an event that has never before happened in this country.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman says the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history a president is facing criminal charges is itself a problem.
“I think it would have not been a novel event,” Ackerman said on MSNBC, “if we had done this 49 years ago with Richard Nixon, and he had not been pardoned, this will not be a big event [that] it is today.”
READ MORE: New Poll Sends Trump Damning Message About 2024 if He’s Criminally Indicted
“Everybody should be held accountable,” Ackerman added, citing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s earlier remarks. Cohen testified repeatedly before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump late Thursday afternoon after a three-hour session.
Ackerman lamented that despite over 30 people being indicted during Watergate, “Richard Nixon was pardoned, he wasn’t held accountable.”
“I think this is very important,” Ackerman continued, “establishing a principle, a line in the sand, that even if you’re the President of the United States, and you commit a crime, you can’t stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and just shoot somebody.”
Ackerman was referring to Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 election, when he bragged he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, also on MSNBC, said, “It’s important and sobering that we had somebody who had the highest office of this country who has now ben indicted for his behavior, his acts, in order to win that office, but also faces what are more shoes that will drop, I believe.”
“It is a sobering moment for this country, that we are witnessing this happened to somebody who was entrusted with such power who has now had a jury of his peers, because that is what a grand jury also is, say we believe he had to face the music.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now a professor of law, called this a “moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans, because we re all so familiar with Donald Trump’s tactics.”
Fmr. federal prosecutor @JoyceWhiteVance joins “The Beat” on news of Donald Trump’s indictment – “A moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/H4odpLre3C
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) March 30, 2023
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