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 Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs
A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
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