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Kathy Griffin Denounces Bizarre Video of Trump Killing Her

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Kathy Griffin has condemned a video showing Donald Trump shooting and stabbing his critics — a video that includes Griffin among those who were murdered.

According to the New York Times, the bizarre video played at Trump’s Miami resort last weekend during a three-day conference held by the pro-Trump group American Priority. In the video, Trump enters the “Church of Fake News” and goes on a killing spree of those in attendance, with the logos of news organizations and faces of public figures superimposed over the heads of bodies. 

Titled “The Trumpsman,” the video is a parody of a similar scene from the 2014 spy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. Griffin is among the casualties, while others include Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, and Barack Obama.

Griffin retweeted a link to the video on Sunday after it was posted by New York magazine contributor Yashar Ali.

“Im depicted as being murdered by The President of the United States in this video,” she wrote. “The left, right & center left me hanging out to dry regarding the Trump mask photo. Please don’t let it happen again. No, this video isn’t a joke to his followers. And it will not be taken as such.”

The comedian drew widespread ire in 2017 after she posted an image of her holding a bloody, severed head of Trump, taken by photographer Tyler Shields as part of a controversial photo shoot. Griffin apologized, but the backlash resulted in her losing out on a comedy tour. She was also fired from her gig as a cohost on CNN’s New Years’ Eve program and was replaced by Andy Cohen.

Griffin later retracted her apology and shared her side of the story on a comedy tour, titled “Laugh Your Head Off,” during which she detailed how the incident nearly ruined her career and her friendships with various celebrities, including New Years’ Eve co-host Anderson Cooper.

It also led to an investigation from the Secret Service and the assistant U.S. attorney’s office, during which Griffin faced a possible charge for conspiracy to assassinate the president. 

Griffin was cleared after a two-month probe that she claims was politically motivated by Trump himself.

“I was punished as if I had actually cut someone’s head off,” she told Out in a 2018 interview. “I learned the hard way that it doesn’t matter what you do. … This experience has absolutely made me more unfiltered. I’m sorry, Michelle Obama, I worship you, but when they go low, I’m going lower.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted on Sunday that Trump hadn’t yet seen the video in question but “strongly condemns” what it depicted. 

American Priority has not apologized for the video, which it claims was “submitted by a third party. The organization claims to support an “America First” agenda and “highlights American culture, and values as well as solutions to issues we face as a nation.” 

Donald Trump Jr., former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Florida governor Ron DeSantis were among those billed to speak at the conference, according to the New York Times.

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