Kathy Griffin was flanked by civil-rights lawyer Lisa Bloom during a press conference Friday morning to address the backlash from her controversial photo shoot.
In an Entertainment Tonight video, Griffin can be seen breaking down when asked if she’s had a chance to speak with Anderson Cooper regarding her firing from CNN. “I don’t think I’ll have a career after this,” she admitted. “He broke me.”
But, ever the fighter, Griffin wouldn’t be kept down. According to MSN the 56-year-old comedian said: “I’m not afraid of Trump. He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole career.”
Touching on her swift apology after seeing the backlash from the Tyler Shields photoshoot, Griffin understood why people were offended, but also saw the Trump family’s spin for what it was. “I apologized because that is the right thing to do, and I meant it,” she said. “And then I saw the tide turning and I saw what they were doing. They’re making it about Barron, obviously that was never my intent. I would never want to hurt anyone, much less a child. Then it was a mob-mentality pile on.”
Bloom was on hand to defend Griffin’s photoshoot as extreme satire. “The Supreme Court has ruled in a series of longstanding, bedrock cases that political satire is protected,” she said, according to MSN. “The government cannot retaliate against citizens for it. That’s an important legal right that is now under attack, as journalists, networks and artists fear retribution from Trump and his administration. He is hoping for a chilling effect on artists like Kathy.”
While it’s obvious that Griffin’s form of satire went to the extreme, her termination from CNN and subsequent attacks from every member of Trump’s family could make for a terrible precedent when it comes to higher profile artists taking on Trump in unkind ways.