Kathy Griffin Goes Off the Rails, Attacks Trump on 'Collusion' with Media, Not Russia


Donald Trump has once again been accused of collusion — but the bizarre details are certainly not what you might expect.

No, this time the strange claim isn’t being made by the media and it doesn’t involve Russia. Instead, disgraced comedian Kathy Griffin is claiming that Trump has teamed up with the media as part of a massive conspiracy against her.

On Friday, the controversial personality whined that President Trump is on a “vendetta” against her and that a massive “apparatus” was put in place specifically to dismantle her career.

“You know he has a vendetta against certain people,” Griffin declared on an ABC News podcast, according to The Hill. “You know how he works.”

Griffin, of course, made headlines last year when she posted gruesome photos of her appearing to hold the bloody and decapitated head of President Trump. The stunt triggered major backlash from people on both sides of the political aisle.

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During the interview, the comedian confirmed that she believes the president personally ordered her to be targeted by the Secret Service and ostracized by the media.

It was widely reported that Griffin did receive a visit from the Secret Service after her “beheaded Trump” photos were released. It must be noted, however, that federal investigators are duty-bound to look into any and all threats made to the U.S. president, even ones that seem to be jokes.

Almost nobody was laughing when the disturbing Griffin photos appeared, and people including the president’s young son Barron were deeply bothered by the portrayal of a decapitated Trump. The comedian initially apologized for the stunt, but then quickly backpedaled and tried to spin herself as a victim.

“What I didn’t realize is I was just being thrown into, like, the Trump wood chipper,” she said. “I didn’t realize that day that they already had this apparatus in place. You know, how to coordinate with (Sean) Hannity and Fox News and how to coordinate with TMZ.”

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Apparently included in that “apparatus” is CNN, which is well-known for its own battles against Trump. In Griffin’s mind, even the left-leaning network which previously employed her was part of a conspiracy to end her career.

“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” veteran CNN broadcaster Anderson Cooper stated at the time of the scandal. “It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”

During other parts of the ABC podcast, Griffin made even more strange statements. One of them involved press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is scheduled to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner where the comedian will be performing. The president will not be there.

“I’ll tell you something, there’s something funny to me about (her) sitting in,” Griffin said on the podcast.

“Trump is so twisted I have not ruled out the idea that it’s going to be Trump just wearing a Sarah Huckabee Sanders skin suit like ‘Silence Of The Lambs,’ just ’cause you know he likes to act like he doesn’t care what people say about him. … But he obviously does.”

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Yes, we’ve gone from Griffin posing with the bloody head of the president to fantasizing about Sarah Sanders being skinned and worn like a scene from a horror movie. But Trump is the twisted one?

It’s incredibly easy to mock Griffin for her inability to face the career consequences of her own decisions.

A better reaction, however, might be pity. Her disturbing comments and increasingly deranged attention-seeking behavior reeks of desperation, and more than a hint of mental illness. Nothing is more unsettling than a sad, bitter clown.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.