Tuesday afternoon was one of those rare times when both Trump supporters and protesters came together to defend the President after comedian Kathy Griffin delivered a very gruesome visual joke that went too far.
Griffin caused a massive outrage after photos from her collaboration with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields were posted online. The funnywoman shared a disturbing image of herself holding a decapitated and bloody head of what appears to be Donald Trump.
The bizarre photo was accompanied by an exclusive behind-the-scenes video posted to YouTube in which the Griffin claims that her and Tyler "are not afraid to do images that make noise."
Shared has not included the photo in this article due to its graphic nature.
Soon after the photo's release, the image surely garnered a lot of noise. The backlash began to pour in from both liberals and conservatives including some well-known celebrities and members of the Trump clan.
Donald Trump Jr. called the image "disgusting but not surprising" while former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton emphasized that "it is never funny to joke about killing a president."
This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 30, 2017
Actress Debra Messing, a known Trump protester also chimed in:
It wasn't right when peoplel hung lynched Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn't right now.— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) May 30, 2017
Griffin initially stood her ground and refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing and simply offered a short explanation saying:
2/ OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
However after receiving a ton of negative reaction, the stand-up comedian took to Twitter to issue an apology.
Read what she says and President Trump's response on the next page.