I’m really not surprised that Kathy Griffin posed for a photo symbolizing an Islamic extremist beheading of President Trump. What did surprise me was that she apologized and CNN fired her; and it all happened so quickly. No, I’m not going to post the photo here. It exceeds even my standards of bad taste.
Sorry to say, I like hearing the histrionics in Hollywood and elsewhere on the Left keep screaming for Trump’s impeachment. The reason for that is that when it becomes obvious that Trump isn’t going anywhere until at least 2021, I’m worried that the rhetoric is going to turn more violent. Worse, I think the fantasy expressed by Griffin’s photo is a pretty common sentiment in the extremely influential circles she hangs out it.
That’s why I’m not surprised it happened, only that it was punished.
Yeah, I know some of you are going to bring up all the times Obama was hanged in effigy by people who hated him. To that, I have two things to say in response. First, I think that’s wrong too. I gladly denounce it. The second thing is that the people doing that in Obama’s case were nobodies. Fringe protester types. Not mainstream media celebrities who people know and listen to. People like Griffin.
This is stupidly dangerous. CNN deserves praise for pulling the trigger on Griffin. It was a decision made all the more bold contrasted with the incessantly coverage they’ve given Trump since the election. I respect them for that. It sends a message to those in the news and entertainment media that no matter how they feel about Trump, there is a line and they’ll harm their own careers if they cross it.
The last thing I’m going to do is tell anyone who identifies as anti-Trump that they have to be nice about him. Still, I hope you guys don’t let your anger get out of hand either. Not that I think anyone reading this really wants to cut Trump’s head off, but I also don’t want you to think that Trump getting killed would be a good thing. Even if you only wish it in your most secret heart of hearts.
And I know that there are some progressives who feel this way because I saw how celebratory some of you behaved when Scalia died. It was disturbing, honestly.
Were Trump assassinated, it would tear this country apart like nothing we’ve seen in our lifetimes. If you think many on the Right are crazy and violent now, just watch what happens if Trump is harmed. The Deep State conspiracy theories combined with the mass media’s pure hatred of the man and the fact that there would be Democrats openly celebrating would certainly result in reciprocal violence. I don’t know how widespread or organized, but it would come and it would be nasty.
Seriously: don’t tolerate inducements for or the normalization of political violence. CNN doesn’t. Be like CNN.