Kathy Griffin’s career was practically ruined after an Entertainment Weekly publicity shot of her holding a fake bloodied Donald Trump head was published. The painting was intended to be controversial art, but it resulted in her being apprehended by Secret Service officials and federal officers, who threatened her with charges and a lengthy inquiry.
Republicans didn’t blink when Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) developed an image of himself killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and attempting to assassinate Vice President Joe Biden. With the exception of Rep. Adam Kinzinger, no other GOP members have spoken out against the assassination photo in the days since (R-IL).
On Tuesday, members of Congress from both parties increased the pressure on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to act.
Gosar, who has consistently preached conspiracy theories and encouraged people to engage in demonstrations ahead of the insurgency attempt on Jan. 6, will not suffer “consequences,” according to Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., since McCarthy “cheers him on with excuses.”
Kinzinger, R-Ill., who recently declared that he would not be seeking reelection in part because of the partisanship and vitriol in Congress, tweeted that “this will continue” because McCarthy and the GOP should “condemn this proactively,” but “won’t.”
This will continue. Of course @gop and @GOPLeader can condemn this proactively (not some sidestepping comment when asked about it.). They won’t. The “arm-pit farting” of our politics is why we are failing the people. https://t.co/JYwc5gG96B
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) November 9, 2021
Gosar responded to the criticism on Tuesday by posting a meme that said, “It’s a cartoon. Relax.”
In response to the video, Ocasio-Cortez described previous instances in which she has been verbally harassed by members of Congress since her election in 2018, including when Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., approached her on the Capitol steps in July of last year.
So while I was en route to Glasgow, a creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me
And he’ll face no consequences bc @GOPLeader cheers him on with excuses.
Fun Monday! Well, back to work bc institutions don’t protect woc https://t.co/XRnMAKsnNO
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 9, 2021
Griffin couldn’t help but notice the disparity in how she and Gosar were treated. Her image spurred a weeks-long investigation, with federal officials questioning her under oath and threatening to charge her with “conspiracy to assassinate the president of the United States.”
It does not appear that the FBI is investigating Gosar’s actions.
Griffin made headlines in May of 2020 after she tweeted that hat Donald Trump should take an empty syringe “with nothing, but air,”
Her comment came in response to statements made by Trump at a White House event that was dedicated to seniors with diabetes. During the event, Trump asked if he should be taking “insulin.”
Meanwhile, @kathygriffin, a comedian, is in Twitmo for posting, and then deleting, a patently sarcastic response to Donald Trump’s suggestion that he might take insulin on a whim.
— Anders Andreyevitch (@ANDREYEVSKY) May 28, 2020
Even after being called out for her comment Griffin double down on her tweet by responding to a tweet made by the Examiner noting that an injection of air “would be fatal.”
“I SURE DID, F—ER. #TrumpLiedPeopleDied,” Griffin wrote.
A Twitter representative stated that the social media platform would be looking into if Griffin’s tweet violated Twitter policies.
This is not the first time that the former “My Life on the D-List” star sparked controversy connected to Donald Trump. Back in 2017, she did a controversial photoshoot with what appeared to be the severed head of Donald Trump.
She says that the photoshoot damaged her career, but that she would not hesitate to do it again.