For the record, I think Kathy Griffin went too far with her stunt that portrayed her holding what appeared to be Donald Trump’s severed head. There are other ways to make a political point, and this was not one of them. Sadly, this is the state of our current political discourse.
I applaud Kathy Griffin for owning up to her mistake and apologizing, something you wouldn’t see from the far-right. In case you have forgotten, right-wing celebrities like Ted Nugent went to similar lows when President Obama was in office, and I don’t remember any of them apologizing.
Here is what Nugent said in the past, for those of you Trump supporters who want to pretend these things never happened.
Ted Nugent — the proud gun-owner, poorly coiffed Michigander, and washed-up rocker — has said some silly and offensive things in the past, and not just while performing “Cat Scratch Fever.” In 2007, he said the following during a concert: “Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary [Clinton], you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.” (The Atlantic)
What Nugent said was deplorable, and par for the course with the far-right during Obama’s presidency. The venom wasn’t just aimed at our first black president, they went after Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and anyone else targeted by the conservative media.
There have been no apologies from Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the conservative hate media. To show just how bad it is, Alex Jones has apologized for promoting the Pizzagate conspiracy and to the Chobani yogurt company, although the latter was to settle a lawsuit filed against him.
I’m not trying to defend Kathy Griffin here, what she did was wrong – but at least she had the decency to own up to her mistake. The sad part is that Trump supporters will use this incident to feed into their beliefs that liberals are more deplorable than they are, and that harassment or even violence against the left is justified.
I don’t want to see Trump’s head on a platter, that would make him a martyr to the alt-right. What I want is for him to be investigated thoroughly for Russian connections, removed by his own party for incompetence, and then spend the rest of his life in prison if the allegations of collusion with Russia turn out to be true.
Kathy Griffin made a mistake here, and it’s something we should all learn from. Don’t get in the mud and fight with Trump supporters at their level, because they enjoy it.