Kathy Griffin was in tears Friday morning as she blamed the first family for backlash she has received over a disturbing image of a severed head bearing the likeness of President Trump.
“A sitting president of the United States, and the first lady and his grown children are personally, I feel, personally trying to ruin my life forever,” she said at a press conference organized by attorney Lisa Bloom.
The My Life on the D-List star also revealed details about how the controversial photo shoot went down.
The stunt was apparently inspired by Trump's comments about Megyn Kelly after the first presidential debate last year, when he said, “There was blood coming out of her eyes — blood coming out of her whatever."
"I thought about Megyn Kelly, and I thought about the blood coming from everywhere," Griffin said. "The guys went into the kitchen making fake blood with ketchup, and I didn’t have a full prop, so I had a Styrofoam wig head and I sent out my assistant to get a mask for a party store and we were stuffing it with Kleenex. The whole thing took minutes."
The Trump family was outraged, along with many Americans, who went after Griffin on Twitter
The president said she should be "ashamed of herself,” the first lady questioned Griffin's mental health while Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara blasted the comic on Hannity Wednesday night.
Griffin issued an apology right after the image was released and told reporters that she understands why people were so upset
“The apology absolutely stands," she said. "I feel horrible. I did not think people would try to murder me or mobilize other people to murder me. The death threats I am getting are constant and they are detailed and they are serious and they are specific."
Sean Spicer commented on the Griffin saga, saying, "The president, the first lady, and the Secret Service have all made it very clear on those thoughts."
A defiant Griffin said that despite the backlash, she will not stop making jokes about the president.
“I’m not afraid of Trump," she said. "He's a bully. I'm not gonna be collateral damage for this fool. I’m gonna make fun of the president. I’m gonna do it more.”