After facing intense backlash over the gory picture showing her holding a decapitated photo of President Donald Trump in her hand, Kathy Griffin has issued a video apology Tuesday to those whose sentiments have been hurt by her action. She has also deleted the controversial picture. However, Griffin seems to have posted the apology following a couple of tweets from the Secret Service, which indirectly threatened to take disciplinary action against her.
While Griffin has been known to go to any lengths to mock Trump and his choice of policies in the past, most of the people on social media, including Democrats, agreed that her recent parody “crossed the line.” People refused to condone the idea of the comedian and TV show host posing for a picture with a bloody dummy that looks eerily similar to Trump’s head (if it were decapitated and had blood flowing out of its eyes, nose, and ears).
Some even demanded Griffin be arrested for posting a picture that might insinuate a direct threat to the POTUS.
Although it is not clear if the Secret Service, which is tasked with looking into all forms of serious threats against the president, has reached out to Griffin regarding her post, they did post some veiled threats on Twitter, following the matter.
According to the federal law, if Griffin violates U.S. Code 871, which dictates what shall be construed as a threat against the POTUS, she may face five years or more in jail.
“Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States… shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both,” states the law.