Comedienne Kathy Griffin broke down in tears during a Friday news conference to address the backlash she received after posing in a controversial photo shoot with a bloodied, decapitated head bearing the likeness of President Donald Trump.
Telling reporters that Trump "broke" her, Griffin noted that Trump and his supporters have "mobilized their armies" against her.
"What's happening to me has never happened — ever — in the history of this great country," Griffin said, referencing the backlash she faced after her photo shoot went viral, "which is that a sitting president of the United States and his grown children, and the first lady, are personally — I feel — personally trying to ruin my life forever. Forever."
She added, "You guys know him. He's never gonna stop.
"The death threats that I'm getting are constant," Griffin said. "They are detailed, and they are serious, and they are specific. And today it's me. Tomorrow it could be you."
Griffin said she called the news conference to set an example.
"I don't want this to happen to anyone else," she said.
Griffin later said that as a result of the evisceration she's received over the photo shoot by Trump, his family, and his supporters, she's going to continue making fun of the president, and will increase the frequency.
Becoming emotional, Griffin revealed that she's allegedly under a Secret Service investigation.
Claiming that Trump is attempting to use Griffin as a "shiny object" — a decoy to detract from the Russian investigation — the comedienne noted that she doesn't think she'll have a career after the fallout from the photo shoot.
"I'm going to be honest," she openly wept. "He broke me, he broke me, he broke me."
She said that the backlash she's received isn't right, and that she did the right thing by apologizing.
"So many people have expressed to me personally across the country at my shows — they're scared," she said.
"I don't know if I'm gonna get arrested today," she wept.
During the question and answer segment that followed Griffin's address, her lawyer, civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, went head to head with a reporter who wondered why Griffin was targeting Trump's 11-year-old son, Barron, with her comedic rhetoric.
Bloom erupted and said, "You know what, there's a lot of disgusting stuff about Trump on the news every day like the fact that he's making us the laughingstock of the world."
," she said after telling the reporter that she was moving onto the next question.
Toward the end of her statements, Griffin concluded, "I did not think that people would be trying to murder me and mobilize other people to murder me ... and I wish the president would govern instead of trying to do whatever he's trying to do."
See Griffin's full remarks and her emotional breakdown in the video below.
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