In the end, the real problem with Griffin is that she’s a partisan hack.
She’s doesn’t hold Obama to the same standards that she holds Trump.
It’s inappropriate to evaluate Trump and Obama as if they were civilians, because civilians don’t have to make these life and death hard choices. In a forthcoming book, I’ll examine this argument at great length. But here I’ll just cite , I criticize voters for their tendency to demonize everyone on the other side.
But what’s especially strange about politics is that we demonize people over reasonable disagreements on hard problems (such as whether school vouchers work or whether the minimum wage helps or hurts the poor), yet we yawn and shrug at genuinely demonic behavior.
I listen to XM 94, 95, 99, or 168 on the way to work each day. She’s a comedian for people who read celebrity gossip magazines. You are fair game for being mocked, condemned, and burned/hanged/beheaded in effigy. Therefore, Donald Trump is not entitled to much respect. Are we supposed to treat people who blow up innocent children unjustly in a nice way? Historically, pretty much every president (with a few exceptions) is responsible for a host of deeply unjust things, such as enforcing slavery, subjugating and slaughtering Native Americans, starting unjust wars, etc. If an office is usually held by people who do evil things, then the office is not due much respect. Therefore, the office of the presidency is not due much respect.
But now she’s in news for this: And of course everyone is outraged! He is fair game for being mocked, condemned, and burned/hanged/beheaded in effigy. One challenge to premise 2 holds that presidents are due greater respect in virtue of their office. The American presidency is a parade of evil behavior.
Now do I think Griffin was actually going to do something to hurt the President? But I certainly see how her decision to pose for such a gruesome picture can be seen as a threat. Despite apologizing and (originally) taking responsibility for her choice to participate in the artistic shoot, Griffin in now blaming others — specifically the President.
They take on great responsibility and have to make hard choices.
Griffin argued she’s always made fun of Presidents and that’s what comedians do. She also pointed out that she ragged on past sitting Presidents without issue. The issue here is Griffin didn’t just push the envelope.
She took that envelope, filled it with a white powder and mailed it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Donald Trump is fair game for pictures like this, as is every other president in my lifetime. Donald Trump is responsible for blowing up at least one innocent kid in a way that cannot be justified according to just war theory. If you are responsible for blowing up at least one innocent kid in a way that cannot be justified according to just war theory, then you are not entitled to much respect.
Trump, Obama, Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, etc., are each responsible for the mass murder of innocents, and so each of them is among the worst human beings who have ever lived.Kathy Griffin may regret publishing video of her participating in a photo shoot holding a bloody, severed head of President Trump, but she's not backing down or shying away from him.