Griffin’s Trump stunt: Has the Left lost it?
“Imagine living in a bubble so impermeable, it didn’t occur to you that retailing a photograph of a decapitated president’s head would be a horrendous career move,” said John Podhoretz in the New York Post. “That is the world Kathy Griffin lives in.” Last week, the B-list comedian tweeted an abhorrent image of herself holding what appeared to be the bloody and severed head of President Trump. Griffin claimed she was merely “mocking the Mocker in Chief.” But as the Trump family and countless others voiced their disgust at the sick stunt, Griffin removed her post and apologized for going “way too far.” She was later fired as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve show. Clearly, the Left’s “Trump Derangement Syndrome” has reached a new, “unhinged” level, said Matt Mackowiak in WashingtonTimes.com. Driven crazy by their hatred for Trump, liberals are now attacking the president “in ways this country has never seen.”
That’s not strictly true, though, is it? said Kristine Phillips in The Washington Post. Most liberals agree that Griffin’s stunt was incredibly stupid and tasteless. But conservatives who have pounced on the image “like a bird of prey” are guilty of a glaring double standard. “Remember Ted Nugent?”
The far-right rocker and gun rights activist has repeatedly talked about killing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, saying Clinton “should be tried for treason & hung” and calling Obama a “subhuman mongrel” who should “suck on my machine gun.” Nugent’s vile threats recently earned him an invitation to Trump’s Oval Office for a celebratory photo. If anything, “the Kathy Griffin controversy made clear where basic decency resides in American politics,” said Brian Beutler in NewRepublic.com—and it’s not on the Right.
Basic decency usually means political correctness, said Richie McGinniss in DailyCaller.com, which is why Trump supporters should not have demanded that Griffin apologize. Her decapitation joke was a form of “free speech.” When Trump made a series of brutally candid comments about illegal immigrants, Mexicans, Muslims, and women during the campaign, liberals freaked out—and his supporters called it a refreshing victory over “PC culture.” Yet those same people have condemned Griffin’s action “simply because it offended their beloved commander in chief.” Trump supporters can’t have it both ways. If you want to banish political correctness, then nothing should be out of bounds.