Kathy Griffin calls President Trump a bully

Kathy Griffin and civil-rights lawyer Lisa Bloom came for Donald Trump Friday.

"I’m not afraid of Trump," she said. "He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole career."

She spoke to reporters in order to address what she saw as a disproportionate response by the president and his family after she posed with a fake, severed Trump head for photographer Tyler Shields.

He wants to mess with me?" the comedian said at a press conference in Los Angeles. "He picked the wrong redhead!"

Watch Griffin's full news conference:

Following the release of the photo, the president tweeted, "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"

His eldest child, Donald Jr., called Griffin's photo "disgusting" in a tweet. On Wednesday, in a flurry of tweets, he called her subsequent apology "phony." He also mocked CNN for lacking the "moral and ethical standards" of Squatty Potty, the toilet stool company who fired Griffin before they did.

In a statement, first lady Melania Trump said the incident makes one "wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."

Bloom is quite familiar with Trump: She represented Jill Harth, the first woman to publicly accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. Harth, a makeup artist hired to work with him on his pageant business, said he groped and sexually assaulted her in 1997. They settled that case and Harth kept quiet for years until other women began speaking out against him during the 2016 election season. Harth went as far as threatening to countersue him  if he followed through on his threats to sue his accusers.

Copyright: USA TODAY


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