(National Sentinel) Trump hate: There’s an old saying that goes, “He who laughs last, laughs best.” Right about now the tens of millions of Americans who thought comedienne Kathy Griffin’s sick act of being photographed holding a mock-up of President Donald J. Trump’s bloody head last month are laughing their you-know-what’s off after her little stunt earned her a visit from the U.S. Secret Service.
Griffin’s attorney, Dmitry Gorin, has claimed the comedian was merely exercising her “First Amendment rights to tell a joke.”
“When you look at everything in the media, all the times entertainers make videos or express themselves in other ways, you’ve never seen an entertainer, let alone a comedian, be subject to a criminal investigation,” the attorney added.
Well, gosh, there’s always a first time - right, Mr. Gorin?
In any event, Griffin — and the other Hollywood and entertainment types who think making statements about or portraying themselves killing the president are their right should look closer at the law, and specifically, 18 U.S. Code § 871 - Threats against President and successors to the Presidency:
(a) 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, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Any reasonable person understands very well the message Griffin was sending when she raised that bloody mock-up of Trump’s severed head.
At the very least, she ought to be fined.
The message needs to be sent and in as clear a manner as possible: It’s not a “joke” to threaten the lives of our top elected leaders, no matter how loudly you scream “First Amendment!” and no matter how much you dislike or disagree with them.
Check out editor J. D. Heyes’ “Mad Minute” video discussing this very subject: