Griffin posted a somber video shortly after the firestorm sparked by the image, saying, "I sincerely apologize. I'm a comic. I crossed the line ... I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it."
She soon struck a more defiant chord, suggesting during a news conference that anger over the image was a political cover.
“We all know what’s going on here. They’re using me as a shiny object so that nobody’s talking about his FBI investigation…I’ve had everybody turn on me. I just want to make everybody laugh.”
She went on to call Trump a “fool.”
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“My impression is that they have mobilized their Army,” she said at the time. “It’s quite clear to me that they are using me as a distraction. I’m not going to be collateral damage for this fool. I think he’s a fool. I think the president is a fool.”
She became emotional, asked what the future holds: “I don’t think I will have a career over this. I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”
Turns out, he didn't.