Did Kathy Griffin Terrorize Barron Trump? President Says Children Troubled by Comedienne's Graphic Photo Shoot

President Donald Trump responded Wednesday morning to comedienne Kathy Griffin's graphic and viral photo shoot this week that showed her holding up the Republican's bloody decapitated head, stating that his children are particularly disturbed by the fiasco, especially 11-year-old Barron. He wrote on Twitter: "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"

It wasn't the first time Trump's youngest son has been affected by the media or the comedy world. In January, during Trump's inauguration, Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich tweeted that Barron would be the "country's first homeschool shooter." Rich later deleted the tweet and apologized. She was suspended by the show.

Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity during an interview that "SNL" was terrible and also called out its network NBC, saying: " And by the way, I don't mind some humor but—terrible. But for them to attack—for NBC to attack my 10-year-old son is a disgrace... he's a great boy, and it's not an easy thing for him, believe me."

Griffin, known for her stand-up comedy, as well as her hosting work with CNN's Anderson Cooper during the network's New Year's Eve show, issued an apology on her official Twitter account Tuesday evening, stating she had "gone too far."

Griffin said because she's a comedienne she often loses the line or crosses it.

In the fallout from the gory image, Cooper immediately criticized Griffin's decision to take part in the shoot conducted by photographer Tyler Shields, while many, including the president's oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., called for CNN to remove Griffin from any of her possible future endeavors with the network. Trump Jr. wondered what the reaction would have been if a similar image had been created of former President Barack Obama and led the charge for a response from CNN. He also directly addressed another CNN anchor, Jake Tapper, and responded to Cooper in a tweet by asking if he would work with Griffin again.

Shields told Entertainment Weekly during a phone interview after the image came out that he and Griffin had expected a backlash. He explained that Trump is "the social media president. So, look, it's not even about him. It's just about the whole thing of where we're at right now as a society and he just happens to be the one speaking at that."

"I think to her, it's absolutely about him," he said of Griffin. "I can't speak for her, obviously. For me, presidents are symbols. They're symbols. They reflect some people's ideals and they reflect the opposite of some other people's ideals. Right now, this guy is the opposite of a lot of people's ideals. But also, there's a lot of people that think he's great."

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