Kathy Griffin Reacts to Trump's Emergency Plane Landing—'Ugh. So close'

Kathy Griffin has shared her reaction to the news that a plane transporting former President Donald Trump was recently forced to make an emergency landing.

After taking off from New Orleans en route to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the plane was hit with engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico, forcing the pilot to return to the Louisiana city shortly after taking off, according to the Washington Post.

Griffin, who faced backlash after posing with the severed head of an effigy of Trump in 2017, responded to the Post's article on the incident on Wednesday, when she tweeted: "Ugh. So close."

Her comment attracted a stream of comments that appeared to support her sentiment about Trump, who had traveled to New Orleans to speak at a private event attended by some of the Republican Party's top donors, per the Post.

According to the report, Trump had been traveling on a donor's plane. The New York native is said to have been eventually transported home to Florida hours later on another donor's plane.

Newsweek has contacted a representative of Trump for comment.

Griffin's comment about Trump comes after years of her criticism of the one-term Republican president. She has said previously that her decision to pose with a severed head, styled to resemble the real estate mogul, damaged her career.

Trump himself was a prominent voice in the backlash against Griffin, writing on Twitter back in 2017: "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick."

The gory image, which was taken by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, sparked widespread outcry, leading to comedian Griffin issuing a public apology.

"I sincerely apologize," she said in a video posted to social media in May 2017. "I am just now seeing the reaction of these images... I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it."

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Kathy Griffin (L) shared her reaction to the news that a plan transporting former President Donald Trump (R) was forced to make an emergency landing in New Orleans on Saturday after its engine failed. The comedian had previously faced backlash after she posed for a gory Trump-themed photo. RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images;/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

She later retracted her apology, saying during an appearance on ABC's The View in 2018: "I take the apology back. F*** him... I'm not holding back on this family. This family is different. I've been through the mill."

The TV personality went on to explain her reasons taking back her apology, as she said: "The First Amendment is important. It's the first for a reason."

"People thought I was ISIS," she continued. "When my mother called—she watches Fox News and thinks it's real and thinks Bill O'Reilly is on vacation—that day, as crazy as it was, I was in a ball, sobbing, everything's over... I had to spend two hours convincing my mom I hadn't been recruited by Al-Qaeda."

She added: "My mom got death threats in her retirement village, and my sister got death threats in her hospital bed, and I lost her to cancer—that's why I shaved my head. That's how vicious it can be."

Amid the continuing fallout, Griffin posted a tweet in September 2020, alleging that Trump staffers had planted stories about her in the National Enquirer.

In November, Griffin discussed the extent of the consequences she had faced for her controversial Trump-themed photo as she compared her experience to the repercussions Republican Arizona Representative Paul Gosar faced for a 2021 video.

In Gosar's since-deleted video, which was originally shared on his Twitter account, the politician was shown threatening President Joe Biden and killing Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Gosar was later censured for the video.

Griffin tweeted that she was "fully investigated" by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Secret Service, as well as put on the no-fly and Interpol lists. The Illinois native added that she lost work and had a comedy tour canceled due to threats of violence.

The Suddenly Susan star charged that her First Amendment rights had been "legitimately violated" by the federal government and attorney general over the photo depiction of Trump.

She also stated that she had been "interrogated" over the image, adding that "the Feds informed me and my attorneys they were considering charging me with a crime of 'conspiracy to assassinate the president of the United States.'"

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Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at The Rosen Shingle Creek on February 26, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. CPAC, which began in 1974, is an annual political conference attended by conservative activists and elected officials. Kathy Griffin has been openly critical of Trump over the years. Joe Raedle/Getty Images