Kathy Griffin unleashes tweetstorm about Trump ‘punching down’ to hurt her

Kathy Griffin went on a marathon Twitter session Wednesday night while warning against the dangers of the U.S. having a president who “decided to punch down and use his following to go after” her.

“One year ago today my Trump photo was released. I have planned on doing this thread for a while but the fact that Sarah Sanders brought my name up at the podium today makes it even more appropriate for me to share some thoughts on what happened,” she said.

The comedian said that the infamous photo shoot last year involving a bloody Donald Trump head was “not an elaborate setup,” but a last minute decision.

“The photo shoot for the Trump mask photo was actually for new photographs for my tour/headshots etc. We decided to do the Trump mask shot at the last minute,” Griffin wrote in a string of messages that were alphabetized.

“My assistant went out and bought a $10 dollar halloween mask and ketchup…that’s it. This wasn’t some elaborate setup.

“Did I know the photo would cause controversy? Of course..but I thought it would be a one or two day thing,” she said. “My point was to do something provocative in an attempt to keep the spotlight shining on his sexism. In my mind that’s the role that comics are supposed to play…”

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A) I am truly excited and grateful to be able to go back on tour. As you guys know I am honest if nothing else. So,… https://t.co/3L1S4FXVcl
B) In fact, I just found out I’m on a brand new “Kill List.” Constant death threats and threats of violence toward… https://t.co/5kfrNjQlGw
C) So these people or robots or whatever feel more empowered. Trump, and his game criminals, and the right leaning… https://t.co/YndNVz3piY
D) It is literally a relentless campaign. Here’s some tea: Maybe fun for you to hear, but not fun for me to live.… https://t.co/c7ldkkoJZb
E) I hear Ryan Seacrest is “mad” at me and spreading the word around. By the way that’s how it works, not just in m… https://t.co/iJjAWuWYpu
F) Until I had the opportunity to appear on “The President Show” on Comedy Central a few weeks ago. It was a fantas… https://t.co/s93mNXQPDR
G) Someone in the booking dept of the Stephen Colbert show has a “bad taste” about me in their mouth. I’m told it’… https://t.co/sVKGF9v5Di
H) I have never even done the Colbert Report nor have I done the Stephen Colbert show. And of course I do not know this booker.
I) RuPaul‘s Drag Race! A show I have done many times for free on LOGO, now I am told that they are on VH1, much lar… https://t.co/wmdk3YYJxo
J) How else do you think I hear about all of these assholes bitching and moaning about how difficult I am because I… https://t.co/2IzolUc2we
K) Not one but two DIFFERENT award shows had me HOST their events multiple times at the Beverly Hilton or some fanc… https://t.co/blKNF9uvGG
L) I have eight Emmy award nominations and two Emmys. They just used me to basically learn how to do it for free. That’s my trajectory.
M) I wrote probably the most definitive defense of Michelle Wolf out there. It was a thread picked up by the Hill a… https://t.co/SHQk8x65ft
N) I have not even heard a word from her. I stand by my defense of her because I have to. But you’re welcome everybody. Whew!
O) Ok,now, I will get back to work doing anything and everything I can to sell out every single show on my tour. TIMES NOT UP YET Love, KG
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However, in the aftermath of the scandal, Griffin lost a number of jobs including on CNN’s New Year’s Eve show with Anderson Cooper and multiple live gigs.

“The shows were cancelled because the President of the United States and his family were offended by an image I released and decided to unleash an army on me,” she said. “That’s what’s not right..that’s what I object to. I’m an adult, I can deal with fallout..I’ve dealt with it before..”

Griffin went on to defend her right to defend herself against a president who abuses his power and a first lady who questioned her sanity.

Earlier on Wednesday, Griffin had stern words for White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders after she invoked Griffin’s name during a press briefing.

“B–, do not come for me,” she wrote to Sanders on Twitter.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin arrives at FOX's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at The Barker Hanger on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Emcee Kathy Griffin speaks onstage at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Emcee Kathy Griffin speaks at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Kathy Griffin attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_001_1185.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_002_1366.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for CNN)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Comedian Kathy Griffin speaks at An Evening With Kathy Griffin at The GRAMMY Museum on November 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Host Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during The Equality Now's 'Make Equality Reality' Event at Montage Beverly Hills on November 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Equality Now)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Teri Hatcher and Kathy Griffin arrive at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Kathy Griffin attends the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 2014 Carousel Of Hope Ball Presented By Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TV personality Kathy Griffin arrives on the red carpet before the 2014 Best in Drag Show at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on October 5, 2014. The show which sees contestants from all over the US raises money for the Aid for AIDS and Alliance for Housing and Healing charities. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
TIBURON, CA - AUGUST 23: Kathy Griffin emcees the 3rd Annual Hotbed Benefit hosted by the Drever Family Foundation on August 23, 2014 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
TIBURON, CA - AUGUST 23: Kathy Griffin emcees the 3rd Annual Hotbed Benefit hosted by the Drever Family Foundation on August 23, 2014 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
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