A week after Trump lashed out at NFL players who kneel for the national anthem, comedian Kathy Griffin took to Twitter to thank NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick for “leading the way.”
“I’m proud of you @Kaepernick7,” Griffin tweeted. “Your activism has come at a price but you haven’t backed down … not even once. Thank you for leading the way.”
Kaepernick was the first player to make a gesture of protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games last year, sitting at first, then electing to take a knee during the tribute.
Griffin has fallen out of the headlines since she created a paper mache version of a severed Trump head as a prank and was subsequently alienated from the political-entertainment realm. Griffin has since come out and said she felt personally attacked by President Trump.
As a result of the fallout, Griffin not only lost her job with CNN but was investigated by the Secret Service; she also had to cancel a live tour allegedly due to death threats. In reality, many venues where she was scheduled to appear canceled her appearances because of the bad publicity following the stunt.
“I was vilified by everyone,” Griffin told The Guardian. “I was vilified by Chelsea f**king Clinton. I was vilified by my friend, Don Cheadle. I was vilified by people I’d had at my f**king home. Nobody had my back. It happened so fast, I didn’t see it coming.”
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 1, 2017
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