Comedian Kathy Griffin took to Twitter Monday (August 10) to allay the fears of her fans. No, she was not the one firing shots near the White House.
The incident happened as Donald Trump conducted a press conference at the White House. The Secret Service abruptly pulled Trump from the podium to a safe area, leaving the reporters there somewhat perplexed. Trump returned minutes later to explain the situation.
“There was a shooting outside of the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I’d like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work,” Trump said, according to CNN.
Griffin tweeted a rather succinct statement to her followers, just minutes after the shooting.
It wasn’t me.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 10, 2020
“It wasn’t me,” Griffin claimed.
The My Life on the D-List star was, of course, referring to the now-infamous 2017 picture of herself holding a Donald Trump mask, made up to look like a bloody, severed head. The photo–interpreted by Trump supporters as a threat of violence–ignited an immediate backlash. CNN fired Griffin as the host of its New Year’s Eve broadcast, and the Squatty Potty dropped her as its spokesperson. According to Griffin, the incident nearly destroyed her career, and she became the target of investigations by federal agencies and INTERPOL.
CNN also reports that the Secret Service apprehended a 51-year-old man in connection with the shooting. According to the network, the man approached two Secret Service agents on the street near the White House. He dropped into a shooter’s position and began to pull an object from his clothing. As he did, one Secret Service agent fired his weapon, striking the man in the chest. A further investigation revealed that the man in question was not armed at all.
At the time of this writing, investigators have not revealed the man’s motives in approaching the Secret Service agents. The investigation remains ongoing.