Kathy Griffin’s “Decapitated Trump” photo and the subsequent backlash have broken into the world of political campaigning with the arrival of a new attack ad from a Republican Super PAC denouncing “liberal extremists.”
The ad is airing in Georgia as part of that state’s special election for the House seat once filled by Health Secretary Tom Price and which is now being contested by Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel. The ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund refers to Griffin as a “celebrity Jon Ossoff supporter” who is “making jokes about beheading the President of the United States.” Griffin had voiced her support for Ossoff via Twitter back in March.
Ossoff’s campaign condemned the ad from the Super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund, calling on Handel to request the ad be pulled from the airwaves.
“Jon Ossoff believes what Kathy Griffin did was despicable and for Karen Handel’s super PAC to say otherwise is a disgrace,” said Ossoff spokeswoman Sacha Haworth told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Karen Handel should immediately demand this ad be pulled before any more children have to see these disturbing images on TV.”
Griffin has apologized for the photo, saying that she “went too far.” On Wednesday, CNN announced that Griffin would no longer be a part of its New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper, ending the comedian’s 11-year relationship with the network.
Watch the attack ad above.