D.L. Hughley defended fellow comedian Kathy Griffin in an interview with TMZ regarding the fallout from her controversial photo shoot where she held a bloodied severed resembling President Trump.
Hughley lashed out at Griffin’s critics calling them hypocrites because they remained silent when Ted Nugent threatened President Obama.
During an onstage appearance in 2007, Nugent said, “Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.”
“I think ultimately, if you got mad at Kathy Griffin and didn’t say shit about Ted Nugent, you’re a hypocrite,” he said, pointing out that Griffin was fired for her actions, but Nugent “threatened to kill the president, and he got invited to the White House.”
“Kathy Griffin held up a head that looked like Donald Trump and she got fired from CNN. Ted Nugent threatened to kill a president, he got invited to the White House. So I just think it’s ridiculous; the things we choose to be offended by is amazing to me. A man who grabs women’s p*ssies is on not in a position to be offended by anything.”
“Art, by definition, makes people uncomfortable,” Hughley continued. “So to me, ultimately, if a lot of the country didn’t like it, or [Trump’s son Barron] — was Barron equally appalled when [Trump] imitated the handicapped guy, or when he talked about grabbing p*ssies?”
“Ultimately, Trump is a horrible dude and people are going to say things about him.”
In the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, Nugent also joked about beheading the Obama administration.
“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their [the Obama administration’s] heads off in November,” Nugent said according to the HuffPost.
“If Barack Obama becomes the next president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” he added.
At the time of Nugent’s 2012 Obama beheading statements, Donald Trump defended him, “Ted Nugent was obviously using a figure of speech, unfortunate as it was. It just shows the anger people have towards @BarackObama.” Once he became president, Trump even invited Nugent to the White House for dinner.
Ted Nugent was obviously using a figure of speech, unfortunate as it was. It just shows the anger people have towards @BarackObama.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2012
However, Trump had a very different reaction to Griffin’s photo, calling it “sick.”
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017