Republicans across a vast array of national and local elected positions rail against the so-called "cancel culture" of the left, but they led an effort to cancel comedian Kathy Griffin for an ill-advised satirical photo of her posing with a bloody mask of then-President Donald Trump in 2017.
Griffin was decried by both sides of the aisle, lost virtually all of her jobs, and was even put on the no-fly list. She apologized for the "disturbing" photo only to rescind that apology a year later, citing Trump's inhumane policies and his own penchant for inciting violence from his supporters.
She remains a vocal critic of the former President and still faces the ire of those who voted for him. Among those supporters was Danielle McCarty, who used the Twitter name @musclemommyfit before her account disappeared.
On January 9, McCarty tweeted:
"The despicable Kathy Griffin does it again. 🙄"
McCarty was demonstrating in support of Trump at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, when a mob of pro-Trump extremists staged a deadly failed insurrection to secure a second term for Trump despite the results of the 2020 election.
Griffin didn't hesitate to point this out.
Oh, you shouldn’t have tagged me. You were there on Jan 6. You pulled your video, but I found it. Looks like you’re… https://t.co/X8WwarIznJ— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1612046781.0
McCarty made her Instagram private and scrubbed footage of her at the Capitol from her social media accounts, but not before internet sleuths used a web archive to preserve video of McCarty at the demonstration, claiming she and her accomplices were tear gassed while praying and "weren't even trying to rush the cops."
Griffin soon shared this video as well and announced she'd reported McCarty to the FBI.
Hi Danielle. @musclemommyfit What’s that you called me, again? Ah yes, the despicable Kathy Griffin. Well, the FBI… https://t.co/1FUKWVM6oT— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1612061418.0
Update! She has two IG (not Twitter) accounts. “fit_patriot_mom” and “https://t.co/83Gm33feIW.1776”. Now a bunch of… https://t.co/MOorHY7Fso— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1612115623.0
The FBI has made dozens of arrests in the wake of the coup attempt by Trump's supporters, but is still seeking tips to identify further participants.
People were glad to see Griffin get the last laugh.
I love it when @kathygriffin flexes her claws. https://t.co/U7PJBazQ9J— James Isaacs (@James Isaacs)1612128433.0
I thought this level of karmic revenge only happened on soap operas and in my daydreams. https://t.co/VPSLOl7i24— DC (@DC)1612125081.0
👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/H8TtOjmJFK— Justa Gurl (@Justa Gurl)1612123004.0
That’s gotta taste sweet. https://t.co/i0h3Oikdo5— Titus (@Titus)1612121939.0
https://t.co/foSH7WDrSK https://t.co/bgVWFELBz4— drè (@drè)1612194789.0
Revenge, a dish best served cold. ❤️ https://t.co/HIRno8zrNB— Dana MacMillan (@Dana MacMillan)1612075209.0
Some think McCarty will soon face scrutiny and potential legal consequences for her role in the indelible chaos that day.
Crime does not pay! Looks like criminals are being flushed out! https://t.co/hX3dSvHlZ7— Joyce Glennon - FL GAL (@Joyce Glennon - FL GAL)1612199080.0
@kathygriffin @musclemommyfit @musclemommyfit Won’t be so smug when the FBI comes a knocking and arrests her 😂— Tracey Taylor London 🇺🇸 (@Tracey Taylor London 🇺🇸)1612068348.0
@kathygriffin @musclemommyfit Only 170-180 arrests so far, with about 400 planned by the FBI. Just because they ha… https://t.co/IFL1vhQ5Ie— Craig S. (@Craig S.)1612062305.0
The FBI's Twitter account continues to post photos of persons of interest in the attack on January 6th.