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Melania Trump Speaks Out Against Kathy Griffin (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani

First lady Melania Trump had some strong words for Kathy Griffin after the comedian posed in a picture holding a model of President Donald Trump's bloody head.

"As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing," Melania said, CNN reports. "When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."

Melania's comments come shortly after the president and his son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter to also condemn Griffin for the photo.

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"Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself," tweeted the president. "My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"

"Disgusting but not surprising," added Donald Trump Jr., who has since urged CNN to stop working with Griffin. "This is the left today. They consider this acceptable."

Griffin initially defended the picture stating she was "merely mocking the Mocker in Chief" before later apologizing for it.

"I am sorry," she tweeted alongside a video apology. "I went too far. I was wrong."

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It was an apology Donald Trump Jr. called "fake" and refused to accept.

The Trumps were not the only ones outraged by the photo. Many on all parts of the political spectrum expressed disgust.

"This is vile and wrong," tweeted former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. "It is never funny to joke about killing a president."

"It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate," added CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Twitter.

But not everybody was convinced Griffin deserves the treatment she is currently receiving, especially after she apologized.

"The Trumps never miss an opportunity to play the victim," tweeted one person in response to NBC News' tweet about the controversy. "The incident is over; Griffin apologized; the president was never in danger."

The same person said Trumps were being hypocritical.

"Melania's husband encouraged violence & bullying of protesters & the media, yet she has the nerve to play victim of an ill-conceived picture," the person later wrote. "The photo went too far, but I am incredulous at the notion Trump was somehow upset by it. He saw another opportunity to play the victim."

Others went as far as to say Griffin did nothing wrong in the first place.

"It's also 'art', it doesn't hurt anyone," tweeted one individual replying to Chelsea Clinton. "And to call it wrong is condemning it. Total disagreement. It's not my style, but not wrong."

Sources: CNN, Donald J Trump/Twitter, Donald J. Trump Jr./TwitterChelsea Clinton/Twitter (2), Kathy Griffin/Twitter, NBC News/Twitter, Anderson Cooper/Twitter / Photo credit: Mark Nozell/Flickr, Tyler Shields via TMZ

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