Kathy Griffin hasn’t stopped lampooning the Trump administration — but this time she’s getting a warm reception. Last night, the comedian made her debut as Kellyanne Conway on Comedy Central’s Make America Great-a-Thon: A President Show Special. Alongside The President Show star and creator Anthony Atamanuik, who plays Donald Trump, Griffin debuted Conway’s signature “act”: defending the worst people in history. As the counselor to the president, Griffin passionately spoke up on behalf of Jeffrey Dahmer, Bernie Madoff, and Charles Manson. And Twitter was here for it.
Watch Griffin, as Kellyanne Conway, defend Bernie Madoff.
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) April 4, 2018
Kathy Griffin playing Kellyanne Conway has tilt the universe back on its axis. Welcome back Kathy https://t.co/jzLfq3OqRK
— MommaT (@tweetmommybop) April 4, 2018
Wouldn’t miss @TonyAtamanuik & @kathygriffin together again for the 1st time! I hope it gets monster-ratings & guarantees a 2nd Season of @PresidentShow which is both funny & therapeutic & I NEED IT IN MY LIFE. AND #PleaseRenewThisShowComedyCentral https://t.co/T019fTILg1
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 3, 2018
@kathygriffin as @KellyannePolls was BRILLIANT last night on @PresidentShow “Make-America-Great-A-Thon”! @TonyAtamanuik and crew brought the laughs while portraying the chaos! Great show and kudos for putting Kathy in the spotlight where she has always belonged!
— Faith & Mom Cardillo (@DonnaCardillo11) April 4, 2018
@kathygriffin you are slaying me on The President Show. Fully dead.
— Chris Ashton (@cjashton) April 4, 2018
Never one to shy away from a controversial opinion, Griffin became the center of a scandal in May 2017 after posing for a photograph with a replica of President Trump’s bloody, severed head. In the fallout, she received death threats, was investigated by the Secret Service, and lost her annual New Year’s Eve hosting gig opposite Anderson Cooper (not to mention her longtime friendship with the CNN anchor). In the ensuing months, Griffin was remorseful, then unapologetic — and now, says she’s happy to “lean into the controversy.”
“I am kicking the hornet’s nest, as much as I can,” Griffin told the New York Times before the President Show special aired. “I think now enough time has passed where people are starting to see the ridiculousness of what happened to me, and they’re seeing other people that Trump has done it to.”
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