By Rachel Yang
May 27, 2020 at 01:45 AM EDT
Politicon 2018, Los Angeles, USA - 20 Oct 2018
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Comedian Kathy Griffin is once again stirring up a political firestorm, suggesting on Tuesday that President Donald Trump should be injected with a "syringe with nothing but air inside it," which can be lethal.

She issued the tweet after Trump mused at a White House diabetes event, "I don't use insulin. Should I be?" In response, Griffin tweeted, "Syringe with nothing but air inside it would do the trick" along with "F--- TRUMP."

When the conservative Washington Examiner tweeted that she "advocated for someone to stab" Trump with the potentially "fatal" air-filled syringe, she doubled down, replying, "I SURE DID, F---ER."

Like her previous jabs at the president, Griffin's tweet sparked an immediate outcry, with supporters and detractors of the sentiment falling mostly along political lines. The comedian herself has remained defiant, thanking one sympathizer who tweeted, "Trump has done and said WAAAAYYYY worse. Next."

In late March, Griffin slammed Trump for his response to the coronavirus outbreak after she was hospitalized for showing what she described as "unbearably painful symptoms." She accused his administration of lying about the number of coronavirus tests available in the United States, among other criticisms.

Griffin previously made headlines in 2017 when she posted a photo of herself with a severed prosthetic head resembling Trump. The post created an online furor, prompting a response from the president and even a federal investigation. Griffin ultimately apologized for posting the image, before later retracting the apology.

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