Comedian Alec Baldwin reached out to Kathy Griffin to offer words of consolation in light of the backlash she received over her photo shoot where she held a fake bloody severed head of President Donald Trump, the Washington Examiner reported Saturday.
Baldwin, well-known for his impersonation of Trump on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," told Griffin in a series of tweets on Friday, "Baby… I've been there," and then insulted the president.
"Trump is such a senile idiot, all he has is Twitter fights," Baldwin tweeted.
Baldwin went on to explain a rant he made on Conan O'Brien's show in 1998 where he called for the stoning of former Republican lawmaker Henry Hyde, who was working at the time with fellow lawmakers to impeach former President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
In 1998, Baldwin commented if "we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death!"
"The whole Henry Hyde thing w Conan, where we bring out an oxygen mask at the end? A joke. That's what I thought. That's what I intended. No one walked out of the studio and said, 'No! We're serious!' No one," he tweeted.
Baldwin continued, stating, "all your gutless, weasels in the GOP insisted that I actually threatened Hyde. They played the victim beautifully."
Baldwin's final tweet on the subject offered advice for Griffin, telling her to "ignore (Trump). Like the leaders of all the other countries in the world. Ignore him."
Griffin held a news conference on Friday to discuss the backlash, and apologized but then tearfully claimed the president "broke me" and accused the Trump family of "trying to ruin my rights forever." Griffin was fired as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve special and has had several comedy shows cancelled.
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