Kathy Griffin cries, says Trump "broke me"

LAS VEGAS - Kathy Griffin was both defiant and tearful when she talked about the backlash she received following a video that depicted her holding a likeness of President Donald Trump's severed, bloody head.

During a news conference held Friday, the embattled comedian cried as she spoke of President Donald Trump, "he broke me."

Griffin, 56, and her attorney accused Trump and his family of trying to end her career. 

Republican Party spokesman Michael Reed says Griffin is wrong to play the victim after she posed with the likeness of Trump’s bloody, severed head.

Reed says Trump and his family have every right to condemn Griffin, who apologized for the images but said Friday she would continue to mock the president.

Griffin said it's clear to her that the president and his family are trying to use her as a distraction. 

"I'm not going to be collateral damage for this fool," Griffin said.  "I think he's a fool."

Griffin said the shoot was inspired by comments Trump made about television journalist Megyn Kelly in 2015.

The Associated Press and CBS News contributed in the writing of this report.

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