On Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, infamous comedian and LGBTQ-ally Kathy Griffin — a vocal critic of U.S. President Donald Trump — performed a show in Houston, Texas. Outside of Jones Hall auditorium where she performed, self-described “gay Latino immigrant” Carl Pacheco got into a swearing argument with a female audience member. As she began driving away with her husband, Pacheco kicked their car and tapped on her passenger side window with his switchblade knife. Police are now investigating, but Pacheco’s lawyer says that the Kathy Griffin Trump supporter only wanted “to have political conversations.” Uh-huh.
The strange case of Carl Pacheco, the Kathy Griffin Trump supporter
Griffin is the comedian who once held up Trump’s bloody decapitated head in a controversial photo that got her spurned from the professional world. She has since embraced that photo in her current “Laugh Your Head Off World Tour” which recently stopped in Houston.
Knowing her reputation, Pacheco dressed up in Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” cap and a hideous t-shirt with Trump’s smiling mug plastered all over it. He stood outside the auditorium after the show ended. It’s unclear if he actually attended.
An attendee named Michele Nunez saw Pacheco in the lobby and, according to her husband Richard Nunez, she and their group of friends commented to themselves, “Whaaat is he wearing?” and “Is that for real?” (Same girl, same.)
Overhearing them, Pacheco allegedly asked their group, “Do you want a political debate?” which is totally a normal thing to ask strangers leaving a comedy show. Nunez’s husband told his wife that Pacheco was just there to agitate people.
Nunez’s husband then went to get their car. And after Michele entered its passenger side door, she rolled down the window and yelled, “Hey asshole, fuck Trump,” to which Pacheco responded, “Fuck you, fucking cunt.”
Richard then says Pacheco, a realtor at the Keller Williams Realty Memorial, kicked the car’s passenger side door and prodded at his wife’s closing window with a switchblade knife.
The Houston Police Department is investigating, but Pacheco says, “I don’t feel I’ve done anything wrong based on the laws and the circumstances of what happened.”
Pacheco’s lawyer, Michael Mercer, said, “You should have the right to go express yourself at a concert, as long as you do so peacefully and politely,” which we guess means calling a woman a “cunt,” kicking their car and then threatening them with a knife.
In a Feb. 25, 2018 Facebook photo of a letter Pacheco once wrote to himself, he called himself “so extra sometimes.” That’s the understatement of the year, folks.