This time last year, Piers Morgan boasted of his close friendship with Donald Trump. “I like him,” he declared on the popular British daytime talk show Loose Women. “Let’s not just say that every time he speaks he’s a monster because it’s not true.”
Morgan’s comments were made to defend the 45th President of the United States after he controversially decided to ban immigrants from seven countries from entering America in an order which became known as “The Muslim Ban”. Fifty-two-year-old Morgan even posted a picture of himself cuddling up to the 71-year-old businessman turned politician on social media. Although Morgan once proudly called Trump his “friend”, it turns out that a lot can change in a year! This week, Trump caused outrage when he re-tweeted multiple anti-Muslim videos directly from the toxic account of a British far-right group. His actions were publicly condemned by people across the world, as well as by world leaders such as the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. But the most unlikely voice against Trump’s promotion of anti-Muslim media was his former friend Piers Morgan, who described the controversial retweets as the “worst thing Trump has done as President.”
“President Donald Trump today publicly endorsed disgusting, far-right Islamophobia and racism. There is simply no other conclusion to be drawn from his decision,” the former journalist wrote in an opinion piece for The Daily Mail.
“Each of the tweets contains deeply inflammatory material, specifically designed to whip up hatred towards Muslims,” he continued, before launching into an angry rant, inspired by the President’s endorsement of the videos, which have not been “independently verified.”
“All of them might be faked, spliced, photo-shopped – who the hell knows? Stuff like this flies around the internet all day every day and much of it cannot be trusted,” Morgan, a prolific Twitter user, wrote.“The content is particularly untrustworthy when posted by someone like Jayda Fransen [the deputy leader of Britain First], who is a truly vile piece of work,” he continued.
“I don’t know what on earth possessed Donald Trump to offer such a stunning, shocking and repulsive endorsement of these racist Muslim-despising scumbags. Either he had no idea who these people really are, or he did know and decided they were worthy of his support. The first makes him a bloody fool. The second makes him a bloody disgrace.”
“Mr President, please do not underestimate the enormity of what you did today. You’re the most powerful person on earth, and your words carry huge weight, as do your retweets. You have now effectively told all the world’s bigots, racists, Islamophobes and white supremacists that you’re with them, that they’re YOUR kind of people.”
Morgan, clearly not satisfied that his words had been potent enough, went on to write, “You might as well have addressed the American people from the Oval Office with a Ku Klux Klan hat on.”
The British television host, who has been linked to his fair share of scandals, including the hacking of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone, finished the piece by typing out the words that will ultimately end their “special relationship”: “Mr. Trump, this is the worst thing you have done as President.” The President is yet to respond to Morgan’s scathing review of his Twitter blunder. However, he has clapped back at Theresa May. “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!” the President typed to May, throwing his visit to the UK in jeopardy as thousands of British citizens call for May to cancel the trip. This isn’t the first embarrassment that Trump has suffered since entering the highest office in the land. The President was left a little red in the face when a video of him drinking a bottle of water went viral earlier this month: We hope that President Trump thinks more carefully about what he chooses to retweet in the future.
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