In an interview with Tucker Carlson, Piers Morgan said Donald Trump is "absolutely right" to saw there is a threat from Islam and told the left if they want to defeat him they need to stop trying to delegitimize him and make every tweet and every statement from the president sound like "armageddon."
The Daily Mail US editor-at-large also weighs in on his surprise at the level of collusion between Democratic Party and CNN, Trump's ongoing war with media and how respect is a 2-way street between the two sides, saying The New York Times was a "disgrace" in its Trump coverage.
PIERS MORGAN: From the moment Donald Trump decided to run, he was for about four or five months the only gig in town. CNN and all the other networks were racing to get him as much air time as he could possibly give him. This, of course, fuels the monster. And then when the moment came when they thought, oh god, he might actually win, they got all Dr. Frankenstein, they thought we have to kill him off. But by then, Trump, the nominee was gone. He was off and racing around America. And he became unstoppable.
And I noticed in the last few months of the campaign he got more and more virulent. Papers like The New York Times, frankly, I think were a complete disgrace. They weren't even pretending to be anything but in the thank for Hillary Clinton. And I found that as a journalist pretty obscene to watch actually. So, as the The New York Times and others now to be saying poor us, we are the innocent parties here, Donald Trump is he annihilating the media and and breaking down the First Amendment and so on. It's pretty rich I think given the way that they conducted themselves as this supposed paper of record.
So, I think that there is fault on both sides here. I think that it is dangerous and toxic, and I think that the media have got to start showing President rTump a bit more respect. And he in turn and his White House operation have got to show the media a bit more respect and they all have got to move on.
Morgan's message to the left:
PIERS MORGAN: My message to the left is, if you want to try and beat Donald Trump, do it democratically and stop trying to delegitimize him, stop trying to make every tweet, every statement, every comment he says the armageddon of the world, and just try to apply some rational political sense in defeating your opponent.
Morgan said Trump is absolutely right that Islamic extremism is a threat and to stop that threat from coming to America, but his ban is perverse because it doesn't include Egypt or Saudi Arabia but includes other Muslim nations.
TUCKER CARLSON: I think a lot of Americans look to Europe AND the UK and they say it has changed an awful lot in the past four years. I know this as a regular visitor to your country and others. And it hasn't gotten better. And part of the reason it hasn't gotten better is because of the immigration policies in Europe. The countries are more divided, they are more dangerous, they are less happy, and they are poorer. I know you're against the president's executive orders on immigrations but how do we prevent what is happening in the U.K., Sweden, Germany and France from happening here?
PIERS MORGAN: Let me first of all say that I am absolutely agree with Donald Trump that the threat from Islamic terrorism is very real and very dangerous. And he's quite right to cite what has happened in Paris nice, in Nice, in Brussels as examples of where the massive amount of migration through Europe has created a lot of turmoil, a lot of unease, a lot of insecurity amongst the people. Because no one is really quite sure who all these people are, where they are coming from, what their motivation is.
So Donald Trump is absolutely right, I believe, to want to protect America as his number one mission statement right now. And he is absolutely right to say that the Islamic state is a real and very dangerous threat to America. And he's absolutely right, thirdly, to look at what's happened in Europe and to say how do we avoid what is happened there, particularly in Germany were a million people are being led into the country and all hell breaking loose, how do we stop that coming to America?
Where I disagree with him is in the implementation of his ban where it seems to be perverse that it does not include countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and Egypt, which ferment so much terrorism. Also, I didn't like the idea of people with green cards being detained and threatened with deportation. I didn't like that.
While the left is "talking" and wants a conversation with the community, they are planning future attacks. Don't get so pious with attacks on Trump while ignoring the "real threat" of radical Islamists wanting to behead Westerners, Morgan warned.
PIERS MORGAN: There were things that were wrong about it. This was the key point. For all their screaming of Donald Trump, I say to them, what is your idea? The main idea from the left appears to be we've all got to talk more to the community, well that's all fine. But while you were talking, I see like right now, planning attacks on the British mainland, on the American mainland, and they've got to somehow be stopped.
So I think Donald Trump is right in his concern, and he is just I think, probably, slightly wrong in the way that he's executed this. But let's not all get so pious that we put the attack on Donald Trump and our hatred of him before the real threat, which is people trying to kill and maim and behead us.