GMB’s Piers Morgan asks Donald Trump to empathise with US protesters

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
The presenter has been a vocal supporter of the United States President.

Piers Morgan has asked Donald Trump to empathise with the feelings of protesters in America.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across the United States in recent days, after 46-year-old black man George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Video footage showed a white police officer kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground, despite Mr Floyd repeatedly saying that he could not breathe.

Mr Morgan, who has been a vocal supporter of the President since his election in 2016 and once applied to be his Chief of Staff, struck a conciliatory tone in a message to Mr Trump.

“Spend some time with your family watching that video from start to finish,” he said.

“Then imagine it was your son, and imagine how you would feel if a police officer did that to your son.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“And then imagine if they did it because of his skin colour, and they just didn’t care enough about his life.

Piers Morgan has asked Donald Trump to empathise with the feelings of protesters in America.Piers Morgan has asked Donald Trump to empathise with the feelings of protesters in America.
Piers Morgan has asked Donald Trump to empathise with the feelings of protesters in America.

“And then think about how angry you might feel, because that’s the calculation you have to make if you want to even try to understand why people are this angry.”

Last night, Mr Trump gave a hastily prepared televised address in the Rose Garden of the White House, over the sound of tear gas explosions in nearby Lafayette Park.

In the speech, Mr Trump insisted that he would defend people’s right to peaceful protest, but called himself the “law and order President”, condemning examples of looting and violence.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

He heavily criticised state governors for failing to control the situation, and publicly offered them an ultimatum.

Either authorise each state’s national guard to quell the protests, or he would mobilise the US military to do it for them.

Riot police then used tear gas and rubber bullets to drive back hundreds of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Park in Washington D.C, so that Mr Trump and his entourage could walk through it to visit a vandalised church.

During the protests there have been hundreds of accusations of police brutality, as well as examples of journalists being targeted by officers - despite being explicitly exempt from curfews and other restrictions.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

In recent weeks, Mr Morgan has repeatedly made headlines for his scathing commentary on Boris Johnson’s handling of coronavirus, and the conduct of top Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings.

Morgan accused him of “single-handedly destroying the lockdown” by breaking the rules to visit his family home in Durham in April.

A message from the Editor

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Subscribe to and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Joy Yates

Editorial Director

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.