British political pundit Piers Morgan is not traditionally known as an ally of conservatives or a defender of Republicans. In fact, the first thing many think about when hearing his name are the heated exchanges he had on the topic of gun control.
However, recent history might indicate that Morgan is starting to evolve. After the terrorist attack in Brussels, Morgan opined that it’s time to take Trump’s stance on immigration and terror more seriously. Now, he’s taking Democrats to task for disrupting the inauguration of President-elect Trump. From his piece in the Daily Mail:
Today is Martin Luther King Day.
An annual moment when America remembers one of its greatest icons; a magnificent civil rights hero who fought for blacks to have the same rights as whites, and who was murdered for his cause.
Friday is Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, a moment that comes every four years and which heralds the very cornerstone of American democracy.
This should thus be a time for national unity, reflection and celebration.Instead, it’s been turned into a bile-laden battleground.
First, two high profile entertainers were bullied and threatened out of performing at the Inauguration.World-renowned blind tenor Andrea Bocelli reportedly pulled out on security advice because threats had been made to his life.
And black Tony-winning singer Jennifer Holliday caved after massive pressure from the LGBT community who bombarded her, she said, with ‘ugly hurtful’ online taunts.
Oh the irony of those who hate Trump because they perceive him to be a nasty, spiteful, bullying piece of work, themselves behaving like nasty, spiteful, bullying pieces of work.
Morgan wasn’t done. On the topic of the inauguration itself, he shows an understanding of the importance of the event to American democracy that seems lost on people who are actually from here:
The sustained campaign right now to delegitimize Trump’s presidency before it’s even started is not just a disgraceful attack on Trump, who is quite capable of defending himself without my help.
It’s also a disgraceful attack on American democracy and freedom.
As Franklin D. Roosevelt said: ‘On each national day of inauguration since 1789, the people have renewed their sense of dedication to the United States.’
Friday should be a day when the country comes together, not a day when it splinters even further apart.
Trump, whether you voted for him or not, whether you love him or loathe him, is the democratically elected President of the United States.
If you refuse to accept it, then you flip the bird at democracy.
And when you insult democracy, Rep Lewis, you insult America.
American liberals should be taking notes. In the United States, we hold elections to decide our leaders and the people have spoken. Trying to delegitimize a democratically elected President delegitimizes the will of the people, the same people Democrats are supposed to represent.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]