In an elegant and passionate letter, British television personality and former CNN correspondent Piers Morgan, who is know for his strong leftist views, apologized to America for what he called the “embarrassing farce” of the UK Parliament’s debate on banning Donald Trump. In a must-read letter, Mr. Morgan said that while he does not agree with Mr. Trump at all, banning somebody entrance to a nation over his opinion on a matter is not only ridiculous and stupid, but in the case of the UK is completely hypocritical given how, in his words, Britain throws down the red carpet and blares out the royal bugles all the time for leaders of countries with heinous human rights records. Via the UK Daily Mail:
As I write this column, members of the UK Parliament are debating whether or not to ban Donald Trump from entering Britain.
They’ve allocated three hours of time to do this.
Time that could have been spent debating terrorism, famine, nuclear weapons, the Middle East refugee crisis or the Syrian War.
But no, instead British law-makers have concluded their own time is best served seriously considering a proposal to ban a man who may end up being the next President of the United States.
Like many, I didn’t agree with what Trump said and indeed, I wrote him an open letter at the time saying it was ‘dangerously wrong and bigoted’.
But to ban a foreign politician for expressing an opinion is utterly absurd. Particularly a foreign politician who stands an increasingly good chance of becoming leader of the world’s biggest superpower and Britain’s supposedly closest, most powerful ally.
Can you imagine a situation where President Trump, if he is elected, is actually banned?It would make Britain the laughing stock of the world, and confirm to Americans that we’re just as pathetically petty and small pond in our thinking as you’ve always suspected.
Britain throws down the red carpet and blares out the royal bugles all the time for leaders of countries with heinous human rights records.
King Salman of Saudia Arabia can allow 50 people to be beheaded last month and nobody in the corridors of British officialdom batted a public eyelid. Yet he is treated like some kind of deity when he arrives in Britain in his fleet of gold-plated jets.
Today’s Parliamentary debate is an affront to proper democracy, a stupendous waste of time, and it shames Britain.
I can only apologise to Donald Trump and to America for this embarrassing farce.