In his letter, Piers explained that his decision to call out the US president in this way was fuelled by Trump’s press briefing suggesting that Americans inject disinfectant in order to combat the coronavirus.
On Friday evening, you unfollowed me on Twitter. Which given you only follow 47 accounts was not an insignificant decision. It came a few hours after I posted a column. In which I lambasted you for using your daily coronavirus press briefings. To air batsh*t crazy cure theories like injecting or ingesting bleach into patients with COVID-19. I used very forceful language to convey my dismay at such reckless. Shocking and woefully irresponsible behavior.
Indeed, the column began with the words-“SHUT THE F**K UP, PRESIDENT TRUMP”! And for that, I make no apology. You are the most powerful person in America and your words carry enormous weight and consequence. Within hours of you suggesting it might be a good idea to use bleach. One public health hotline in one state Maryland received 100 phone calls. Asking about whether they should use household detergent to combat the virus. And forced to issue an alert warning people not to try it.
My open letter to President @realDonaldTrump: cut the covid crap, stop whining, get serious & show some damn empathy – or it will cost you the White House. https://t.co/ttsDNY8JTz pic.twitter.com/99wCmh7EOj
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 27, 2020
New York City’s Poison Control Center took 30 similar calls from the moment. Your briefing last Thursday night ended to 3 pm the next day. And was also forced to release an alert saying that using bleach can put people at great risk. This latest debacle came after you before and repeatedly hyped up an anti-malaria drug. Hydroxychloroquine, as another ‘cure’ until it turned out to cause more deaths in COVID-19 patients than those who weren’t treated with it. This is a terrifying illustration of how dangerous your rhetoric can be.
So yes, I think when it comes to floating mad ideas about potential ‘cures’ for coronavirus, “you should shut the f*ck up”.
I can understand why such direct language from a long-time friend may have offended you, and I understood that when I wrote it. You have a notoriously thin skin and take any criticism very badly.
If you can’t handle my criticism, and our friendship is over. Then let me mark the end of our relationship with a few home truths. About your spectacularly bad handling of this crisis that may yet. If you heed them, still enable you to get re-elected in November.
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