13 Feb 2017 11:05 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Piers Morgan (Image Source: Screenshot)
The recent political climate has turned this country very polarized. And after the first three weeks of President Donald Trump's administration, it's not a great time to be one of his supporters as Piers Morgan found out when he guested on Real Time with Bill Maher.
The British journalist, of course, has a history with supporting a misbehaving Trump. He won Celebrity Apprentice the season he was on, and there's film evidence to show that while the now-President was sexually harassing Brande Roderick during a later season when Morgan was acting as a Trump advisor, that as Trump told her that being on her knees would be a pretty picture, Morgan was snickering on the sidelines.
And with Trump's current position, Morgan is frequently defending him; however, he also keeps saying that he would have never voted for Trump himself, as he repeated on this week's Real Time.
Morgan felt the President deserved more "credit" and "acknowledgment" as "the first Republican president to stand there on Inauguration Day and talk about the lesbian and gay community in America." Filmmaker John Waters, another of Maher's guests, dictated, "Read the Republican platform on it."
Eventually, Maher couldn't take any more of Morgan's defense of Trump.
"You and the Trump voters are confusing usual with normal. Yes, it's good to upset business as usual, but it's not normal when the CIA says we can't tell the President secrets because we don't know if he'll share them with Russia," he said.
The discussion then moved on to discussing the Yemen raid, leading Maher to explain, "You have Sean Spicer saying the Yemen raid, which was a giant, dismal failure – we didn't get the guy we were going after, who's now gloating and talking about the fool in the White House, we killed children and women, they knew we were coming, it was not a success. But he's saying because Trump says it's a success, we all have to."
Morgan once again defended his reality TV "boss," saying, "why have you left out the fact that they killed 12 al Qaeda operatives? Is that not significant?"
Maher shot back, joking that those were the children that were killed.
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies also jumped into the fray when the discussion moved onto the so-called "Muslim ban."
Morgan accused him of inciting hysteria, causing the comedian to shoot back, "This is what you do, Piers. You say, 'He hasn't done this, he hasn't done that, he's not going to do all these things.'"
He then hit the punchline, saying, "Give him a f---ing chance, Mate. Hitler didn't kill the Jews on the first day – he worked up to it, Mate."
Morgan told him he was being ridiculous, leading to Jefferies flipping him off and saying, "You just like that you won The Apprentice and you have a famous friend, Mate. That's all you f---ing like."
The unpleasantries carried on even after the show.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted, "Yes, watching Piers Morgan being told to f--- off on live TV is 'exactly' as satisfying as I'd always imagined."
There was no way Morgan was just going to let this go.
"This is why I've never read a single word of Harry Potter," he retorted.
It became a war of words between the author and the journalist as she replied, "Because you had a premonition that one day the author would roar with laughter at seeing you called out for your bullsh-- on live TV?"
She then came back and added, "Would you like a couple of hours to mock up some pictures of refugees carrying explosives to substantiate your position?"
"The superior, dismissive arrogance of rabid Remain/Clinton supporters like @jk_rowling is, of course, precisely why both campaigns lost," he replied."
Rowling shot back, "If only you'd read Harry Potter, you'd know the downside of sucking up to the biggest bully in school is getting burned alive."
Morgan still wasn't having it as he tweeted back, "No bigger bullies right now than the shrieking, hysterical anti-Trump celebrity brigade. You lost, so suck it up, Dolores."
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