PIERS MORGAN: Yes, Donald Trump can be vicious, arrogant, obnoxious and even a little bit evil - which is exactly why a lot of people think he will make a bloody good PresidentIn some regards - certainly not all regards, but some - Trump is reminiscent of Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt took no crap, and went third party under the ludicrous name of "Bullmoose" Party. He won. He was what the nation needed at the time.
"Donald Trump may not be everyone’s cup of tea but with this hugely entertaining, deeply provocative campaign he is single-handedly destroying the modern cult of political correctness.
We live in an era now where every tiny slip of the tongue by a public figure is instantly torched by social and print/cable media to such ludicrous levels of hysteria that mere apologies often aren’t enough.
We’re only happy when the often accidental miscreant lies prostrate on the floor, weeping and wailing, begging for forgiveness whilst simultaneously resigning.
Only this week there was a classic example of this nonsense involving another friend of mine, Kelly Osbourne.
Speaking on The View, she said: ‘If you kick every Latino out of the country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump.’
Literally within seconds, all hell broke loose on Twitter as Kelly was condemned for being a ‘disgusting racist’.
The speed and venom of the reaction was such that Kelly burst into tears during the next commercial break as she realised her whole TV career might suddenly be in jeopardy.
Yet here’s the rub: we all knew what she meant, however clumsily she said it. It was clearly intended as an ANTI-racist remark.
None of us with a brain actually thinks Kelly Osbourne is a racist for a comment she made this week about Latinos on The View, her family are famously anti-racism. Yet still she had to be fried at the PC altar
None of us with a brain actually thinks Kelly Osbourne is a racist.
She and her family, led by her mother Sharon, have been famously anti-racism for decades.
We all KNOW this yet still she had to be fried at the savage PC altar.
It was truly pathetic to watch.
I wasn’t surprised, though.
During my tenure at CNN, I had two particularly absurd moments where I too was branded a racist.
Once when I told the sprinter Usain Bolt ‘I bet you can sing well, all Jamaicans can sing well..’
The second time when I told the political Castro twins Joaquin and Julian to dance at President Obama’s last inauguration party because ‘all Latinos can dance.’
There is, self-evidently, nothing racist about either comment.
To accuse a race or nation of being good singers or dancers is a compliment. For which the usual reward is ‘thank you’ rather than ‘APOLOGISE YOU RACIST SCUM!!!!’
Since then I’ve been further accused of racism for suggesting it would be a good idea for black Americans to stop using the N-word, and more recently when I laid into Nicki Minaj for playing the race card because she didn’t get enough MTV VMA award nominations.
Again, both accusations are plainly absurd, yet the offended mob couldn’t wait to hound and abuse me.
It’s all very silly but symptomatic of our idiotically PC-crazed world.
I loathe every kind of bigotry.
But I also loathe those who seek to make cheap noisy capital out of inadvertent comments.
Trump himself has been offending almost everyone in the last few weeks, from Mexicans to John McCain.
When Megyn Kelly went after him for previous comments about women. ‘You’ve called women you don’t like, ‘fat pigs’, ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals’ she said. ‘Only Rosie O’Donnell,’ Trump replied, which got a big laugh. I could imagine the vast majority of people watching at home applauding this
But instead of falling on his sword as the inevitable furore erupts, he’s simply doubled-down and gone on the attack again.
Last night, Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly went after him for previous comments about women. ‘You’ve called women you don’t like, ‘fat pigs’, ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals’ she said.
‘Only Rosie O’Donnell,’ Trump replied, which got a big laugh as everyone remembered their mutually abusive feud.
Trump then went onto say that a major problem with modern America is its trend towards being ‘politically correct’.
He added: ‘I don’t have time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.’
I could imagine the vast majority of people watching at home applauding this.
Trump’s winning at the moment because he doesn’t care for the usual political niceties, and I think that’s good for politics because it will force other candidates to drop all the PC bulls**t too."
As Megyn Kelly amply demonstrated, even Fox is riddled with PC rot. And Trump was not cowed; he did not fold up and slink away in humiliation under her judgmental attack. Trump, like Teddy Roosevelt, stood tall and firm, and whether anyone likes his position or not, he dominated. It's time for such bravado to come from the Right; we've been condemned by the moralizing Leftist self-anointed demigods for too long. I think I'll go reread my bio of the Bullmoose...
Postscript: I have this image of a Trump - Fiorina presidential campaign under a "Pitbull Party". The image is that of a Pitbull and a Doberman chasing an elderly, rich, grey-haired, criminal old woman back into her gilded retirement home. What an entertaining campaign! I'd actually sign up for satellite to watch it.