The consistently insufferable British TV host interviewed the former president for his new show Piers Morgan Uncensored. After the interview, Morgan on Wednesday tweeted out a very dramatic teaser in which appeared the two had a highly contentious interview — and that suggested Trump had left in anger.
A subsequent report Wednesday night, however, suggested Morgan’s dramatic clip may be overhyping the interview — and misleading viewers about how it actually went. NBC News says it has audio of the interview that suggests Trump and Pierce ended the interview amicably, with both men agreeing it was a good interview and parting on good terms. The tape came from Taylor Budowich, Trump’s communications director. Trump responded himself on Thursday, using the deceptive edit to … call News York Attorney General Letitia James racist.
President Donald J. Trump:
“If I did what Piers Morgan did in his fake interview with me, rigging and redoing my words, and then making it sound like I walked out of an interview, the failed gubernatorial candidate and Radical Left Racist, Attorney General of New York… pic.twitter.com/DVjbMXTw9c
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) April 21, 2022
James’ office has been investigating Trump and the Trump Organization for financial fraud. Trump has regularly been calling James, who is Black, racist.
Despite what now appears to have been a cordial parting between Trump and Morgan, there certainly seems to have been tension during the interview, which features Trump calling Morgan a “fool” after Morgan pressed Trump on his false claims of fraud in the 2020 election. “It was a free and fair election,” Morgan said. “You lost.”
“Only a fool would think that,” Trump, face glistening with sweat, replied.
“Do you think I’m a fool?”
“I do now, yeah.”
The clip included footage of Trump storming off the set, though the heavily edited nature of the clip made it difficult to tell — even before whether he’s cutting the interview short. “Let’s finish up the interview,” he said before standing up. “Turn the camera off. Very dishonest.”
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 20, 2022
Between Trump lying about the election and Morgan tweeting out what appears to have been a misleading edit of the interview, the credibility gap is tremendous. So the rest of Morgan’s statements about the interview should be taken with more than a few grains of salt.
Morgan elaborated on the interview in a column for the New York Post. He wrote that Trump was “VERY upset” before the interview started because someone had given him a list of things Morgan had said about him in the past few years, and they weren’t exactly positive. “He was almost foaming at the mouth and kept shaking his head slowly and menacingly at me, like Don Corleone when he felt he’d been disrespected,” Morgan wrote of Trump’s fury over Morgan having criticized his approach to Covid-19 and his fitness for office after the attack on the Capitol.
Morgan writes that the only way he was able to calm Trump down was by talking about his recent hole-in-one on the golf course. The interview ultimately lasted for 75 minutes, and everything was copacetic until Morgan started talking about the 2020 election. Morgan claims that as Trump was beginning to storm off he mentioned the hole-in-one again, prompting him to briefly sit back down before getting up and leaving for good.
Morgan’s interview with Trump is slated to air Monday, April 25, on Sky News Australia and Fox Nation, Fox News’ streaming service that also features such hard-hitting content as Tucker Carlson’s new deep dive into shirtless, muscle-bound men.
This post has been updated.