Former President Donald Trump lashed out at host Piers Morgan, accusing him of manipulating the promotion of his interview to suggest the Republican leader stormed out of the room.
In a series of shots, an irate Trump is shown grimacing as Morgan calls the 2020 election “free and fair” and says the former president “never presented hard evidence” to prove otherwise. He saw the former president trying to intervene by yelling “excuse me” over and over again.
In a statement Thursday, Trump said: “Piers Morgan, like the rest of the fake news outlet, attempted to illegally and deceptively edit his long and tedious interview.”
“I wanted it to look like I walked out of the interview when my 20-minute time limit was exceeded by an hour. The interview was very strong on the 2020 voter fraud, and I called him a ‘fool’ if he really believed those results,” the statement read.
Morgan, who joined Rupert Murdoch-owned TalkTV to host his own show. morgan piers uncensoredtook to Twitter on Wednesday to post a clip of the interview to promote his new show.
“For those who want to make Piers look bad, compare his promo video and how it was manipulated to reality. Hopefully they will now make some big changes to the final product of it,” Trump added.
In the chaotic 30-second clip shared by Morgan, the president says, “I think I’m a very honest man, much more so than you actually are.”
After Morgan says “it was a free and fair election, you lost,” the Republican leader replies, “Only a fool would think that.”
“Do you think I’m a fool?” asks Mr. Morgan.
“Now yes,” replies the former president.
The 45th president also called his Vice President Mike Pence “dumb and weak,” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “stupid,” according to Morgan.
The last second of the ad shows Trump standing up and ordering the cameras off as he walks away saying, “Very dishonest.”
The presenter added that he was called a fool six times by the “annoying” president, according to Sun.
“The next day, I sent Trump an email thanking him for his time and included these words: ‘You had every right to be mad and call me a fool for not believing the election was stolen from you, but I also have every right to my opinion, and I wasn’t going to lie to your face just to avoid upsetting you,'” Morgan wrote.
“Best friends are the most honest/critical, not the sycophants.”