British television personality Piers Morgan is not exactly well-liked.
Morgan is well known for frequently and shamelessly belittling anyone he deems inferior. Whether it's Meghan Markle, Lady Gaga, Megan Rapinoe, transgender people, or his own coworkers, he's never shy to attack the character of those he sees as beneath him—often inadvertently displaying his own mediocrity in the process.
Given character traits like these—along with a penchant for nasty tweets—it's not surprising that Piers Morgan and President Donald Trump get along.
Morgan threw his support behind Trump on election night.
Congratulations to my friend @realDonaldTrump - an astonishing achievement. #President— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1478677368.0
He also conducted Trump's first international interview and has defended the President throughout his first term.
So it came as a surprise when Morgan joined the growing chorus of voices criticizing the President's delayed response to the virus that's caused a global pandemic and upended daily life in the United States.
"Donald Trump...is failing the American people. Heâ��s turning these briefings into a self-aggrandizing, self-justiâ�¦ https://t.co/nvjoNZsZP6— Washington Examiner (@Washington Examiner)1587323618.0
Morgan panned the President's erratic and aggressive daily press briefings:
"On almost every level...Donald Trump is failing the American people. He's turning these briefings into a self-aggrandizing, self-justifying, overly defensive, politically partisan, almost like a rally to him -- almost like what's more important is winning the election in November."
He then addressed Trump directly, warning him to get his priorities in order.
"You will win the election in November if you get this right. If you stop making it about yourself and make it about the American people and show that you care about them over yourself, you will win. And, conversely, you will lose the election in November if you continue to make it about yourself, you continue playing silly politics, continue targeting Democrat governors because that suits you for your electoral purposes."
The President's briefings have grown noticeably more aggressive as reporters confront him with facts about his own administration's response to the virus—including citing the President's own frequent dismissals of its threat and unkept promises regarding its solution.
For once, People agreed with Piers's take.
@CNN The most lucid thing Iâ��ve ever heard from him— thomas miller (@thomas miller)1587360486.0
He's not wrong. https://t.co/yhlIUnNCB1— Brad Rincker (@Brad Rincker)1587381440.0
Oh, has @piersmorgan finally found the straw that broke the camels' back? Kinda late, but Thanks for coming out! https://t.co/dOOnDnchmV— @RonJ (@@RonJ)1587379846.0
Is @piersmorgan finally seeing clearly? https://t.co/GVbb37Svgx— MarcAndrÃ©Laviolette (@MarcAndrÃ©Laviolette)1587383594.0
Wow. Proving even a stopped clock is right twice a day. https://t.co/ZX6ygc1z4l— Bill Kenny (@Bill Kenny)1587383449.0
Piers Morgan isn't the only one slamming Trump's press briefings.
How long will it take Trump to realize that the MORE OFTEN he holds his coronavirus propaganda briefings the LESS Câ�¦ https://t.co/etGsq6b5Hk— Jon Cooper ð��ºð��¸ (@Jon Cooper ð��ºð��¸)1587309136.0
I would encourage Americans to watch the press briefings from the UK and compare them to Trumpâ��s unhinged rants. Thâ�¦ https://t.co/KAJWzAca5w— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1587279087.0
In the midst of a global public emergency that demands immediate action & strong, measured leadership, Trump spreadâ�¦ https://t.co/RWhu5REMzD— Laura Bruzas (@Laura Bruzas)1587393076.0
Trump's leadership is repeatedly falling short—just like his temper.
For a deeper look into the Trump administration's ineptitude, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.