Piers Morgan says Compton shooting ‘sickening’ as George Floyd’s death, rips Trump, LeBron and Candace Owens
Morgan ripped into Trump for being "less vocal" about the officers involved in Floyd's death and called conservative pundit Candace Owens a "race-baiter," but also criticized LeBron James for being silent on the shootings
British TV host Piers Morgan has given his two cents on the recent shooting of two deputy sheriffs in Compton, Los Angeles, saying it was as "sickening" for him as the "appalling killing of George Floyd at the kneed of a callous police officer." Morgan referred to the footage as a "grainy video of a disgusting coward" who sneaked up on the officers as they sat in their patrol car and labeled it "repulsive and disturbing."
"There was no warning, and no provocation," he wrote. "This was just a deliberate, premeditated attempt at a cold-blooded execution." Morgan noted how the names of the victims haven't been released as police fear reprisals against them or their families if they are identified.
However, we now know that one is a 31-year-old mother of a young son and the other is a 24-year-old freshman. Morgan claimed protesters blocked the entrance and exit to the hospital ER where the officers were being treated, chanting vile abuses such as "I want to deliver a message to the family of the pigs, I hope they f***ing die" and "Y'all gonna die one by one. This ain't gonna stop."
"What kind of people spew such disgraceful slurs and threats?" the British journalist wrote. "I'd say people with the same kind of chilling disregard for human life as the likes of police officer Derek Chauvin who contemptuously put his knee on George Floyd's neck and slowly snuffed the life out of him as he repeatedly shouted, 'I CAN'T BREATHE!'"
According to Morgan, there was "no real difference to the mindset. Both are contemptible." Morgan then took issue with President Donald J. Trump's impassioned response to the news. "Animals that must be hit hard!" the POTUS wrote, before adding, "If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!"
Animals that must be hit hard! https://t.co/zrOd9ZUl8o— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020
If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this! https://t.co/K3sKh28GjX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020
But Morgan complained that Trump had been "far less vocal about what should happen to the police officers who killed George Floyd." However, the TV personality appeared to agree with Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden's "less inflammatory tone."
"This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable, and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished," Biden tweeted.
This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 13, 2020
Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished.
Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery. https://t.co/330QfeIUGg
Nonetheless, Morgan did notice how there was no response from celebrities and athletes, including NBA star LeBron James, who currently lives in Los Angeles now that he plays for the Lakers.
"So, this is HIS city, and he is the biggest and most influential Black role model in it," Morgan wrote. "Yet so far, he's had absolutely nothing to say about the shooting of the two deputies, and frankly, his silence is unacceptable."
He also took issue with Black conservative firebrand Candance Owens, calling her a "race-baiter" for her comments against "pea-brained celebrities" who claim they are "literally being hunted." Morgan said he found both Trump and Owens "incendiary and unhelpful," but acknowledged the silence from the usually "politically vociferous stars."
"The bottom line is this: if you feel angrier about what happened to George Floyd than you do about what happened to these two deputy sheriffs, then your values are warped," he asserted. "None of them deserved what happened to them. And we should all feel the exact same sense of outrage about both incidents."
Morgan said both Trump and James deserved to be criticized. "Only if we all come together and agree that unjustified violence of any kind is wrong, whoever is the victim, and whatever the color of their skin or uniform, can any real progress be made in the battle for racial equality and justice," he added.
In conclusion, Morgan said that America has been a "racially charged tinderbox since George Floyd's death, with emotions exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic."
"At a moment like this, the country needs unifying leadership from its political leaders but also from its most inspirational high-profile stars," he wrote. "Instead, it is getting nothing but flame-fanning rhetoric and complicit silence from those who know what's the right thing to say - but choose not to say it."
Both deputies were rushed to the hospital in a critical condition, and continue to fight for their lives.