Presenter Piers Morgan has hit out at Donald Trump – telling him to ‘let votes be counted’ and to ‘go gracefully’ if it turns out he has lost.
His comments come as the 2020 US election sits on a knife edge, with Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden neck and neck as the last few votes roll in.
Biden has taken the lead in the traditionally Republican state of Georgia this morning by just 917 votes.
But Trump is desperately trying to cling onto power by going on an unsubstantiated and dangerous rant about illegal votes.
The current president tweeted: ‘I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!’
Piers Morgan, writing in MailOnline this morning, issued Trump a stark warning that ‘all hell will break loose’ if he convinces Americans the election result isn’t legitimate.
The Good Morning Britain presenter wrote: ‘I’d certainly rule nothing in or out at the moment given the closeness of the final fluctuating vote counts and the vast armies of lawyers on both sides who are already engaged in a ferocious battle to deliver victory for their candidate.
‘But I do know this: if Trump persists in trying to delegitimise the election result by claiming it’s been stolen from him by a bunch of cheating Democrats then all hell could break loose.’
He added: ‘Donald Trump knows he’s losing and is trying to throw as much crap at the wall as he can to turn the denouement of this election race into almighty s**t-storm of historic proportions.’
Piers also referenced how the FBI has conducted more firearm background checks in 2020 than in any other year – he suggested this was because US citizens are fearful for personal security due to increased protests in the country recently.
‘This means there are now many millions more guns in anxiety-ridden civilian hands at a time when tensions may explode in a new civil war sparked by Trump’s assertion he’s been unfairly robbed of the presidency,’ he said.
‘This is completely untrue. He’s not been robbed of anything.’
But he did suggest this election shows a ‘validation’ of Trumpism.
‘It’s been an incredibly close battle that’s drawn a massive turn-out in which Biden’s already got an all-time record popular vote – but Trump has also won six million more votes than he did last time,’ Piers added.
‘So, despite all his polarising, inflammatory, toxic leadership style, this has not been a repudiation of Trumpism by any means.
‘Incredibly, given all the allegations that Trump’s a vile racist, his black and latino vote has actually gone up from 2016.
‘Even white women, who the pollsters assured us were ditching Trump in droves, came out in bigger numbers for him.’
But Piers concluded Trump shouldn’t get in the way of democracy.
‘If Trump doesn’t stop his ridiculous “stop counting the votes” and “they stole it from me!” b******t, I am genuinely worried about what may happen if he loses,’ he said.
‘Attacking Democrats is one thing – but attacking Democracy itself is quite another. Let the votes be counted, Donald. You may even win!
‘But if it turns out you’ve lost then avoid the temptation to behave like a big baby who’s just had his rattle removed – and put the integrity of American democracy above your bruised ego.’
It comes after the presenter has poked fun at Trump on Good Morning Britain over the last few days.
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