President Donald Trump was greeted by masses of anti-Trump protesters when he arrived in the United Kingdom to celebrate the 75 anniversary of D-Day Monday, and former CNN host Piers Morgan rebuked the British demonstrators for being “disrespectful” and “pathetic” in their display.
Morgan, currently the anchor for Good Morning Britain, was appalled by the rude reception the visiting president experienced as hundreds of thousands of leftist protesters insulted him across London, England – the capital of a nation considered one of America’s greatest allies – with the journalist insisting it was unnecessary.
"I think, actually, indeed, they ... are a little bit disrespectful to be waving baby balloons all around the place at the president of the United States," Morgan expressed, according to TheBlaze. "When we needed the Americans in World War II, they were there for us."
Morgan was not only amazed at how easily many Britons have forgotten history, but at how they fail to properly distinguish between Britain’s greatest friends and foes.
"And if our response [to that country] is to have bigger protests against the leader of United States, than it ever was against the leader of Saudi Arabia ... or China ... or Russia ... there's something a bit warped about our values,” the British journalist continued.
He then compared Trump to other world leaders from Russia and Saudi Arabia.
"Is Trump really worse than Putin or King Salman?" Morgan asked during his program. "Americans fought and died alongside us on D-Day."
A huge 20-foot balloon and an enormous robot mocking the president was at the center of the protest.
“More than 20,000 police officers [were] deployed at 20 sites planned across the country in a security operation expected to cost about £18-million [$23 million dollars],” the Daily Mail reported. “A ring of steel surrounds central London today, where agitators plan to fly an offensive 20-ft blimp depicting the president as an angry baby and a 16-ft. talking robot of Mr. Trump sitting on a gold toilet.”
The center of the discord against the president was scheduled around his visit to Queen Elizabeth II.
"The main mass demonstration [took] place outside Buckingham Palace [on Monday] from 5.30 p.m., when the president … enjoy[ed] a banquet with the Queen," The Sun explained.
One member of the Stop Trump Coalition, Asad Rehman – whose group created the enormous baby balloon – explained the intent behind the demonstrations.
“[The protests are a comment on Trump being] egotistical and has got a very thin skin," Rehman told Morgan on the show, according to The Sun.
Problems w/London’s Muslim mayor
Trump’s ongoing spat with London’s Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan – whose city has been plagued by Islamic terrorism and record crime since taking office – was reignited before his visit.
“Mr. Trump has a long-running feud with the mayor and called him a ‘stone cold loser’ in a post on Twitter on Monday,” the New York Times noted. “Moments before arriving, Mr. Trump took aim at London’s mayor … ignit[ing] the controversy by sending a series of tweets attacking the mayor of London.”
Trump compared Kahn to New York City’s liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio.
“… Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job - only half his height,” Trump tweeted Monday. “In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!”
It was Khan who allowed the disrespectful baby balloon to greet the president during an earlier visit to the island nation.
“Mr. Trump has feuded with London’s mayor before – when large protests greeted the president in the city during a visit last year, Mr. Khan allowed demonstrators to fly a giant orange balloon of Mr. Trump depicted as a baby in diapers,” the Times added. “The blimp’s creator told news outlets on Sunday that the mayor had granted permission for the balloon to fly again during Mr. Trump’s visit.”
Khan spurred Trump’s criticism last week through a piece he published online taking aim at the president, calling for outgoing U.K. Prime Minister to uninvite the president.
“It’s too late to stop the red-carpet treatment, but it’s not too late for the prime minister to do the right thing,” Khan wrote in The Observer. “Theresa May should issue a powerful rejection – not of the U.S. as a country or the office of the presidency, but of Trump and the far-right agenda he embodies.”
On Sunday, Khan publicly attacked the president again, implying he resembled Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Italy’s Benito Mussolini.
“[Trump is] just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat [and his rhetoric is similar to that of the] fascists of the 20th century," the London mayor said, according to The Sun.
When asked if he would consider meeting with Khan, Trump reiterated his contempt for the mayor.
“No, I don't think much of him,” Trump responded, according to the Daily Caller. “I think that he's a - he's the twin of de Blasio, except shorter.”