Piers Morgan says Trump rally 'bordered on fascism'

Piers Morgan, typically a defender of President Trump, says the president’s Wednesday night campaign rally crossed the line into racism “big time.”

“The President keeps insisting he’s not a racist, and I’ve repeatedly said that in the 13 years I’ve known him, I’ve personally never witnessed him being a racist,” Morgan wrote in a Daily Mail op-ed Thursday. “But since running for the White House, his inflammatory language has flirted ever closer to crossing the line into overt racism, and now he’s crossed that line. Big time.”

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“Let’s be very unambiguously clear: what happened in North Carolina last night was not just racist-fueled demagoguery but bordered on fascism.”

During the rally, when Trump renewed his attack on Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' MORE (D-Minn.), a Muslim woman who was born in Somalia, the crowd broke into a chant of “send her back.” 

“Some raised fists, some were just children. All of them seemed united in racist rage,” Morgan said. 

“There was the President of the United States whipping his supporters into a hyper-animated state of rage about a political opponent because of her ethnicity,” he added. 

Morgan said he had feared this reaction after Trump “so recklessly and offensively” tweeted Sunday telling a group of Democratic congresswomen to “go back” where they came from. 

The tweets were targeted at Democratic Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia Trump celebrates resignation of Bolivia's president Sanders touts big crowds in Iowa rallies with Ocasio-Cortez MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJustice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE (Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders: Fighting anti-Semitism 'is very personal' Bloomberg run should push Warren to the center — but won't Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability MORE (Mich.). All four are women of color; only Omar was born outside of the U.S.

“But to actually watch and hear a large gathering of thousands of predominantly white Americans chanting such a blatant infamous racist trope about a democratically elected fellow American made me shudder. Then it made me angry,” Morgan said. “This should not be happening in modern America.”

Democrats quickly denounced Trump’s rally, as they had with his tweets. Morgan specifically quotes Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism New book questions Harris's record on big banks MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential candidate, who responded to the rally by tweeting, “It’s vile, it’s cowardly, it’s xenophobic, it’s racist.” 

“And she’s right,” Morgan said. 

Some Republicans have spoken out against Trump’s rally, but, as with his tweets, few have gone so far as to call it racist.