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 OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' 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-CortezTrump Jr on father's taxes: 'People don't understand what goes into a business' Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge 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 HarrisHarris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee Compromise, yes — but how? A pre-debate suggestion Biden must clarify his stance on energy for swing voters 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.