Piers Morgan, US editor of the Daily Mail, has lent qualified support to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as the property mogul swept all before him in the latest batch of states to declare their chosen challengers.
Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme Morgan said: “I personally wouldn’t vote for Trump, however as a Republican candidate successful in this election he’s tapped into the popular mood about a number of hot button issues.”
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 2, 2016
Morgan’s political sympathies have become the subject of debate since he declared himself to be ‘very impressed’ by the media-savvy Republican during the primary campaigns where he whipped up supporters into a frenzy with outrageous proposals to build a wall along the Mexican border and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.
Dismissing fears that these policies could be construed as extreme Morgan said: “When I see Trump being more outrageous in some of the things that he’s saying and doing now, I think he’s just doing that just to grab media attention and I think the reality of a Trump presidency, if it came to it, would be an awful lot more moderate.
“I would treat almost everything he says in this campaign cycle with a lot of scepticism... He is, like all campaigners in every election, saying a lot of stuff purely designed to get votes.”
Pundits are now anticipating a Clinton Vs Trump face-off to become next president of the US on 8 November with the respective front runners hovering up the majority of states to vote thus far.