UK markets close in 3 hours 23 minutes
  • FTSE 100

    -71.39 (-1.07%)
  • FTSE 250

    -150.56 (-0.74%)
  • AIM

    -12.10 (-1.01%)

    +0.0020 (+0.18%)

    -0.0035 (-0.25%)

    -792.01 (-3.38%)
  • CMC Crypto 200

    -16.35 (-2.56%)
  • S&P 500

    -5.74 (-0.15%)
  • DOW

    -22.96 (-0.07%)

    -0.03 (-0.06%)

    -12.70 (-0.69%)
  • NIKKEI 225

    +89.03 (+0.31%)

    -93.73 (-0.32%)
  • DAX

    -249.91 (-1.80%)
  • CAC 40

    -76.78 (-1.39%)

Piers Morgan renounces friendship with 'monster' Donald Trump

Amy Johnson
·2-min read
Donald Trump and Piers Morgan attend the celebration of Perfumania and Kim Kardashian's appearance on NBC's "The Apprentice" at the Provocateur at The Hotel Gansevoort on November 10, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10: Television Personality Donald Trump and journalist Piers Morgan attend the celebration of Perfumania and Kim Kardashian�s appearance on NBC�s "The Apprentice" at the Provocateur at The Hotel Gansevoort on November 10, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Piers Morgan pictured in 2010. (Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

Piers Morgan has renounced his friendship with outgoing US president Donald Trump following the attack on Washington DC’s Capitol building.

Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday with a violent riot that killed four in scenes Morgan described as "utterly horrific".

The president posted a video to the rioters on his Twitter account telling them "I love you", in a message which contributed to a suspension from the social network for “repeated and severe violations” of its Civic Integrity policy.

Read more: James Corden brands Donald Trump a ‘lunatic’

Writing for MailOnline on Thursday, Morgan said: "I can't remain friends with someone who says he 'loves' a bunch of violent Nazi sympathisers and white supremacists who've just launched a deadly attack on the epicentre of US democracy itself and thinks they're 'special people'."

Piers Morgan on the set of the Season Finale of the Celebrity Apprentice on May 10, 2009  in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)
Piers Morgan on the set of the season finale of the Celebrity Apprentice in 2009. (Getty Images)

The 55-year-old also claimed to have got in touch with a senior aide to Trump to instruct them to "tell him to get on TV now, admit defeat and call off this outrageous coup".

The Good Morning Britain presenter has frequently referred to Trump, whom he met after a stint on Celebrity Apprentice in 2008, as a “friend”.

He interviewed Trump on GMB prior to his election to office in March 2016 and again in 2018.

The pair appeared to fall out last year when Morgan branded Trump "reckless" for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting the president to unfollow him on Twitter.

Pro-Trump supporters and far-right forces flooded Washington DC to protest Trump's election loss. (Photo by Michael Nigro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Pro-Trump supporters and far-right forces flooded Washington DC to protest Trump's election loss. (Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

However, Morgan said they last spoke just ahead of the US election in November.

Morgan added: "In the past year, he has morphed into a monster that I no longer recognise as someone I considered to be a friend and thought I knew."

He described the Trump's "antics" since losing the election to Joe Biden in November as "utterly contemptible".

Watch: Electoral College votes certified

Read more: Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay responds to MAGA fanatic comparison

“I never imagined he would be capable of becoming what he's now become – the deranged figurehead of a bunch of hard-right conspiracy-theory-fuelled fanatics intent on destroying American democracy,” he said.

Morgan also stated that Trump should not be allowed to hold the office of president for any longer, two week ahead of Biden being sworn-in.

On Thursday, the final electoral count which had been disrupted by Trump’s supporters was finally able to be concluded, with Congress confirming Biden’s win.

Watch: Lawmakers call for Trump’s removal from office