A petition seeking to deport CNN’s Piers Morgan for speaking out in favor of gun control has garnered enough signatures to elicit an official response from the Obama administration.
The petition on the White House’s We the People site reads:
British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.
The “Piers Morgan Tonight” host has taken a particularly aggressive stance on the issue in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, making the case for stricter gun control laws in the U.S. and calling a gun advocate who appeared on his show an “unbelievably stupid man.”
As of 9:15 a.m. Pacific time Monday, the petition had garnered more than 38,000 signatures.
Not that any of this is fazing Morgan, however. He’s mostly taking the entire thing in stride, as evidenced by his Twitter feed.
Morgan spent most of the weekend laughing the petition off, tweeting at critics with grammar corrections and snarky one-liners. But as more conspicuous voices, such as that of British Donald Trump Alan Sugar, joined the rabble, Morgan’s demeanor grew more somber.
“I am also a legal resident with the same USA Visa as you. But I keep my mouth shut here,” Lord Sugar tweeted at Morgan. “Coward,” Morgan responded.
Later, after pointing out the irony inherent in a petition ostensibly defending the 2nd Amendment while ignoring the 1st, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto added fuel to the petitioners’ bonfire by directing Morgan’s attention to Kleindienst v. Mandel — a Supreme Court ruling that barring a foreign journalist from entering the country does not violate the 1st Amendment.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.