On a day that has seen fierce criticism for using the deadly Brussels attacks to score political points, Piers Morgan attacked global leaders, saying Donald Trump is the only one with "a plan to deal with Isis terrorism. Several plans in fact."
At least 34 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in multiple attacks on the Belgian capital, Brussels on 22 March. On the same day, the Mail Online gave Morgan a platform to laud Trump's proposals to deal with terrorism while slamming President Barack Obama for allegedly "leading from behind" and accused the US leader for being "partly responsible for the war in Syria raging uncontrollably for five years – allowing fundamentalism to ferment."
Morgan went on to say that Obama has "zero interest" in dealing with the terror threat and intends to palm the issue off onto the next president. He then proceeded to attack German Chancellor Angela Merkel's migration policy.
His rant leads him to extoll proposals put forward by the Republican candidate during a 40-minute interview with Morgan, who suggested that Trump is the only one with a plan to deal with terrorism. These included tightening borders, placing the onus on Muslims "to root out the extremists in their midst" and making it harder for illegal immigrants to enter the US.
In other words, blaming hundreds of millions of peaceful Muslims for acts of terror committed by some while equating immigration with terrorism. Divisive ideas without factual foundation is not the same as a solid "plan to deal with Isis terrorism."
While it is true that the Islamic State (IS) has committed countless atrocities and that a solution needs to be found to defeat the terror group, it does not necessarily follow that Trump is the man with the plan to do that. Controversial and brutal interrogation and detention practices which plagued George Bush's time in office were somewhat rolled back under his successor, but Trump has advocated a complete U-turn.
Speaking on the day of the Brussels attacks, Trump said: "Waterboarding [banned by Obama in 2009] would be fine. If they can expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding."
The column hasn't won Morgan much support on the Twittersphere.