In response, a petition was started on the official White House website calling for Morgan to be deported back to Great Britain. The petition, called “Deport British Citizen Piers Morgan for Attacking 2nd Amendment” requested that 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.”
Radio host Alex Jones, supporter of the petition against Morgan, appeared on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Monday. Touted as a gun control debate, Piers opened the show by asking Alex Jones the question, “Why do you want to deport me?” What ensued was more of a one-sided rant than a debate.
Check out the video of the intense Piers Morgan and Alex Jones debate.
On Wednesday, the White House responded to the petition to deport Morgan. Although only 25,000 signatures are necessary to warrant a response, the petition has garnered more than 100,000 signatures.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney asked Americans to not let “arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. The Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press – fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy.”
Whether Piers Morgan was sweating the situation or whether this was just a big joke to him, he tweeted a response to the president on Wednesday:
“Thanks for keeping me, Mr President @BarackObama - much appreciated.”