Nigel Farage accused Piers Morgan of ‘sinking to the gutter,’ in what he declared ‘the lowest grade interview in 20 years,’ during a heated debate on whether Donald Trump told people to inject bleach to beat Covid-19.
The Brexit Party-leader was appearing live from the Trump Hotel in Washington DC as part of Good Morning Britain’s US election coverage, when he clashed with Piers Morgan and accused him of ‘talking rubbish’.
After declaring Trump a ‘human dynamo’ and warning Democratic candidate Joe Biden was ‘unfit to be president,’ Mr Farage and Piers Morgan quarreled over Trump’s handling of the global pandemic.
It began after the GMB host argued: ‘I’m sorry, (Trump’s) handling of the pandemic has been an utter disaster, I said this to him the other day and that’s one of the reasons we had a little falling out.
‘I thought his whole strategy of taking this so lightly, not dealing with it properly, has led to America having 220,000 deaths, the worst record by far of anywhere in the world.
‘His refusal to mandate people to wear masks, his nonsensical theories about bleach and so on, all of it to me is woefully irresponsible.’
Mr Farage, who yesterday posed with a £10,000 bet backing Donald Trump to win the election, could then be heard shouting ‘nope, nope, nope,’ before declaring: ‘End this nonsense, he never mentioned bleach.’
The row came as GMB teased an announcement from Donald Trump in the midst of the election results, shortly after Piers Morgan ripped into Joe Biden’s election campaign.
He added: ‘Piers you’re talking, I won’t use the word, you’re talking utter rubbish.
‘Grow up, stop being fake news. Grow up and stop being fake news, he never said bleach.’
Nigel Farage’s interview got off to a friendly start on Good Morning Britain, before a row broke out between the Brexit Party leader and Piers Morgan over whether Donald Trump told to people to inject themselves with bleach
Piers Morgan was accused of talking ‘boloney,’ by Mr Farage, who was appearing from the Trump Hotel in Washington. The former UKIP leader told the GMB host he was ‘sinking to the gutter by talking about bleach’
Shortly before the interview ended, Mr Farage said: ‘Do you know what? I’ve got better things to do this than this, Piers go on, play your silly games’
Good Morning Britain then played a clip of the President’s comments in April, when he said at the White House: ‘I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that?
‘By injection inside or almost a cleaning. As you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that,’ Trump said.
While the President did not say bleach, Piers stood by his argument, arguing it is a kind of disinfectant.
Nigel Farage yesterday posted a tweet in which he appears to be holding a £10,000 bet backing Donald Trump to win the US election race
Donald Trump and Nigel Farage have been allies since the President’s first election campaign in 2016, the Brexit Party leader came out to support him during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, last Wednesday
He then asked: ‘Sorry Nigel, have I made that up?’
Trump ally Mr Farage replied: ‘You are sinking to the gutter by talking about bleach, you know you are, yet you won’t back down.
‘I did not hear anyone mention bleach, you could talk about acids in all sorts of different contexts if you wanted to. Stop talking utter rubbish.’
GMB producers then played the footage a second time, as Piers asked: ‘What am I missing Nigel?’
Mr Farage replies: ‘He didn’t use the word bleach he talked about the possibility of injecting something that could neutralise the virus.
‘Interestingly I had several scientists say to me it was a viable propostion but because people like you chose to you use the word bleach.
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‘We are talking about who is to become the leader of the western world and you want this to degenerate to some ludicrous headline in a tabloid newspaper, surely there are bigger and more important things to talk about.
What DID Trump say? The president’s remarks on ‘disinfectant’ and ‘ultraviolet’ light
At the height of the pandemic in April, Donald Trump discussed using disinfectant and ultraviolet light to battle Covid-19.
At a White House press briefing, Trump asked William Bryan, a senior Homeland Security science and technology advisor: ‘Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light? And I think you said, that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it.
‘And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting.’
Then he raised another possible treatment. ‘And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that? By injection inside or almost a cleaning. As you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that,’ Trump said.
‘So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors. But it sounds interesting to me,’ he said.
‘Maybe your audience don’t care, maybe they don’t care about future trade deals with the UK, maybe you’re right, we should trivialise the whole thing.
The GMB host declared the President’s comments were a ‘reckless dereliction of his duty,’
‘Boloney,’ was Mr Farage’s reply.
Donald Trump and Nigel Farage have been allies since the President’s first election campaign in 2016, the Brexit Party leader came out to support him during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, last Wednesday.
Susanna Reid then accused the party leader of ‘fake news,’ after he claimed GMB viewer numbers were falling, she replied by saying they had actually risen.
In his final comments, Mr Farage said: ‘This is the lowest grade interview I’ve ever taken part in in 20 years, we’re talking about major, major global issues and all you can do is triviliase it, it’s a pretty poor show.
‘I’m absolutely certain despite the fact you denied it live on air, I’m absolutely certain that he didn’t use the word bleach.
‘Do you know what I’ve got better things to do this than this, Piers go on play your silly games, let the rest worry about who the next leader of the western world is going to be, what it means for the United Kingdom, what it means for world peace, what it means for America this is what really matters.’
Moments before Mr Farage’s interview, Piers Morgan had criticised Joe Biden’s election campaign.
He said: ‘We were told this was going to be a landslide, the national poll was about 10 points apart,’ Morgan said.
‘This was going to be a repudiation of the monster, but it seems Frankenstein has lost control of the monster.’
The Democratic candidate failed to flip crucial toss-up states such as Florida and Ohio and pull off the blue washout his supporters had been touting.
Speaking at a rally last week, Donald Trump called Mr Farage the ‘king of Europe’.
Farage noted he had come to the United States four years ago ‘to bring the Brexit message that you can beat the establishment, and that is what Donald Trump did’.
In a ringing endorsement, Farage continued: ‘You are voting for the only current leader in the free world who has got the guts to stand up and fight for the nation state, to fight for patriotism, to fight against globalism.
Following the row on GMB, Mr Farage later appeared on the BBC, where he said: ‘It looks like Trump has won but it’s not certain.’
His interview came after Donald Trump had spoken at the White House, where he demanded all counting stop as he boasted about the margins he had rung up already.
‘This is a fraud on the American public, this is an embarrassment to our country, we were getting ready to win this election, frankly we did win this election,’ Trump proclaimed in the White House’s East Room, surrounded by his family and supporters.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Neil, Mr Farage said: ‘I think his comments tonight are out of frustration and I’m not surprised, to think that America in the 21st century is incapable of counting votes state by state and coming to a result is a pretty bad thing for America I must say.
‘The potential for voter fraud and what he was especially talking about was the idea of late votes coming in and that clearly shouldn’t be allowed.’
When asked if there was proof of voter fraud, Mr Farage replied: ‘The evidence of voter fraud with postal voting is there for all to see,’ before appearing to contradict himself, by adding: ‘It’s so new it hasn’t come to light yet’.