The revelation that Combover Crybaby Donald Trump’s idiot son had, along with two of Dad’s close associates, met with a lawyer linked to the Russian state for the explicit purpose of obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton, and that Dad very soon afterwards miraculously discovered the “33,000 deleted emails” line, have moved the bonfire under his Presidency from smouldering to ablaze in very short order.
This could be the end of a beautiful friendship
So now, all those pundits who had been willing to stick with The Donald through thick and thin had to ask themselves just how lucky they felt, especially his alleged pal, former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, no longer a CNN host but instead now co-presenter for three days a week of ITV’s Good Morning Britain. The mountain of evidence was set to precipitate an avalanche of bad news. Which way would The Great Man jump?
Slowly, oh so slowly, the Morgan loyalty began to crumble. “He spoke to someone he thought was a Russian govt. attorney offering information to influence an election. They're not allowed to do that” he mused. But was it an illegal act? “Probably not, as it would seem no information was acted upon”. Wrong, it seems - if it was indeed an agent of the Russian Government, the meeting itself is grounds for collusion or even Treason charges.
But he was still equivocating, not yet willing to throw his pal under the bus: “US media will intensify investigations into Trump/Russia pre-election links. I still don't think election-influencing collusion occurred”. Not much it didn’t, something he then appeared to believe himself: “I call things as I see them. This meeting suggests there was at the very least an appetite for Russian collusion from Trump camp”. He was starting to move.
Morgan was reminded that he didn’t think it was such a big deal yesterday: “The emails make it a much bigger deal”. The emails just underscore what he’d been told, and brushed off, so often in the past. And, inch by painful inch, he was beginning to distance himself from the Combover Crybaby: “I'm sure many real journalists are ... it all looks very dodgy to me” he replied to the suggestion journalists would be all over it by now.
And then, after driving it round the houses for so long, came the confirmation that on the next circuit, that bus would have Trump under it. “NEW: The Russia collusion story ain't no 'nothing burger' now.. it's a Triple Whopper leaking all over the place”. But just to hedge his bets, he was prepared to defend Trump Junior. “I've known @DonaldJTrumpJr a long time & he's definitely not stupid. But taking this meeting was not his smartest move”.
Wrong and wrong. He is stupid, and taking the meeting was yet more stupid. And just to signal that he really was dumping Trump, he returned to Twitter to confirm “The Trump/Russia collusion smoke just caught fire”. Real collusion, right now. But he had to maintain the pretence that he had been right all along, so when Emma Kennedy welcomed him on board, he sniffed “It's always better to go with evidence than prejudice, Ms Kennedy”.
If Piers Morgan has dumped Trump, there is really no way back. Whether there is any path to redemption for Morgan’s own credibility is another matter entirely.