CNN’s Piers Morgan continues to mock a petition seeking his deportation from the United States.
The petition supported by gun rights advocates charges Morgan with waging war on the Second Amendment and has attracted more than 91,000 signatures. But that doesn’t seem to worry its target. Writing from vacation in the U.K., Morgan tweeted:
Still only 90,000 Americans have signed the White House petition to deport me. That leaves 310,910,00 who presumably want me to stay.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 28, 2012
Morgan has been speaking out in favor of gun control in the wake of the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. His on-air clash with gun advocates and calls for stricter gun laws presumably helped inspire the petition.
“British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment,” reads the petition. “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.”
Morgan has sparred with critics about the issue on Twitter.
-- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 28, 2012
The mounting Twitter criticism of Morgan has been met with support from other corners. Outspoken documentarian Michael Moore tweeted:
Leave Piers alone! So sad that the host on American TV to speak out the loudest against this madness is not one of us, but a Brit.-- Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 28, 2012
The petition calling for Morgan’s deportation was posted on the White House’s We the People website, which allows users to start a petition and receive an official response if it attracts 25,000 signatures within 30 days. The Morgan deportation petition has more than enough signatures, but its organizers could find themselves waiting a while for a response.
The White House has responded to 87 petitions so far, but among those with the required signatures still awaiting a response includes one created in September 2011 concerning labeling genetically modified foods. A White House spokesperson told Politico earlier this week it seeks to respond in a “timely manner” to We the People petitions but acknowledged there may be delays, “depending on the topic and the overall volume of petitions.”
Other petitions still awaiting responses include on seeking the White House to build a Death Star (yes, of Star Wars fame) by 2016. Another petition, which has not reached the required number of signatures, asks the Obama administration to keep Morgan in the country -- though for a not particularly nice reason:
"We want to keep Piers Morgan in the USA. There are two very good reasons for this. Firstly, the first amendment. Second and the more important point. No one in the UK wants him back. Actually there is a third. It will be hilarious to see how loads of angry Americans react."