Warning: some of the tweets below contain mild swearing and graphic references to animals
Choosing the hashtag #TrumpMorgan to promote his ITV interview with US president Donald Trump, Piers Morgan was clearly hoping it would go down as a modern-day Frost/Nixon, yet for the majority of viewers it wasn’t quite the in-depth, hard-hitting face-off that implied.
— Mark Jones (@m0dernworld) January 28, 2018
In fact, a whopping 88% of those polled on Sunday night by RadioTimes.com said Morgan was not tough enough on Trump.
Was Piers Morgan tough enough on Donald Trump? #TrumpMorgan
— Radio Times (@RadioTimes) January 28, 2018
Many of those commenting on Twitter found the “love-in” between Morgan and his “great friend” an uncomfortable watch that failed to press Trump on any of the important issues…
#TrumpMorgan A 45 minute mutual love-in. @realDonaldTrump ducked, dodged an squirmed when asked (never pressed) on climate change, domestic gun culture. The delusional fool thinks that women and muslims like him. And he did NOT apologise for blindly retweeting Britain First
— Neil (@Moriarty306) January 28, 2018
#TrumpMorgan Feel like I’ve just watched two people engaging in foreplay and now I need to bleach my eyes and scrub my skin off
— Heather Jones (@misshjones93) January 28, 2018
Piers sounds like every drunk girl in a club toilet trying to reassure their crying friend about how good they are. #TrumpMorgan
— Pollyolivia (@Pollyolivia) January 28, 2018
Some found it really uncomfortable…
— DC (@Dtc1245Dc) January 28, 2018
I'd rather douche with a hedgehog than listen to another second of this circle-wank #TrumpMorgan
— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) January 28, 2018
On Facebook it was a similar story.
“The most sycophantic interview I have ever lived through,” wrote Collins Chidimuro, “and I grew up on a diet of Robert Mugabe interviews with the Zimbabwe state broadcaster. Shameful.”
“They just seemed to be kissing each other’s behinds,” noted John Wyres-Smith.
In the interests of balance we worked hard to dig out some positive reactions, although they were wildly outnumbered by the negative.
— Andrew Kidd (@AndrewJohnKidd) January 28, 2018
— Ashna Hurynag (@ashnahurynag) January 28, 2018
Excellent watch tonight… Trump is very good at deflecting but I enjoyed it, congratulations to the amazing @piersmorgan on your interview with @POTUS.
I think I am starting to understand @POTUS a little more. #TrumpMorgan
— MyBump2Baby (@MyBump2Baby) January 28, 2018
This guy must have found them too…
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 28, 2018