He was mocked and laughed at for being an early supporter of Donald Trump for presidency, but that didnât change his mind.
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âThe very day he threw his hat in the ring last summer, I wrote a column saying, âDo not underestimate Donald Trump.â Iâve known him for 10 years and heâs a good friend of mine. He will not be in this to lose,â Piers Morgan, Daily Mailâs U.S. editor-at-large, tells FOXBusiness.com.
Morgan, a longtime journalist and former CNN anchor of âPiers Morgan Tonightâ now writes opinion columns for the British tabloid news site Dailymail.com, which boasts traffic of 240 million unique users a month worldwide.
âPeople told me that I was an idiot. This is never going to happen. Heâs a buffoon. Sure enough, as we sit here today, heâs now closed the nomination,â he says. âIf Iâm Hillary Clinton, Iâm worried right now. Iâm seeing a train steaming my way, and I probably donât have any clear idea of how Iâm going to avoid it.â
In 2008, Morgan competed in, and won, the first season of NBCâs The Celebrity Apprentice, where his friendship started with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
âThis is a man whoâs made billions of dollars closing deals. And right now, heâs closing the nomination and the same people who told me that he wouldnât last two weeks and that he would never win the nomination, are now informing me he absolutely categorically cannot beat Hillary Clinton. Well, forgive me if Iâm a little skeptical of these experts,â he adds.
However, he doesnât support everything the Donald says.
Last year, he wrote an open letter to him on DailyMail.com telling Trump that he disagreed with his controversial comments about a potential Muslim ban. (Trump has since walked back his initial comments, saying the idea was âjust a suggestion.â)
âYour demand for all Muslims to be banned from America is so completely, utterly and dangerously wrong that I canât just sit back and say nothing,â Morgan wrote at the time.
And itâs not the first time theyâve disagreed, either. Morgan has been relentless about his views on gun control since his time at CNN; while Trump opposes any form of gun control and any expansion of the national background check system.
Despite their differences, the former Americaâs Got Talent judge says he admires and supports Trump all the way.
âDonald Trump is the most unpredictable, extraordinary, entertaining and massively popular candidate this country has ever seen,â he said.