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Piers Morgan slams 'race-baiting twerps' after suggestion of backlash against Rishi Sunak

Piers Morgan leaves BBC Broadcasting House, London, after appearing on the BBC One current affairs programme, Sunday Morning. Picture date: Sunday January 16, 2022.
Piers Morgan weighed in on Twitter. (PA)

Piers Morgan has hit out at "race-baiting twerps" after a US talk show suggested there had been a backlash following Rishi Sunak's appointment as Prime Minister.

The broadcaster spoke out in response to a clip from satirical news programme The Daily Show, in which host Trevor Noah claimed there were people saying "Indians are going to take over Great Britain" after Sunak got the role.

The clip – entitled "Unpacking the backlash against new UK PM Rishi Sunak" – showed Noah saying that "seeing the backlash is one of the more telling things about how people view the role that they or their people have played in history".

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"Why are you so afraid?" he asked. "I think it's because the quiet part a lot of people don't realise they are saying is, 'We don't want these people who were previously oppressed to get into power because then they may do to us what we did to them'."

However, his remarks have been slammed on social media, with Morgan among those to weigh in.

"There’s been no such backlash against Sunak, you race-baiting twerps," he posted on Twitter.

"Why does US media keep falsely portraying Britain as a racist country?"

Plenty of other people agreed, saying that the so-called racist backlash had been invented.

Rishi Sunak departs 10 Downing Street, Westminster, London, to attend his first Prime Minister's Questions as Prime Minister at the Houses of Parliament. Picture date: Wednesday October 26, 2022.
Piers Morgan said there's 'been no such backlash against Sunak'. (PA)

One tweeted: "There’s been virtually no backlash to the appointment of an Indian man as PM in Britain (other than the fact the process was an undemocratic joke). But his race hasn’t been brought up in the negative by anyone.

"American TV and American audiences do an awful lot of projecting."

Another said it was "absolute rubbish".

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: 74th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Trevor Noah arrives to the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022. -- (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC via Getty Images)
Trevor Noah made the comments on The Daily Show. (NBC via Getty Images)

One person tweeted that "nobody cares that he’s Indian here in the UK", adding: "We just want a good PM man, woman or race doesn’t matter."

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"The UK is PROUD of their new Prime Minister," tweeted someone else.

Yahoo has contacted representatives for Noah for comment.

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