Piers Morgan took to Twitter last weekend to claim that Muhammad Ali was more racist than Donald Trump, a statement that invoked backlash from various users on the social media site.
On Sunday, the British talk show host tweeted: “Muhammad Ali said far more inflammatory/racist things about white people than Donald Trump ever has about Muslims. #fact”
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were two of the many users who criticized Morgan for his comments. Morgan tweeted something about hoping that no one would sugarcoat their comments and make him sound perfect when he dies, a comment that caught the ire of the married couple.
The singer responded: “You could test us by announcing your retirement.” His wife and former model followed it up with: “From what? Trolling isn’t even a job (I’ve tried).”
Morgan made a quip about Teigen’s modeling career by tweeting: “”Maybe I should take up a proper job, like modeling?” The new mother fired back with: “It keeps me nice and not racist so sure, give it a go.”
The following day during an appearance on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” in the United Kingdom, Morgan tried to justify his comments saying that the boxing legend, who died on Saturday at the age of 74, was “incredibly controversial.”
“His preferred world is segregated. Black people living with black people, white people living with white people,” Morgan said, adding that had Ali said those comments now, it would have elicited an “incredibly different reaction.”
However, the show’s guest Miranda Brown, a barrister, explained that Ali was influential in helping black people acquire a sense of pride and that he was one of the first black people to declare that being black is beautiful, according to The Mirror.
Ali passed away on Saturday after he was brought at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona for respiratory complications. His death also marked the culmination of his fight against Parkinson’s disease, which he had been battling for the last 32 years.