Comedian Tracy Morgan had some advice for Americans and a reality check in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that earned him immediate backlash from the left.
The star of the TBS show “The Last O.G.” defended President Trump during an interview with the “Today” show on Tuesday, calling for unity and an end to criticism of the commander-in-chief who is trying to lead the nation at a time of unprecedented crisis.
Morgan began trending on Twitter after the sometimes awkward interview, as his infamous humor seemed to leave host Hoda Kotb at a loss for words.
But perhaps more unexpected was his defense of the president, which earned him scathing criticism from “tolerant” liberals.
“The struggle is real,” Morgan said in the interview from his home where he has been quarantined due to the virus.
“People want to criticize the president, but imagine being a president of a country and have your country get sick. So it’s difficult for him. We’ve all got to pull together as people, now,” he said.
The president has been under relentless criticism for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, coming under fire for everything from being too involved in daily news briefings to inform Americans of the latest developments, to being slammed for not doing enough, or not acting quickly enough to foresee, plan and defeat the pandemic. All of this, as Trump has continued to receive high approval marks including a record-high approval rating with Fox News.
President Trump hits record approval in Fox News poll, like clockwork the left goes bananas https://t.co/U1DkCSVkbJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 10, 2020
“Now is not the time for blame and all these other things, and anger,” Morgan told Kotb. “It’s here now. We just got to be together.”
“We’ve got to all stay safe. Nobody wants to transmit it, nobody wants to attract it, nobody wants to get it,” the 51-year-old actor and comedian added. “So let’s just stay safe and do the protocol that we have to do to protect our kids and our pets.”
The comedian also had words of praise for healthcare professionals and first responders, calling them “heroes” who deserve “respect.”
“These are the good-headed people, they know what they’re doing,” said Morgan. “They’re fighting the front lines, I love them.”
“I know these people, I know they work hard to take care of you,” he added. “I’m very proud of them, they’re my heroes — while we’re running out of the burning building, the firemen are running in.”
“These police officers that come out of their homes and patrol the streets, they don’t know if they’re ever going back home,” said Morgan. “We gotta give them respect.”
Morgan’s defense of the president was predictably slammed by the liberals and incurable Trump haters but many applauded his honesty while noting, again, the hypocrisy of the left.
“Good to know that not everyone in Hollywood has #TrumpDerangementSyndrome,” radio talk-show host Larry Elder tweeted.
Wow @TracyMorgan stepping up and challenging all of us. I agree! I hope Hollywood doesn’t kick him out of the club for not promoting liberal views.
— Michael (@Michael_USA1) April 7, 2020
Good for you Tracy!!
— Benita Sonabend (@BSonabend) April 7, 2020
Here comes the beta cancel culture to try to ruin him for that
— 🍀O’Dhonnabhain🦉 (@ODhonnabhain) April 7, 2020
Tracy Morgan supported Trump so now all the lunatic leftists who used to love him are suddenly hating him
— Kelvin John Wang (@kevinwa77769101) April 7, 2020
The challenge is to respect people who support what you don’t instead of trashing them. Suddenly Tracy Morgan is trash and was never funny just because he supposedly defended Trump. You know, the whole treat people how you’d like to be treated thing, about we actually try that?
— Ralph (@__Note2Self) April 7, 2020
You and a number of celebrities who have the courage to speak their mind regardless of the potential backlash… I appreciate you!
— katrooch (@katrooch1) April 8, 2020
That’s real. Love Trump or hate him, he’s doing the best he can with this. No other president would’ve handled this perfectly by any means. We all have to do our part.
— Craig Cleveland🇺🇸📖📝⚾🎶🎬 (@readabook_cc) April 8, 2020
I underestimated Tracy Morgan.
He’s managed to be smarter, more magnanimous, and more empathetic than most people, let alone other celebrities.
I don’t care that he’s a celebrity, but as a human, it’s good to hear him speaking a message of unity on a public platform.
— Prodigal Patriot (@ProdigalParable) April 7, 2020
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