Piers Morgan talked with the hosts of Public Radio International's "Smiley & West" Tavis Smiley and Cornel West last night. West and Smiley are currently traveling the country on a "Poverty Manifesto Tour" but took some time to talk with Piers about the current election and the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Smiley remembers a year or two ago when he told the media the 2012 race for the white house was "going to be the nastiest, the most divisive, the ugliest, the most expensive and the most racist campaign for the white house we've ever seen." He said his predictions have come true during the current election cycle.
Recently Ted Nugent spoke out against the president saying "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." Smiley responded quite negatively to Nugent's comments.
"Every time Ted Nugent opens up his mouth, he says something that's absolutely off the wall," Smiley said. "And the fact that we give these kinds of nasty, vicious, vitriolic comments this kind of national attention bothers me. But it underscores yet again how ugly, how racist, and how divisive this campaign is going to be."
Piers also asked the duo to weigh in on the Trayvon Martin case and guns in America.
The "Trayvon Martin case is the peak of an iceberg of arbitrary power especially decisions of police departments that don't put enough value on the lives of poor black boys," West said. "Especially poor children across the board but especially poor black brothers."
Smiley said the Trayvon Martin shooting "is not an aberration. These kinds of cases happen all the time. This one made national news but there are far too many of America's children of all races, all colors and all creeds, who end up being the victims of gun violence. And this country does not have the courage, the conviction, or the commitment to go get these guns."