After a petition to deport Piers Morgan hit 74,000 signatures at the White House website—almost three times the amount needed to require the Obama administration to address it with a reply, a new petition launched on Christmas to keep Morgan in the U.S.—because the U.K. doesn’t want him back.
Though the petition doesn’t say explicitly that it was created by a Briton, it reads as though it was and the Guardian notes that the Obama administration’s rules don’t require that petitions be created by U.S. citizens in order to warrant response.
“We want to keep Piers Morgan in the USA. There are two very good reasons for this. Firstly, the first amendment. Second and the more important point. No one in the UK wants him back. Actually there is a third. It will be hilarious to see how loads of angry Americans react,” the petition reads.
The first petition to deport Morgan complained he was attacking the second amendment by speaking out against gun violence after the Newtown massacre but failed to note that he’s infuriatingly boring and a serial softball interviewer. The second petition to keep him out of England failed to note his possible involvement in the UK’s phone hacking scandal.
So, yeah—even if both petitions get past the 25,000 needed to force a White House comment, they probably both could have made stronger arguments.