And that was just the beginning…

Senator Greg Ball (R-NY) has been taking some heat for a tweet he sent out last week, in which he suggested the surviving Boston Marathon bomber should be tortured in order “to save more lives”.

Despite the controversy, Ball hasn’t backed away from the comment in any way, shape, or form.

On Monday night, the senator appeared on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan Live’ to discuss the statement.  And it was quite the confrontation.

Via the Blaze:

“I think that I share the feelings of a lot of red-blooded Americans who believe if we can save even one American life… that they would use every tool at their disposal to do so,” Ball said.

Morgan’s counterargument was to say that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects, is an American citizen, thus making it illegal to physically coerce information from him. “How are you going to torture him?” Morgan asked.

“Dude, you’re talking to a guy who supports death penalty for cop killers, terrorists… I’m talking about me,” Ball replied. “If you want to talk to the president about his policies, the next time you golf or go play basketball with him, you can ask him.””

Ball went on to suggest that perhaps Morgan was having trouble understanding the situation because he wasn’t speaking clearly enough.

“What would you do, play cards?” Ball said. “Maybe I should have said it in a British accent. These men killed innocent men, women and children.”

“Can you stop being a jerk?” Morgan shot back.

“You get paid for it,” Ball said.

Watch the tense debate below…



After the show, an aide to Senator Ball said that his boss “handed Piers his proverbial British ‘tookus’ in a handbasket”.

Morgan should try to remember that as horrified as he may be at the assertion that an American citizen would be tortured by his own government, the guy that the CNN host is typically cheerleading for, has actually executed American citizens with far less proof of their ties to terrorism.