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Piers Morgan reignited his Twitter feud with Gary Lineker
The row began last night after BBC's Question Time live debate, which saw Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appear to dodge questions about whether or not he would retaliate with nuclear attacks should Britain be placed under an immediate threat from nuclear weapons.
Former football ace Gary, 56, took to Twitter to share his views on the use of such attacks, telling his 6 million followers: "Seems like a lot of folk like the idea of nuclear war. Can't see the positives, personally."
In keeping with their history of social media feuding, it didn't take long for Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, 52, to hit back, asking: "If you commit £150 billion of taxpayer money to a nuclear defence, you must be prepared to use it. No?"
Gary sarcastically snapped at Piers, saying: "Yeah, it would be a complete waste of money if we don't kill millions and destroy the planet."
Piers sparked the argument over nuclear weapons
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As the GMB broadcaster argued that the Labour leader should be prepared to use nuclear weapons or else they do not provide a deterrent, branding Gary "naive", the Match of the Day presenter insisted: "I'm not a Labour politician, I'm just a bloke who can't see a positive in nuclear bombs. Once used we're all f***ed anyway."
But Piers maintained his stance, quipping that America hadn't been "f***ed" after using nuclear bombs against Japan following Pearl Harbour in 1941, eliciting a biting reply from Gary as he interjected: "I'm no expert but I don't think Japan had a nuclear bomb to retaliate with."
Their row soon got the attention of others, and Piers has since been fielding responses from angry Twitter users who support Gary's view.
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Actor Robert Lindsay, 67, backed Gary, commenting on Piers nicknaming his sparring partner "Jugs".
The row escalated with Gary responding to all of Piers comments
Robert Lindsay backed up Gary, branding Piers a 'd**k'
Some Twitter users supported Piers' view
"Tricks of the trade eh Piers?" the star responded. "Use a character name to trivialise. Well 'D**k' it won't work."
However, several others tweeted their praise for the controversial broadcaster, supporting his stance on the matter.
"A lot of people believe that deterrence prevents nuclear war," one person tweeted. "It has worked since the 50s."
Another called Gary "ridiculous", adding: "Rightly or wrongly, people in favour of having nuclear weapons see them as a deterrent to nuclear war."