For decades Stephen King has scared us and thrilled us with his masterful storytelling. I have been reading his books for more than half of my life. My favorite being The Stand. That book is scary because it could actually happen. It follows the story of a killer flu virus which wipes out most of the people on the planet. Now, we are looking at a different virus that could destroy us: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Stephen King has written over 50 novels during the last 40+ years. He has weighed in on our current political situation, and he is right.
King said during an interview with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post’s Book World:
“A Tump [sic] presidency scares me more than anything else. I’m terrified that he’ll become president.”
The best assessment of Trump came from later on in the interview. King said:
“The key chord to all of this is fear. We’re afraid the government is going to take away our guns, we’re afraid that Mexico is going to invade the United States, we’re afraid of this, we’re afraid of that, we’re afraid of taxes, we’re afraid of transgender bathrooms — the whole thing.”
He’s hit the nail on the head there. Trump appeals to the extremists because he plays on their fears. Conservatives live their lives based on fear. No one should live their life based on fear.
King has also tweeted some pretty awesome digs at The Donald:
Breaking News: Reliable sources reveal that Donald Trump is actually Cthulu. The absurd hairdo isn't absurd at all. It hides the tentacles.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 12, 2016
Molly, aka the Thing of Evil, demonstrates what the world will look like after 4 years of Trump foreign policy. pic.twitter.com/He5Sl4RDfq
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 14, 2016
He is not the only famous author who has gotten in some digs at The Donald. Back in May, he joined 450 authors and penned an open letter to Donald Trump. The letter was posted as a petition against Donald Trump. Here is a great snippet from it:
“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;”
“Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;”
Join Stephen King and these other bright authors and vote blue in November!
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