Stephen King, master of horror and astute observer of fear and its effects, recently tweeted that “Donald Trump is like the crazy, ranting uncle you hope your friends will never meet.” King, who can take it, heard some contrarian views in the comments. People felt the need to tell the best-selling author that Trump is going to save America (which is apparently being torn asunder by immigrants bearing a striking resemblance to Cujo). What got people so upset was King’s characterization of Trump as crazy. Or maybe it was the idea of Trump being an uncle.
Donald Trump is like the crazy, ranting uncle you hope your friends will never meet.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 6, 2015
It’s not the first time King has bared his teeth at Trump. Back in August, King came up with a poetic campaign slogan for the billionaire GOP candidate, centering on Trump’s seeming predilection for pale people. (See below.) King is perhaps particularly well-suited to comment on Trump, whose rhetoric seems designed to play on people’s deep-seated fears. They’re both very good at that game. Like Trump, King clearly isn’t afraid of stirring up the passions of people who don’t agree with him. Not long after his Trump tweet, King had the temerity to write: “Obama just spoke with the voice of reason. Imagine that.”
How’s this for a Trump campaign slogan: IF YOU’RE WHITE, YOU’RE ALL RIGHT! ANY OTHER HUE, I DON’T TRUST YOU. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 5, 2015
Obama just spoke with the voice of reason. Imagine that.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 7, 2015