If you’re going to have a war of words, may we suggest not going to battle with two of the most famous authors of all time?
Never knowing when to back down, President Trump recently set his sights on writer Stephen King after King, a frequent Twitter criticizer of Trump, tweeted about the President’s daughter.
Possibly one of the tamest and most innocuous tweets currently existing on the web, King said that had Ivanka Trump grown up in America’s farmland, she would know that her father is reaping what he sowed. For a guy who has sold millions of dark mystery novels about murderers and serial killers, these 140 characters could have been a lot more gruesome. Still, it was enough to get King blocked on Twitter by the President of the United States.
If Ivanka Trump had grown up in farm country, like some of us, she’d know her father is reaping exactly what he sowed.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 12, 2017
For all of King’s beautifully crafted tweets about the POTUS, we would have expected something like this to get him blocked.
Bumper sticker idea: I’M ONE OF TRUMP’S CHUMPS. Jesus, how do I come up with these? Just lucky I guess.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 14, 2015
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
One difference between Nixon and Trump: when the Republicans nominated Nixon, they didn’t actually KNOW he was a crook.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 21, 2016
We really liked this one.
The most basic fact about Donald Trump: If brains were black powder, the guy couldn’t blow his nose.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 24, 2016
But really, how did tweeting about reaping what he sowed get Stephen King blocked and not this?
The more I read about and listen to Donald Trump, the more appalled I am. Not as a Democrat; as a human being. A genuinely nasty man.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 2, 2016
The most disturbing part of all of this is that the President of the United States is not only writing his own tweets, but has an ego so fragile that he would block someone who would dare criticize his decision making. With the POTUS’ Twitter account an official communication tool of the White House, it seems more than a little unconstitutional for Trump to be allowed to block his followers, but at this point the most shocking part of this story is that we’re not shocked at all.
Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 13, 2017
It’s this poor decision making that meant Trump didn’t consider, or just didn’t care, that the person he’s blocking has a following of more than 3.3 million readers, and that’s just on Twitter. At last count, King has sold more than 350 million books, the equivalent of a few hotels.
Blocked! Condemned to an existential wasteland of Trumplessness!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 14, 2017
Proving that honour is strong among both wizards and authors, Harry Potter writer and fellow Trump critic J.K. Rowling quickly swooped in and offered to help King continue to suffer through Trump’s tweets along with the rest of us. Well, at least until she’s also inevitably blocked.
I still have access. I’ll DM them to you. https://t.co/MhibEYDBTg
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2017
In conclusion, don’t go to war with writers. Also, this.
Can we have Obama back? Please?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 9, 2017