Stephen King talks politics: ‘Trump was a horrible president and is a horrible individual’


Horror writer Stephen King shared his ideas about Donald Trump’s affect on America. (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

He will be the grasp of horror, however in his newest interview, Stephen King devotes a lot of his time to speaking politics.

The infamous writer of thrillers like Carrie and The Shining spoke out in a revealing new interview with the Sunday Times, through which he known as former President Donald Trump “a horrible president” and a “horrible person.”

“I think he actually engaged in criminal behavior and, certainly, I felt that he was a sociopath who tried to overturn the American democracy not out of any political wish of his own but because he could not admit that he had lost,” stated King, 74.

The writer beforehand known as out Trump publicly again in 2020, when he criticized the president and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his or her preliminary response to the coronavirus pandemic.

King, who’s himself lively on Twitter, additionally spoke to the Sunday Times concerning the function social media has performed amid the present political and cultural local weather.

“It’s a poison pill. I mean, I think it’s wonderful, for instance, that in the wake of George Floyd’s death, his murder by police, that you could muster via social media protests in cities across America and around the world,” he noted. “But on the other hand, it’s social media that has magnified the idea that the election was stolen from Donald Trump. And there’s millions of people who believe that, and there are millions of people who believe that the COVID vaccinations are terrible things. Some of the things are good, some are not so good, and some are downright evil.”

But the author argued that fears of fascism within the United States have been overblown.

“There is a strong right wing, a political right wing in America, and they have a megaphone in some of the media,” he stated. “They’re not fascists but they’re hard right-wingers. They’re certainly climate change deniers, so that is a real problem. But, again, it’s the stuff that’s crazy like QAnon that gets the press. You have to remember that Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by three million votes [in the popular vote] and that Biden beat Trump by seven million votes.”

Though King admitted he struggles to relate to Trump’s supporters, he refuses to strip them of their humanity based on their politics.

“I do perceive {that a} man driving a pickup truck lined with Trump and NRA stickers — you realize, take my rifle whenever you pry it from my chilly, useless fingers — would cease and choose up a stranger if he was in a rainstorm and say: ‘Where you going, buddy?’” he explained. “That man would possibly exit of his option to take him there as a result of folks as people are good. I believe typically after they get to be a political group that may be an issue.”

For somebody who’s well-acquainted with horror, King has suffered considerably himself. He was gravely injured in 1999 when he was hit by a van whereas out for a stroll near his home in Maine, the place he lives along with his spouse of 51 years, Tabitha. Though his accidents included a collapsed lung and a leg damaged in 9 locations, the author managed to get well. These days, he is simply grateful to have the ability to do what he loves for a living.

“When I’m writing, I’m all about myself and about the reader, so that’s a great thing to have. I won’t say that I never in my wildest dreams dreamt of huge amounts of success, but what I really wanted was to be able to do it for a living. The rest has just been what us Americans call gravy,” said King. “It’s all gravy now.”