The idea of an autocratic sociopath getting elected POTUS is nothing new to Stephen King. He wrote the book on it, in his 1979 novel, “Dead Zone.” Some 40 years later, King has lived, as have we all, to see a version of his Greg Stillson character actually dwelling in the White House. As you may recall in the movie, a cowardly Stillson uses a baby as a human shield when threatened by an assassin while onstage at a rally. The Stillson character is a conniving populist politician who is also a bombastic, pathetic coward. King comments on the real life version of his fictional monster.
Trump’s criticism of McRaven and McCain, his spurious draft exemption, and his failure to visit even one of the “hot zones” where he continues to put American lives at risk—all these things point to a central fact: he’s a chickenshit.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 20, 2018
Every day Trump finds a new way to denigrate, degrade, and debase the country he swore to preserve and protect. It’s sickening.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 19, 2018
Donald Trump's tweets over the last 9 days provide a window into an increasingly disordered mind. Since we are all to some extent his hostages, I find this dismaying and rather frightening.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 16, 2018
Really? Then be a patriot and resign.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 12, 2018
Dead Zone is quite the compelling supernatural yarn, but it’s not as strange as the Trump presidency. This is the real horror show.