The love of an author for her fictional characters is like a mother’s love for her child. So when people started comparing GOP presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump to Voldemort, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling came to her villain’s rescue.
J.K. took to Twitter to declare that the Dark Lord was a much nicer person than Donald Trump, the Guardian reported. And right now, he’d be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to disagree with her.
J.K.’s comments came after Trump continued his personal war against Muslims with his latest, and most divisive, plan yet — an announcement on Monday that he wants to ban anyone professing the Islamic faith from entering the U.S. This summer, the BBC had compiled a number of tweets that compared He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named to the politician, and that comparison was given new life this week.
Rowling’s tweet was made in response to this link, and after J.K.’s devoted fans had already jumped to Voldemort’s defense.
For the uninitiated, Voldemort (otherwise known as Tom Riddle, He-Who-Must-Not-Be Named, or You Know Who), is a “fictional eugenicist and genocidal maniac,” as the Telegraph put it, who devoted his existence to killing the Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter. He was fond of hating people who weren’t like him, the non-magical humans (Muggles) and wizards without “pure” blood, which he would refer to as “Mudbloods.”
Clearly, this fictional villain is not a nice guy, but as far as J.K. Rowling and some of her fans are concerned, he does not deserve to be compared to Trump. Some fans made perhaps a more appropriate comparison, pointing out that the Donald is more like Dolores Umbridge, who has a “penchant for kittens and torturing children.”
Rowling, many of the billionaire’s fellow Republicans, and his Democratic opponents have united in shock and disgust after Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of the country’s borders — just to Muslims — in response to the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. He clarified just how horrifying his plan is in further comments, saying the ban would apply to immigrants, refugees, and tourists.
“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
According to Politico, the politician told Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe that he would achieve this Muslim ban by requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to ask anyone entering the country to identify their chosen religion. If they say “Muslim,” they’re not allowed in.
In the same interview, he said to American Muslims: “We love you. We want to work with you. We want you to turn in the bad ones.” In almost the same breath, he’s also called for surveillance at mosques and claimed Muslims cheered 9/11 in New Jersey.
In the wake of these comments, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have spoke out against Trump, along with Jeb Bush, who called him “unhinged.”
As J.K. Rowling fans debate which fictional character to best to compare the presidential candidate to, he has stirred up a new controversy by explaining why his ban on Islam is necessary: because radicalized neighborhoods in Paris and London are so bad police won’t go there. He doesn’t want American cities to have the same no-go areas.
The city of London — both its mayor and police — have vehemently rejected those claims.
J.K. Rowling has tweeted her reactions to anti-Muslim opinions before, the Washington Post noted. In January, she “auto-ex communicated” Rupert Murdoch after he said all Muslims should be held responsible for terror attacks.
And Rowling isn’t the sole Brit author to lambast the Donald. Marlon James has called him a “s**t stain on the butt crack of the universe.”
“What else does he have to do to be called a Nazi? He’s attacked everybody. He’s just attacked the disabled; what next, bring back eugenics?”
So far, the GOP front runner hasn’t issued one of his classic insulting comebacks to J.K. Rowling.
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