Author J.K. Rowling has compared Donald Trump to Voldemort, the hateful and bigoted villain in her super-popular Harry Potter book series.
Rowling made her comparison in the wake of Trump’s call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
As if a mere comparison wasn’t bad enough, J.K. Rowling actually suggested that “soulless, elitist and inherently fascist” Voldemort is “nowhere near as bad” as Donald Trump.
How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. https://t.co/hFO0XmOpPH— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 8, 2015
Rowling’s tweet had about 4,000 retweets within 10 minutes of being sent, with many Tweeters expressing approval for Rowling’s thought.
“Voldemort is also referred to as ‘The Dark Wizard’ and many consider him one of the biggest villains of all. After all, his mission is to rid the wizarding world of non-magical Muggles, and to kill the beloved hero Harry Potter.”
The call by Donald Trump to ban “an entire religion” from the U.S. led White House press secretary Josh Earnest to remark that such a move would actually disqualify Trump from the presidency, according to Yahoo! Finance.
Josh Earnest said that Trump’s “ban all Muslims” plan was unconstitutional, and declared Trump “disqualified.”
The fact is, the first thing a president does when he or she takes the oath of office is to swear an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. And the fact is, what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president.
Earnest also made a cheeky remark about Trump’s “bad hair,” raising the question of whether the press secretary was totally serious in his statement about Trump’s disqualification.
“The Trump campaign for months now has had a dustbin-of-history-like quality to it, from the vacuous sloganeering to the outright lies to even the fake hair. The whole carnival-barker routine that we’ve seen for some time now.”
J.K. Rowling Just Said Donald Trump Is Even Worse Than Voldemort: https://t.co/UB7vWiaCiX— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) December 9, 2015
Other high-profile figures from within politics and outside politics have come forward expressing their outrage at Trump’s remark, which got “Trump disqualified” trending on Twitter, but which has not yet produced a dent or drop in the outspoken businessman’s support base.
Hillary Clinton called Trump’s statement “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive,” according to International Business Times. The prominent human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir characterized Trump’s statement as “the worst kind of bigotry mixed with ignorance.”
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, called the Muslim-ban rhetoric “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.”
Trump campaign manager said proposed ban on Muslims would apply to "everybody," including tourists. https://t.co/bScBY5UiUo— Rubina Madan Fillion (@rubinafillion) December 7, 2015
Trump refused to back down from his statement in the face of criticism, only qualifying it with a statement that the ban would apply “to Muslim tourists” as well. The real estate mogul also told the press today that he is in favor of sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Syria and that he is determined to destroy the capital of the self-professed Islamic State and “encircle their oil” to protect it.
If you havent already, you really should watch Tom Brokaw's short piece on Trump. https://t.co/Hqfxqts6SQ— Matthew McGregor (@mcgregormt) December 9, 2015
A new, possibly unwelcome Trump supporter spoke out in the wake of the remarks. A former leader of the KKK has apparently come forward, saying Trump is right to call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants and tourists until the ISIS debacle dies down.
Former KKK leader defends Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims https://t.co/h9NI0uNxwn— philip jenks (@Philip_Jenks) December 9, 2015
Trump told the media earlier this year that he “loves Muslims,” raising the possibility that his remarks are free of bigotry and that he sincerely wants to instigate this ban temporarily, as an admittedly extreme measure in the face of an equally extreme threat from ISIS.
"I love the Muslims. I think they're great people," Trump said earlier this year. But now he wants a ban on Muslims? https://t.co/mGnBiC1yeo— AJ+ (@ajplus) December 9, 2015
Is Donald Trump a bigot? Is Rowling right to slam the outspoken candidate?
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