According to horror master Stephen King, Donald Trump is actually not all that scary compared to other options running for president of the United States. King believes that Ted Cruz winning the election is the “scarier” of the two options since “Cruz is a fundamentalist Christian,” which King compares to an Islamic Imam.
Donald Trump: There hasn’t been a novelty act this annoying since Alvin and the Chipmunks.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 6, 2015
As the tweet from August of 2015 proves, King has not exactly been a big fan of Trump from day one. At first, many critics seemed to think Trump running for president was just a promotional stunt or some new way for Trump to entertain us. King also expected Trump’s popularity to be short-lived, not that Trump would be within reach of the White House.
“Trump leaves me speechless. When he came down that escalator to announce that he was going to run for president, I thought to myself that it was a smart joke, and it was a way of basically renewing his brand, refreshing himself in the press, and getting to the forefront. I figured he would run for a while, then drop out, and that would be the end of it,” King told the Daily Beast. “And instead, you talk about media-savvy, but he’s really the anti-media-savvy candidate. At this point, he’s said 40 different things that would have gotten him laughed out of the race if he wasn’t so outrageous.”
King has been pretty open with his disdain for the Donald Trump campaign. In fact, when Trump decided to announce his candidacy, King wrote a slogan suggestion, which said, “If you’re white, you’re all right! Any other hue, I don’t trust you.”
Trump! The raging id of the Republican Party!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 13, 2015
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
A popular meme attributed to Stephen King also made this particular claim.
“Donald Trump is a carnival man, an entertainer, a buffoon,” the meme by Occupy Democrats stated. “His fans are white, scared and angry. He will never be elected, not so long as minorities, liberals and educated people, vote, but he has certainly exposed the ugly underbelly of conservatives in America today.”
And that’s why King is also so adamantly against Ted Cruz. When the Daily Beast said they “personally find Ted Cruz to be a scarier prospect for America than Donald Trump,” King agreed based upon one reason: Cruz’s religion.
“He’s very scary,” King replied. “I actually think Trump, in the end, would be more electable than Cruz because Cruz is a fundamentalist Christian and it would almost be like electing the analog of an Imam—someone whose first guiding principle would be the scripture rather than the Constitution.”
In the end, King seems pretty uncertain whether Trump will win the election. Four months ago, King would have considered it “ridiculous” that Trump would be made the Republican nominee, but now he’s “not so sure.” What King is certain about is that voting for Trump is a bad idea.
“Even if he was able to govern without blowing up the world, could we look at a guy who resembles a cable game show host for four years?” King asked. “He has that awful plastered-down hair and everything.”
It also flabbergasts the horror writer how Trump seems to be “bullet proof” to controversy.
“In the debate the Republicans had [in New Hampshire], Marco Rubio repeated the same talking point three or four times—and got his clock cleaned by Christie—and it’s almost like his candidacy has become a very perilous thing. It was a classic gotcha moment. But if it would’ve been Trump, it wouldn’t have mattered, because this guy can say that Megyn Kelly was after me because she was on her period. He can say he didn’t mean that, but that’s obviously what he meant. He can talk about Ted Cruz being a pussy and it just bounces off! It’s like he’s bulletproof.”
What do you think about Stephen King’s comments about Ted Cruz and Donald Trump?