Stephen King and 400 other notable writers, including Cheryl Strayed and Amy Tan, penned “an open letter to the American people” about why they are opposed to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The letter is posted at Literary Hub, a website describes itself as “a site readers can rely on for smart, engaged, entertaining writing about all things books” that partners with several book publishers, literary groups, authors, and literary journals.
The letter by King and his colleagues begins with veiled references to Trump, and why the writers believe he should not be president, including:
- how “language can be abused in the name of power;”
- that “any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;”
- “Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;”
The letter also referenced the need for a leader to have “knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness,” and not one “who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities.”
Instead, King and the other authors say, that such a potential leader “demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response.”
The letter then concludes that all 400-plus attributed authors (as well as the 8,000 additional petition signers) “as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”
Besides Stephen King, other authors signing on to the letter include Richard Russo, Phillip Lopate, Ann Packer, and Ed McClanahan.
The byline of the letter, dated May 24, was attributed to Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka.
Stephen King, a Democrat who described himself in his memoir, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft as someone who does not adhere to organized religion, has often been critical of Donald Trump. On May 23, he tweeted, “Say, here’s an idea! Let’s turn America’s nukes over to a bad-tempered a***ole with no knowledge of foreign policy. What could go wrong?”
The Tweet had over 10,000 “likes,” and we re-tweeted over 6,000 times.
In a December 8 Tweet, King called Trump a “rabid coyote,” said said that the fact that anyone could even “CONSIDER” voting for him “leaves me speechless.”
This Tweet have over 37,000 “likes,” and was retweeted 27,000 times.