Stephen King Has a Message for Donald Trump

Stephen King regularly takes to social media to share his political opinions and once again, he’s come for former president Donald Trump.

The critically acclaimed horror author has taken aim at Trump’s legal woes as he continues to face a $250 million lawsuit over allegations that he, The Trump Organization and key executives of the company inflated his net worth to obtain more favorable terms from lenders and insurance. Trump maintains his innocence, saying that the financial statements pointed out by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office understate his net worth and the value of his properties.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron already ruled against Trump in a partial summary before heading to trial, finding that the former president inflated the value of his assets. Both sides rested their cases last week and will reconvene on January 11 to deliver closing arguments.

Now King has criticized how Trump and his legal team have handled the court case with a post to X, formerly Twitter.

“The Trump legal strategy is an oldie but a goodie: Lie, deny, and hope they die. To borrow from Danny Bongo, the WORST president in American history,” he wrote.

King’s mention of Danny Bongo is in reference to conservative U.S. commentator Dan Bongino—whose name he deliberately misspelled—with the two having previously gotten into a war of words online. Bongino is often critical of President Joe Biden and likes to take to X to refer to Biden as “the worst president in the U.S. history.”

Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung responded to King’s post in a statement to Newsweek.

“Stephen King continues to write fiction,” he said. “He’s a washed-up loser desperately trying to cling on to whatever fame he has left. “

Newsweek reached out to a representative for King for comment via email Monday.

While Cheung might not agree with King, people took to the comment section of the horror author’s tweet to echo his sentiment.

“So true!!! He is a grade A Narcissist!!!! Always playing the victim and never taking accountability…” one person commented.

“It’s deny, deny, deny—then counter accuse!” said another.

A third added: “You wrote some awesome horror stories but nothing close to Trump.”

However, others weren’t so happy with what King had to say.

“Seems like you’re living in denial and projecting there a bit Stephen,” one person wrote.

“Let’s talk policy instead of just the personal bashing. Are you informed enough to do that?” another asked.

“Trump, unlike Biden has committed NO crimes,” one unsubstantiated claim read.

This isn’t the first time King has aimed his ire at Trump’s legal woes, as on November 28 he responded to an X post from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, in which she called out President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

The House Oversight Committee launched investigations into Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals and is investigating whether Joe Bidencommitted an impeachable offense by aiding these. The White House has repeatedly denied that the president ever had any involvement in his son’s dealings, with Joe Biden calling the inquiry a “baseless political stunt.”

Greene, a MAGA Republican and a Trump loyalist, criticized Hunter Biden on X when she wrote: “Hunter Biden isn’t used to following rules or the law, but there is no circumventing @RepJamesComer’s subpoena for a transcribed interview. Hunter Biden doesn’t get to dictate @GOPOversight’s investigation. See you soon.”

King, who doesn’t often let a chance to criticize the former president pass him by, shared Greene’s post and added: “You know who isn’t used to following rules of law? Donald Trump. 91 counts of breaking those laws. Count ’em, 91.”

This is in reference to the fact that as he seeks a second term in the White House, Trump is facing more than 90 criminal charges stemming from four separate criminal indictments, two at the state level and two federal.

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This story was originally published December 18, 2023, 10:08 AM.

source: star-telegram

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