Stephen King Slams Trump's 'Poverty of Thought' And 'Poor Grammar' - Without Ever Mentioning His Name

Author Stephen King, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, on Tuesday slammed the president’s “poverty of thought,” “schoolyard taunts” and “bad grammar”—without ever mentioning his name.


Speaking at the PEN Literary Gala at the American American Museum of Natural History in New York, King took a dig at Trump’s well-documented aversion to reading books. Books, King said, “are the crucial counterweight to those who are close-minded and mean-spirited.”

“Too many of those are currently in positions of power, their poverty of thought best expressed in that intellectual dead zone known as Twitter, where clear thinking and kindness is too often replaced by schoolyard taunts,” King said, adding: “Not to mention bad spelling and bad grammar.”

King also offered support to the Parkland students leading the fight for commons sense gun reform.

“I especially want to thank the young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for their fierce advocacy and hard work in the wake of yet another horrific school shooting,” King said. 

King noted the Parkland massacre was “not even the most recent” incident of gun violence.

[“The students’] have stood up admirably to the vituperation of this country’s gun extremists, who seem to feel that the occasional blood sacrifice is acceptable in defense of a Second Amendment written at a time when such weapons as the AR-15 and the Bushmaster XM-15 did not exist,” King said. “So I feel I’m in excellent company.”

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