Donald Trump likes to tell the story of how he took a $1 million loan from his father, Fred Trump, and turned that into his business empire. But documents reviewed by the WSJ show there were frequent loans in the tens of millions. Photo: Getty
WITH more than 50 horror novels plus lots of short stories, many made into film and television drama, you would expect Stephen King not to fear anything, except perhaps the odd spider.
However the 69-year-old best-selling author told Ron Charles, the editor of The Washington Post’s Book World, that nothing scares him more than Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“A Trump presidency scares me more than anything else,” King said in a Facebook Live interview. “I’m terrified that he’ll become president.”
King also gave a related explanation for Trunmp’s popularity.
“The key chord to all of this is fear,” he said. “We’re afraid the government is going to take away our guns, we’re afraid that Mexico is going to invade the United States, we’re afraid of this, we’re afraid of that, we’re afraid of taxes, we’re afraid of transgender bathrooms — the whole thing.
“As long as people are fearful, it’s hard to have a rational discussion,” he said.
He added that what makes Trump scarier is that he has a realistic chance of becoming president of the US.
“I would have laughed three or four months ago, but I think that Trump has a real shot,” King told Charles. “I think that Hillary Clinton has been a lacklustre candidate, frankly, and there’s been a sense of entitlement about her campaign like, ‘Ah, it’s my turn and I’m running against a buffoon therefore I am already president.’”
He said he had even thought about moving to Canada as a Trump presidency “scares me to death”.
King’s fear of Trump becoming US president is not new.
Molly, aka the Thing of Evil, demonstrates what the world will look like after 4 years of Trump foreign policy. pic.twitter.com/He5Sl4RDfq
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 14, 2016
He told Rolling Stone in June that Trump was more of a phenomenon than a person, describing Trump “the last stand of a sort of American male who feels like women have gotten out of their place and they’re letting in all these people that have the wrong skin colours”.
Rock star Bruce Springsteen, who is touring Australia in January and February, has also spoken about the danger of Trump as US President.
“Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you’re pushing people beyond democratic governance. And it’s a very, very dangerous thing to do. Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don’t go back in so easy, if they go back in at all,” Springsteen tells Rolling Stone in the next issue of the magazine.
“The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas — white nationalism and the alt-right movement. The outrageous things that he’s done — not immediately disavowing David Duke? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.
“I believe that there’s a price being paid for not addressing the real cost of the deindustrialisation and globalisation that has occurred in the United States for the past 35, 40 years and how it’s deeply affected people’s lives and deeply hurt people to where they want someone who says they have a solution. And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems. And that can be very appealing.”