Stephen King has destroyed Donald Trump’s fresh border wall claims with just three words.
The prolific author responsible for The Stand, The Shining, Misery and countless other bestsellers has been an outspoken critic of the president for years.
His 1979 novel The Dead Zone, featuring a “real estate con man” who rises through the political ranks by saying the unsayable is eerily prescient.
The White House now claims construction on the border wall is finally underway but King had a pertinent question:
Mexico’s paying, right?
Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed Mexico would pay for the wall. Not only is that not the case, but the footage posted by the administration on Twitter also suggests this is simply replacement fencing as opposed to a new wall.
We are building the wall! https://t.co/5CU4xZm34f
— The White House 45 Archived (@The White House 45 Archived)
There is a chance that Trump could redirect funds intended for the military towards the wall as per a recent Supreme Court ruling but that still would not add up to Mexico paying for anything.
It’s almost as though the campaign promise was empty bluster and the kind of fiction more readily associated with King.