Stephen King just got an honour from Trump, but it is very different to the one from Obama

Louis Dor
Wednesday 14 June 2017 09:15
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Stephen King is one of the most successful and instantly recognisable modern-American authors, with an impressive record of around 350 million copies retailed.

He's written The Shining, Misery, The Body (made into the film Stand by Me), Cujo, It, Carrie, The Stand, The Green Mile - you see where we're going with this.

In short; he's one of the most acclaimed names in literature.

He's also been blocked by the leader of his country, the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Probably because he had been tweeting critically of the President, who is currently polling at 60 per cent disapproval remarkably early in his presidency.

Mr King may have been referencing the ongoing investigation into ties with Russia. Or the Attorney General's selective memory. Or the cabinet propping up of a leader many consider clearly unfit for office.

Either way, Trump is probably the least popular new President of the United States ever, and doesn't need the constant reminders of how poorly he's perceived... Trump blocked him.

Stephen King noticed this and sent out a series of tweets protesting this fact. Warning: one including a very flippant reference to taking one's own life.

Most saw the blocking as a badge of honour, if anything:

J.K. Rowling also got in on the action, obviously:

President Trump has been on a bit of a blocking spree recently, and some argue this is a violation of first amendment rights.

This month, the Knight First Amendment Institute sent a letter to President Trump arguing that if he blocked Twitter users because he disliked their opinions, he was violating their first amendment rights he swore an oath of inauguration to protect.

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