Stephen King didn’t classify as being the most stable person in the world before the Donald Trump presidency, but the liberal horror writer has managed to particularly distinguish himself in the medical annals as one of the foremost sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like he’s terribly able to affect too many other people — partially because, when he tries to rally people to his side, all he seems to do is fail.
King — who, as Twitchy points out, wrote a novel exploiting the high school shooting concept decades before Columbine — decided that he wanted to use his Twitter account to rally gun grabbers and spew invective against the NRA and Republicans who actually think the Second Amendment is a good thing.
“Hey, kids—the House and Senate aren’t going to do anything about guns. Neither is the president, a morally vacant boob who will say anything,” King, clearly proving that eloquence is subject to the diminishing returns of both age and Trump Derangement Syndrome, tweeted.
Hey, kids—the House and Senate aren’t going to do anything about guns. Neither is the president, a morally vacant boob who will say anything. We have to do it ourselves. Get as many NRA sweethearts as possible out in November. We can do this.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 3, 2018
“We have to do it ourselves. Get as many NRA sweethearts as possible out in November,” he continued. “We can do this.”
Things went rather… well, predictably.
And let’s just say that didn’t mean Twitter users were willing to flock to voter registration booths in droves, willing to help Mr. King out on his mission.
On the other hand, do you really want to hear more long-form prose from a man who thinks a well-parried writerly riposte involves calling the president “a morally vacant boob who will say anything?”
You literally have a character who is a supernatural shot-Roland Deschain.
Remember him? Take a seat.
— Patrick ?? (@batman1793) March 4, 2018
And then there were those who pointed out that the last president of King’s chosen party didn’t do a whole lot about guns when he had the White House and a congressional super-majority.
And much like the “basket of deplorables,” it seems that a few people were willing to claim the mantle of “NRA sweetheart” for themselves.
And then some people were just willing to hint at the aforementioned diminishing returns:
Of course, there are likely very few people who actually had their minds changed by King’s tweet, and a lot more people who had a whale of a time mocking him. Which, in the end, is exactly what he should have expected. If only Johnny Smith from “The Dead Zone” was real, maybe he could have prevented it. Of course, if King’s writing talent and reasoning processes were still real, too, he also could have done something about it.
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