Stephen King's Tweet Targeting Friends of Donald Trump
WASHINGTON — September 4, 2018
Author Stephen King for the first time after an ongoing feud with Donald Trump responded to the President's statement after yet another White House attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump on Monday taunted his one-time ally -- and early supporter of his presidential campaign Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accusing him of endangering the chances of re-election for two Republican congressmen by bringing criminal charges against them just before the midterm elections.
He wrote on Twitter the Justice Department's decision to file charges will hurt safe Republican seats in the House of Representatives.
Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2018
The president was referring to Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), both of whom were indicted last month in unrelated cases. The justice department has not commented on the tweet.
King urged the President's friends to be careful and said Trump's attack on Session should be a lesson for everyone.
Today’s lesson: Don’t be Trump’s friend. He will fuck you at the drive-thru if you cross him. Ask Jeff Sessions.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 3, 2018
King is among many prominent people who have been blocked by the president for criticizing him on the social network.
“I might’ve said he had his head somewhere where a certain yoga position would be necessary to get it there,” King told Stephen Colbert earlier this year. “And that was it, man.”
As for Trump's statement, his tweet also has sparked massive criticism including Trump's fellow party members that the president is illegally seeking to interfere with the justice system.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse said the justice department should remain politically neutral in deciding whether or not to prosecute.
"The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice - one for the majority party and one for the minority party. These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the president was when the investigations began," he said.
US political scientist and columnist Brian Klass called Trump's outburst "insane".
No exaggeration: if any other elected leader in a Western democracy tried to instruct their top law enforcement official to shield their political allies from prosecution for political reasons like this, they would be forced to resign within hours. This is insane. https://t.co/i8HpCpDjm0— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) September 4, 2018
Other critics noted that mid-term elections are not a good reason to delay prosecution.
Mr. President,— Steven Kleinman (@SMKleinman) September 4, 2018
Are you suggesting that members of Congress are above the law? The Department of Justice clearly has sufficient evidence to charge Mssrs. Collins and Hunter with felonies. The courts shall decide their guilt or innocence.
This is disgraceful.
Hunter’s campaign has alleged Trump's charges are politically motivated, citing that two of the prosecutors attended a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in 2016.
During the meeting with the journalists, he compared himself to the president, saying "this is the new Department of Justice. This is the Democrats’ arm of law enforcement."
Hunter announced he plans to stay in the race and told reporters he looks forward to fighting the charges in court.
Trump has been an eloquent critic of the justice department and has frequently clashed with Sessions.
The criticism began in the early months of the administration last year when Sessions recused himself from investigations into claims that Russia tried to help Trump win the 2016 election.
The attorney general, a staunch conservative and early supporter of Trump's campaign, handed control to his deputy to avoid a potential conflict of interest. Trump regarded that move as a "betrayal".
After the recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe, which Trump called a "witch hunt."