Stephen King: ‘I Was Horrified by Trump as President for All Kinds of Reasons’

Author Stephen King reads from his latest book "Ur" with the Kindle 2 electronic reader at a news conference for Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Left-wing horror author Stephen King can’t stop complaining about Donald Trump nearly six months after the president left the White House.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called Trump “incompetent and lazy,” while also blaming the former president for “maybe hundreds of thousands” of deaths during the pandemic.

“I was horrified by Trump as president for all kinds of reasons,” he said, “but number one was, as president, he was incompetent and lazy. So for that reason I had a real problem with him and I used to tweet about that quite often during the whole Trump presidency.”

King was responding to a question about his latest novel, Billy Summers, which is reportedly set in 2019 against the backdrop of the Trump administration.

President Barack Obama awards the 2014 National Medal of Arts to author Stephen King of Bangor, Maine, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

When asked about his 1978 novel The Stand, which is set during a worldwide flu epidemic, the left-wing author once again complained about the former president.

“There was some effort by the Trump administration early on to downplay the seriousness of [COVID-19], and that really was like The Stand,” he said.Just the fact that Trump refused to wear a mask cost tens of thousands and maybe hundreds of thousands of lives.”

King made no mention of prominent Democrat leaders who downplayed the virus in its early days, including Joe Biden, who criticized Trump’s decision to end flights from China, claiming it was “xenophobic.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) were both caught disregarding their state’s mask guidance at the height of the pandemic last year.

Stephen King screenshot (Twitter)

King was one of the entertainment industry’s most consistent Trump hecklers, using his social media platform to hurl insults and at times inaccurate accusations at the White House.

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