British author JK Rowling – best known for her “Harry Potter” series of children’s novels – tweeted her objection to a BBC report on the number of posts on Twitter comparing Donald Trump to the fictional villain Voldemort. Known as the “Dark Lord,” Voldemort first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” which was released in 1997. Of the comparison, Rowling said in a tweet that “Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.”
Trump came in for widespread criticism on December 8 by calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of America’s borders to Muslims, following the deadly San Bernardino terrorist attack. In the past, Trump called for surveillance of mosques and claimed Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Rowling’s tweet was greeted with delight by her fans. Some of them sought to defend the Voldemort character. Some instead compared Trump to the character Dolores Umbridge, the fictional Professor of Defence against the Dark Arts at the Hogwarts academy for wizards. The Umbridge character, in Rowling’s books, was an employee of the Ministry of Magic who likes to torture children.
Trump’s latest comments were slammed by establishment Republicans. Among them is fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush, who called him “unhinged.” Other Republicans critical of Trump were RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Another author used expletives to condemn Trump and his statements. In November, Man Booker winner Marlon James described Trump as a “s**t stain on the butt crack of the universe.” James is a native of Jamaica who teaches literature at Macalester College in St. Paul MN. At an event sponsored by UK newspaper "The Guardian," James asked “What else does he have to do to be called a Nazi?” “He’s attacked everybody. He’s just attacked the disabled; what next, bring back eugenics?”
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