When Trump Blocked Stephen King On Twitter, JK Rowling Stepped In

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If you’re going to be the President of the United States, one would think that you need a thick skin and the ability to take criticism.

Apparently Donald Trump didn’t get the memo, maybe because it wasn’t in the form of a tweet, which seems to be his preferred method of communication. And it turns out that not only does he have a happy trigger finger when it comes to firing off tweets, but he also has a happy trigger finger when it comes to blocking people on Twitter.

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“Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself.” A little bit dramatic, but you really wouldn’t expect anything less from the author.

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“I wish anyone other than Donald Trump — left, right, or center — were taking the Oath of Office tomorrow. My preference would be Barack Obama.”

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In response to the block, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling — who has also been vocal about her dislike of Trump — quickly stepped in and offered to relay Trump’s tweets to King.

Oh, to be a fly on that DM wall. Can you imagine the conversations that these two could have? But while it’s funny and everyone is joking about it, what’s not quite as humorous is the fact that Trump has been blocking people left and right — everyone from celebrities like King and Jimmy Kimmel to ordinary citizens and a veterans advocacy group. Basically anyone who disagrees with him.

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What it boils down to is that for these people, they’re completely shut off from his preferred method of communicating with the masses.

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This has been going on since before he even took office…

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“The Commander in Chief can block @VoteVets, the voice of 500k military veterans and families, but we will NOT be silenced.”

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“Looks like he is blocking all veterans. Blocked me as well.”

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But it really ramped up after he took office, and yes, it might seem stupid to focus on Twitter, but there could be larger implications (other than the fact a president can’t take any criticism). According to Press Secretary Sean Spicer, President Trump considers his tweets to be official White House statements.

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On that note, according to NPR, there is an actual “COVFEFE Act” — named after that infamous tweet — that would “amend the Presidential Records Act to include the term ‘social media’ among the materials that are documented, ‘ensuring additional preservation of presidential communication and statements while promoting government accountability and transparency.'”

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Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, who introduced the bill, said, “If the president is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference.” “Tweets are powerful,” he added, “and the president must be held accountable for every post.” If there’s one thing Trump can’t block, it’s a constitutional amendment.  

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