Stephen King’s Message to Donald Trump Supporters Takes Off Online

Critically acclaimed horror author Stephen King isn’t shy about criticizing Donald Trump—and now he has a message for his supporters.

The former president has called for the Supreme Court to intervene in his hush money criminal case. On Thursday, a jury found him guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records relating to a hush money payment made to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. The prosecution argued that the hush money payment was part of a broader scheme to “promote Mr. Trump’s election by unlawful means.” Trump has denied the claims.

Trump is set to be sentenced on July 11, days before Republicans are expected to formally pick Trump as their nominee in the presidential election.

King has long been a vocal critic of Trump and frequently criticizes the Republican politician on social media. On Sunday, he took the opportunity to condemn Trump’s supporters.

“Memo to Trump supporters: Denial is not a river in Egypt,” he posted on X, formerly Twitter. At the time of writing, the post had been viewed 946,200 times.

Newsweek emailed spokespeople for King and Trump for comment.

King’s posts on X are often divisive, with Trump supporters flooding his comment section—and this post was no different.

“Denial may not be a river in Egypt, but it seems to be an entire ocean for liberals refusing to face reality,” one person wrote.

“Memo to Stephen King supporters: he’s supposed to be a ‘world famous’ write [sic], but all he could come up with is an overused stolen pun,” said another.

“Memo to Stephen King: TDS [Trump derangement syndrome] is a mental disorder,” someone else commented.

TDS is a pejorative term that Trump supporters use when someone is criticizing the former president.

Stephen King and Donald Trump
Stephen King on October 2, 2010, in New York City and Donald Trump on June 1, 2024, in Newark, New Jersey. King has taken to social media to send a message to Trump supporters.

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However, others agreed with King and used the opportunity to stand up for the horror author.

“They say that in AA too. There needs to be a recovery program for MAGA,” one X user wrote.

“Stephen King is a national treasure, I’m sorry your undying allegiance to your criminal master has clouded your judgment,” said another.

A third added: “Mr. King You’re speaking above their heads Just sayin.”

According to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, half of Americans believe Trump’s guilty verdict in his criminal hush money trial was correct.

The ABC News/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 781 U.S. adults, was conducted between May 31 and June 1 and has a margin of error of 3.7 points. It found that nearly half, 49 percent, think Trump should end his 2024 presidential campaign after being convicted. The race between Trump and Biden is extremely close, with FiveThirtyEight’s national poll aggregator showing Trump leading Biden by 1.2 percentage points as of Sunday afternoon.

Trump is the first former president to be convicted of felony crimes, and according to the poll, a slight majority of Americans, 51 percent, believe he intentionally did something illegal. While the poll showed 50 percent believe Trump’s guilty verdict was correct, the response falls along party lines, with only 16 percent of Republicans believing the verdict was correct.

Meanwhile, three separate polls conducted since Trump’s guilty verdict also show similar findings with the ABC News/Ipsos poll.

King has previously said that he joined the Democratic Party in 1970, and he has been an outspoken critic of the former president since before Trump was elected in 2016.

On May 24, 2016, King was one of 450 writers to sign an open letter opposing Trump’s candidacy, with the author supporting Hillary Clinton‘s campaign.