Stephen King, the author behind best-selling horror books like "The Shining" and "It," said this week that he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump boasts that Kim Jong Un 'was so happy to see me' Romney defends Paul Ryan: 'The fault for our 2012 loss is mine alone' Trump declares emergency over Tropical Storm Barry MORE’s administration is scarier than one of his own novels.
King, who sat down with NowThisNews, was asked if the current commander in chief is scarier than his fictional tales.
“Short answer to that is yes, I do. I do think it’s scarier,” King said in the clip posted Friday.
The novelist also suggested that he predicted Trump’s rise to power more than four decades ago in his 1979 book “The Dead Zone.”
“I was sort of convinced that it was possible that a politician would arise who was so outside the mainstream and so willing to say anything that he would capture the imaginations of the American people,” King said.
One of the central characters in “The Dead Zone” is a ruthless businessman-turned-politician named Greg Stillson.
King said the candidate was known for “crazy stuff that nobody would possibly believe or so we thought, until Donald Trump came along.”
The media doubts Stillson’s campaign in the novel, but soon violence breaks out at one of his big rallies.
“When Greg Stillson actually gains a following, he has a cadre of bikers who support him,” King said. “And they’re at the rallies and they make sure nobody heckles Greg Stillson.”
Trump was accused of inciting violence this past March when he said things could get “very bad” if his supporters in the police, military and biker groups got “tough.”
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"Law enforcement, military, construction workers, Bikers for Trump ... they travel all over the country. ... They’ve been great," Trump said at the time. "But these are tough people ... but they’re peaceful people, and antifa and all — they’d better hope they stay that way."
“My worry at the time that I wrote ‘The Dead Zone’ was that somebody like Greg Stillson might actually get elected and rise through the ranks, become president of the United States and start World War III,” King said.
King went on to call Stillson a "boogeyman" of his whom he never wanted to see "on the American political scene."
"But we do seem to have a Greg Stillson as president of the United States," he said.
“I know that American voters have always had real attraction to outsiders with the same kind of right-wing America-first policy,” King added. “And if that reminds people of Trump, I can’t be sorry because it was a character that I wrote."
The suspense novelist has also said Trump is “unfit” to serve as president and called for him to be removed from office.