JK Rowling lays the smackdown on Donald Trump with the perfect Independence Day weekend quote
JK Rowling just burned Donald Trump in the best way possible on Independence Day weekend.
Sure, this holiday weekend is meant to be all about the US colonies’ ragtag volunteer army somehow defeating a global superpower in the form of the British.
And sure – Rowling is British, while Trump is American.
And yet, the people’s champion triumphing over a power-crazed demagogue who’s exploited his position of power for his own financial gain feels appropriate.
If you missed Trump’s 1,776th Twitter-based meltdown over the weekend, the leader of the free world tweeted a video which was originally posted on Reddit by a user called HanAssholeSolo.
The video – which Trump then astonishingly retweeted from the official account of the US President – featured some footage from WrestleMania 23, in 2007.
It shows Trump throwing WWE owner Vince McMahon to the ground, with the CNN logo superimposed over McMahon’s face.
Considering the scripted nature of wrestling, the hashtag Trump used in the tweet – #FraudNewsCNN – was ever so slightly ironic.
The post was criticised for the violence which Trump implicitly encouraged followers to use against CNN and journalists in general.
But the best response came from an always magical source – JK Rowling’s brain.
This Independence Day weekend, she drew from America’s greatest president to condemn perhaps its worst.
‘To persevere in one’s duty, and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.’
George Washington https://t.co/nvhYdTBF0P
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 2, 2017
If you, like me, were wondering what ‘calumny’ is, it means slander or defamation.
Washington’s name went through a lot, but he could take it.
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Trump seems to be a little more easily needled, but should be aware at this point that history has its eyes on him – and so does JK Rowling.
After all, this is not the first time the billionaire author has dragged Trump, kicking and screaming.
Last month, the president lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan immediately after a terror attack had left eight dead and 48 injured, which prompted a powerful Rowling retort.
She has also compared Trump to Little Britain character Vicky Pollard, which was terrifying.