Stephen King said he felt it was “easy to overestimate” the rise of fascism in America.
The 74-year-old prolific American author, often described as the ‘King of Horrors’, spoke to writer and TV presenter Richard Osman about his thoughts on the current political situation in United States for The Sunday Times.
“There is a strong right, a political right in America, and they have a megaphone in some of the media,” he told Osman.
“They are not fascists but they are hardline far-rights. They’re definitely climate change protesters, so that’s a real problem. “
King, who has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump, said he could not “really understand” those who continued to support the former US president over his actions in recent years.
However, the famous author added that he feels “most people are good” no matter what political group they are affiliated with.
He told Osman, the former Pointless host, who is currently writing the Murder Club book series on Thursday: “I don’t really understand people who continue to support (Trump), but I do understand that a the guy who drove the pickup truck carrying Trump and the NRA Stickers – you know, ‘get my rifle when you pry it off my cold dead fingers’ – would stop and pick up a stranger if he we’re in the rain and say: ‘Where are you going, man?’
“That guy will probably try to get him there because people as good people.
“I think sometimes being a political group can be a problem.”
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King has published more than 60 novels throughout his career including The Shining, Carrie, It and Pet Sematary.
After the attack on novelist Sir Salman Rushdie in New York on Friday, he tweeted: “I hope Salman Rushdie is okay” and then questioned what kind of person stabs a writer.
King Fairy Tale’s latest novel is published on September 6. The full interview is in The Sunday Times.
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