- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2016

British novelist J.K. Rowling had some choice words for Donald Trump Monday as she weighed on the “Brexit” referendum.

In an essay on her website titled, “On Monsters, Villains and the EU Referendum,” Ms. Rowling sided with “Remainers” who support the U.K. remaining a member of the European Union. She slammed the “racists” flocking to the “Leave” campaign and cited Mr. Trump, who said he supported Brexit, as an example of extreme nationalism.

“Nationalism is on the march across the Western world, feeding upon the terrors it seeks to inflame,” Ms. Rowling wrote. “Drape yourself in the flag: doesn’t that make you feel bigger and more powerful? Finding the present scary? We’ve got a golden past to sell you, a mythical age that will dawn again once we’ve got rid of the Mexicans/left the EU/annexed Ukraine! Now place your trust in our simplistic slogans and enjoy your rage [against] the Other!

“Look towards the Republican Party in America and shudder. ‘Make America Great Again!’ cries a man who is fascist in all but name,” she continued, referring to Mr. Trump. “His stubby fingers are currently within horrifyingly close reach of America’s nuclear codes.

“He achieved this pre-eminence by proposing crude, unworkable solutions to complex threats,” she argued. “Terrorism? ‘Ban all Muslims!’ Immigration? ‘Build a wall!’ He has the temperament of an unstable nightclub bouncer, jeers at violence when it breaks out at his rallies and wears his disdain for women and minorities with pride. God help America. God help us all.”

Ms. Rowling said Mr. Trump is “incapable of understanding complexity or nuance” and is joined by only Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader of the National Front, Marine le Pen, in his support for Britain leaving the EU. 

“The ‘Leave’ campaign is selling itself as the courageous option. Take a leap of faith, they say. Step off the cliff and let the flag catch you!” Mr. Rowling wrote. “With the arrogance of a bunch of mini-Trumps they swear that everything will be glorious as long as we disregard the experts and listen to them. Embrace the rage and trust your guts, which [UKIP leader] Nigel Farage undoubtedly hopes contain a suspicion of brown people, an unthinking jingoism and an indifference to the warnings of history.”

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