- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon said during a recent radio interview that he wakes up “every day” hoping that President Trump suffers from a massive stroke.

Mr. Chabon made the comments Monday on the kann Tarbut radio station during an interview with Israeli host Goel Pinto, who said the novelist was being serious when he unloaded on the U.S. president, Breitbart News reported.

“I would love to hear anything you have to say about how to get rid of Donald Trump,” Mr. Chabon said.

Mr. Pinto deflected the question, saying, “tell me your view about your president.”

Mr. Chabon responded, “Every morning I wake up and in the seconds before I turn my phone on to see what the latest news is, I have this boundless sense of optimism and hope that this is the day that he’s going to have a massive stroke, and, you know, be carted out of the White House on a gurney.

“And every day so far, I have been disappointed in that hope,” he said. “But, you know, hope springs eternal. He’s an old guy, he doesn’t eat well, he’s overweight. He has terrible nutrition. He doesn’t exercise and it’s that not that hard to imagine.”

Mr. Pinto later told Breitbart Jerusalem that he was surprised by the comments.

“At the beginning, I was sure he was joking,” he said. “But when I realized he was serious, I understood the harshness of his words, and how much America is divided.”

Mr. Chabon, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001 for “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” did not respond to Breitbart’s request for comment.

The American novelist and 25 other authors launched a book on Sunday titled, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash,” which criticizes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

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