- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Horror novelist Stephen King compared President Trump to one of his notorious villains in a new interview but admitted that the president has been “scarier” than any character he could conceive.

In a new video from NowThis News, Mr. King was asked whether he thought Mr. Trump’s presidency was scarier than one of his novels, to which he replied, “Short answer to that is yes, I do. I do think it’s scarier.”

Mr. King compared the president to sadistic politician Greg Stillson from his 1979 novel “The Dead Zone,” who was later played by Martin Sheen in the 1983 movie of the same name.

“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,” Mr. King said in the video. “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.”

The video played numerous clips from “The Dead Zone” that compared statements made by Greg Stillson to similar comments made by Mr. Trump. For example, Stillson repeatedly promises to “throw the bums out” if elected, while one of Mr. Trump’s famous campaign slogans during his 2016 campaign was that he was going to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

“I don’t think that I necessarily predicted Donald Trump when I wrote ‘The Dead Zone,’” Mr. King said. “I know that American voters have always had a real attraction to outsiders with the same kind of right-wing ‘America First’ policy. And if that reminds people of Trump, I can’t be sorry because it was a character that I wrote.

“It was a boogeyman of mine, and I never wanted to see him actually on the American political scene, but we do seem to have a Greg Stillson as president of the United States,” he added.

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