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Stephen King Just Invoked George H. W. Bush In a Savage Takedown of Donald Trump, and People Couldn't Agree More

41st President George H. W. Bush, author Stephen King, 45th President Donald Trump (National Archives/Astrid Stawiarz-Getty Images)

Upon hearing of the death of the 41st President, George H. W. Bush, Maine native son and author Stephen King took to Twitter. But rather than memorialize the sometimes Maine resident—the Bush family owns a summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine—King reflected on how standards for some United States voters changed since Bush ran for reelection in 1992.

King posted:


"Remember when George Bush lost a presidential debate (and perhaps the presidency) by just looking at his watch? Now we've got a serial liar and womanizer as president, a draft dodger surrounded by a bunch of corrupt crocodiles. Times change, eh?"

King referred to a debate between incumbent Bush and his Democratic challenger Bill Clinton as part of the 1992 presidential election. Bush drew heavy criticism for looking at his watch during the debate while answering a question about the recession that gripped the country at that time.

As for King's assessment of Trump, "serial liar" is an apt description. Lying is such a prominent part of the Trump administration and presidency that several organizations track the number of times the President lies each day on Twitter and in official statements and during his ongoing Make America Great Again (MAGA) rallies.

And while Trump would not be the first President to be accused of being a womanizer, for other Presidents the revelation of extramarital affairs was a matter of shame and embarrassment, not a point of pride. Trump famously boasted to Access Hollywood about his inability to not grab beautiful women and kiss them without permission, as well as grabbing other body parts.

Draft dodging is a more subjective assessment however. Trump did receive five deferments allowing him to avoid serving in the military during the Vietnam War. At least one of those deferments was medically based for "bone spurs" during a time the 45th President was active in sports which fuelled much of the "draft dodger" criticism.

Maineiac King makes no bones about his feelings toward Trump. This is not the first time King tweeted criticism about the President.

And those critiques are as colorful as one might expect from a bestselling author as a review of King's Twitter feed shows.

The Maineiac author does not hold back or mince words when it comes to his opinion of the President.

The best-selling author and philanthropist—who lives rather simply with his wife Tabitha while donating to various causes—has been active in political discourse for some time. He takes an aggressive approach in his criticisms.

King's ire is not reserved for just Trump however. He also tackles Maine's GOP elected officials, like Tea Party Governor Paul LePage...

...Senator Susan Collins...

...and ousted Representative Bruce Poliquin.

People agreed with the Maine author's assessment of the shift in priorities and standards for some voters.

While others reflected on other Presidents and candidates.

So far—unlike many of his other critics—Trump has not fired back at King. But he did quote him back in 2014.

There is always a tweet.