As divisive as the response has been, the tweet is currently King’s fourth most popular tweet of all time.
Famous Horror writer Stephen King has been consistently critical of President Trump on Twitter over the past few years.
With President Forrest Trump, every day is like a rancid box of chocolates. You never know what kind of shit you're going to get next.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 11, 2017
Commonly his tweets get a bit of reaction considering his nearly 3.5 million followings. But on Sunday, King used Trump’s words (“fake news”) against him, calling Trump a “fake president” — and all hell breaks loose.
The news is real. The president is fake.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 9, 2017
King’s tweet received mixed reviews, with some people defending Trump and calling the tweet “fiction”:
You don't have to write fiction on Twitter. @POTUS is doing his job as he was elected to do! Seems you forgot that! Elected by the people!
— troy wallace (@tider97) July 9, 2017
Shouldn't you get back to stealing ideas for your books? You have too much free time now that you don't spend your days kissing Obama's ass
— Steve Mudflap McGrew (@stevemcgrew) July 10, 2017
The news is faker than your books ? and we all know those are fake! Do you write for @CNN?
— Coach ? (@CoachHarambe) July 10, 2017
Please note the irony of these words by someone who makes up words for a living. #fakereality
— Patrick Belden ?????? (@beldenmusic) July 9, 2017
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Then King’s fans stepped in to defend him and his writing.
He doesn't "make up words" for a living, he writes stories. That would be our president making up words like "covfefe".
— -,’ mary ,’- (@AraceIix) July 9, 2017
Meanwhile, some began to brainstorm “better alternatives” for the president:
To be fair, I think the chicken that predicts the super bowl winners each year would be better.
— Nickle Pickles (@neongreen78) July 9, 2017
This piece of toast on my kitchen counter has more brainpower.
— kim (@kim) July 10, 2017