Stephen King is still keeping his sharp, critical eye on Donald Trump, comparing the president to two characters from his own work.
In an editorial for The Guardian, King compares Trump to both Greg Stillson from The Dead Zone and Jim Rennie from Under The Dome.
Stillson is “a door-to-door Bible salesman with a gift of gab, a ready wit and the common touch” who is prophesied to become president and start World War III. Mashable‘s own Sam Haysom previously talked about how Stillson’s rise in the book mirrors that of Trump’s.
In an ironic pop culture twist, Stillson is played by Martin Sheen in the film version, over a decade before he would play a completely different kind of president on The West Wing.
It’s not the first time King has compared Trump to Stillson, either.
Populist demagogues like He Who Must Not Be Named aren’t a new thing; see THE DEAD ZONE, published 37 years ago.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 15, 2016
Meanwhile, King summarizes Rennie thusly:
…a crook, a cozener and a sociopath, the worst possible choice in a time of crisis, but he’s got a folksy, straight-from-the-shoulder delivery that people relate to. The fact that he’s incompetent at best and downright malevolent at worst doesn’t matter.
Damn, that’s harsh.
And Rennie’s portrayal on the television version of Under The Dome — by Dean Norris, aka Hank from Breaking Bad — is no kinder.
It’s all just par for the course for King, who has been anything but shy about slamming Trump publicly.
As for the rest of King’s editorial, it’s a loooooooong read (would you expect anything else from him?) using fictional characters to explain how Trump, like Stillson and Big Jim, seemed to fail upward. Your enjoyment mileage will vary, depending on what you think of King’s writing.