Rowling's post, which namechecks Donald Trump as "a man who is fascist in all but name," highlights the dangers of misinformation about the European Union, and decries the spread of anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.K.
At the moment, polls on the Brexit (a hybrid of "Britain" and "exit") referendum are too close to call. The debate has grown increasingly tense over the past couple of weeks, with the Pro-Brexit, or "Leave," campaign accused of racism after releasing an anti-immigration poster that closely resembled Nazi propaganda. (Immigration is a key issue, as many people believe that leaving the E.U. will allow Britain to tighten its border controls.)"For some on the Leave side," Rowling writes, "the E.U. is not merely imperfect, or in need of improvement: It is villainous."
"The union that was born out of a collective desire never to see another war in Europe is depicted as an Orwellian monolith, Big Brotheresque in its desire for control. Widespread confusion about what the EU does and does not do has been helpful to Leave. The results of a recent IPSOS/Mori poll reveal the depth of our ignorance.Criticizing the rise of nationalism and xenophobia, Rowling advised readers to "look towards the Republican Party in America and shudder."
We dramatically underestimate the amount of international investment we receive from the EU, while grossly overestimating how many laws it makes, how much it spends on administration and the number of EU immigrants in this country. In some cases our guesses were out by factors of ten."
"'Make America Great Again!' cries a man who is fascist in all but name. His stubby fingers are currently within horrifyingly close reach of America's nuclear codes. He achieved this pre-eminence by proposing crude, unworkable solutions to complex threats. Terrorism? 'Ban all Muslims!' Immigration? 'Build a wall!' He has the temperament of an unstable nightclub bouncer, jeers at violence when it breaks out at his rallies and wears his disdain for women and minorities with pride. "