- Kanye’s Twitter tirade prompts apology from Drake Thursday 6:00 PM
- Listen to Pitbull cover Toto’s ‘Africa’ for the ‘Aquaman’ soundtrack—or don’t Thursday 4:55 PM
- Nancy Pelosi’s coat is the meme the resistance needed Thursday 4:39 PM
- Oprah says what was really on her mind while she ate bland chicken Thursday 4:00 PM
- Democrats predicted to go in on net neutrality when they take House Thursday 3:33 PM
- Holland Tunnel decorations are a real nightmare before Christmas Thursday 2:12 PM
- Amazon still won’t say whether ICE uses its facial recognition tech Thursday 1:13 PM
- Ninja to host Thursday Night Football Thursday 12:00 PM
- How to stream the NFL’s Week 15 for free Thursday 12:00 PM
- An undecorated room sets off a debate on Twitter Thursday 11:42 AM
- Netflix announces Taylor Swift ‘Reputation’ concert film Thursday 11:29 AM
- People are making memes out of these ‘leaked’ ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ posters Thursday 11:12 AM
- How to watch the Liga MX final between Club América and Cruz Azul online for free Thursday 10:38 AM
- Parents shocked by KKK costumes in school play Thursday 10:11 AM
- Learn why light therapy is the key to keeping winter skin at bay Thursday 9:38 AM
‘We, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump.’
In “an open letter to the American people” published Tuesday on Literary Hub, a growing list of more than 470 authors that includes Stephen King, Junot Díaz, and David Eggers lay out their case against the presumptive Republican nominee.
The authors’ opposition to Trump, detailed in just 214 words, includes “because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies” and “because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people.
“Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response,” the letter continues. “For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”
The letter, written by authors Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka, is part of a larger #WritersAgainstTrump social media campaign. The group is also asking anyone who would like to sign the letter to do so on this petition, which has more than 3,000 signatures at the time of publication.
A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
The anti-Trump sentiment from America’s literary giants comes amid strengthening support for Trump against likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who trails the New York businessman by a thin margin, according to the authoritative Real Clear Politics poll average.
The race is not looking particularly rosy for either candidate, however, with more than six in 10 Americans saying in a recent NBC News/Survey Monkey poll that they dislike both Trump and Clinton, pushing them to search for a third-party option.
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.