Horror writer Stephen King has never been quiet about his thoughts on President Donald Trump. King has taken to Twitter in the past to bash both the president and his policies. The “King of Horror” may have stepped on a landmine with his latest tweet, however.
The writer took aim at Trump with a vulgar tirade Wednesday about the president’s latest push for Congress to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
That rant caught the attention of The Western Journal’s managing editor, George Upper. King’s idea of the southern border wall as a “vanity project” was then given a monumental reality check.
“You can sell books,” Upper replied, “but you can’t do math.”
King’s idea of splitting $5 billion in border wall funds between school lunches and veteran care is on shaky ground from the beginning.
According to data from the School Nutrition Association, $2.5 billion wouldn’t even cover a quarter of free school lunches served in a single year. Children who need free breakfast will simply have to go to class hungry under King’s economic guidance.
Veterans would receive an even worse deal under King’s plan. Department of Veterans Affairs medical spending is projected to reach over $57 billion in 2019, according to a budget published by the organization.
Which, by the way the House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill that would fund most of the federal government through early February — and provides $5.7 billion for President Trump’s long-promised border wall, increasing the chances of a partial government shutdown later this week.
Eight Republicans joined all 177 voting Democrats to oppose the measure, which passed 217-185. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is certain to fall short of the 60 votes needed for passage since the chamber’s 49 Democrats are against funding the wall. That, in turn, makes it more likely that parts of the federal government, including nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, will cease operations at midnight Friday, according to Fox News.