From Donald’s Trump’s rampant xenophobia and sexism to Ted Cruz’s backwards opinions about Obamacare and national security, it doesn’t seem like too much of an exaggeration to say that the 2016 election has been an absolute shit show. It’s entertaining to look at all the ridiculousness surrounding the presidential candidates and their cohorts, but it’s also starting to get a bit exhausting. Many people are becoming exasperated with the madness, including famed author Stephen King.
King took to Twitter yesterday to perfectly describe what has been going on for the entirety of this election. He tweeted:
‘The stupidest, ugliest Presidential campaign in my entire life. HOUSE OF CARDS meets SHARKNADO.’
The stupidest, ugliest Presidential campaign in my entire life: HOUSE OF CARDS meets SHARKNADO.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 15, 2016
It doesn’t get any better than the combination of this series and movie. For those who are unfamiliar, “House of Cards” is a Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey that depicts the not-so-secret greedy, manipulative side of politics in Washington. “Sharknado” is a hilariously awful B-movie about a tornado that sucks up sharks and then spits them out upon the unsuspecting citizens of the world, slowly destroying everyone and everything.
This current election really has been a mixture of these two shows. We have seen time and time again the manipulative powers of those in politics at the same time that we have seen antics so unbelievably bad we have to wonder whether they were that way intentionally. With the inspiration of mixing these two shows, maybe we can expect a new crossover hit. Donald Trump will likely be looking for new work soon.
When it comes to politics, Stephen King’s name does not often come up in the news. However, he has been vocal about political issues in the past. It has become clear that King is a Democrat who endorsed President Obama and has slammed Republican pundits like Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck. He has referred to Beck as “Satan’s younger brother,” and called O’Reilly “Satan’s older, mentally challenged brother.”
King also chimed in on the Occupy movement, stating that the rich need to be taxed at higher rates. Of the movement he said:
‘As a rich person, I pay 28% taxes. What I want to ask you is, why don’t I pay 50%? Why is everybody in my bracket not paying 50%? The Republicans will say, from John Boehner to Mitch McConnell to Rick Scott, that we can’t do that because, if we tax guys like me, there won’t be any jobs. It’s bull! It’s total bull!‘
With celebrities like Stephen King, among many others, chiming in about their disdain for the current political landscape, it is clear that things are pretty bad. Corrupt politicians meets a lethal storm of sharks bad. Unfortunately, it is likely to just get worse, especially as the actual election draws closer and people become even more passionate — passionate in this case being a euphemism for crazy — about their candidate of choice.
At least we have the internet to provide us with some entertainment along the way. So thank you, internet, for making it easy to share fantastic tweet’s like King’s. And, of course, thank you, Stephen King, for providing us all with this fantastic image.
Featured image is a screenshot.