J.K. Rowling (Getty/Angela Weiss)

J.K. Rowling expertly slams President Trump's rant about Hillary Clinton in a single tweet

The acclaimed author proves her chops in lengthy novels and in 140 characters or less; beware Trump


Rachel Leah
October 30, 2017 5:36PM (UTC)

One of the skills evidently required to becoming one of the most inventive writers ever is succinctness. It's something J. K. Rowling demonstrates every time she does a 140-character takedown on Twitter, and sometimes with even far less. This time her Twitter fingers were directed at President Donald Trump.

Sunday, after Robert Mueller said his team was preparing to hand down an indictment in his Russia investigation (eventually, Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort was called to surrender), Trump went on a multi-tweet outburst. No surprise there. Perhaps feeling himself on the hot seat, the president called out the Republicans, the Democrats, and of course, his favorite scapegoat: Hillary Clinton.

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It took Trump four tweets to assign blame for the various storm clouds surrounding him. And yet Rowling, just one to take Trump down.

It's a classic offering from a master of the medium. From random trolls to the most high-paid troll there is (Piers Morgan), Rowling's Twitter drags are always terse and pointed, and Trump is often on the receiving end of her shots:

For the Trump supporters who think a non-American has no business criticizing the president:

In case anyone forgot how Trump feels about women:

After Charlottesville:

One good thing about that abomination of a speech: it's now impossible for any Trump supporter to pretend they don't know what he is.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 15, 2017

A very valid question:

Then, this latest tweet:

I appear to have got on the wrong mailing list. pic.twitter.com/p0oLzXGMA2

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 30, 2017

The lesson here seems to be, tweet at your own risk, because J. K. Rowling is ready and waiting with sharpened knives. This goes doubly if you just so happen to be Donald Trump.

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Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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