Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling stood up for Donald Trump yesterday in New York while accepting the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.
While the British author isn’t supportive of his candidacy, she is opposed to attempts to block him from visiting Great Britain. Rowling rightly believes taking away someone’s free speech interferes with her own rights. She feels strongly enough about this to include it in her acceptance speech.
“Now, I find almost everything Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted, but he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there,” Rowling said. “His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot.”
Rowling, whose comments you can see in the video below, once tweeted that Trump was worse than Voldemort, the villain in the Harry Potter series. But, she believes in Trump’s freedom to say what he wants.
How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. https://t.co/hFO0XmOpPH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 8, 2015
Rowling obviously cannot vote in the November election since she is British, so Trump won’t lose her vote. But, it’s important to point out that many liberals want to suppress any opinions that dissent from their agenda, so it’s great that Rowling appreciates freedom of speech.
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