Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling defended billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s right to free speech all while bashing him at the same time, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
“Now I find almost everything that Mr Trump says objectionable,” Rowling said to an audience at the American Museum of Natural History. “I consider him offensive and bigoted.
“But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there,” she added to wide applause.
“His freedom to speak guarantees my freedom to call him a bigot,” she explained.
She might do better by not alienating half of her American fan base by just avoiding the shine of the political spotlight. However, that’s her choice — we certainly support her right to freely make ignorant statements, too.
Rowling mentioned a petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the U.K. because of is “offensive comments,” a petition that had garnered about 500,000 signatures, stating that she had “no moral grounds on which to argue that those offended by feminism or the right for transgender rights or universal suffrage should not oppress campaigners for those causes.”
But, she added: “If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended you, you have crossed a line to stand along tyrants who imprison, torture and kill on exactly the same justification.”
You can watch an excerpt of her comments here:
Wow — that’s strong. But isn’t it ironic that all those on her side of the social issues are the ones seeking the banishment of discussion about conservative ideology from the public forum?
The LGBT lobby has been the worst thing ever to happen to the right of free speech, using the intense emotionality of “hurting a minority’s feelings” to shut down those who oppose them.
We’re appreciative of Rowling standing up for free speech — but she doesn’t need to affirm the right of free speech to those on the right, but to the feminists, social justice warriors and socialists on the left.
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