You’ve got to give it to Stephen Colbert. His comic timing and ability to fire off one liners is nothing short of genius.
Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 13, 2017
After Donald Trump blocked horror writer and frequent critic Stephen King, Colbert tweeted out the following zinger that is now being retweeted at a phenomenal pace:
Stephen King has been blocked by Trump on Twitter. I guess his book about a scary clown hit too close to home.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 14, 2017
Trump is apparently now blocking a number of high profile people and groups on twitter, including a Veterans group — a sign that he really isn’t everyone’s president, just the people who like him. According to the Huff Post, Columbia University is attempting to take action to stop this:
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is representing the legion of the Trump-blocked. Their argument has been that there is something fundamentally unconstitutional about a president restricting access to what are definitionally public proclamations.
“Twitter is many things at once,” the Institute’s executive director, Jameel Jaffer, told HuffPost. “It is a broadcast mechanism and being blocked from the president’s Twitter account means it is harder to get access to his statements on Twitter and sometimes those statements are important…. If you’re a critic you don’t have access on the same terms as everyone else.”
It’s highly unlikely the Trump administration will care about this one way or the other, and to be fair, it’s not exactly a huge issue. But the prospect of comedians like Colbert not being able to respond to Trump’s tweets publicly would be a major loss — mostly because of tweets like the one above.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.