J.K. Rowling says Donald Trump has her support to be ‘offensive and bigoted’

J.K. RowlingAuthor J.K. Rowling has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump and his radical policies in the past. In 2015, the author came forward and said Voldemort, the villain in her Harry Potter series, was “nowhere near as bad” as the Republican. But despite her unfavorable views of the media mogul, he has her support in one area.

Appearing at the PEN Literary Gala Awards in New York where she was honored for her humanitarian work, J.K. pointed to a 2015 petition penned to ban Trump from entering the U.K. based on his “hate speech.” At the time the petition was put to the British Parliament, it had nearly 500,000 signatures.

When J.K. mentioned the petition in New York  on Monday, the crowd broke out in boisterous cheers. But she quickly  silenced them and said, “Just a moment. Now, I find almost everything that 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. His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot.”

Yes, breathe that sigh of relief. She’s not changing her tune and supporting his offensive and bigoted views, just his right to voice them.

J.K. went on to say that if the Presidential hopeful was stripped of his ability to freely travel based on his belief system, she would have “no moral ground 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.”

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.”

J.K.’s words sparked overwhelming support on Twitter. Scroll down to read some users’ positive reactions.

J.K. was introduced by Sarah Jessica Parker at the awards, who praised the themes of “honor, humility, dedication and resilience” in J.K.’s Harry Potter novels.

Jump to 1:40:40 in the video below to see Sarah Jessica applaud J.K., as well as J.K.’s acceptance speech in full. ~Matthew Pariselli

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  1. moviesteve • May 17, 2016 @ 3:08 PM

    She has a point. But I wish there was a way to ban Trump from entry into most countries (and definitely the White House).

  2. Cynthia • May 17, 2016 @ 4:07 PM

    I disagree with her. Hate speech should never be tolerated or allowed, there are too many nitwits who don’t know their ass from their ankle and they believe everything they hear. Or their small minds hear what they want. That’s how Nazis came to be. If Hitler had been shut up years earlier, millions of lives would have been saved. Should the U.S. have allowed Hitler to enter their country and spout his hate speech? Then neither should Trump be allowed. This is a dangerous time.

  3. Gail • June 6, 2016 @ 3:20 PM

    I live in Canada and I pray every day that Hilary Clinton will win the Presidency hands
    down, she is the best person for the job because of all her experience.

    You Rock.

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