4:18pm PT by the Associated Press, THR staff
Stephen King, Jennifer Egan Among Authors to Sign Petition Against Donald Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the country's top writers are protesting Donald Trump's way with words.
Stephen King, Junot Diaz and Jennifer Egan are among more than 400 authors who added their names this week to an online letter that condemns the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for his "appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society."
The petition, entitled "An Open Letter to the American People," "unequivocally" opposes Trump's election. Among those supporting it include Amy Tan, Cheryl Strayed, Michael Chabon and Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler.
The letter begins, "As writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power," listing several reasons why the signatories oppose the presumptive GOP nominee.
"The rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response," the letter concludes. "For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States."
The letter does not include an endorsement of either of the two Democratic candidates.