Harry Potter author and promising comedian J.K. Rowling just hilariously bashed Donald Trump's debate statement about "developing friends" throughout his campaign. Trump was referring to his recent visit to Little Haiti in Miami, which was mocked online independently of his diction, but Rowling found a unique way to bash Trump, as befitting her own rhetorical skills.
Rowling has been a pretty vocal anti-Trump proponent for the last several months, though she actually defended his right to free speech back in May. At the time, the United Kingdom had been considered a ban on Trump entering the country due to his hate speech, but Rowling opposed the ban on the basis of a more American view on free speech. “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,” Rowling said at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Gala in New York.
Trump's debate performance overall wasn't as robotic as this single comment may imply, but it wasn't necessarily strong either. Trump refused to say that he would accept a loss on election night, essentially saying that he would keep the country guessing as to whether he might try and stage a coup if the numbers aren't in his favor Nov. 8. Hillary Clinton also schooled him on his anti-Obamacare position, which, according to Clinton, has saved some of the trust fund for Medicaid and would make the rapidly dwindling funds disappear even faster if he fulfills his campaign promise of repealing the landmark legislation. Rowling didn't need to do much to make Trump look bad during the debate, because he did it all by himself.
Rowling's hilarious commentary was much appreciated, garnering tens of thousands of retweets and likes throughout the night. Even if it isn't the most substantive criticism of Trump's debate performance, Rowling still a pretty good point about Trump's rhetorical failure here. Plus, there was plenty of confusion and astonishment about the points he attempted to make, so this humorous take fills a niche more than anything else. Rowling hit Trump in a funny and fair way, since anything and everything is fair game on debate night. Now if she could only waive her magic wand and make Trump disappear.