Horror novelist Stephen King and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are trading barbs on Twitter after the author called on Texas to vote its junior senator out of office in November.
The battle began on Tuesday, when King offered a hearty endorsement to Cruz’s rival, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas):
Hey, Texas! I suppose you’re going to re-elect Ted Cruz, but I hope you don’t. Beto O’Rourke is mega-cool. Smart, too. Also, jeez, do we have to look at Ted for another six years? The mind reels.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 10, 2018
Cruz clapped back on Wednesday with a post referencing several King characters:
Limousine liberal @StephenKing preaching socialism (but not his millions!) to Texas is pretty scary, kinda like Carrie riding Cujo, chopping through a door with an ax and saying “heeeeeeeeere’s……..Johnny!” https://t.co/6iKQ61Fmqd— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 11, 2018
The “Here’s Johnny” line Cruz referred to isn’t actually from King. It doesn’t appear in The Shining novel, but rather the Stanley Kubrick film, which the author famously hated.
King let that one slide ― but the motorcycle enthusiast wasn’t going to let the limo dig cruise by:
Ted Cruz called me a limousine liberal!Oooo!He’s never ridden in one himself, I suppose.Come on up to Maine, Ted, I’ll give you a ride on my Harley. It was made in America before your boy Trump fucked up the company.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 11, 2018
King said last month he’s been a Harley rider for nearly 40 years.
In addition, his 1981 novel Cujo ― which Cruz referenced ― was inspired by a 1977 motorcycle incident.
He took his bike to a mechanic, and was greeted by a growling Saint Bernard.
“And I was retreating, and wishing that I was not on my motorcycle, when the guy said, ‘Don’t worry. He don’t bite.’ And so I reached out to pet him, and the dog started to go for me. And the guy walked over and said, ‘Down Gonzo,’ or whatever the dog’s name was and gave him this huge whack on the rump, and the dog yelped and sat down. The guy said, ‘Gonzo never done that before. I guess he don’t like your face.’”
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