Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days. The order also suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days.
While the President himself took the bulk of criticism over the ban, J.K. Rowling took aim at his second-in-command, Mike Pence, drawing attention to the former Governor of Indiana’s words in December 2015:
Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015
Which she followed up with a quote from the Gospel of Matthew:
‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?’
Rowling faced some backlash of her own for the tweet, which she responded to in a similarly sharp manner:
In – Free – Countries – Anyone – Can – Talk – About – Politics.
Some followers found other sections of the bible more fitting:
The “Harry Potter” author has long been a vocal opponent of Trump both throughout the campaign and into his presidency.
Following his win in November, Rowling tweeted her nine million followers saying ” We stand together. We stick up for the vulnerable. We challenge bigots. We don’t let hate speech become normalised. We hold the line.”
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