In a post on her website this week, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote openly about her thoughts on the U.K. referendum that will be held this week to decide whether Britain will remain a part of the European Union — and she also unloaded on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Rowling warned against hate and fear-driven rhetoric surrounding the Brexit debate before turning her ire against nationalism in general. "Nationalism is on the march across the Western world, feeding upon the terrors it seeks to inflame," she wrote.
"Your country is the greatest in the world, the nationalist cries, and anyone who isn't chanting that is a traitor! Drape yourself in the flag: Doesn't that make you feel bigger and more powerful? Finding the present scary? We've got a golden past to sell you, a mythical age that will dawn again once we've got rid of the Mexicans/left the EU/annexed Ukraine! Now place your trust in our simplistic slogans and enjoy your rage against the Other!"
Yikes! Sound familiar, America?
Rowling then launched in on Trump's particular brand of hate and scapegoating, calling him "fascist in all but name." She also managed to get in a jab at his "stubby fingers."
Look towards the Republican Party in America and shudder. 'Make America Great Again!' cries a man who is fascist in all but name. His stubby fingers are currently within horrifyingly close reach of America's nuclear codes. He achieved this pre-eminence by proposing crude, unworkable solutions to complex threats. Terrorism? 'Ban all Muslims!' Immigration? 'Build a wall!' He has the temperament of an unstable nightclub bouncer, jeers at violence when it breaks out at his rallies and wears his disdain for women and minorities with pride. God help America. God help us all.
This isn't the first time that Rowling has laid into the real estate billionaire: Back in May she told a crowd she finds him "offensive and bigoted," and in December she tweeted that Trump was basically worse than Voldemort. That's pretty sobering for us Muggles.