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More than 400 well-known authors are speaking out against Donald Trump’s bid to become the country’s next president.

Writers like Stephen King, Junot Díaz and Amy Tan signed their names to an open letter condemning Trump for his “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

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The letter does not endorse a candidate, but it explains to Americans why the writers oppose Trump’s candidacy, noting, in part:


Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because 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

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The writers closed by “unequivocally” opposing Trump’s candidacy “as a matter of conscience.”

So far, more than 16,000 people have joined by signing an online petition version of the letter.

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