A celebrity author described the Republican train crash in one word — and it’s shameful

Author Stephen King speaks at Book Expo America, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in New York. King and his son, Owen, have co-written a novel, Sleeping Beauties, to be published in September. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Author Stephen King said the crash of an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to a West Virginia retreat was “karma.”

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The train was winding through the mountains of Virginia when it collided with a garbage truck on Wednesday, killing the driver. No passengers aboard the train suffered major injuries. Some lawmakers, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) rushed to help the victims in the truck. One of the injured was airlifted to the hospital.

The driver of the garbage truck did die from the crash.

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King’s tweet earned plenty of backlash from online critics. The Hill’s Joe Concha called it a “cheap political shot” and Piers Morgan wrote “a man died in that crash, you despicable man.”

Author Stephen King reads from his latest book “Ur” with the Kindle 2 electronic reader at a news conference for Amazon.com Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Soon after, King tweeted out an apology:

The famous scribbler isn’t the only Twitter user to crack a joke in bad taste about the train crash; on Wednesday, Bernie Sanders surrogate Jonathan Tasini wrote “God is working hard today to clean up the stink.”

King has been an outspoken critic of the current administration and Republicans. In June, after months of haranguing, Trump finally blocked King on Twitter. Later in the summer, King wrote that he was “blocking” Trump from seeing the film “It,” which is based off one of King’s best-selling novels. For good measure, he followed up with “go float yourself.”

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