Author Stephen King told U.S. President Donald Trump that in response to Trump blocking King on Twitter, King would not allow Trump to watch King's movies or television shows.
"Donald Trump blocked me on Twitter," King tweeted Aug. 24, according to The Hill. "I am hereby blocking him from seeing IT or MR. MERCEDES. No clowns for you, Donald. Go float yourself," he wrote.
"It" is a remake of the classic horror film by the same name and adapted from one of King's novels, due out Sept. 8. King also mentioned "Mr. Mercedes," a horror series yet to be released, which was also taken from one of King's novels.
Trump reportedly blocked King on Twitter back in June. King has been very critical of the president on his social media account, often taking the opportunity to bash Trump and other administration officials, reports The Hill.
Trump has blocked several notable accounts, many of whom spoke out against the fact that they are no longer able to see tweets directly from the president.
The Commander in Chief can block VoteVets, the voice of 500k military veterans and families, but we will NOT be silenced,” wrote the VoteVets account after they were also disallowed from viewing Trump's account.
A free speech law center has looked into the issue of Trump blocking access to his tweets, and found the action to be unconstitutional. The Knight First Amendment Institute filed a lawsuit, arguing that Trump's Twitter feed is a public forum that ought to be protected by the First Amendment, according to NPR.
They accuse the Trump Administration of silencing dissenters by excluding them from participating in public discussion. They cite statements from the White House that called tweets from Trump to be official remarks from the president, meaning they should legally be viewable by everyone.
In addition to preventing people from reading the tweets, it also prevents them from engaging in political discourse, the lawsuit argues. A senior staff attorney with the Knight Institute, which is affiliated with Columbia University, voiced concern that the White House was becoming an "echo chamber."
"I don't even think it's arguable," said Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight Institute. "It is the most important social media account operated by the U.S. government or a U.S. government official right now. And it is operated in order to get President Trump's opinions about government policy to Americans and to the world," Jaffer told NPR.
"The White House acts unlawfully when it excludes people from this forum simply because they've disagreed with the president," Jaffer said in a statement regarding the lawsuit.