Cthulhu. The name conjures up vivid images of an ancient and angry god. The anthropomorphic deity looks like a giant with a giant octopus for a head. Most versions have dragon wings, too. The savage visage created by early fantasy/horror writer H.P. Lovecraft pales when compared to the monster’s temper–and Stephen King just equated Cthulhu to Donald Trump.
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“Reliable sources reveal that Donald Trump is actually Cthulhu,” King tweeted on Monday. “The absurd hairdo isn’t absurd at all. It hides the tentacles.”
The monsters of H.P. Lovecraft are not to be trifled with. Cthulhu was created back in 1928 in Lovecraft’s story “The Call of Cthulhu.” Lovecraft is long gone, but the monster he created lives on in the imaginations and fan fiction of countless fanatical and cult-like Lovecraft devotees. And those folks don’t like Cthulhu being compared to Trump.
The influence of pop-culture figures on political campaigns is often marginal. Stephen King isn’t likely to sway voters with his comparisons. Yet it hasn’t sat well with Trump’s fan-base, either.
Now the tentacled deity has lashed out at King. “Trump could barely hope to be 1/63 as great as I am if he weren’t such a buffoon,” Cthulhu responded in a statement.
“You will not find me giving pneumonia to small children or being an impulsive firestarter,” Cthulhu continued–denegrating both of the major party presidential candidates. “Those are for the lesser evils to which I should never be compared. It is the end of the watch for mankind and it is our aim to bury them in the dead zone.”
The lesser evils. That sums up the presidential race for many prospective voters who are not sure which candidate should get their votes. Cthulhu as a write in candidate might be a very popular option.
Trump himself has not officially responded.