Many of America's most popular authors are among 400 writers who've signed an open letter opposing Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
The open letter can be found at lithub.com, a literary web site. The letter includes a link where average citizens opposing Trump can sign a petition against him.
A scan of the names reveals that most of the writers are from the Northeast, Midwest and West. Most are known as novelists and poets rather than for non-fiction. Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Francine Prose, Alan Gurganus, Tobias Wolff and Roy Blount Jr. are some of the notable names.
The few Southern writers who signed are mostly from New Orleans, including Blount. The Southerners didn't include any of those in Mississippi, the most prevalent John Grisham, who issued a similar letter a couple of months ago opposing their state's anti-LGBT legislation.
The letter accuses Trump of debasing the language, fomenting hatred, appealing to prejudice and resorting to lies over the truth, all characteristics of fascism.
It also says that Trump lacks historical and policy knowledge, and that his campaign is based on celebrity and money rather than judgment and wisdom.