Stephen King calls fatal train crash with GOP congressmen on board… ‘karma’

Some people really need to think before they tweet.

Novelist Stephen King received backlash on Twitter after a tweet in which he described Wednesday’s fatal train crash carrying Republican congressmen to a party retreat “karma.”

“A trainload of Republicans on their way to a pricey retreat hit a garbage truck,” King wrote on Thursday. “My friend Russ calls that karma.”

The Amtrak train was transporting the lawmakers to a GOP retreat focused on planning the 2018 legislative agenda when it collided with a garbage truck in West Virginia.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File).

Prominent Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI) and Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ), were on board at the time of the crash.

The passenger of the truck, 28-year-old Christopher Foley, died from his injuries, WTVR reported.

Many Twitter users reproved King for his remark.

Twenty minutes after his original tweet, King apologized, noting Foley’s death.

Later on Thursday, the “It” author called his “karma” tweet “thoughtless.”

“A rather thoughtless tweet from me concerning the train-truck crash, for which I apologize (if one is necessary). It should be pointed out, too, that those Republican politicians, who can be heartless when they vote, immediately got out to help.”


(AP Photo/Elise Amendola).

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS), an obstetrician, was on the scene providing first aid to the injured.

King has been a frequent critic of President Trump. Last year, he mocked the president’s accusation that the FBI spied on him

It was since reported that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to perform surveillance on at least one Trump associate, former adviser Carter Page.

Also on Thursday, King fit a jab at President Trump’s taxes in between his tweets about the train crash.

Even after his apology, King, continued to be criticized.


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