“The Institue,” which was released Tuesday, depicts a government institution where children with special powers are forcibly held and experimented on. Mr. King said that while he tries to keep his liberal politics out of his writing, he couldn’t help but think of the book when he found out the Trump administration was separating illegal immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I try to keep my politics separate from the stuff that I write, the stories, because I think people like stories,” he said on “The View.”
“But sometimes, life comes along and imitates art instead of the other way around,” he said. “As I was rewriting this book, all at once, I find out we’re locking little kids up in cages on the border and I’m thinking to myself — this is like my book.”
“The View” co-host Joy Behar responded by saying “every day” under Mr. Trump was like George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel “1984.”
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