J.K. Rowling attacks Donald Trump over his comment on Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey has caused unprecedented scenes in Houston, Texas.
The tempest has wrought striking changes to the normal landscape, and it is believed that at least 11 people have died as a result. In the wake of the terrible flooding, celebrities have been pledging their support for those affected; famous faces including The Rock, Kevin Hart, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian have all announced their intention to provide aid through donations and other schemes.
President Trump, meanwhile, has visited Texas in the wake of the floods, which he described as "epic", though separate comments reportedly made by the President have bemused and confounded Twitter users everywhere, including J.K. Rowling.
Donald Trump's tenure in the White House thus far has been characterised by misstep, chaos and divisiveness. Seemingly without pausing for breath after gaining office, Trump signed a directive to bring about a polarising travel ban that was fiercely protested and subsequently blocked in court. Since then, the administration has veered from bizarre comments to apparent errors, not least Kellyanne Conway's confusing reference to a "Bowling Green Massacre" that had not, in fact happened.
Now, as Houston continues to battle Hurricane Harvey, the President has apparently made another garbled comment, after he mused on the tempest's moniker, "Harvey. It sounds like such an innocent name, but isn't." he is claimed to have said.
If 2017 for President Trump can be cast in terms of relative chaos, confusion and divisiveness, then, for J.K. Rowling, the world famous author of the much loved Harry Potter books - among others - the year thus far been be characterised by her proclivity for stinging, laser sharp Twitter comebacks.
The Trump administration has often felt the keen lash of the wordsmith's ire in recent months, and, after Rowling latched on to the above tweet, the theme continued.
In brilliantly withering fashion, J.K. Rowling responded;
"Close your eyes. Open a telephone directory. Point at the page. Open your eyes. That's the name of the person who could do better than this" in reference to Trump's supposed comment.
Clearly, Rowling was not best impressed by President Trump's slightly absent musings on Hurricane Harvey's ostensibly irreproachable name, and, frankly, it does seem a bizarre thing to say in the midst of such disaster.
Meanwhile on Twitter, Trump wrote a slightly longer response to the tragic events in Texas;
"After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!"
In more detailed comments still, Trump said;
"This was of epic proportion. Nobody's ever seen anything like this, and I just want to say that working with the governor and his entire team has been an honor for us."
In Corpus Christi on Tuesday, the President praised emergency services for their work, though warned against premature congratulations;
"We won't say congratulations.
"We don't want to do that. We don't want to congratulate. We'll congratulate each other when it's all finished."
Hurricane Harvey has been the most powerful to hit the state of Texas in more than 50 years, according to the BBC.