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Trump is offensive and bigoted: Rowling

Associated Press Associated Press 17/05/2016 Hillel Italie

JK Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she'd otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump.

Speaking on Monday night before hundreds gathered for PEN America's annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History, the Harry Potter creator noted that she opposed a recent petition calling for banning the presumptive Republican presidential nominee from entering the United Kingdom, saying such actions endanger everyone's rights.

"I find almost everything that Mr Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted," said the British author, who received PEN's Literary Service Award for her "extraordinary creativity" and for her efforts on behalf of institutionalised children and other humanitarian causes.

"But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there."

Rowling, who has shared sharp opinions about Trump and others on her Twitter feed, also called herself lucky to live in a part of the world where speech is protected and accepted that some would object to her work.

"My critics are at liberty to claim that I am trying to convert children to Satanism," she said. "And I'm free to explain I'm exploring human nature and morality - or to say 'You're an idiot."'

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