J.K. Rowling Shared A Poised Quote In Response To Trump's Bizarre CNN Tweet

"To persevere in one's duty, and be silent, is the best answer to calumny."

J.K. Rowling is a master at tweeting clever and powerful replies to people on Twitter, but when President Trump is the Twitter user in question, the Harry Potter author she knows exactly who to turn to for some clarity and wisdom — other American presidents.

For the second time in a week, Rowling has quoted a former American president in response to the actions and words of current president Donald Trump. Last week, when Trump tweeted disparaging remarks about MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski's appearance and intellect, Rowling turned to former president Abraham Lincoln for guidance.

Instead of weighing in on the conflict directly, Rowling shared the following Lincoln quote with her millions of Twitter followers:



Her measured and poised response was retweeted upwards of 60,000 times, and received nearly 160,000 likes.

So, it should come as no surprise that when President Trump tweeted an edited video of himself sucker-punching WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, a video which superimposed the CNN logo over McMahon's face, Rowling once again turned to a former American president for some insight.

This time, the Brit (who clearly has excellent knowledge of poignant quotes from previous American leaders) responded on July 2 with an observation from America's first Commander-In-Chief — George Washington.

The quote, seen below, says, "To persevere in one's duty, and be silent, is the best answer to calumny."

"Calumny", for those who need a 19th century vocabulary lesson, is a late Middle English word with Latin origins meaning "the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation."

In other words, Rowling is  suggesting (via Washington) that President Trump might benefit from ignoring what the media says about him so he can focus on leading and governing America.

Her pragmatic and reserved advice for Trump is already drawing praise from many online. 

"It's always a pleasure to see your tweets," one user commented. "Your replies to Trump's tweets are the best!"

Another likeminded user stuck to the presidential wisdom, and shared this quote from FDR: "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth."

Though it can be easy to heap criticism unto politicians, Rowling has taught us that sometimes a poised approach is best.

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