President Donald Trump kicked off his first cabinet meeting of the new year, where he and his officials discussed the current government shutdown, immigration, and other subjects, but it was a startling centerpiece that ended up stealing the show.
Displayed on the table in front of the President was a poster of himself with text reading “Sanctions are Coming”—an allusion to HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones.
Not sure what's crazier: That Trump is using a stupid Game of Thrones reference to threaten sanctions, or that he's obviously had that poster since at LEAST October (photo via AP) pic.twitter.com/NZaRoHw0NQ
— Josh K. Elliott (@joshkelliott) January 2, 2019
It’s unclear whether or not the President brought the poster to the meeting himself. Trump, however, tweeted the same image two months ago.
In response to that original tweet, HBO asked “How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?,” citing the fictional language spoken by many Game of Thrones characters.
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018
Now, with the brandishing of the image in a highly publicized cabinet meeting, many are hoping HBO backs up its original tweet with legal action to add to the pile of investigations and lawsuits plaguing Trump and his affiliates.
HBO should sue
— doug (@dougRESISTance) January 2, 2019
HBO needs to come for blood.
— Jon Stormborn (@LanaAlwaysQueen) January 2, 2019
— Charles Pulliam-Moore (@CharlesPulliam) January 2, 2019
— Jimmy Streich (@JimmyStreich) January 2, 2019
That was just the beginning.