The intersections between Trump and Game of Thrones came a little too close to home for HBO last year when the president tweeted a Game of Thrones-inspired meme of himself declaring new sanctions against Iran.
As Second Nexus noted at the time:
The image, emblazoned with “SANCTIONS ARE COMING NOVEMBER 5,” is a play on “Winter is Coming,” setting the stage for the final battle between the living and the dead in HBO’s hit series. Trump’s poster also copied Game of Thrones’ signature font style.
A few minutes later, the White House retweeted Trump’s message along with a dark announcement of its own:
“The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda!”
The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda! https://t.co/0yuYgpvq5i
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 2, 2018
HBO responded soon afterward, saying it doesn’t approve of its brand being used to suit political purposes.
“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” said the network in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
It doesn’t appear Trump has ever watched Game of Thrones; he has never mentioned it. His predecessor, former President Barack Obama was a huge fan of the series and received screeners for season six in 2016. Obama has never come right out and said it, but we’re certain the comparisons of Trump to Joffrey have crossed his mind, too.