Stars of Game Of Thrones and its network HBO have hit out at Donald Trump after he tweeted a threat against Iran using a reference from the show.
The US president shared an image of himself earlier today (November 2) looking off-camera while striding forward on top of a moody grey background with the words: “Sanctions are coming. November 5”.
The posts uses the same font as Game Of Thrones, and the wording alludes to one of the more famous lines from the show, “winter is coming.” You can see the tweet below.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018
The post suggests that Trump will soon reinstate sanctions against Iran, which had previously been removed under the 2015 nuclear deal. It’s the second batch of penalties that his administration has re-imposed since the President withdrew from the landmark deal back in May.
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, hit back at Trump’s tweet with a simple statement of “not today”. A spokesperson for HBO, meanwhile, said in a public statement: “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
Not today. https://t.co/Jg51mGHPO1
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) November 2, 2018
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) November 2, 2018
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018
Plenty of memes have already surfaced online mocking Trump’s tweet, including a Photoshopped version of Trump’s tweet featuring Robert Mueller – who is leading the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election – and the words “Mueller Is Coming”.
Another meme changed the wording to “Indictments Are Coming” in reference to Mueller’s ongoing investigation. You can see the best of the responses below.
— ayesha curry stan acc (@TheThomasLaw) November 2, 2018
I always imagined him as more of a Joffrey pic.twitter.com/85zqldBKG6
— Ron DOV (@rez512) November 2, 2018
— Rob Walker (@llamedos77) November 2, 2018
Meanwhile, George R.R Martin recently revealed the title of HBO’s Game Of Thrones prequel series.