Presumably, U.S. president Donald Trump occasionally watches HBO’s most prized television series Game of Thrones; whilst seeing himself as the classic example of a powerful ruler with political smarts. So much so that he finds it amusing to use the “Game of Thrones” theme in tweeting memes aimed at taunting his detractors and adversaries.
Initially, HBO distanced itself from Trump’s first subtle use of the House of Stark motto “Winter is Coming” as a likely vehicle for promoting his US-Mexico Border Wall project. Trump must have thought HBO’s lack of reaction to his “The Wall is Coming” meme, was a negative confirmation of his promotion of the popular tv series, since Trump got bolder by posting another GoT inspired meme.
In November, 2018, Trump found it fitting to tease Iran about sanctions that his administration was poised to impose, posting another GoT themed tweet, “Sanctions are Coming.” This time, the meme was undeniably styled after the Game of Thrones design. HBO gave a slight reaction but via a statement to CNBC,
“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
Third Game of Thrones Trump Meme Draws a Rebuke from HBO
HBO finally bares teeth as Trump’s third GoT-inspired meme “Game Over” gets even more irresponsible. Specifically addressed to his haters and the Democrats, Trump taunts them with a “Game Over” message as far special counsel Mueller’s report is concerned, believing that Attorney General Barr has already exonerated him from all accusations of collisions and obstructions concerning the Russian government.
In light, of Trump’s continuing use of their hit tv series, HBO released a statement that was obviously addressed to the Trump administration,
Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes”