Donald Trump released a Game of Thrones-themed meme-ish image today regarding new sanctions he plans to announce on November 5 and HBO is not happy. Whether it was Trump's attempt at being a hip, cool president that makes pop culture references or just someone on his social media team trying to give 45 more appeal, the network has issued a firm response.
"Sanctions are coming" reads the text over an image of Trump, even written in the popular show's recognizable font. Obviously a play on the show's long-used phrase "Winter is coming," the cable network that popularized the book series and some of its cast were vocal in their displeasure.
\u201cHow do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?\u201d
"We were not aware of this message and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes," HBO said in a release to The Hollywood Reporter. Cast member Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, replied to the tweet saying "Not today," a phrase taught to her character in the series, and Sophie Turner commented with a singular "Ew." Fans of the show were quick to edit the image with sayings like "Impeachment is coming," or "Mueller is coming," while George R.R. Martin, who authored the original book series, replied by reminding everyone to "#Vote."