President Trump probably thought of himself as a regular Ned Stark when he tweeted a Game of Thrones meme on Friday. But instead, he just ended up pissing off two other Starks: Arya and Sansa.
Trump tweeted an image of himself with the text “Sanctions Are Coming, November 5” to warn about upcoming sanctions on Iran. The font mimicked Game of Thrones, and the phrase played off the show's tagline, “Winter Is Coming.”
HBO didn’t take too kindly to the ripoff. "We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” the network told TMZ in a statement. The premium network then followed up the statement with a tweet of its own that said, "How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?"
And two of the show’s stars weren’t quite as polite about their discontent. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, simply replied, “Ew” and retweeted an article detailing HBO’s official response.
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, responded with a very Arya response: “Not today.”
Previously, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin compared Trump to one of his characters: Joffrey Baratheon, an immature, tyrannic, sadistic ruler of Westeros. “I think Joffrey is now the king in America,” he told Esquire last year. “And he’s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was 13 in the books.”
Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, is equally not a fan of President Trump. "Mr. Donald Trump—I wouldn't call him President, I'll call him Mister," he told Esquire. "I think this man at the head of your country is a con artist."
At this time, it's unclear if Donald Trump has ever sat through an entire episode of Game of Thrones or any episode of television that doesn't explicitly mention the name Donald Trump.