On Wednesday, our adult president brought an actual picture of himself photoshopped on a Game of Thrones-type poster that misused the show’s tagline “Winter Is Coming,” to a meeting with his adult colleagues. That made it clear that neither Trump—nor whatever White House staffer is in charge of shitty meme creation—has even read the Wikipedia plot synopsis of Game of Thrones.
It was bad enough the first (and the second) time he incorrectly used this meme. But now, in the fashion of some sort of FuckJerry post from Hell, he’s once again leaned into the ill-conceived Game of Thrones meme, sharing on Instagram on Thursday a deranged photo of himself with the words “The Wall Is Coming” written in the signature Game of Thrones font.
So, let’s just begin with The Wall in Game of Thrones. Clearly, in his post, Trump is warning everyone that he’s going to build his big beautiful wall. Someone, somewhere in his administration must be vaguely aware that there’s a wall in Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, the Game of Thrones Wall represents humanity’s desperate attempts to isolate itself from its own failures, and in the end of Season Seven, the wall inevitably fell, making everything very bad for the foolish humans.
On top of that, George R.R. Martin has explicitly stated that his series A Song of Ice and Fire (and its famous Wall!) is an allegory for the looming threat of climate change.
“There is—in a very broad sense—a certain parallel there,” Martin told the New York Times. “The people in Westeros are fighting their individual battles over power and status and wealth. And those are so distracting them that they’re ignoring the threat of ‘winter is coming,’ which has the potential to destroy all of them and to destroy their world.”
We’re fighting over issues, important issues, mind you — foreign policy, domestic policy, civil rights, social responsibility, social justice. All of these things are important. But while we’re tearing ourselves apart over this and expending so much energy, there exists this threat of climate change, which, to my mind, is conclusively proved by most of the data and 99.9 percent of the scientific community. And it really has the potential to destroy our world. And we’re ignoring that while we worry about the next election and issues that people are concerned about, like jobs. Jobs are a very important issue, of course. All of these things are important issues. But none of them are important if, like, we’re dead and our cities are under the ocean. So really, climate change should be the number one priority for any politician who is capable of looking past the next election. But unfortunately, there are only a handful of those. We spend 10 times as much energy and thought and debate in the media discussing whether or not N.F.L. players should stand for the national anthem than this threat that’s going to destroy our world.
In other words, in every fundamental way, Trump is as wrong about Game of Thrones as he is wrong about virtually everything else.
It should be noted that I am not mad that Trump does not understand even the basic premise of a nerdy fantasy show I watch. I’m mad that no one on his team even bothers to quickly Google the show that they’re using as a propaganda tool. This man and his administration are in command of the most powerful military in the world, yet they fail to even research a show about dragons before posting official White House messages. Folks, this is a meaningless post on Instagram and Donald Trump found a way to fuck even that up. What does that say about every other decision he’s made?