Actual President of the United States Donald Trump has already been likened to Richard Nixon, a tragic Shakespearean character, Frank Underwood from House of Cards and someone who would be right at home in a Dumb and Dumber movie, but Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin has another suggestion.
Trump, according to Martin, can be compared in some way to Westeros’ own former King Joffrey, the spoilt, sadistic, power-mad and universally-loathed teenager who somehow – despite being laughably under-qualified – found himself ruling an entire kingdom from the Iron Throne until he was offed by a rare poison at his wedding. He presumably had pretty small hands, too.
“I think Joffrey is now the king in America,” Martin told Esquire in a new profile feature focused on Thrones star Kit Harington. “And he's grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was 13 in the books.” Ouch.
It’s not the first time the popular novelist has made reference to Joffrey when talking about the man currently running the White House. In fact, he said in a tweet last year that the pint-sized tyrant would we preferable to Trump. I think we can safely assume that George R. R. Martin – tongue-in-cheek as his comments may well be – is not a big fan of the President.
Harington was more reluctant to talk politics in the interview, saying, "I believe in experts.” He didn’t refrain from comment entirely, though. “Mr. Donald Trump – I wouldn't call him President, I'll call him Mister,” he explained. “I think this man at the head of your country is a con artist.”