November 6, The Iran Project – Twitter users have been slamming US President Donald Trump for tweeting A “Game Of Thrones” meme to announce re-imposition of sanctions against the Islamic republic of Iran.
Trump’s love of Twitter is well known. He tweeted an image of himself on Friday with text which reads “Sanctions are coming, 5 November”. The font mimicked Game of Thrones, and the phrase played off the show’s tagline, “Winter Is Coming.”
Trump was referring to an announcement that the US will be fully re-imposing sanctions against Iran, which comes nearly six months after he pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
On Monday (Nov. 5), the United States has announced reimposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran in an attempt to curtail the Islamic Republic’s oil exports and put extra pressure on the country’s economy.
The Trump’s “Game of Thrones” tweet for promoting Iran sanctions sparked widespread reactions.
Iranian General: “I Will Stand against You”
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani responded to Trump’s Iran tweet with a Game of Thrones-inspired meme of his own.
“Come! We are waiting,” Major General Soleimani wrote on his Instagram page on the same day.
“I can stop you. Quds Force can stop you,” added Soleimani. “You start this war, but we will finish it.”
HBO response to Trump’s ‘Game of Thrones’ tweet
HBO didn’t take too kindly to the ripoff and, in a statement to CNBC, said, “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
HBO’s official Twitter account followed up soon after, asking, “How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?” referring to a fictional language used by one of the groups in the show.
Stars dissatisfied with Trump’s bad meme
Also, some stars of “Game of Thrones” responded to Trump’s allegedly unauthorized use of the show’s likeness, expressing dissatisfaction with the move.
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.”
“Trump is a grownup King Joffrey”
“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin and star of the HBO series Kit Harington don’t think highly of President Donald Trump.
In a new profile of Harington for Esquire, the two men weighed in on comparisons between the HBO hit fantasy drama and today’s politics.
“I think Joffrey is now the king in America,” Martin told Esquire. “And he’s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was 13 in the books.”
Joffrey is a reference to a young king on the show who took pleasure in torturing others.
A man named Richard Nephew, claimed he was “responsible” for US sanctions against Iran “for a long while”, called the president’s tweet “disgusting”.
“Having to do this is lamentable and will impose very real, human costs,” he wrote. “Take this seriously, please.”
Resumption of sanctions, a wrong move
Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and resume sanctions against the Islamic Republicans is wrong, said a former CIA officer named Philip Giraldi.
He wnet on to add that the decision to re-impose sanctions and ignore the JCPOA was going to have consequences.
“Certainly the sanctioning of Iran is completely wrong” because Iran is still bound by the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six powers – the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany—despite Trump’s claims, Giraldi told Press TV.