The political impasse between Democrats and Donald Trump is showing no signs of a resolution as the partial government shutdown heads into its third week.
To bolster confidence from his base, Trump made a cocksure prediction that his wall at the U.S. - Mexico border will become a reality. But when he referenced the popular HBO show Game of Thrones to promote his agenda, fans of the show were not having it.
Trump wrote, "The Wall is Coming" on social media, which is a GoT motif that riffs on the synonymous line "Winter is Coming."
https://t.co/iSFAokoIP7— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1546740910.0
For those unfamiliar with the series based on the fantasy novels written by George R. R. Martin, the fictional wall was a 700-feet-tall glacial barrier that stretched across 300 miles to keep the "Wildlings" from the North out of the Seven Kingdoms.
But the ice wall was destroyed when the Night King forced one of the Daenerys Targaryen dragons to exhale its fiery breath on the barrier, proving that walls never work.
Trump posted a Game of Thrones meme 'The Wall is Coming'.... last season ended this way: https://t.co/5a3aaWXhVN— Miles (@Miles)1546553469.0
People, distressed over the shutdown currently leaving thousands of federal employees without work, scoffed over Trump's equating his campaign promise to a pop cultural reference. And fans of GoT reminded him that the wall is a joke.
The wall specifically didn’t work in that show, idiot https://t.co/9BWrbC8hRV— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca)1546744923.0
Trump using the Game of Thrones font for all his memes is truly fitting. It's the story of a wall that doesn't wo… https://t.co/Y9eLJYNVgG— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1546745018.0
@laurenduca Maybe @HBO should move up the final season so he can see how epic the battle will be and the good drag… https://t.co/Vqsb5RpVp0— 🇺🇲 MeTeau 🇮🇹 🌍🌈 (@🇺🇲 MeTeau 🇮🇹 🌍🌈)1546745210.0
Here is one theory proving that walls are not that effective.
@laurenduca https://t.co/5Vq3AsAUer— ChefBen (@ChefBen)1546746321.0
GoT purists believe Trump has not even watched the show.
@laurenduca He’s never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. He’d have to pay for HBO. They’d disconnect him the seco… https://t.co/lWxs2o0Ekd— kim trombly (@kim trombly)1546785839.0
@laurenduca He just wants so badly to be cool.— New Years 1080p (@New Years 1080p)1546744977.0
@laurenduca I guess he missed season 7— dadabygrace (@dadabygrace)1546744986.0
@m3hnash I guess he never watched past season one. The wildlings climbed the wall and killed many of the border pat… https://t.co/5JzSSpJLyT— Brandon Reed (@Brandon Reed)1546794005.0
TRUMP: People love my Game of Thrones posters. What’s this show about anyway? AIDE: A rich incestuous family screwi… https://t.co/ayNqVhQxbg— Jeremy Newberger (@Jeremy Newberger)1546776406.0
Another example that walls don't last forever:
@SinemaTime01 @laurenduca His kids didn’t watch LOTR, and there were no tits, so he doesn’t know about it— Naomi Jones (@Naomi Jones)1546802609.0
Well, GoT and the White House may have this is common.
@Pappiness @ckendall77 Lots of actors losing roles, sound just like the White House. Game of Toilets.— Red (@Red)1546745324.0
Something else is coming: justice.
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/T0kfC8KL0E— Dlightful (@Dlightful)1546805699.0
@Dlightful14 @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/ran3Sx7op6— Joe Gannon (@Joe Gannon)1546808032.0
Although naysayers pointed out that the ice barrier lasted 8,000 years before liquefying, Mashable said that the loose reference is not the point in order for it to be meaningful. It is about what inevitably happens after a collective nation put their faith into something meant to protect them.
This isn't the first time Trump riffed on the GoT catchphrase. After the White House announced that sanctions would be reimposed on the Islamic Republic, the President wrote, "Sanctions are Coming."
https://t.co/nk2vKvHuaL— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1541174504.0
But GoT cast member Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark of Winterfell, immediately fired back:
Not today. https://t.co/Jg51mGHPO1— Maisie Williams (@Maisie Williams)1541179986.0
Trump seems to be on a Game of Thrones kick with the repeated references, but he seems to be left in the cold.