If George R.R. Martin ever wanted to write an alternate version of Game of Thrones in which King Joffrey had actually lived, he wouldn’t need to look too far for inspiration. In a new Esquire profile of Kit Harrington, the GoT scribe compared Donald Trump to a grownup version of the HBO show’s most hated character.
“I think Joffrey is now the king in America,” Martin said. “And he’s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was 13 in the books.” Comparing our current president to an irratable, short-tempered despot would feel a little harsh if our president wasn’t, well, an irratable, short-tempered despot.
This isn’t the first time Martin expressed his disdain for our current leader. While campaigning for Hillary Clinton last year, Martin said of Trump: “There has never been a presidential candidate more unfit to lead this nation. He has said the vilest things any presidential candidate has said since George Wallace, and he’s rising in the polls.“
We could even argue that in many ways, Martin’s fictional villain should have served as something of a warning. After all, both Joffrey and Trump use the same hair colorist, treat women with equal amounts of disdain, and both were born with a silver spoon in their mouths.