President Trump may be tweeting "Game of Thrones" memes but one other 2020 candidate is going a little deeper with the Westerosi metaphors.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took time out from campaigning for the U.S. version of the Iron Throne to review last week's season premiere for The Cut. Her take? "It’s about the women." (Also, the Iron Bank.)
Warren calls dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) her "favorite" and details her journey to seeking the Iron Throne: "Dany grew up in exile, wandering the so-called Free Cities of the East – many of which weren’t free at all but propped up by slave markets to serve their masters."
"Dany believes fiercely in her right to rule, but she despises what ruling means in the world she’s grown up in," Warren continued. "She doesn’t want to be a slave owner or a dictator – and she definitely doesn’t want to become her murderous father."
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Being a breaker of chains is a revolutionary idea, no matter the country, she writes.
"A queen who declares that she doesn’t serve the interests of the rich and powerful? A ruler who doesn’t want to control the political system but to break the system as it is known. It’s no wonder that the people she meets in Westeros are skeptical," Warren continues. "Skeptical, because they’ve seen another kind of woman on the Iron Throne: the villain we love to hate, Queen Cersei of Casterly Rock."
She doesn't come ight out and link Cersei's dependence on outside money to the need for campaign finance reform. She doesn't have to – anyone with half of Tyrion's smarts can see that's where Warren is going with this metaphor.
"Rather than earn her army, Cersei’s pays for it," Warren writes. "She buys 20,000 Golden Company mercenaries — though they arrive without their legendary elephants — with funds from the Iron Bank. ... Cersei’s betting on the strength of the bank to get her through the biggest fight of her life. It never crosses the mind that the bank could fail, or betray her."
Nor does she have to utter the name Trump. It's clear Warren is saying that he's more concerned with his own welfare and that of his family than the country when she quotes a Cersei line from the Season 7 finale: “I don’t care about checking my worst impulses,” she tells Tyrion. “I don’t care about making the world a better place. Hang the world.”
Social media reaction was split, with some thinking the 2020 contender was trying a bit too hard to relate to "Game of Thrones" fans – and potential voters).
"Elizabeth Warren, I think you’re great but the last thing I want to do during is read an allegorical think piece tying #GameOfThrones to the US economy," one user wrote.
Others dug the fact that Warren appeared to be a genuine fan of the show.
"I gotta admit - I kinda that Elizabeth Warren wrote about why she loves Game of Thrones and (Also, she has dragons.)," one wrote.
Others questioned why this was happening at all: "why did elizabeth warren write a straight forward recap of game of thrones for the cut.... i’m tearing my hair out."
why did elizabeth warren write a straight forward recap of game of thrones for the cut....— ellen (@punkassnerd) April 22, 2019
i’m tearing my hair out
We'll know who sits on the Iron Thrones a month from now. If only the battle for the Oval Office could be wrapped up that soon.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 'Game of Thrones' hot take: She's Daenerys and Trump is Cersei