Trump channels 'Game of Thrones' yet again with Mueller report tweet; HBO, fans respond

Jayme Deerwester

We can't be sure if President Donald Trump has watched "Game of Thrones," but he sure likes to invoke the HBO fantasy juggernaut on Twitter.

After the complete-but-redacted Mueller report on the Russia investigation was released Thursday, Trump tweeted a new "Game of Thrones"-themed graphic proclaiming, "Game Over" in the show's distinctive font along with the tag "For the haters and radical left Democrats," a play on the show's Season 8 slogan, "For the throne."

Fans of the show were quick to respond. 

"WINTER IS (still) COMING (for you)!!" replied @TheRealUhura, while @oballajohn wrote, "Please stop (ruining) our favorite show."

"Dear Game of Thrones, please sue him. Sincerely, Everyone," wrote @AngelaBelcamino.

In a statement, HBO told USA TODAY, “Though we can understand the enthusiasm for 'Game of Thrones' now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes." 

It echoed HBO's statement after Trump's first "Thrones" tweet from November 2018, in which he warned Iran that "Sanctions are coming."

At the time, the network also issued a humorous tweet, asking, "How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?" – a reference to the language used by the show's fiercest warriors.

The show's stars were less amused at the time.

"Ew," said a disgusted Sophie Turner, who plays one of the surviving Stark children.

"Not today," wrote Maisie Williams, who plays Sansa's younger sister Arya. That's the response her character gave in Season 1 when her Bravosi sword-fighting instructor asked her, "What do we say to death?" 

'Sanctions are coming': HBO, 'Game of Thrones' stars fire back at Trump's post

In January, when the government was shut down over his demand for border wall funding, Trump followed up with an Instagram graphic that heralded, "The Wall is coming."

The show's fans were quick to remind him that the Season 7 finale demonstrated why border fences don't work. In the episode, the army of the dead breaches the Wall, a 700-foot-tall, 300-mile-long ice structure on Westeros' northern border that the Night's Watch, a medieval version of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, had protected for centuries.

"For someone who watches a lot of TV, @realDonaldTrump should know that even the @GameOfThrones wall isn’t a panacea by the end of Season 7," @sam_vinograd wrote.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump channels 'Game of Thrones' yet again with Mueller report tweet; HBO, fans respond