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Schumer Tells Trump, “Enough with the memes”



After President Donald Trump posted a Games of Thrones-inspired meme to promote his proposed border wall, Senator Chuck Schumer criticized him.

“Enough with the memes,” Schumer said in response to a tweet from the president in the style of the HBO show which reads: “The Wall is Coming.” Schumer added: “Just quit hurting innocent people and re-open the government.”

The nation is now in the third week of a partial government shutdown which was kicked off after the president opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill which would have averted a shutdown because he disagreed with Congress over funding for the wall.

The president’s use of the meme was widely mocked, with many pointing out that it’s proof that he doesn’t actually watch the show. Although one of the show’s major plotlines does involve a border wall, the wall is shown not to work (it was destroyed at the end of the last season).

New York Times piece puts it rather succinctly:

In “Game of Thrones,” in other words, nationalism and tribalism are not essential forces for preserving society but an existential threat to survival. The Wall is a mighty symbol of protection but ultimately an ineffective one; the only salvation, if there is one, is people deciding they have more to gain by working together. And the worst leaders (if sometimes the most successful) are those like Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who see disaster as an opportunity to decimate and divide rivals.

If Trump’s Game of Thrones-inspired tweet seems familiar, it’s because it is.

Last year, HBO said Trump had engaged in “trademark misuse” after he posted a tweet in a similar style to the one described above to announce economic sanctions on Iran.

“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” HBO said at the time.