If one were to compose a list of attributes worst suited to the presidency, Trump would check every box. Ignorant. Bigoted. Misinformed. Vindictive. Impulsive. A Frankenstein’s monster of weaknesses and insecurities stomping through the Oval Office.
Were he a character in a novel, he would be a villain readers loved to hate. George R.R. Martin – author of the incredibly popular A Song of Ice and Fire books, the basis for the even more popular HBO series Game of Thrones – clearly agrees.
In a new interview with Esquire, Martin said that President Trump is most similar to the detestable and much hated King Joffrey, a child ruler who murders for fun and whose bratty entitlement makes him impossible to respect.
“I think Joffrey is now the king in America. And he’s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was thirteen in the books,” said Martin. Joffrey is infamous for executing the popular protagonist of the first novel, in addition to numerous acts of torture, maiming, and murder.
Fans of the television series and books should find the comparison unsettlingly accurate. Martin’s world is full of truly despicable, evil villains, but King Joffrey emerges head and shoulders above the rest in terms of sheer unlikeability and incompetence. Trump’s kindred spirit indeed.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.