For Millennials. By Millennials.
I have a feeling that this is a comparison that all of us have made in our heads. At first, it does seem pretty clear that Joffrey Baratheon (or Lannister…) from Game of Thrones is just the baby version of Donald Trump. But, as we dive deeper, the similarities become uncanny! It’ll blow your mind open how much the two are similar.
1. Both Joffrey and Trump come from privilege
When it comes to privilege, there’s no comparison that Joffrey Baratheon and Donald Trump were born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Trump was the son of multi-millionaire Fred Trump, without whom he would never have reached the heights he did. Similarly, Joffrey was born into arguably the wealthiest family in all of Westeros, the Lannisters. And his parents on both sides were Lannisters, and very closely related too, you know…
2. Both of them run away from a fight
When the going gets tough, you can absolutely count on both these men to make a run for their life. During the battle of Blackwater and the Kings Landing riots, Joffrey made a run for his life without thinking twice. If we’re being honest, he was pretty much sh*tting in his pants out of fear. On the other hand, the most powerful man in the free world, Donald Trump, hid in a bunker during the Black Lives Matter protests. How brave of him, right?
3. Their wives hate them
I understand that technically, Joffrey was never married. But fiancés do count. And all of us know how badly Sansa hated Joffrey. And if we’re being honest, deep down in her heart, Margaery wasn’t a big fan of him either. On the other hand, we have Melania Trump, who people think despises Trump. That much is pretty obvious when you see how many times she has snubbed holding Trump’s hands.
4. Both Trump and Joffrey are controlled by bald old white men
This one might sound a bit tricky, but when you think of it, this is where the similarities become too uncanny. We all know that the only reason Joffrey Baratheon is in power is because of his grandfather Tywin Lannister, who fulfills the criteria in the heading. And not just that, but he is pretty much the de facto ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and pulls Joffrey’s strings all the time. On the other hand, there a series of investigations tying Trump’s Presidential Campaign with Russia. And I think we all know that Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin is also a bald, old, and white man. What a remarkable coincidence…
5. They have a weird incest thing going on
Well, we know how Donald Trump feels about his daughter, Ivanka Trump. And not a day goes by when we aren’t creeped out about it. On the other hand, we have Joffrey Baratheon, who is a product of incest himself. Need I say more?
And you’ll be surprised how many people believe that Joffrey is just like a baby Trump. Even George RR Martin believes the same, as he told Esquire in an interview:
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.
So guys, next time you watch Game of Thrones, remember that if you’re living in America, you’re under the rule of a real-life old aged Joffrey. And we’re not talking about Jack Gleeson, who did a splendid job at playing Joffrey Baratheon. We’re talking about Donald Trump.