Hillary Clinton is currently promoting her memoir, “What Happened” — a look back at the 2016 presidential campaign — and it’s been her opportunity to point blame at everyone but herself for her loss to President Donald Trump last year.
One of the latest revelations from her book has emerged in the form of a comparison she made about herself to a rather unlikable character from the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
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“Crowds at Trump rallies called for my imprisonment more times than I can count. They shouted, ‘Guilty! Guilty!’ like the religious zealots in ‘Game of Thrones’ chanting ‘Shame! Shame!’ while Cersei Lannister walked back to the Red Keep,” the text of her book reads, as Newsweek recounted it.
For those who don’t watch “Game of Thrones,” Cersei Lannister (pictured above left) is one of the villains of the series. She’s a politically motivated, venomous, manipulative people-user who cares for no one but herself.
The specific scene Clinton refers to is one of the few moments in the show in which Cersei (played by actress Lena Headey) has received any modicum of sympathy from the audience.
Cersei is taken from her luxurious castle and kidnapped by religious fanatics. They tell her she must atone for her sins and renounce her evil ways. When she finally gives in, they tell her she can return to the castle as long she walks the streets naked with a rather ominous woman behind her saying over and over again, “Shame.”
She’s pelted with rocks and food and spit on and yelled at by the peasants of the city — but eventually returns home only to turn even more evil in her ways than ever before.
It’s entirely possible Hillary Clinton didn’t even write the line. It could have been a ghostwriter hoping to make her likable — so he threw in a reference to a popular television show.
If it was Clinton, there’s really only two explanations. She’s been known to be somewhat robotic in the way she communicates and has also been known to pander to crowds to seem more relatable — so she could be tossing out a reference to “Game of Thrones” just to say, “Hey, look. I’m just like all of you! I watch TV, too!”
The other explanation is that this comparison actually makes sense in her head — which is, in part, alarming and also a bit ironic.
What’s alarming is the specific comparison. On the one hand, you have people at rallies chanting, “Lock her up!” for arguably criminal offenses. On the other, you have a woman who is kidnapped and physically abused. Saying the specific experiences are similar beyond the chanting of words by a crowd is a bit of a stretch.
The irony is that Clinton’s view of herself as a Cersei Lannister-like character might say more about her than she actually wants to reveal — because Clinton’s being compared to a manipulative and criminal politician is not much of a stretch in many people’s minds. Apparently, it’s not much of a stretch for Clinton, either.
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