'I will stand against you': Iranian General fires back at Trump's 'GoT' style meme with one of his own
After being slammed for using a 'Game of Thrones' stars meme to talk sanctions, Trump has now received a response from Iran's General Qasem Soleimani.
President Donald Trump is on a roll - unfortunately, it isn't on the brighter side of things. Trump took to Twitter on Friday to promote his government's decision to reimpose all US sanctions on Iran with a line from the famous series 'Game of Thrones'. It said, "Sanctions Are Coming" on a picture of Trump in his usual avatar. These sanctions had been removed by the Obama administration in 2015. After being slammed by 'Game of Thrones' stars and even the HBO network, Trump has now received a response from General Qasem Soleimani, chief of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
Soleimani also reportedly responded to Trump in his style and posted a 'GoT' themed meme that said, "I will stand against you." Trump's meme was inspired by the famous line on the show called "Winter is Coming" which used to denote the cold weather when the undead White Walkers roam the land and kill everyone that comes in their way. The Instagram post featured General Soleimani in icy tones, perhaps a nod to the Starks of Winterfell, the characters on the show who have been known to defend the lands from the undead. He also reportedly added, "Come! We are waiting. I can stop you. Quds Force can stop you. You start this war, but we will finish it," he wrote. Although the General's line isn't a popular one from the show, it does send out his message.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (#IRGC) #Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani responded to #US President Donald Trump’s announcement that ‘sanctions are coming’ with a Game of Thrones-inspired meme of his ownhttps://t.co/336UFrTL8E pic.twitter.com/5uh1qtQPMB— Tasnim News Agency (@Tasnimnews_EN) November 3, 2018
Earlier, the tweet was met with feelings from disgust from two 'Game of Thrones' stars. Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, who play sisters Sansa Stark and Arya Stark on the show posted an "Ew" and a "Not today," respectively. HBO too, the network giant that produces 'GoT' wasn't too pleased about their content being used by the president to further political agendas. Quentin Schaffer, an HBO spokesperson told The New York Times, "We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes." He also added that they would prefer that, like in the case of Trump, people don't use the line to "promote their own agendas"
Supporting Trump's promotion of the sanctions was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said in a tweet that it is only meant to harm the regime. "On November 5, we will place tough sanctions on #Iran’s ruling regime. Our aim is to compel Iran to abandon its destructive activities. The sanctions will target the regime—not the people, who have suffered the pain of their government’s mismanagement, theft, and brutality," he said.
The sanctions will curb Iran's oil exports. Trump, who had been a critic of the Nuclear deal from the Obama rule has announced that the sanctions will come into full effect on Monday. Many fear that it would be a severe hit to the country's economy and will affect the lower income sections of Iran.