With the release of her new book What Happened, which details Hillary Clinton’s first-hand experiences during the craziness that was the 2016 presidential election, excerpts have been appearing on the internet everywhere. However, one has surfaced that might sound a bit counterproductive to some.
In this particular section, Clinton equates herself to Cersei Lannister of Game of Thrones. The comparison may at first seem to make people think, “Why would she do that? Cersei sucks!” However, Clinton elaborates by saying that her experience was similar to Cersei’s (spoiler alert) walk of shame through King’s Landing as opposed to her character as a whole. In the scene, Cersei is forced to walk naked through the streets of the city with its citizens shouting obscenities, chanting “shame!”, and throwing things at her.
Clinton drew this similarity by addressing how people at Trump rallies said they would treat her.
It’s not easy for any woman in politics, but I think it’s safe to say that I got a whole other level of vitriol flung my way. 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.
While it might be discerning for Hillary supporters to have the woman they elected to be their leader compare herself to one of the most widely hated characters on Game of Thrones, but Clinton is exactly wrong for doing so. The crowds at Trump rallies were bloodthirsty, misogynistic, and called for actual violence against their opposing candidate with a truly disturbing mob mentality.
This actually makes the comparison start to make sense, as is elaborated upon in the following paragraph.
As Susan Bordo, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated gender studies professor, put it in her book The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, “It was almost medieval.” Mary Beard, the Classics professor at the University of Cambridge, observed that this venom harkened back to an even earlier time. One popular image among Trump supporters, found on everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs, depicted Trump holding up my severed head, like Perseus from ancient Greek mythology, lifting high the head of Medusa.
We’ve already discussed how the 2016 election was basically Game of Thrones (albeit with a different set of comparisons), and all we can do is hope that the 2020 election doesn’t pan out the same way. Westeros is a land of complete chaos, and while it’s great to watch on screen, we sure as hell don’t need that in real life.