The only politics HBO wants "Game of Thrones" to be involved in are those of the Seven Kingdoms.
After President Donald Trump used a "Game of Thrones"-inspired meme in a tweet Thursday, the premium network asked in a statement (via Deadline) to be excluded from the narrative. Trump shared the image on the day the Mueller report was released and used it to make his case that there was no evidence of collusion or obstruction. It said:
"No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats--Game Over."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
For the record, Trump's takeaway is less nuanced than Robert Mueller's findings. The investigation "identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign," per the report (via CNN), but "the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges." In addition, regarding possible obstruction of justice, the special counsel wrote that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
Regardless of the outcome, HBO wasn't thrilled about "Game of Thrones" being dragged into the mix. The premium network acknowledged that enthusiasm for the final season is high, but said, "We still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes."