Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin, perhaps unnerved by the similarities between Donald Trump and the barbaric King Joffrey, made an appearance on the campaign trail to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
CNN reports that on Saturday, November 5, the author paid a surprise visit to campaign volunteers in Sante Fe, New Mexico. During his remarks, he encouraged early voting.
Martin has also penned his reflections on the election, encouraging constituents, particularly those in his home state of New Mexico, to vote for Clinton. Via his LiveJournal (yep, he’s got one of those):
“In my lifetime, there has never been a presidential candidate more unfit to lead this nation.
You don’t need to like Hillary. You don’t need to listen to what Hillary says about Trump, or what I say about Trump. You just need to listen to Trump. If you can do that, and still consider voting for him...well...
Pappy Bush lost an election by looking at his watch. Michael Dukakis lost an election by riding around in a tank. Howard Dean lost an election by giving a yeeeehah scream. Trivial things. Insignificant things. Trump, on the other hand, has said the vilest things any presidential candidate has said since George Wallace, and he’s rising in the polls.
He has boasted that he could shoot someone dead on Fifth Avenue and still not lose any votes. I’m beginning to think he was right.”
If you watch HBO’s Game of Thrones, read the books, or both, you may have remarked at some point that Martin seems to possess a bleak view of humanity. His journal post also concludes on a pessimistic note, but it’s one that likely resonates with those who are weary and worried about what November 8 will bring.
GoT readers are eager for Martin to finish his series, and he has at least two books that require completion: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. However, his preoccupation with the election is surely understandable to his most avid fans — none of us want to see the world he has imagined made real. So go ahead, George, put away your laptop, and campaign away.