“Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin wants former Vice President Joe Biden to sit on the Iron Throne of the United States.
Writing on his personal blog, Martin said that of the many “good Democrats” running for office, Joe Biden would be the best choice to take down President Trump in 2020.
“Out in the real world, I was pleased that Joe Biden finally announced his candidacy for president,” wrote Martin. “There are a lot of good Democrats running, maybe too many, and I’d probably vote for any one of them over the present blot upon the Oval Office.”
Martin went on to describe the list of qualities he looks for in a presidential candidate: the ability to win being number one, and the ability to actually be a good president being number two.
“The main things I want in a nominee, however, are twofold: (1) someone who can beat Trump, and (2) someone who would actually be a good/ great president,” wrote Martin. “Biden qualifies on both counts. Also, the speech he gave announcing his run was kickass… and so, so true. I wish him well.”
None of this is new for the acclaimed author, who has continually let his left-of-center politics be known. In an interview with The New York Times last year, he confirmed that “GOT” is “a perfect metaphor for understanding climate change” in the modern political sense because his characters are often battling each other while the “winter is coming” threat looms in the background.
It’s kind of ironic because I started writing “Game of Thrones” all the way back in 1991, long before anybody was talking about climate change. But there is — in a very broad sense — there’s a certain parallel there. And the people in Westeros are fighting their individual battles over power and status and wealth. And those are so distracting them that they’re ignoring the threat of “winter is coming,” which has the potential to destroy all of them and to destroy their world. And there is a great parallel there to, I think, what I see this planet doing here, where we’re fighting our own battles. We’re fighting over issues, important issues, mind you — foreign policy, domestic policy, civil rights, social responsibility, social justice. All of these things are important. But while we’re tearing ourselves apart over this and expending so much energy, there exists this threat of climate change, which, to my mind, is conclusively proved by most of the data and 99.9 percent of the scientific community.
Martin also says that while issues like jobs are important, they pale in comparison to the importance of climate change. In fact, the author thinks that climate change should be the top priority for any politician.
In 2017, Martin compared President Trump to none other than the slimy King Joffrey. “I think Joffrey is now the king in America,” George R.R. Martin told Esquire. “And he’s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was thirteen in the books.”