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Democrats use ‘Game of Thrones’ to attack Marco Rubio after his 2016 announcement tease

A+ trolling, Democrats.


Eric Geller


Posted on Apr 13, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 2:26 am CDT

The Sunday night premiere of Game of Thrones season 5 wasn’t just a television event. It was also an opportunity for brands to use themed advertisements to grab people’s attention. But the best Game of Thrones-related tweet during last night’s premiere came not from a company, but from a soon-to-be presidential candidate trying to gin up excitement for his campaign.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to announce his campaign at 6pm ET on Monday. Although former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s Sunday announcement was still the top story, Rubio wanted in on the attention as well. So he tweeted a Game of Thrones-style tease: “Big News is Coming.”

The Democratic National Committee, the party’s central organization, quickly responded with a savvy Westerosi attack.

The Democrats’ response incorporates a house slogan that parodies a heavily mocked Rubio moment, plus a reference to Arbor red, one of the most popular wines in the Seven Kingdoms.

Perhaps the word “thirst” is also a reference to Rubio’s attempt to grab the national spotlight. The move did appear to some to be a bit thirsty.

This tweet was actually part of a series of Game of Thrones-style attacks on current and likely Republican presidential candidates that the DNC rolled out during the premiere.

Note the reference here to trustworthiness, which Paul has made a central tenet of his early attacks against Clinton.

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*First Published: Apr 13, 2015, 8:11 am CDT