You can likely count Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA) among the world’s millions of “Game of Thrones” fans.
Abraham, who is looking to soon replace Louisiana Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, combined “Game of Thrones” fandom with his desire to take on fake news and liberal political opponents in a new, hilarious campaign ad.
The ad is a spoof of one of the most popular scenes from HBO’s “Thrones.” In the scene — which was part of the ninth episode of the sixth season of the HBO fantasy series — main character Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) finds himself alone against an army. Rather than turn and run, he chooses to stand his ground and draw his sword against the onslaught of men riding against him on horseback. At the last-minute, he is saved by an ally force.
In Abraham’s ad, he has replaced Snow’s face with his own. Bel Edwards, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-MA) all appear on the opposing side.
Arrows are shot at Abraham and some are labeled as “FAKE NEWS.” Abrahams is assisted in the ad by Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and a whole lot of people wearing Make America Great Again hats.
“October 12th is coming,” warns the ad, spoofing the famous saying “Winter is coming” from “Game of Thrones.”
— Dr. Ralph Abraham (@DocAbraham) April 14, 2019
Abraham, a veterinarian and licensed doctor, posted his ad in the lead-up to Sunday night’s season eight premiere of “Thrones.” This season will be the show’s last, though it’s popularity has already motivated HBO to begin development on several potential spinoff programs.
This is not the first time a Republican politician has used the popularity of “Game of Thrones” to push a political message.
When press were invited into the White House in January to hear the president speak about border security and a possible government shutdown, a poster was laid across the table in front of the president that showed Trump walking with the phrase “SANCTIONS ARE COMING” written across his image. The phrase was, of course, in reference to the “Winter is coming” line from “Game of Thrones” and it was also written in the same text used for the opening credits to the show.
You can see the poster below:
Note the poster on the table in the Cabinet Room. pic.twitter.com/iHc9e5LIg1
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) January 2, 2019
Abraham and Trump don’t just share a lot for “Game of Thrones” memes; they are also both big fans of the president’s proposed Space Force program.
One of Ralph Abraham’s more unique plans for the state of Louisiana as its potential governor is to make it a “leading candidate” for the command center for President Trump’s promised Space Force.
“This is just a match literally made in heaven for our air space command to come to Louisiana, marry up with Barksdale Air Force Base, and just do some good stuff,” he told “Breitbart News Saturday.”
Abraham previously wrote a letter to the president asking him to select Louisiana as the headquarters for Space Force. He referred to the potential command center as “Space Command.”
“Should you select Louisiana as the headquarters for Space Command, you can rest assured that you will have picked a state that is open for investment and one that has unique qualities ideally suited to support Space Command’s growth and development,” Abraham wrote.