The 2016 presidential race has been anything but straightforward. Eighteen started out in a quest for the White House. But now, only five remain standing and there’s a good chance, we will see at least one more withdrawal as primaries continue. Anyhow, let’s go ahead and have a little fun by turning the top presidential candidates into characters from the hit series “Game of Thrones.”
Hillary Clinton as Catelyn Stark. Lady Stark made for an ideal wife to Lord Eddard Stark. She was devoted, caring and loving. But most of all, she was also brave, fierce and protective. Clinton was a remarkable First Lady to former U.S. President Bill Clinton who served the country from 1993 to 2001.
As the first couple, the record of the two would have been untarnished, had it not been for former President Clinton’s alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky. Ned Stark did have that one embarrassing affair that stained an otherwise honorable existence with Jon Snow’s supposed mother.
Nonetheless, both Lady Stark and Hillary chose to stand by their husband throughout the scandal.
Her decision proved to be pivotal some years later when first tried to run for president and failed. Like in the “A Storm Of Swords” where Lady Stark came back as Lady Stoneheart after she had been brutally slain, Clinton ended up securing the role of the Secretary of State in the Obama administration.
Her time in office, however, became controversial because of the tragic events in Benghazi, which ended in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Nonetheless, Clinton seems to have risen above it all, taking the lead in the Democratic race for the White House.
Donald Trump as Stannis Baratheon. Stannis seems to have everything it takes to claim the Iron Throne from his nephew Joffrey as he is the rightful heir being King Robert’s brother. He seems to have the right credentials, being the head of House Baraheon of Dragonstone and the Lord of Dragonstone. He is accomplished enough that people will support his fight.
On the other hand, while Trump is unproven in the political world, he seems to have gained enough popularity to earn him the top spot among Republican presidential nominees. He is not the most attractive candidate out there, but he has a strong sense of duty and justice. That alone is giving so much charisma among the U.S. population, as evidenced by the wins he has enjoyed in various primaries and caucuses.
Like Stannis, however, there also moments when Trump can shock you in a bad way. While Stannis made a burning sacrifice of his daughter and murdered his brother Renly to keep his field of rivals narrow, Trump had gone ahead and discriminated against Mexicans. He openly referred to them as “rapists” and “criminals.” He also kicked out well respected Hispanic journalist Jorge Ramos out of a press conference in Iowa. And he also has gone on and on about the need to bring up the wall that separates Mexico from the U.S.
Bernie Sanders as the High Sparrow. The High Sparrow may be a quiet leader, but he would not hesitate to make his cause known if necessary. Like him, Sanders also came from humble beginnings, having born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. According to FeelTheBern.org, Sanders’ family lived from paycheck to paycheck and this dictated his political ideology.
Now, Sanders remains to causes that he stood up for back in 1976 when he tried to run for governor and failed. These include LGBT rights, healthcare for all, fairer taxes on corporations, women’s reproductive rights, better drug policy, environmental protection and less military involvements abroad.
Ted Cruz as Petyr Baelish or “Littlefinger.” Like Baelish, Cruz is a complicated man with a plan. He schemes a lot perhaps because he is ambitious. Let’s face it, there’s no higher goal than the White House.
According to the National Review, New York Times columnist David Brooks characterized Senator Cruz as a candidate with “dark and satanic tones.” During an appearance on PBS’ “Newshour,” Brooks explained that Cruz is all about pursuing the enemy and doing brutal things afterwards. ” It is an ugly world in Ted Cruz’s world, and it’s combative, and it’s angry, and it’s apocalyptic,” he explained.
John Kasich as Areo Hotah. Like Hotah, Kasich is loyal to his cause and even more loyal to what is considered his people: mainstream Republicans. According to The New Yorker, the Ohio governor is now the last remaining hope for a traditional Republican to emerge as the presidential nominee to the White House.
If he is to win though, his campaign will have to do better in the upcoming series and primaries. Kasich is down by a lot, with Trump and Cruz taking turns for the lead.