Hillary Clinton Compares Herself to Cersei From ‘Game of Thrones’ in New Book

Hillary Clinton Cersei Lanister Walk of
Thrones: Courtesy of HBO; Clinton: Rex/Shutterstock

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, “What Happened,” is drawing plenty of attention about one particular pop-culture reference.

In the book about the tumultuous election cycle, the former presidential candidate compares herself to a certain fictional queen of Westeros: not the generally beloved Daenerys Targaryen, but ruthless and power-hungry Cersei Lannister.

In the memoir, Clinton reflects upon her treatment at the hands of Trump supporters who often rallied behind Trump’s call to “lock her up” following the revelation that she used her private email servers while secretary of state.


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“Crowds at Trump rallies called for my imprisonment more times than I can count,” she writes. “They shouted, ‘Guilty! Guilty!’ like the religious zealots in ‘Game of Thrones’ chanting ‘Shame! Shame!’ while Cersei Lannister walked back to the Red Keep.”

Cersei Lannister — a prominent member of the royal Lannisters in the popular “Game of Thrones” books and hit HBO show — is known for her devious schemes and murderous hunger to protect her family and remain in power. During the “walk of shame” scene in question, Cersei is stripped naked and shorn of her hair, then forced to march from a prison back to her palace in front of the residents of Flea Bottom while they mock her, and fling excrement and rotten vegetables at her.

Clinton’s reference illustrates the perceived injustice and humiliation she faced throughout the campaign, however, directly comparing herself to Cersei may cause the opposite effect, as fans tend to see Cersei as an unredeemable villain.

This is not the first time one of Clinton’s references has fallen flat. During the heyday of the “Pokemon Go” app’s popularity, the candidate said she wished she could “make Pokemon go to the polls.”

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  1. Bill Chalmers says:

    Hillary is no Cersei.

    Cersei – strong, intelligent. Lots of intestinal fortitude.

    Hillary – angry loser blames everybody else for her failure.

  2. She’s referring to one scene and the so-called, “perceived injustice” is real. Secretary Clinton has been on the lunatic right-wing hitlist for decades. The fantastical fictions their “hashtag fakenews” peddlers spread is even more outrageous than the most bizarre GOT storyline. Pizzagate anyone?

  3. Rex says:

    Please just find a nice senior center for cards and enjoy the friendships.

  4. J. Ko says:

    And just like in Game of Thrones, she is guilty of the crimes she is accused of, just like Cersei!!!

  5. STEPHANIE says:


  6. IT--II--IT says:

    USURY—INTEL continues to blend politics and news with ‘enter–tainment’

    And so RED CHINA handover moves on.

    And so clueless POST America lurches on to its franchise slum –monetized– GENOCIDE.

    KEEP enjoying the show kiddies !

    MAO is smiling

  7. Ahmed says:

    She deserved better than what she got. She has served the U.S government so long and was threatened by her opponent for emails that were never even confirmed to exist…..shame.

    • Terrible says:

      The fake news media never reported everything, hrc and her crew also destroyed a dozen iPhones at the same time she had her government files and documents bleachbit and destroyed ;
      her associates took the fifth.
      Hrc has a 30 yr history of having work documents illegally destroyed, otherwise known as a crime.

  8. Toni says:

    Does she even know how demented and senile she sounds.

  9. Ken says:

    I guess, her ghostwriter made a mistake here…

    He & Hillary should watch more TV and try to understand what they write about ;-)

  10. eddie willers says:

    Just read the headline, skip the article.

  11. Bruce Hall says:

    Ho, hum. Clinton is so 1990s.

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