George R. R. Martin, author of the widely beloved fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, weighed in on the presidential election this past Friday. In a post on his Livejournal, the 68-year-old author wrote about the deluge of political advertisements that have descended upon his home state of New Mexico as the final days of the election campaign approach. Martin noted the recent tightening of the polls that apparently indicate New Mexico (which Obama won easily in 2008 and 2012) might be in play for republican nominee Donald Trump.
In his post, titled “A Simple Observation,” Martin comments that both the Clinton campaign and the Trump campaign are mostly airing negative attack ads, but goes a bit further to compare the campaigns’ respective styles. Trump’s attack ads, says Martin, follow the standard attack ad template. They Trump it up by throwing in some words like “crooked” and “pervert” – add a dash of Anthony Weiner for good measure – and it just sort of writes itself.
Clinton’s ads, however, are just plain, unvarnished clips of Trump himself saying disgusting bullshit. Mocking a disabled reporter, calling for a ban on Muslims entering the country, saying women should be punished for having abortions, bragging about grabbing women by their pussies.
Near the end of his post, GRRM writes “In my lifetime, there has never been a presidential candidate more unfit to lead this nation.” Which is pretty telling, considering George R.R. Martin’s been around for almost seven decades.
Check out his post yourself in the link near the top of the article. It’s worth reading.