House of Cards returns this month with a fifth season on the cusp of a presidential election, just months after our own national nightmare. Frank, who wound up an unelected president in the White House following a resignation, is running for reelection with his wife as his running mate. Underwood/Underwood 2016 are up against Will Conway, a social media-savvy millennial Republican Governor of New York. As their tense election battle draws nigh, some viewers may be wondering: is Trump watching House of Cards Season 5?
House of Cards first premiered in 2013 just a few months after President Obama's reelection, and, if you remember correctly, it was actually the very first streaming service-backed prestige drama, paving the way for shows like Orange Is the New Black, Transparent, and others. What's more, our former president was also a fan of the heavy-hitting political drama, although he admitted in an interview that it was far more exciting that his real life in the White House.
"I have to tell you, life in Washington is a little more boring than displayed on the screen," Obama stated during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in 2014. "The truth of the matter is, if you followed me, most of my day is sitting in a room listening to a bunch of folks in gray suits talking about a whole bunch of stuff that wouldn't make very good television."
Unsurprisingly, Trump has never made any public statements about watching the show, and, given everything that's currently going on during his first four months in office, it's unlikely his potential fandom is anything reporters will be interested in for the foreseeable future. (Honestly, if you really want to know, your best bet is to tweet at him asking about it, but he'll probably end his 140-character review with either "Sad!" or "Very bad!")
As is the case with several politically-themed shows on TV right now, House of Cards is a little bizarre to watch as our real-life political climate feels like a satire that's run off the rails. Robin Wright, who plays the cunning Claire Underwood, admitted as much in a recent interview on The Ellen Degeneres Show. "Trump is trumping us. We're running out of ideas at this point," she joked. "He's stolen them all."
Considering that A) House of Cards is not in the reality genre and B) its ratings will never be revealed, per Netflix's well-known policy of not releasing viewership numbers, it seems unlikely the show will catch President Trump's attention. For the rest of us, though, we can catch it when it drops on Netflix on May 30.