Category Archives: Cartoons

Graphic Representation: Party time in Cleveland

As the GOP convention in Cleveland heads into its final day, it’s time for some more visceral visuals.

We begin with the editorial cartoonist of the Columbus Dispatch:

Nate Beeler: The Party of Lincoln


And from the Tulsa World:

Bruce Plante: RNC Convention 2016


From the editorial cartoonist of the Sacramento Bee:

Jack Ohman: Make Robots Great Again…


Next up, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Luckovich: Human like


The Minneapolis Star Tribune offers a more playful [?] take:

Sack cartoon: Donald Trump pumps them up


Our penultimate offering comes from the Kansas City Star:

Lee Judge: Who ya’ gonna call? Who? Who??


And finally, the Guardian went to Comic-Con in San Diego and asked some of America’s finest graphic artist to offer their Trumpian takes. Here’s one from the award-winning creator of the self-published comic book series Bone:

Jeff Smith: Emperor Trump

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Mr. Fish: Psycho Analysis

From Clowncrack, his blog of carminative copromancy:


Graphic Representation: Sincerest flattery form

We begin with this from Agence France Presse:

Freshly crowned Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tried Wednesday to draw a line under a plagiarism scandal that has rocked his campaign, with a staffer offering to resign.

Having prevailed in his remarkable run to the Republican White House nomination, Trump turned to his next task of quieting questions about his campaign’s professionalism and healing crippling party divisions.

A Trump staffer admitted to using Michelle Obama quotes in a speech delivered by Melania Trump at the Republican convention, apologizing and offering to resign over the plagiarism row — an offer however rejected by the nominee.

Melania Trump had “always liked” the current first lady and had “read me some passages from Mrs Obama’s speech” over the telephone as examples of what she wanted to tell the convention on Monday, said the staffer, Meredith McIver.

And now, one with the show. . .

We begin with a prosaic image from the editorial cartoonist of the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Clay Bennett: Melania’s Speechwriter

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Next, from the editorial cartoonist of the Charlotte Observer:

Kevin Siers: Melania’s Speech

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And this from the editorial cartoonist of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Steve Sack: Melania Trump

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The artist from the Buffalo News weighs in:

Adam Zyglis: Melania Trump speech

July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016

A blast from the past from the Arizona Republic:

Steve Benson: To plagiarize a former president

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From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Steve Breen: Seizing the initiative

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Next, from the Sacramento Bee:

Jack Ohman: One giant leap (again)…

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And from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Luckovich: Speech pattern

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And, of course, the Internet weighed in. One of our favorites:

BLOG Mal TweetOne more:

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Ah, what the hey, one final tweet:

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Mr. Fish: Tomb Stoned

From Clowncrack, his blog of solipsistic skiamachy:


Graphic Representation: Conventional wisdom II

From the editorial cartoonist of the Los Angeles Times, the new GOP Samson:

David Horsey: A muscular first night for the GOP

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And from the editorial cartoonist of the Washington Post,. The new strongman smashes the resistance:

Tom Toles: Republicans decide to never say Never Trump

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And the end result, perhaps, from the editorial cartoonist of the Arizona Republic:

Steve Benson: Bringing the GOP house down

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Mr. Fish: Drawing a Blank

From Clowncrack, his blog of eccoprotic existentialism:


Jeff Danziger: Choice 2016

From the nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist:

Uncle Sam, 2016 presidential race, Trump, Hillary, political cartoon

Which prompts a graphic response to a graphic. . .

Trump and why the media can’t beat him

The news media and their critics are full of columns and op ends on the deplorable Mr. Trump, all revealing that The Donald is a sociopathic hustler willing to say anything to keep the attention focused on the man with the orange adornment and diminutive digits.

But all the rant and raving doesn’t change a thing, and Trump remains a genuinely viable candidate for the commander in chief of the most powerful military on earth.

Admittedly, Trump’s viability owes much to the loathsomeness of his opponent, a candidate who, unlike the exuberantly spontaneous Trump, seems to be a product of a calculating artificial speech technology that hasn’t yet managed to find the way to add warmth to its synthesis.

So while you can’t believe anything Trump says, you do somehow get the sense that he believes it, even though it contradicts something he said five minutes earlier.

In other words, Clinton is a cold, calculating liar, while Trump is a passionate impulsive and wholly egotistical liar.

Back to the question

So why doesn’t all that media fact-checking and hand-wringing make a dent in the Donald?


Because Trump’s supporters don’t trust the media, save for Fox News, and that only with qualification.

They know that the media really are run by a liberal elite, that “effete corps of impudent snobs” as former Spiro Agnew speech writer Pat Buchanan once described them, those “nattering nabobs of negativity.”

Now having spent our working lifetime moiling in the vineyards of the newspaper craft, we must add that most of the journalists we worked with were good, honest folk who really worked hard to report on matters of vital import to their communities.

But during those same years, we also saw journalism debased as locally owned publications either closed down or were subsumed by conglomerates, more interested in pandering that in community service.

The rise of social media, devoid of any filters, has unleashed both a powerful organizing tool [just ask Hosni Mubarrak if you have any doubts] and transformed a medium of public discourse into the digital equivalent of bathroom graffiti, allowing us to indulge both our highest aspirations and our basest instincts.. . .Occupy and cyberstalking.

Trump, the message of the media. . .

Our new media landscape is a perfect fit for a Donald Trump, a man who, as with most sociopaths, is preternaturally attuned to cunningly manipulating feedback to gratify his own infantile needs.

Trump plays to suspicion and fear, the offers simplistic and easily graspable — and thoroughly flawed — solutions, conveying with them a promise of security.

Trump eagerly lays blame — sometimes, and sadly, quite accurately — at the feet of the media for ignoring or trivializing the deepest concerns of his target “marks.”

To an audience well-primed by their own experiences, Trump can easily brush off all that fact-checking and hand-wringing as simply ploys by the establishment to his pursuit of a White House he vows to use in support of their interests, not those of the establishment elite.

That it’s an elite he was born into is ignored, as is the fact of his irreligious hedonism and his life of serial polygamy.

The Trumpian art of the deal is the art of the sociopath, an art sufficiently refined to overpower the reason and self-interest of his marks.

And then there’s Hillary. . .

Let’s put it this way. If Trump was a little bit more sophisticated he’d beat Clinton in a heartbeat.

esnl won’t be voting for the candidate who, as Secretary of State, pursued policies instrumental in the rise of ISIS, a candidate who refuses to tell us what she was so highly paid to tell the people who brought the country to the brink of total collapse. The kind of folks her own daughter married.

That’s why esnl won’t be picking up either revolver come November.