Category Archives: Cartoons

Graphic Representation: Trumplandia™ factioids

We open with some wishful thinking from the Tulsa World:

Bruce Plante: Obama’s note to Trump


Next up, the Sacramento Bee fits the context:

Jack Ohman: Donald Trump, the CIA, and don’t let the stars get in your eyes. . .


And from El Machete Illustrated, another take on spooky doings:

Eric J. Garcia: Drone Foundation


This Washington Post image sorta of grabs you:

Ann Telnaes: Trump’s ethics dance


From the Charlotte Observer, the spin is in:

Kevin Siers: White House’s alternate facts


The Washington Post cover the same surreal estate:

Tom Toles: In the world of Donald Trump, anything can happen, virtually


And as proof, this cartoonish image from the London Daily Mail [a screencap of the homepage teaser for this story]:


Another take on the numbers from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Steve Sack: Women’s Marches


Finally, from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, a plausible explanation:

Clay Bennett: Opioids


Mr. Fish: Under New Management

From Clowncrack, his blog of abducent alienation:


And Mr.Fish was also present at Saturday’s march in Washington, both in person and graphically:

Mr. Fish: Death March


He writes:

Amazing and beautiful day in D.C. marching among a million signs condemning racism, misogyny, systemic thuggery, sith politics and celebrating pussy power, human dignity and dissent against moneyed douche bags and their apologists.  Here’s a shot of a Mr. Fish cartoon sighted at the protest, made large and hoisted proudly by some amazing and smart hell-raising ladies from Santa Fe.  Dig it.

And it’s not the first time Mr. Fish’s work has appeared at massive protests.

Back in February 2011 we posted this image of a Mr. Fish cartoon combining iconic images of Che Guevara and King Tut, held aloft by a protester in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in the days leading up to the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak:

BLOG 7 February Fish in Cairo

Headlines of the day: It’s sorta like gilding a turd

From the Washington Post:

Challenged on falsehoods, adviser says Trump team has ‘alternative facts’

  • President Trump’s aides are under fire after his press secretary made easily disproved claims about the size of the inauguration crowd. Chief counselor Kellyanne Conway sparred on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd who said, “Alternative facts are not facts.”

And some reaction to all that infantile umbrage from the New York Times:

Even Top Aides Are Troubled by Trump’s Rocky First Weekend

  • President Trump spent his first two days in office lashing out about crowd sizes and rewriting the history of his dealings with intelligence agencies.
  • His lack of focus, at a time when a new president can maximize his leverage, frustrated some senior members of his circle who had urged him to move on.

And from the Independent:

And as for that crowd size, where Donald Trump claimed the largest crowd ever to witness a presidential inauguration and said he personally “saw” between one and one-and-a-half million people standing before him when he spoke. a side by-side comparison of crows at the first Obama inauguration [right] and Saturday’s swearing-in [left] tell a vastly different tale. From the Independent:


And there was an even bigger turnout for another event in Washington that dwarfed the Trump throngette, reported the New York Times:

The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday.

Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity and estimated that there were about 160,000 people in those areas in the hour leading up to Mr. Trump’s speech Friday.

They estimated that at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on and near the mall at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

UPDATE: And, of course, Trump tweeted his own response for the anti-inaugural protests [and we feature one response as well]:


And things get even more petty. . .


After the National Park Service retweeted messages that negatively compared the crowd sizes at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration to Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, representatives from the new administration asked the Interior Department’s digital team to temporarily stop using Twitter — a decision the agency now claims was out of a concern the account was hacked.

The National Park Service Twitter account retweeted this observation from New York Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum on Friday: “Compare the crowds: 2009 inauguration at left, 2017 inauguration at right.” The tweet contained images from both events showing an apparent difference in crowd size. The retweet has since been deleted.

After the retweet began to get attention, a career staffer at the Interior Department instructed employees that the “new administration has said that the department and all bureau are not supposed to tweet this weekend and wait for guidance until Monday.”

The message continued, “Please make sure that any scheduled tweets are no longer scheduled,” and referred all questions to another career staffer at the department.

On Saturday, the National Park Service called Friday’s retweets “mistaken.”

UPDATE III: We just spotted this from the editorial cartoonist of the Los Angeles Times:

David Horsey: Trump loathing unifies the diverse


Graphic Representation: Echoes of a fascist past

We begin with a militant two-word theme sounded in Donald Trump’s inaugural address [emphasis added]:

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.

It’s a theme deftly captured by the editorial cartoonist for the Philadelhpia Daily News:

Signe Wilkinson: Donald Trump inauguration


And for a look at that phrase’s deep roots, here’s are two ominous historical parallels via Russel Neiss from Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel] during his years as an editorial cartoonist, starting with a 1939-40 depiction of the powerful Hitler-endorsed isolationist, racist, and religiously intolerant America First lobby.

The communists are included because they also held to an isolationist policy toward Europe because of the Hitler/Stalin non-aggression pact, an agreement that last from August 1939 to June 1941, when Hitler unleashed his military against Stalin’s unprepared forces:


The second image comes from later in 1941, with the communists now on the warpath and on the outs with America First following the invasion:

Birgitta Jónsdóttir tweeted Trump’s personal America First policy:


The original America First legions disbanded after the Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor.

Bur during their heyday, celebrity icon aviator Charles Lindbergh was a prominent spokesperson, earning the Hitler regime’s highest award for a non-German citizen.

The movement also had one of the nation’s most powerful news empires as an outlet, with the papers and radio stations of William Randolph Hearst the predecessors of the Fox News propaganda machine.

Other graphic commentaries on TrumpAmerica™

We begin with a take on inaugural actions with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Luckovich: UUGE!


Another take on the protests from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Joel Pett: Grab them by their convictions


And from the Guardian, another take on the inaugurations:

Martin Rowson: The presidential inauguration


From the Charlotte Observer, avarice triumphant:

Kevin Siers: Populist POTUS


From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Clay Bennett: President Trump


Next, sealing the death with the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Steve Breen: A change of logos


From the Washington Post, Venn to begin?:

Tom Toles: The Trump administration will operate like a web-based company


Finally, the Minneapolis Star Tribune offers a modest proposal:

Steve Sack: Tweet inhibition


Mr. Fish: January 20, 2017

From Clowncrack, his blog of creative cacospectamania:


Pat Bagley: President Trump

From the editorial cartoonist of the Salt Lake Tribune:


Mr. Fish: Time to Grow a Pair

From Clowncrack, his blog of digital democracy: