Trump is still living rent-free in the mind of ‘Doonesbury’ cartoonist Trudeau

July 20 marked a year and a half into the Biden administration, but you’d never know it from Garry Trudeau, the liberal political hack cartoonist behind the long-running but highly overrated “Doonesbury” comic strip.

Although former President Donald Trump has been absent from the White House for more than 18 months, he apparently still lives without rent inside the head of Mr Trudeau, who clearly suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Mr. Trudeau – whose Sunday-only “Doonesbury” comics still run the Trump-hating Washington Post color comics section – continues to regularly bully the 45th president.

But not once in the 78 Sundays since Jan. 20, 2021, has he ridiculed anything President Biden has said or done, despite Sleepy Joe’s countless verbal gaffes, word salads, and abject political failures that deserve so much to be ridiculed.

The nasty personal attacks launched throughout the Trump presidency have continued since the “old guy” – as Mr Trudeau now calls him – left office on January 20, 2021.

February 21, 2021: “Trump was the only candidate ever backed by the Taliban, the highly respected terror group.” (That “endorsement” was surely meant to hurt Mr. Trump rather than help him, because Mr. Trump was much tougher on the Taliban than Mr. Biden, whose hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan offered them $80 billion. of U.S. military armaments. Mr. Trump would never have allowed that to happen.)

February 28, 2021: A recurring character, a career con man named Duke, laments that Mr. Trump ignored him as an adviser to the deposed dictator of fictional Berzerkistan, “[a] dictator who had his rivals shot. Someone he [Trump] could admire.

March 7, 2021: “I wonder if the authoritarians ever learn their lesson? Mr Trudeau reflects after Trump’s second wrongful impeachment. It is accompanied by an illustration of a New York Times article about the release of Adolf Hitler from a German prison in December 1924 with the title: “Hitler tamed by prison”.

April 11, 2021: Two characters discuss Shakespearean lines supposedly related to Mr. Trump, but without mentioning him by name: “A most remarkable coward! “An infinite and endless liar!” “A promise breaker every hour!” »

At that point, someone else chimes in: “He’s not on Twitter anymore. He left! Why is everyone still obsessed with the old guy? Mr. Trudeau might want to ask himself the question.

September 19, 2021: ‘Doonesbury’ returned to the COVID-19 theme with ‘your favorite president still’ supposedly suing (fake) vaccine royalties and perpetuating the lie spread by mainstream media that Mr. Trump had advocated testing injections of bleach as a treatment. This was totally taken out of context, as any honest reading of Mr. Trump’s admittedly rambling April 23, 2020, reflection on the subject would show.

February 6 and 13, 2022: “At the State Funeral of the 45th President”, it is suggested that no one attend “except out of curiosity”. That’s ridiculous on the face of it, based on the tens of thousands of people who typically show up at Mr. Trump’s arena-sized rallies. Additionally, disheveled “MAGA mourners” are depicted shouting “Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!

May 1, 2022: A TV report explains that Russian President Vladimir Putin justifies his invasion of Ukraine “with fierce propaganda”, stating that it was necessary to purge the country of Nazis. It then cuts to a man in a red MAGA cap and a woman in a Q (for QAnon) t-shirt watching Mr Trump repeat his claim that he won the 2020 election. In a cheap shot, the man said, “They’re Nazis. The Nazis stole it,” to which the woman replies, “Wait, aren’t they on our side?

June 6, 2022: The aforementioned ex-dictator of Berzerkistan, speaking to a paramedic in an emergency room, offers him a job for ‘the current President of the United States’. Lawyer: “Do you work for Trump? Ex-dictator: “You are hired.” (Never mind that the slip-and-fall tort attorneys overwhelmingly back the Democrats.)

There were other examples, but these were the most intellectually dishonest and petty.

In the May 30, 2021 “Doonesbury” comic strip, the storyline of which otherwise had nothing to do with him, Mr Trudeau also shot Donald Trump Jr for free.

This brings us back to Mr. Biden, as the cartoonist didn’t write (or draw) a single word about first son Hunter Biden, whose corrupt multi-million dollar business dealings around the world and whose drug use highly publicized and repeated alliances with prostitutes are surely editorial cartoon fodder. They certainly would if it were one of Mr Trump’s sons – and rightly so.

Nor did ‘Doonesbury’ attack Mr Biden for any aspect of his messy administration – the highest gas prices on record, a 40-year high inflation rate, illegal immigration at open borders , rising violent crime rates and homelessness in our cities, its war on (real) women in favor of transgender ideology, or whatever.

None of the countless verbal errors of the president’s vice president, Kamala Harris, have been the target of Mr. Trudeau’s acerbic pen.

The thing is, “Doonesbury” hasn’t been funny for years. The 52-year-old cartoon jumped on the shark a long time ago.

Gary Larson, creator of ‘The Far Side’, and Bill Watterson, the artist behind ‘Calvin and Hobbes’, prematurely pulled these comics (both much funnier than ‘Doonesbury’ ever was) and l have lived up to their popularity.

If Mr. Trudeau weren’t such a left-wing political hack, he would have hung up his poisoned pen long ago.

• Peter Parisi is a former editor of the Washington Times.

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