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“‘Send her back’: A dark reminder of who we are” –
A dangerous time when political cartoonists are being fired over Trump

By Joel Pett
Lexington (KY.) Herald Leader
July 18, 2019

“‘Send her back’: A dark reminder of who we are”

“It happened in the first half of Wednesday’s speech. Donald Trump, our president, began to talk about Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota who was among the four women of color he had attacked Sunday in a racist tweet. Everyone knew Trump would speak about the women at some point to the Greenville, North Carolina, crowd. Did we know what would come next?

“‘Send her back.’

“The chant rose quickly from a handful of voices to a chorus of bigotry. It was a chilling moment. It was “lock her up” in a white hood. It was despicable.”

But there was some backlash this week when people pointed to the president’s Sunday tweet and declared that it wasn’t who we are. Because it is, of course, part of who we always have been in America. And in North Carolina.”

““Send her back,” Donald Trump’s supporters chanted, without seeing the irony that it was they who were moving backward. “Send her back,” they cried, and it was both a reminder and a warning that here in North Carolina, in America, going back is not that far of a journey,” by the Charlotte (NC) Observer Editorial Board.

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“Michael de Adder My editorial cartoon satirizing Trump and the border crisis went viral. Then I lost my job.”

“Trump makes the case for editorial cartoonists pretty much every day. Are we really willing to allow such an important journalistic tradition to die out?”

On June 26, I did what I normally strive to do: draw a hard-hitting cartoon on one of the important topics in the news. Little did I know that the cartoon I drew that day would change my life.

“The image, which referenced President Donald Trump as well as the recent deaths of a father and child attempting to enter the United States along the southern border pulled no punches. There was a time when a pointed cartoon like that would increase a cartoonist’s value in the eyes of his or her newspaper. But instead of increasing my value with my newspapers, the next day I lost a freelance job with Brunswick News Inc., a position I held for 17 straight years.

“Social media thinks I was fired for that cartoon. My former employers have continued to insist it wasn’t. I’ve said repeatedly that cartoon was simply the final nail in the coffin and hastened my demise, by Michael de Adder, on NBC News.

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“White supremacy could be issue that ‘ends this country,’ presidential candidate says”

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“Opinion: America must reject Trump’s racism at the ballot box”

“Trump no longer pretends to be the voice of forgotten working-class Americans. He has become the voice of insecure white Americans, whom he encourages to resent foreigners, immigrants and uppity minorities. His border policy — separating babies from their mothers, putting children in cages — is the fulfillment of an ugly revenge fantasy. Cruelty isn’t an unfortunate byproduct of Trump’s crackdown on asylum seekers. It’s the whole point.”

“The next 16 months must be a referendum on Trump’s weaponized racism. The answer must be a resounding no,” by Eugene Robinson, Washington Post.

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By Kevin Siers
The Charlotte Observer

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