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Presidential Debate Garbage

I’ve been hearing a lot about how Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate, but it seemed to me that there was plenty of garbage and spin from each candidate, so I drew this …

I could call it “trash talking.” I live tweeted during the debate and got a lot of response on Twitter (@dcagle). I should do that more often. Maybe next time.

I notice that the stage at the debate was the same stage they used for presidential debates years ago. I suppose it packs up nicely and keeps well in storage. I don’t see much reason for that strange eagle logo, but I wanted to put them on the right stage so that the only change was their garbage can lecterns. I don’t usually do cartoons with dark backgrounds. Maybe I’m in a rut.

We didn’t see much of them on the stage. Almost all of the debate took place on a split screen, which adjusted for Donald Trump’s height advantage. I understand that the taller candidate almost always wins the election. Also, the zoomed closer on Hillary to make her head bigger and they turned down the color saturation on Trump, to make him look less orange. I love stagecraft.

Everyone is talking about the bait Hillary used to lure Trump into traps, and how Trump jumped to take the bait each time. I suppose that is interesting, but it struck me that this debate didn’t change many minds – fans of each candidate likely thought their own candidate won and I didn’t see anything new – just the same old garbage.

Want to see me drawing this cartoon in real time? Check it out below …

And watch me color the cartoon in the next video …

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the publisher of and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc, which which is a major distributor of editorial cartoons and columns to newspapers and digital publishers. See Daryl's blog at:, see his site at: get permission to reprint his cartoons at:

4 replies on “Presidential Debate Garbage”

The key exchange for me was when Hillary pushed the birth certificate past the point of being ridiculous…over and over and over and over again. All the while Trump was trying to talk about ISIS and Hillary kept moving back to the birth certificate. ISIS is important; the birth certificate is a distraction. I think, not liking either candidate, that one exchange was decisive in determining my vote.

Of course, when you drew your cartoon, you were unaware that a few years ago Trump broke a federal law by providing financial support to Communist Cuba in his pursuit of ill got gains. An up-to-date cartoon might dress Trump in a bra and g-string to reflect his relationship to the 'world's oldest profession.'

I only watched maybe 15 minutes of the debate. This because with all the media hype I saw it as a sort of super bowl and didn't expect anything ob substance to be discussed. I was right. Now as to who won, I didn't have to watch it all to know that Trump won. That's because there's nothing he could say that would change my mind about voting for him. And there's nothing Ms Clinton could say that would convince me to vote for her. And if Trump was to say something so outrageous that I did change my mind, I would vote for Gary Johnson.

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