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Thinking of Michael Flynn

One thing I wanted to do in the cartoon was to draw the screaming Democrat donkey with a mask, and the daydreaming, pandemic-disinterested Republican with no mask. It occurred to me – what if I wanted to draw the elephant with a mask; how would I do that? A mask is supposed to cover your nose. Would the elephant have a mask the size of a bed sheet? Would his mask have a hose-like extension for his trunk? If I drew anything like that, would it even look like a mask?

I get a cable TV channel that lets me see a view of four news networks at once and I regularly switch back and forth between CNN, BBC, MSNBC and Fox News – and Fox News is a completely different world, especially the past couple of days as they have obsessed over the Michael Flynn story while other news focuses almost exclusively on the pandemic.

One thing I wanted to do in the cartoon was to draw the screaming Democrat donkey with a mask, and the daydreaming, pandemic-disinterested Republican with no mask. It occurred to me – what if I wanted to draw the elephant with a mask; how would I do that? A mask is supposed to cover your nose. Would the elephant have a mask the size of a bed sheet? Would his mask have a hose-like extension for his trunk? If I drew anything like that, would it even look like a mask?

These are important questions for Republicans, but only if they are going to wear masks. Wearing a mask is effective in protecting others, not yourself, so it makes ideological sense why Republicans would not want to wear them … still, if MAGA Republicans did want to wear them, I’d be in cartoon trouble.

Here is the rough sketch for this one, that I drew on a piece of Cagle Cartoons letterhead.

Notice that I thought about drawing the elephant in a Fox News t-shirt, but I decided against it. FoxNews.com used to be a great subscriber to CagleCartoons, but they recently cancelled their subscription. That’s very disappointing and a giant step in their descent into hell.

This post got me to thinking, so I drew this …


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By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

6 replies on “Thinking of Michael Flynn”

I’m not an artist (I’m lucky if I can even draw a rectangle), but if you did want to “mask” an elephant (though as you note, the Republicans are very focused on unmasking (that of Flynn and of themselves))–could you draw two masks? One that covered their mouths and a tiny one that stretched to the end of their trunk? Maybe two masks would be confusing, but you’ve got some time to figure this out before the second wave of coronavirus hits. Two weeks?

Also, thanks for keeping your site open during this difficult time!

Not sure why you would come up with the “no mask” angle. I have seen zero Congressional Democrats with masks. And I have seen no concern on the part of Democrats about the pandemic other than bashing Trump. No matter what he does about anything, the great economy, reducing unemployment among all races, increasing border security, his quick actions on the pandemic, lowering taxes for all income levels, Democrats condemn him.

Stan Patscheck, you must be only watching Fox, as there has been some prominent pictures in the news, showing some Congressional Democrats in masks; Nancy Pelosi’s even matched her pink outfit.

I agree with Chris Bender’s suggestion of two masks and the thanks, which was offered, for keeping your site open during this horrendous time.

Stay home and inside.

STAN PATSCHECK comment on Trumps quick action on the pandemic made everyone here laugh and laugh.

As always a well thought out political cartoon. The contrast between everything is “fake”, and understanding the reality of world wide pandemic. The concern about protecting others to exposure, and the cockiness of believing you are invincible and rules only apply to other. Time will tell. No AK-15 will protect you against Covid-19. Critical thinking does not hurt any body, but flippant attitude and blaming others for what you are unable to understand has hurt millions through the ages. Watch cartoons from around the world, it will speak loudly without words the truth.

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