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Friday, March 24, 2017
Jeff Danziger
Danziger on Trump's threats against Republicans who vote no

Danziger: The Art Of The (Trumpcare) Deal

Donald Trump always presents himself as a tough guy, so Danziger isn’t surprised by reports of presidential threats against House Republicans who have declined — for varying reasons — to line up behind his Obamacare repeal push. Nearly three dozen of them seem poised to call Trump’s bluff.

March 23, 2017
Danziger's waterfall

Danziger: Going Down!

The crashing chaos and nonstop prevarications of the Trump administration require fresh literary interpretation every day by journalists and cartoonists. Resorting to the waterfall metaphor, Danziger is no exception.

March 23, 2017
Danziger warns French not to reject Dutch example

Danziger: That French Paradox

A nation that has given the world some of its greatest art, literature, philosophy, culture, cuisine, and couture now seems poised to endorse fascist politics — but only, warns Danziger, if the French are too foolish to follow the saner example set by the Dutch.

March 20, 2017
Danziger draws "War"

Danziger: The Draft Dodger’s Budget

Everyone knows that Trump evaded the Vietnam draft due to alleged “bone spurs” in his heels — and no doubt Danziger, a Vietnam vet, scorns the president’s militaristic overcompensation. His absurd budget would fatten “War,” drawn in the style of the late great Herblock, and flatten “Diplomacy,” which helps keep our kids in uniform from getting killed.

March 16, 2017
Danziger on Scottish anger over Brexit

Danziger: Turning The Caber On Brexit

Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun the process that will conclude in her country’s exit from the European Union, Danziger notes that the Scots are again contemplating their own exit from the United Kingdom — a turn of the caber that London won’t applaud.

March 15, 2017
Danziger trolls Conway

Danziger: Paranoia Strikes Deep

In her zeal to defend Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway argued that the government could spy on people through their microwave ovens — a scenario Danizger imagines she might even take the trouble to demonstrate.

March 13, 2017
Danziger on Trump's inherited mess

Danziger: ‘A Fine-Tuned Machine’

While Donald Trump often whines (or tweets) about the “mess” he “inherited,” Danziger scrutinizes the new administration — and notices that not much blame can be laid on Barack Obama for its unappetizing disarray.

March 12, 2017
Danziger puts Kislyak on the couch

Danziger: A Hot Couch Potato

Russia experts tell us that leading figures in Moscow get most of their ideas about America from the news. So Danziger surmises that Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, might well mimic Kellyanne Conway, the presidential adviser who put her feet up on an Oval Office couch. Then again, he’s probably too smart to imitate her.

March 8, 2017
Danziger on Carson slavery gaffe

Danziger: A Nation Of Immigrants, Mostly

Did Trump appoint Ben Carson to his cabinet so he would look smarter? Or to benefit cartoonists like Danziger? The housing secretary’s recent description of African slaves as “immigrants” will be hard to top, but that will never stop Carson from trying.

March 7, 2017
Danziger on Trump's evolution

Danziger: Blood In The Face

Every day, in every way, Donald Trump is getting…crazier and crazier, as Danziger cannot help noticing. Just like the rest of us, he wishes it were not so. Unlike the rest of us, the artist can express the sense of growing trepidation about the commander-in-chief, and perhaps that eases the tension. Probably not.

March 6, 2017
Danziger on Obama wiretap

Danziger: A High Wire Act

Nobody creates fake news as effortlessly as Donald Trump, whose “wiretap” canard against Barack Obama swept the news with a few tweets. But sustaining fakery without evidence is harder — so Danziger offers a new method: the cartoon as documentary proof.

March 5, 2017
Danziger on immigrant ballplayers

Danziger: The Immigrant Sport

If you follow baseball (or beisbol), you know that the American pastime is and always was enriched by immigration. So the Trump hostility to immigrants, as Danziger observes, is also bad for baseball — yet one more aspect of the president’s policies that is (*cough*) alien to our way of life.

March 2, 2017
Danziger on pachyderm paranoia

Danziger: Pachyderm Paranoia

How can the elephant — a sublime creature, legendary for its memory and probity — remain the mascot of a political party that now relies on amnesia and duplicity? Don’t worry, because Danziger has an appropriate fix.

March 2, 2017
Danziger on British Parliament dumping Trump

Danziger: The (Formerly) Special Relationship

In America, Donald Trump’s popularity may be plumbing historic lows for a new president, but across the Atlantic he is still more widely disliked — especially, as Danziger notes, among our British cousins. So negative is the public reaction to Prime Minister Theresa May’s invitation for a Trump state visit that he has postponed it until next October.

March 1, 2017
Danziger on Trump's club shakedown

Danziger: Billionaire Boys Club

The White House no longer operates as in Lincoln’s time, when literally anyone could walk in to speak with the president. But as Danziger observes, if you have 200 large to join one of Trump’s exclusive clubs, you may be able to walk in and chat up the grifter-in-chief.

February 27, 2017
Danziger on Bannon and immigration

Danziger: The Chicken Guts Of Wrath

What would happen if Steve Bannon – or anyone in the Trump White House – told the truth about undocumented immigrants and the jobs they perform? What would they say? Danziger wonders, too.

February 27, 2017
Danziger on Reince Priebus and FBI

Danziger: The Second Time As Farce

In the drama of Watergate, the Nixon White House was brought down by the coverup — notably its attempt to stymie the FBI. Similar maneuvers by the Trump White House in its current distress are sufficiently blatant and ridiculous to inspire a Danziger tableau.

February 26, 2017
Danziger ont the littlest bully

Danziger: The Littlest Bully

In Danziger’s vision, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is the kind of small-minded Southern politician who brandishes “state’s rights” as an excuse to bully unpopular minorities — in the latest instance, defenseless trans kids needing to use a bathroom.

February 24, 2017
Danziger on the future of the National Guard

Danziger: Always Ready, Always There!

A draft memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security, indicating that the government may soon call up National Guard units to detain and deport undocumented immigrants – not exactly what most Guard personnel enlisted to do, as Danziger notes. But if ordered to tear immigrant families apart, at least they can offer the usual excuse.

February 22, 2017
Danziger draws Pence as the wheelman

Danziger: Driving Mister Donnie

In Danziger’s view, poor Vice President Mike Pence has all the dignity of a servant or sidekick — or an abused chauffeur — who enables his loud-mouthed boss to embarrass him everywhere they go. Sad!

February 21, 2017
Danziger pictures Bannon in Trump's chair

Danziger: His Al Haig Moment

It is all too easy to picture Steve Bannon — the extremist advisor to Trump — grasping White House authority in the memorable style of Alexander “I’m in control here” Haig. Which is why Danziger drew him that way.

February 21, 2017
Danziger on sanctuary cities

Danziger: First, They Came For The Immigrants

In Trump’s America, Danziger foresees that moment when the phrasing of Pastor Niemoller will again burn with relevance: First, they came for the immigrants…

February 19, 2017
Danziger on Nixon in Hell

Danziger: Abandon All Hope

There was once a president who attacked the news media, surrounded himself with fascist-minded thugs, and left office facing impeachment. Now dead, he way well reside in hell, as Danziger suggests. But contemplating the current occupant of the Oval Office, Republicans may still recall Richard Nixon with nostalgia.

February 17, 2017
Danziger on Daddy's girl

Danziger: Daddy’s Girl

If you’re a senior staffer in need of presidential approval amid the cut-throat intrigues of the Trump White House, Danziger recommends buying and wearing some of “Ivanka’s stuff.” (It worked for Kellyanne Conway.)

February 16, 2017
Danziger sees parallels to Frankenheimer's paranoid classic

Danziger: Brainwashing Would Explain A Lot

As a cineaste, Danziger can’t help noticing the echoes of John Frankenheimer’s paranoid classic in the Cold War thriller now emanating from the Trump White House. Brainwashing would explain a lot.

February 16, 2017