Analysis Of Donald Trump: The First Political Cartoon

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The first political cartoon to be introduced to America was Benjamin Franklin’s “Join or Die,” on May 9, 1754. Benjamin Franklin created this wood carved political cartoon to rally support to stop funding England’s war on the Indians and French. Since then political cartoons have become a popular way to communicate one’s opinions on American politics. Mark Bryan is a well known artist who has gained popularity over the past few years with his political cartoons. One of his most recent is titled, “The Nightmare,” and features Donald Trump as an octopus. A variety of objects can be used to symbolize various reasons why Donald Trump is an untrustworthy and corrupt president. Mark Bryan depicts the octopus to be holding nuclear missiles and an …show more content…
The fact that an unexperienced businessman has access to nuclear warheads can be unsettling, especially when one considers the presidents very clear viewpoints on “terrorist” countries and the people who originate from the specific countries. Mark Bryan uses pathos and logos to his advantage in this political cartoon in order to make people question the trustworthiness of Donald Trump. By bringing up the potential damage President Trump could do with nuclear missiles, for example, people begin to feel concerned and anxious about the stability of the president. After World War II, it became very clear to the whole world the damage a nuclear missile could do. The thought of another incident similar to this happening again can be unbearable to some because the people that died in 1945 were innocent women and children who had nothing to do with the war. The logos behind this political cartoon is also crucial to Bryan’s argument because logically no one would like to repeat event like the Holocaust or the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By making the tentacles hold the nuclear missiles, Bryan makes the viewer question if the people in charge should be allowing the President of the United States to flaunt the United States’ nuclear missiles for the whole world to …show more content…
Many Trump supporters would argue that political cartoons such as Bryan’s should be considered slander because they can have a damaging effect to the president’s reputation. However, Trump’s tweets from his personal Twitter damage his reputation just more than a political cartoon ever could. In one incident on February 22, 2018, Trump discusses what certain news stations have been reporting by saying, “I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to,” (Trump). A noticeable trend in Trump’s tweets are that anytime he gets a chance, he blames CNN and NBC for twisting his words and reporting “fake news.” Another example this is on February 20, 2018, when he says, “Bad ratings @CNN & @MSNBC got scammed when they covered the anti-Trump Russia rally wall-to-wall. They probably knew it was Fake News but, because it was a rally against me, they pushed it hard anyway. Two really dishonest newscasters, but the public is wise!” While our media in the United States must be taken with a grain of salt, Trump purposely singles out these two stations in his tweets. Instead of addressing the situation in a professional manner and not pointing fingers, Trump bad

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