WILL THESE be the remarks that cause the walls of candidacy to come tumbling down?
The cycle has become so common, we can all plot the arc by now. Donald Trump says something so incendiary, it would typically torch most presidential campaigns amid a volley of apologies. Instead, though, the Donald refuses to offer mea culpas, returns fire by casting blame at his attackers, and then — like some political Houdini — continues to be the GOP frontrunner in the polls.
Latinos. Women. War veterans. People who have disabilities. Time and again, Trump attacks groups, but his campaign proves inflammable before the latest villagers with pitchforks.
Now, though, arrive the waves of criticism from both sides of the aisle, and from foreign shores, after Trump said he advocated a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. His own party’s leaders are distancing themselves, the White House says his stance “disqualifies” him from becoming commander-in-chief, and, as The Post reports, “in the space of a day, Trump’s role as a domestic political provocateur expanded to international agitator.”
Perhaps the only group that may have truly mixed emotions at this point is the nation’s cartoonists. That’s because Trump is comedy gray-gold, a walking bull’s-eye with a bouffant for caricature and mortarfire for a mouth.
Some cartoonists, like myself, invoked Nazi imagery. Others referenced the symbolic moon of Islam. And others drafted Obama into frame for comment.
Here’s just a handful of those eye-catching editorial illustrations: