When Trump was running for president, I drew him in short pants. I drew and made fun of all the candidates; but he seemed like a schoolyard bully, so I gave him shorts. I took the shorts away when he bacame president, in part out of respect for the office, but also I wanted to give him a chance. I still have respect for the office of the presidency. Trump is now worse than a bully. .
As we approach the election, Trump is getting more divisive and hateful, primarily in what he says at his rallies and in his tweets, but it is leaking out into his regular speeches also, usually when he ad-libs from the teleprompter. His rhetoric is racist; he seeks to rally his base with hate and push them to the polls to vote out of fear. He defends the confederate flag and calls demonstrators thugs; he says “black lives matter” is a symbol of hate.
I don’t know what good it is to draw Trump as I did above, using his phone as a weapon to tweet out divisive rhetoric. Those that support him don’t care, maybe even like what he’s doing; those who don’t support him understand Trump’s tactics. But maybe visualization can speak louder, maybe by drawing it I can bring eyes — and hearts — to the problem in a way that an article might not.
Furthering the division in our country is something I have always said I won’t do with my drawings. But I think we have come to a point where seeing clearly what Trump is doing is more important than trying to be measured.