A tasteless political cartoon disgraced Roll Call’s cartoon page Tuesday morning, on the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The cartoon represents the World Trade Center buildings as ballot boxes, with a plane labeled “Russia” heading toward them in an attack. Yes, the cartoon compares supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 election to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Worse, in a Facebook post with the cartoon, the artist, R.J. Matson, wrote “Never Forget.”
In the September 11 attacks, 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 injured. Thousands of people continue to suffer from illnesses caused by the dust and debris of the attack on America.
The anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks ought to be a solemn day of remembrance of those who lost their lives in an attack on the freedoms and ideals America stands for. It shouldn’t be used to make political points or to promote a conspiracy theory about how Hillary Clinton lost an election because the Russians intervened for Trump to beat her.
What kind of sick person makes that comparison? What kind of publication runs that cartoon?
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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