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CRITICIZING
T.A. | San Antonio, TX | November 17, 2016

I wonder if you realize that in Trump's USA you will be among the first imprisoned for criticizing the President. Sainted Founder John Adams was able to make it a crime to do so in print. Although this was ruled unconstitutional I fully expect a Trump administration to try again.

WOW
Roberta | Henderson, NV | November 16, 2016

Surveying the strips featured on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page today, I see that: 45 years ago there's a typewriter on the secretary's desk; 40 years ago, there a phone with a cord on Rick's bedstand, and a TV with bunny ears in Ginny's kitchen; 35 years ago there's both a typewriter and a desk phone with cord on Rick's desk; 20 years ago there's a pager on Mike's belt. Wow. They really are Flashbacks!

MIKE AND RUFUS
M.R. Carey | Lancaster, PA | November 14, 2016

Re the Flashbacks Page strip with Mike and Rufus from November 14, 1971: Miles Davis as Attorney General is looking pretty good right now. Even if he is dead.

STUMPED
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | November 11, 2016

In a difficult week for you and the world I've enjoyed the goings-on at the minimum security facility. Today's punchline left me stumped -- but through the miracle of Dr. Google I now remember Robert Bork. Take care in the days and weeks ahead.

THE BRIGHT SIDE
Bob | Portland, ME | November 09, 2016

On the bright side, GBT's next Trump book won't take 30 years to compile. Assuming books are still legal.

COMFORT
Barb B. | Bend, OR | November 09, 2016

Thank you for your video selection today, Americana Awards: "The Weight." It is giving me comfort as I am in grief and shock today and am struggling with the realities of the election.

A BIG UNKNOWN
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | November 09, 2016

Doonesbury from 40 years ago today shows us the hazards of drunk voting and admonishes us to cut out the strip to save it for 1988. Oh, I wish Trudeau had said "and also for 2016." At this moment about half the people in the USA feel like their world is spinning, out of control and into an abyss. I'm sure some of the third party voters are now asking themselves "Whatever was I thinking?" It's a big unknown, and we'll only come to know it one day at a time, living with our choices, but we're Americans and we've been through worse and survived. We'll do it again. We can use this unprecedented moment to unite the country and learn how we can fix it. That's all I know to do. Learn. Change. Act.

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC
George S. | Jupiter, FL | November 07, 2016

Today's video -- "Teddy Bear's Picnic" --  kinda wraps up the whole last two years.

HIT HOME
Ken Bennett | Yakima, WA | November 07, 2016

I was a medic in CuChi in 1968/1969, and your recent strip really hit home for me. Thanks for your concise comments. We won't forget.

IF
Alix | Pawtucket, RI | November 06, 2016

If (heaven forbid!) Trump actually wins this Tuesday, it won't be for GBT's lack of trying. Bless you, sir.

BOARD GAME
Pete Freeman | Leeds, UK | November 06, 2016

Today's Donald Trump board game is brilliant, absolutely amazing. I want one! Whatever it is that Mr Trudeau does to keep his mind ablaze with such inventiveness, I wish he'd pass the secret on.

PORTMANTEAU WORD
K. DeWitt | Dohuk, IRAQ | November 02, 2016

I have been ignoring the American election as much as possible, but there has been some leakage. After reading the recent Blowback post about Trump's possible new word (that wasn't) I thought I'd share a portmanteau word I thought I heard on the TV news (having failed to hit the mute button fast enough): "Trumpus," combining "Trump" and "rumpus." As in, "That is just another Trumpus."

TRUMP
Jim Murtagh | Los Angeles, CA | November 01, 2016

I just realized that Trump may be the first presidential candidate you have pictured as a person. No symbol, no waffle, no helmet. Maybe Trump is his own iconic symbol!

The last thing I do every night is to check if the next day's strip has been posted yet. We need you badly. Keep up the great work.

ENLIGHTENED
Patricia Henry | DeKalb, IL | October 30, 2016

I am so grateful. All this time I thought Trump had invented a new obnoxious word, "bigly," as a synonym for "huge." Thanks to today's strip I realize he's actually been saying "big league." Not since I discovered that Creedence Clearwater Revival was singing about "a bad moon on the rise" and not "a bathroom on the right" have I felt so enlightened.

JEREMY
Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | October 26, 2016

I find Jeremy Cavendish to be a very unsympathetic character. On too many occasions he has behaved like a cad, such as boasting about his relationship with Lacey Davenport after her death, and the way he questioned her relationship with Alice P. Schwartzman. He may appear to be an innocent klutz, but to me it's all an act.

DIAGNOSIS
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | October 25, 2016

I'm a psychologist, but not a clinician, so diagnosing Donald Trump is beyond my competence -- but let me try. Trump's behavior shows clear sociopathy as well as flaming narcissism, but he lacks the superficial charm characteristic of these disorders and has no sense of humor. He seems to have no empathy, but also no sense of self. My people use the concept of "theory of mind" to explain our ability to see ourselves as well as others, and assume it is part of human genetic endowment. I think fetal Donald Trump was somewhere else the day that got handed out.

MISOGYNISTIC SOCIOPATH
Jenny Marshall | Seattle, WA | October 25, 2016

Thank you, Garry. I loved your Sunday strip. As a Mental Health Counselor I couldn't understand why someone wasn't calling him out for what he is; a mysogynistic sociopath with an anger problem and a trigger finger -- the last person we want in charge of our nuclear weapons! Don't worry about him suing you; there's enough evidence in the DSM-V that you could get a million psychologists to back you up. Good work.

PERSPECTIVE
Scott Jacobsen | Hamilton, CANADA | October 23, 2016

I see you are finally going after HRC today -- "lies like a sociopath." It's good to see some perspective.

THE DONALD
Jenny Wettersten | Grand Rapids, MN | October 23, 2016

Ah yes, a referendum on mental health (The Donald's). But rather than being a sociopath, I think he has NPD (narcissistic personality disorder), with some histrionic and antisocial features to be sure!

WHOM
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | October 21, 2016

Re today's Classic strip: "From whom, bro?" Yes! Proper use of "whom"! Grammar lives!