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APPALLING
Ed Buell | Mission Viejo, CA | July 23, 2016

Mr. Trudeau, I am sorry but I cannot read or stand your liberal comic strip any more, I am aware that you have the freedom of speech in this wonderful country, but the exaggerations of Trump are appalling. I always thought freedom of speech was supposed to have some truth to it! I have chosen to cancel my subscription to the L.A. Times because of the extreme liberal views that have not been fact-checked. The more people that do this, the more chance that there will be people out of a job. Consider that!

PERSPECTIVE
Randi | Auburn, CA | July 22, 2016

When we lose the ability to laugh at our politics, we've lost a lot. I'm far from tiring of political jokes when the facts they're based on are constantly replenished every day. If we can't laugh at the outrageous behavior our culture has accommodated -- and even encouraged -- we would indeed be repressed. I look forward to reading GBT and Jack Ohman on a regular basis. Bravo to both of you and all others who use humor to cast enlightening perspective on silly behavior from leaders of the free world who should know better.

IF YOU'RE COMPLAINING
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | July 20, 2016

Some of the recent BLOWBACK criticisms of GBT's Trump strips reveal subtle evidence that the writers do not know much about Doonesbury, GBT, or for that matter, Trump. It would appear that this is the year that our education system finally plays its role in the election: our failure to instill genuine curiosity in our people, and our failure to teach them how to identify fact and fiction, or how to tell them apart, will finally pay off for those who have managed to cut funding to education and to legislatively hog-tie teachers who would take a lead position in actually teaching, rather than adhering to the rules that prevent them from doing so.

Of course, I can't blame people for not knowing about Doonesbury. If you weren't reading it 40 years ago, you wouldn't know the amazing history of GBT beating news to the punch over and over again. You probably wouldn't have read the words of bureaucrats who checked Doonesbury first to catch the pulse of the nation, before facing the Beltway drama another day. More than a few just needed to know if their names appeared in Doonesbury, so they'd know how to spin their words. And the strip hasn't always appeared in the newspaper comics, but often appeared on the editorial page, where many editors felt it was more suited, for its powerful ironies that kept us all glued to it for decades.

There was Doonesbury in the morning, Johnny Carson in the evening, and in between was a potluck barrage of newscasts. Today's DB is no less accurate or funny than before, it's just that hard truths penned in sarcasm have never been easily swallowed by those they skewer. If you're complaining about GBT, chances are you're one of the folks who most need to hear him. We're on a dangerous precipice at this moment in time, and anyone who can make a difference needs to try while it is still possible to stop what feels like a train rushing toward a bridge out over a canyon. We have not recovered from the Bush administration's reckless adventures into Constitution-wrecking and war. I doubt that we will survive what Trump has in store without severe reconstruction of America.

IN THE UK
Linda R. | Colchester, UK | July 20, 2016

I'm a bit surprised at the number of people that think a cartoon strip shouldn't be political. In the UK, Doonesbury appears in the Guardian alongside Steve Bell's If..., which in its treatment of our politicians makes this strip like a love-in! Please carry on, Mr Trudeau.

TAKING POTSHOTS
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | July 19, 2016

I can sympathize with those who have had it up to here with pundits, and cartoonists, taking potshots at Trump. But the fact remains that GBT does it so well.

NOT FUNNY
Stephanie Gencheff | Marquette, MI | July 19, 2016

I am canceling my subscription of 20 years to my newspaper because of your rabid and unrelenting criticism of Donald Trump. Your strip is not funny at all. Shame on you for using your bully pulpit to influence people's opinions.

TOUCHED A NERVE
Rom | New Britain, CT | July 19, 2016

Wow! You must have really touched a nerve with Sunday's "I'm not a racist" wristband. All these Trump supporters complaining about you should read Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, to realize that there is a long history to Trump being Trump.

IRONIC
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | July 18, 2016

I was all set to comment this morning that even I am getting tired of the Trump bashing -- and I think the man's an idiot. It's so easy to take shots at his flaws that it's no longer fun. Then I popped into the Blowback section here, and realized that people are angrier at GBT for being critical of Trump than they are with Trump for being such an easy target. Basically, people are criticizing GBT for criticizing Trump, but are fine with Trump criticizing everyone else. Ain't that ironic? Well, it takes courage to stand against a mob mentality, so even though I'm weary unto death of the whole thing, GBT I support you. If you are getting people this worked up, you must be saying something they don't want to hear. Carry on. Not that you need my permission.

SCALPEL
John Michel | Charleston, SC | July 18, 2016

Some people just don't get it; that delicate scalpel so artfully applied and always right where it needs to be. I've been with you since the beginning, and plan on staying. Two thumbs up!

CONFUSED
Witewater | Brick, NJ | July 17, 2016

I am confused by the negative feedback regarding today's strip. There seem to be a great many people who are not happy about having a mechanism to indicate that they are not racist.

IRRESPONSIBLE
Nafiege | Houston, TX | July 17, 2016

I believe it is very irresponsible for a comic strip to become political. I am greatly offended by the word "racist," regardless of how it is used. As a person of color -- and guess what, we are all of color -- I believe we are all part of the human race. Boo on you.

BULLY CLUB
Sue S. | Norman, OK | July 17, 2016

Calling someone racist is just a liberal bully club. It is getting old and is not very effective.

RACISM
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 17, 2016

Science, as explained in Robert Altemeyer's book The Authoritarians (free PDF here) tells us that most of racism and several other hatreds can be identified using the Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) and Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) tests, and that no other scales are as accurate for the purpose. RWA measures the propensity to follow leaders uncritically, and SDO measures the belief that inequality is a positive good. It turns out that both scales also measure hypocrisy, dogmatism, and an inability to understand oneself, among other cognitive and moral faults. Thus your Not A Racist wristbands should actually do well in the Republican market. May I also suggest another: Angry White Lives Matter.

TRUMP
Chris W. | US of A | July 17, 2016

Is it difficult to make everything about Trump? Do you ever find it difficult to ignore everything else that's going on and write a simplistic joke about him? The word "Trump" appears 12 times on your main page, not counting today's strip. Just how much advertising do you think he needs?

NOT A RACIST
Larry Madden | Fort Smith, AK | July 17, 2016

Re today's "Not A Racist" strip: I am 63-year-old white man, married for 38 years, with three sons, all healthy and making their own way in this world. After 40 years in the Air Force I have learned many life lessons. The best was; think whatever you want, but be careful of what you say. Garry, you have a venue to express your opinion; most of us do not. So is it about being racist, or pure frustration with a government that is completely dysfunctional? Please take time to pause; your strip is powerful, but is it doing a disservice? God Bless America!

NOT CARTOONS
Josie Burns | Bethesda, MD | July 17, 2016

Your cartoons are not cartoons, and don't belong in the comics section. This is the Sunday funnies, and they are not funny anymore, just full of political views. It's not what I want to see on a relaxing Sunday morning. The media on TV has plenty of that stuff, thank you.

SHALLOW THINKING
Dave Eastwood | San Diego, CA | July 17, 2016

Just because Trump doesn't want illegal immigration doesn't mean he's a racist. I guess according to you anyone who is against illegal immigration is racist automatically, simply because most illegals are Latino -- a common theme advocated by pro-open border groups. Shallow thinking, sir.

ENLARGE
Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | July 17, 2016

Here on the main Doonesbury site the "Enlarge" button beneath today's strip does not seem to be working. Those wanting to see the strip in larger format can go here and use the "Zoom this strip" option in the dropdown just under strip, to the right. Sorry for the inconvenience!

30 YEARS AGO
Frank Light | Cincinnati, OH | July 15, 2016

Regarding today's 30-Years-Ago "Flashbacks" strip:  I was always a little sad that Zonker and Marcia never worked out as a couple.

TRUMP STRIP
Jane Reis | Clinton, AR | July 14, 2016

I loved Sunday's Trump strip. One problem, though. I think you made those "pointing fingers" too big. Thanks for the laugh; this one is going to hang on the fridge for a while!