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Michael Ramirez
© Michael Ramirez

I’m not really sure what the cartoonist meant by this one, but for some reason I can’t stop laughing. What does this cartoon mean to you?



  1. zyvlyn wrote:

    It’s Michael Ramirez, so I’m sure whatever point he was going for was not thought out all that great in the first place.

    If I was to interpret it “a good cartoon” style, then I would say that the GOP thinks that after hollowing out the contents of their own heads with Trump, they are excited to use him as a weapon against their greatest nemesis, not quite understanding that it’s hard to fight someone when you’re already dead.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:37 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    I get that it is a take-off of this meme – – but there still seem to be several interpretations.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:41 am | Permalink
  3. Yudith wrote:

    I think it’s Russian roulette they’re playing. If the GOP survives this round, they hope Trump might kill Hillary’s chances to be president, but even this might not work and then it will be their turn again.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:55 am | Permalink
  4. Ralph wrote:

    My take on what Ramirez may be saying is that the GOP establishment realizes it’s all gone to hell for them (a la Trump) and might as well end it all, while the Democratic establishment is not far behind (a la Sanders).

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:20 am | Permalink
  5. john wrote:

    I am with Ralph on this one.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:37 am | Permalink
  6. ThatGuy wrote:

    I saw it as everyone who underestimates Trump ends up doing so at their peril, so Clinton is laughing now but in the general she’d be shooting herself? With Trump?

    At this point I was glad to see Zyvlyn’s post.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 6:54 am | Permalink
  7. Steve wrote:

    It’s an old joke about a man finding his wife in bed with another guy. She’s frightened when he pulls out a gun and threatens to shoot them and kill himself, but then points the gun at his own head

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:16 am | Permalink
  8. Iron Knee wrote:

    Steve, yes, I’ve heard that joke (and variations on it).

    My take on how this applies to the election is that Republicans are about to demonstrate (by shooting themselves) how potent a weapon they have in Trump, and right after that they plan on turning that weapon on Hillary.

    But is this making fun of the Republicans, or warning Hillary Clinton that it might kill her too?

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:54 am | Permalink
  9. Sqeaky Wheel wrote:

    The RNC is about to commit suicide with the nomination of the Donald.

    Hillary, doubled over in laughter, represents the DNC. The caption says it all quite plainly.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:26 am | Permalink
  10. zyvlyn wrote:

    Based on Ramirez’s political views, I doubt it’s making fun of republicans.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm | Permalink
  11. Iron Knee wrote:

    It is difficult to believe that this comic is sympathetic to Republicans.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Permalink
  12. Patricia wrote:

    Note that the gun is labeled Trump. So, you could imply that the weapon that kills the GOP would next be used to kill Clinton. The question remains: why would either of them choose to use that weapon against themselves?

    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:30 pm | Permalink
  13. Hmm wrote:

    The GOP made Trump possible. He’s using their platform, thus the symbolism of Trump being the gun and the GOP using it on themselves. The “you’re next” statement suggests they still believe themselves to be in charge.
    Hillary is bowing because this whole process is giving her the election.

    I don’t know, it seems pretty straight-forward to me. Just like it did to everyone else. 🙂

    Monday, May 16, 2016 at 8:32 am | Permalink