by Jack Ohman / Sacramento Bee / WPWG 2019 (by Jack Ohman / Sacramento Bee / WPWG 2019 )
Writer/artist

It was a nine-minute sales pitch to secure $5.7 billion. And it had many of his signature moves.

On Tuesday evening, with the Oval Office as backdrop, President Trump spoke directly to the American public in an appeal to get funding for his U.S.-Mexico border barrier — the sticking point that brought about the nearly three-week-long government shutdown. So how did it go?

Trump’s performance was “forceful” yet “fact-challenged,” The Washington Post reported. The president characterized conditions along the border as “a growing humanitarian and security crisis,” though he stopped short of formally declaring it a national emergency.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders accused Trump of fearmongering in order to stir up support for his border wall.

Here is how some cartoonists are rendering judgment on Trump’s performance.

Clay Bennett (Chattanooga Times Free Press):


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Kevin Siers (Charlotte Observer):


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R.J. Matson (Cagle Cartoons):


by R.J. Matson / CagleCartoons.com 2019 (by R.J. Matson / CQ Roll Call / CagleCartoons.com 2019 )

Tom Toles (The Washington Post):


by Tom Toles / The Washington Post 2019 (by Tom Toles / The Washington Post 2019 )

Nick Anderson (WPWG):


by Nick Anderson / WPWG 2019 (by Nick Anderson / WPWG 2019 )

Nate Beeler (Columbus Dispatch):


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