This past week I attended the Australian Cartoonists’ Association’s annual convention in Canberra, Australia. As you might expect, my Australian colleagues are a very friendly group on a personal level, but they take their roles as an integral part of a free press and democracy seriously, consistently aiming a critical pen toward their prime minister and representatives.
And in case you didn’t think these cartoonists notice what’s happening in the United States, here’s a small selection of the view from down under:
“Trump was avoiding denunciation of neo-Nazism, which was gaining expression under his watch. I thought about how his golfing epitomized his avoidance of, and lack of regard for, the responsibility of his office. As I scribbled a golf scene, the triangle of the flag suggested the KKK hood to me. There was my cartoon.” —Cathy Wilcox, Sydney Morning Herald
“Bringing together the ideas of Twitter diplomacy, nuclear proliferation and Trump’s notorious thin skin left me with the delicious image of the provocative Kim Jong Un and the Don that’s all bark.” —David Rowe, Australian Financial Review
“I drew this cartoon in response to the White House accidentally referring to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the ‘President of Australia’ on its website. Turnbull happens to be one of the co-founders of the Australian Republican Movement, which is focused on making Australia an independent republic, so he would’ve probably been quite flattered by the mistake — even if the White House press secretary, then Sean Spicer, called him ‘Mr. Trumble.'” —Christopher Downes, freelance, Tasmania