House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan to support its democratic aspirations, heightening diplomatic and military tensions with communist China. Editorial cartoonists saw it as either standing up to Chinese bluster or as fracturing America’s “One China” policy that preserves the status quo.
Steve Breen, in the main gallery image, draws Pelosi throwing a pie between the eyes of a dragon representing China. Confronted with a fire-breathing dragon, Walt Handelsman’s Pelosi says, “Yawwwn, I deal with dragons every day at home. Michael Ramirez says the woman China really fears is democracy, symbolized by the Statue of Liberty fashioned by protesters in Tiananmen Square before their movement was crushed. Nick Anderson places Pelosi in front of a column of Chinese tanks in another visual reference to Tiananmen Square. Dana Summers draws Pelosi inserting herself between “one” and “China”.
In other news, The first vote on an abortion measure since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade took place in Kansas. Voters rejected an attempt to remove the right to abortion from the state constitution. Bill Bramhall and Anderson summoned footage from “The Wizard of Oz,” which is set in Kansas. Mike Luckovich draws women in red dresses in a voting booth with the title “The maids strike back”.
The cartoonists also commented on the $49 million damages verdict against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defaming the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre by falsely claiming he it was a hoax; the CIA drone attack in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, a senior al-Qaeda leader who helped plan the 9/11 attacks; the monkeypox epidemic; the economy; and the deaths of NBA legend Bill Russell and former Los Angeles Dodgers and MLB announcer Vin Scully.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and Steve Breen, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.