Editorial cartoons from September 4, 2022: Mar-a-Lago documents, Gorbachev’s death, Labor Day


The legal battle has continued over classified documents removed by the FBI from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida last month.

Trump has asked a federal judge to appoint a neutral third party to sort through documents the government says contain national security secrets, while the Justice Department said it has already done so. In the main editorial cartoon gallery image, Walt Handelsman juxtaposes the former president’s struggles with NASA’s mission to send an uncrewed rocket to the moon and return it to Earth.

Bill Bramhall and Drew Sheneman comment on South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham’s prediction of “riots in the streets” if Trump is indicted, turn around Republicans who criticized Black Lives Matter protesters for violence and property damage. Nick Anderson spins Trump’s wheel by changing excuses for having classified documents in his possession. Michael Ramirez sees the root of Trump’s problems as… Trump himself.

In other political news, Ramirez and Scott Stantis call out President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $500 billion in student loan debt. Summers criticizes Biden’s ‘soul of democracy’ speech as divisive. Joey Weatherford weighs in on the latest Hunter Biden laptop twist involving Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The cartoonists also commented on the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the Russian leader who presided over the breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War; a new gun law in New York that establishes “gun-free zones”; returning to school and the office; the anniversary of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan; the California electricity crisis; and Labor Day.

The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and Steve Breen, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.

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