Did this cartoonist go too far with his political statement? A Canadian cartoonist has lost his freelance contract with a newspaper after he tweeted an illustration that showed President Donald Trump golfing over the bodies of two drowned migrants.
Michael de Adder, a political cartoonist defended his actions and claimed that he lost the contract because of the Trump image. The company he was employed by disputes his allegation.
“This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media,” Brunswick News Inc. said in a statement on Sunday.
The cartoon was posted on de Adder’s Twitter account on June 26 and depicted Trump standing over a recreation of the photo of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying in the the Rio Grande.
“Do you mind if I play through?” the cartoon reads.
Brunswick News said that the decision to bring back another cartoonist had been made “long before this cartoon.”
The artist, however, insisted that his firing was politically motivated.
“Does it matter if I was fired over one Donald Trump cartoon when every Donald Trump cartoon I submitted in the past year was axed?” he tweeted.
“It got to the point where I didn’t submit any Donald Trump cartoons for fear that I might be fired.”
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