Your pilot today is Captain Trump

Here’s today’s Doonesbury, courtesy of reader jsp, and, though I am weary of those on Facebook who put up comment after comment about the perfidy of Trump (enough already!), I couldn’t resist posting this one:




  1. Posted September 18, 2016 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I wish Trump would go back to saying “bigly”. It’s so much better than “big league”, which is a rather ugly expression. Sad that he yielded to the idiot journos on this particular issue.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted September 18, 2016 at 8:03 am | Permalink

      Indeed. He has a cromulent way with words.

      • Posted September 19, 2016 at 6:55 am | Permalink

        I don’t know if you’re being ironic, but I’m not. The attack on trump inner the use of “bigly”, which is a legitimate word (appears in dictionaries, and is in any case grammatically sound), was imbecilic. I hadn’t known journalists as a group were quite that stupid.

        • Mike
          Posted September 19, 2016 at 7:17 am | Permalink

          It certainly suits his character.“loudly, boastfully; proudly, haughtily, pompously”.

          • Posted September 20, 2016 at 4:23 am | Permalink

            He’s a lifelong salesman whose pastor was Norman Vincent Peale, so that’s only to be expected. His own preferred word is “braggadocious”, another excellent English word that’s better than the tedious slang that most bottom-feeding journalists would choose instead.

  2. rickflick
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    We’re all on board the ship of state. Hold on to your seat cushions.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 18, 2016 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      As Bette Davis might say, fasten your seatbelts it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      Were the Donald to be elected, we’d all be clambering for our dropdown oxygen masks, grabbing our flotation devices, and assuming the position.

  3. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I still can’t quite get past Trudeau’s shameful Charlie Hebdo comments, but this is pretty funny. Usually his stuff leaves me cold but Trump is such an extraordinary vehicle for satire that his absurdities have the potential to enliven any sketch/comic strip/stand-up routine, etc.. Private Eye’s Craig Brown did a parody of Trump’s Twitter timeline a few months ago which was particularly good.

    Of course, as ripe a source of material as he is, he’s still an incredibly humourless, insecure, arrogant, populist tosser whose elevation to the hot seat would be a disaster for western democracy. So not that funny in reality. And becoming progressively less funny as the gap between him and Clinton disappears.

    • petruska
      Posted September 18, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Cartoonists hate popular presidents who are immune from satire.

      • Posted September 18, 2016 at 9:14 am | Permalink

        Well, George W. Bush certainly wasn’t immune from satire when he was president, esp. by Trudeau.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted September 18, 2016 at 9:47 am | Permalink

          Poppy Bush came in for his lumps, too — especially once he placed his manhood in a blind trust.

          • Saul Sorrell-Till
            Posted September 18, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

            “placed his manhood in a blind trust”? What does that mean(I was six when Bush sr came into power. The references go over my head.)? It sounds frightening.

            When I was younger if we saw some deep, dark hole – maybe dug in the ground by some animal, or carved into some old statue – we’d dare one another to stick our arms in, all the way. Is it a bit like that?

            • rickflick
              Posted September 18, 2016 at 11:45 am | Permalink

              That’s a cute story. If I have it right, Garry Trudeau used that term on Bush in his strip. Basically, if I have it right, Bush appeared as lacking courage and conviction and wished to be liked more than respected.

              “The conservative Mr. Will and the liberal Mr. Trudeau continue to be the President’s sharpest and most relentless critics. Mr. Will scathingly refers to the President as ”George the Good” and ”the weather vane of the Western world.”

              Mr. Trudeau paints Mr. Bush as ”the phantom of the West Wing” and recently had one character jog another’s memory by saying, ”You know, the leader of the free world, tall guy with a dopey grin, likes horseshoes, puppies, up to his eyeballs in the Iran-contra scandal.””

              • Diane G.
                Posted September 18, 2016 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

                Those are hilarious!

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted September 18, 2016 at 11:46 am | Permalink

              This was an running gag in Doonesbury throughout the GHW Bush years, dating to his time as Reagan’s VP. You can access the strip that served as the trope-starter here.

              These strips did what Doonesbury so often does so well — cross the wires on two distinct currents running through American culture and watch the sparks fly. In this instance, they were GHWB’s making a big deal, when he announced as a national candidate, about placing his family fortune in a “blind trust” so as to avoid a financial conflicts-of-interest; and his utter inability to ever stand up to his boss, Ronald Reagan — the so-called “wimp factor.” (As one wag observed, Bush Sr. was so deferential around Reagan that, when the two appeared in public together, Bush would adopt a “reverential Episcopalian tilt.”)

              Trudeau and the Bushes, pere et fils, had a long and often-acrimonious history, dating back to their college days together in the 1960s. Yalies, huh?

              • Saul Sorrell-Till
                Posted September 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

                Ah, okay. Nothing to do with his penis then. I can wipe that particular scenario from my memory banks.

                Thanks. Most of my knowledge of American politics of the eighties has been gleaned from early episodes of The Simpsons. Therefore I know that someone said ‘where’s the beef?’ and it got put on bumper stickers, that Mondale vs Hart was a thing, and that Mad magazine used to ‘really give it to Spiro Agnew’.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted September 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

                Oh, I’m pretty sure the double entendre was quite intentional on Trudeau’s part.

                Sounds like you’ve picked up all the last-quarter-of-the-20th-century politics you’ll ever need. My kids got a lot of their same history from the Simpsons, too — well, that, and my occasional rants.🙂

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    And that the gap has narrowed considerably is worrisome & embarrassing. It is incredible to believe that so many are planning to vote for a narcissistic and known racist clown.

  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    It’s a good comic strip, but I can’t help but think that you really needed to add kittens along with it.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted September 18, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      The one on the left has Trump’s hair too.

      Maybe that’s where the heartless bastard sources it! For shame.

    • Posted September 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Hoist with my own petard!

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted September 19, 2016 at 4:24 am | Permalink

      Awww – I feel better already.

  6. Derek Freyberg
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately my local paper (San Francisco Chronicle) didn’t print the first two frames, though usually they print the whole eight. I think they lost the essential boorishness of Trump by the omission.

    • Posted September 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      That’s absurd and unconscionable censorship! Those two panels mock Trump’s penchant for ogling attractive women as well as his sexism. They’re a vital part of the strip.

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 18, 2016 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      That’s a common practice for many newspapers and many comic strips. Not all of the former, apparently, allow room for the whole strip.

  7. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Online you can of course now find a number of Trump insult generators and speech generators. They work well, but I find myself to be too weary of the man to play with them much.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 18, 2016 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      “…I find myself to be too weary of the man to play with them much.”

      Indeed, and note that just watching the daily news clips is essentially the same thing. Enough is enough. Now, where are those kittens…

  8. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I note the letter T all over the headrests. Trump Airlines implied?

  9. cherrybombsim
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    In a rational world, the last panel would be an empty plane.

  10. W.Benson
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    It took me three frames to get it. I must be slow.

  11. Paul Manson
    Posted September 19, 2016 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Slightly off-topic as far as the comments are concerned, but firmly rooted in the actual cartoon, I was previously a military air traffic controller and more than once I listened to pilots complaining about the lazy ****s in the tower who couldn’t be bothered answering the radio when, in fact, we couldn’t reply because the pilot’s fat thumb was stuck on the transmit switch. If they were on the ground we sent the crew of a fire engine to wave frantically at them; if they were in the air we just waited patiently until they took their finger off the switch and in the ensuing embarrassed silence quietly said, “Apologies for the delay, someone was transmitting”.

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 19, 2016 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

      So funny!!

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