Early this week, Plante was reading articles about the Trump administration’s chastising of Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, and “wondering why on Earth some folks believe a politician more than a highly respected physician.”
“I know if Donald Trump stood at the foot of my hospital bed, I would much prefer the medical advice of Dr. Fauci over any politician who calls himself a ‘stable genius,’ ” Plante said. (A recent New York Times/Siena College poll found that most voters agreed, as 67 percent said they trusted Fauci for information on the coronavirus, compared with 26 percent for Trump.)
So the cartoonist decided to depict Trump as a would-be doctor trying to offer reassurance while holding an upside-down covid-19 chart, as we “hear” the high flat sound of a patient flatlining.
The cartoon, published Wednesday, drew more than 200 comments on the World’s Facebook page. Some readers wrote pleas to heed Fauci’s advice, while others threatened to cancel their subscriptions over the World’s “liberal slant” and called it “biased media” and a “New York Times wannabe.”
“I can always count on the usual gang of Trump [supporters] to ‘liven up’ the conversation,” Plante said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist drew Trump wanting to flatten the curve of rising American trust in Fauci.
“I want to remind readers how incompetent, under Trump, our response has been,” the left-leaning Luckovich said. “This cartoon does that and shows that in this whole mess, the one person Americans trust is Dr. Fauci.”
“Trump trying to smear Fauci — instead of focusing on the virus — makes me feel pessimistic that we won’t get past this until Trump’s gone,” he said.
Here is how some other cartoonists are lampooning how Trump and Fauci can seem to be delivering different messages:
Jack Ohman (Sacramento Bee):
David Fitzsimmons (Arizona Daily Star):
Clay Bennett (Chattanooga Times Free Press):
Tom Toles (The Washington Post):