It didn’t take long for cartoonist Matt Wuerker to draw up his hot take on the devastating flooding in Texas, although Politico quickly pulled his panel showing a man in a 10-gallon hat and a Confederate flag shirt mistaking the Coast Guard for angels.
If you want to know what .@politico thinks about the victims of #Harvey, here is the cartoon they just tweeted, then deleted. pic.twitter.com/9cr0Ne2Z06
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 30, 2017
Wuerker was shocked that people didn’t get it, and that he was making fun of the secessionist movement, not Texans in general. It didn’t matter, as editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had offered a strikingly similar hot take:
08/30 Mike Luckovich: Pleez hep! https://t.co/ye7yUcRSey pic.twitter.com/rlazALvn28
— mike luckovich (@mluckovichajc) August 29, 2017
Secessionists, anti-government militia … what’s up with the people of Houston that we don’t know about? Good thing the New York Times was there on Monday to keep fueling the fire, publishing a piece on Texans’ “distrust of Washington” colliding with their need to federal aid post-Harvey.
Bette Midler certainly had a strong reaction to the piece (or at least the headline), retweeting it with the admonition, “No aid for them!”
If this is how they feel, then no aid for them! In Texas, Distrust of Washington Collides With Need for Federal Aid https://t.co/eH6pkwsaKb
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 5, 2017
No aid for those republicans.. but what about the people who did not vote for them ?
— Rfotofolio (@Rfotofolio) September 5, 2017
Hmm … that is problematic. How to properly distribute aid money to the “right” people while punishing the bad ones who voted Republican? Maybe Midler should just follow Linda Sarsour’s instruction and donate to progressive political groups under the guise of Harvey relief.
Fine, we can stop sending money to DC then? https://t.co/kN6YusISiH
— Heather (@hboulware) September 5, 2017
Bette believes that feelings determine access to federal tax monies you have paid into. https://t.co/301IfHJEta
— SuzanneElizabeth (@Suz_Eliz69) September 5, 2017
Please tell me more about your tolerance & compassion as a caring liberal. It intrigues me…. ? https://t.co/7pRpIgskjn
— Attila the Honeybun (@TimMansplainsIt) September 5, 2017
When you want people to suffer because you don't like their politics, Exhibit 5,325. https://t.co/rklUY6wqVE
— Mo Mo (@molratty) September 5, 2017
How heartless do you have to be to tweet something so disgusting? https://t.co/WGaxqGIm74
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) September 5, 2017
Surely someone in your circle of advisors is smart enough to realize this was asinine…. no? https://t.co/Bt204yizUI
— TheDorMouse (@DorMouseSez) September 5, 2017
Distrust of government is actually healthy and has deep roots in our history, if you knew any.
You're a garbage person posing as human. https://t.co/hDE4GG1Cvm
— Miss Science Paper (@LilMissRightie) September 5, 2017
Bette doesn't care about you. Luckily, Texans and true Americans are helping each other right now. https://t.co/HH94nAE5Mt
— tim (@Timerican) September 5, 2017
We are not dependent on the Government. If some of the aid we pay comes our way then great. If not, we will survive. #Texas
— Richard Ember (@richardember) September 5, 2017
1) You actually have real living suffering fans in Texas. Your callousness towards them is sickening.
2) We'll take care of them. https://t.co/JjJto4DrXD
— josh (@tokenjosh) September 5, 2017
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