John Cole Cartoons

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune’s editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.

Feel the love

Feel the love

Trump’s televised Oval Office address Tuesday night amounted to little more than a recitation of now-familiar stump-speech half-truths and misstatements. It marked the first time that a president had used the occasion solely to push a political pet project rather than an actual national emergency (and, no, the situation at the Mexican border does not constitute such, despite the administration’s xenophobic fear-mongering).

Overall, Trump’s performance was notably low-energy. Maybe he just can’t muster the bluster without an auditorium filled with his chanting supporters. The address itself was filled with graphic descriptions of gruesome crimes committed by illegal immigrants, and with odd rhetorical twists. To my ear, the weirdest was the Orwellian bit equating wall-building to an act of love. It’s fairly clear at this point that Trump knows no love greater than that for himself.

2018 in cartoons: Scranton, Lackawanna County & Pennsylvania

2018 in cartoons: Scranton, Lackawanna County & Pennsylvania

The year in news was dominated by the Scranton School District’s ongoing financial and legal problems, and by a bombshell state grand jury report that detailed the degree to which Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses went to conceal priests accused of sexually assaulting children. Also in the mix: The GOP’s efforts to preserve its congressional and legislative gerrymanders, prosecutions began of Lackawanna County Prison guards accused of sexually assaulting female inmates, a Wall Street banker from New Jersey tried to unseat an incumbent congressman, and county commissioner Laureen Cummings remained quotable on everything from bike baths to medical marijuana.

      

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John Cole has been The Times-Tribune's editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.