Politico mocks Texas hurricane victims, southern Christians in vile political cartoon

A political cartoon published by the left-leaning Politico mocks Texas hurricane victims and southern Christians as stupid racist hayseed hicks who yearn for secession, Breitbart.com reported.

According to Breitbart:

In the vignette, an overweight white Christian in a cowboy hat, sporting a shirt made of the Confederate flag, thanks God for sending “angels” to save his family from Hurricane Harvey. A member of the rescue team corrects the man, telling him, “Er, actually Coast Guard… sent by the government.”

Politico chose to run the cartoon by Matt Wuerker just as countless southerners, many of whom are devout Christians, are trying to salvage their homes and lives from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused unprecedented damage including more than two dozen deaths and 30,000 displaced persons.

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The Washington Examiner explained:

Behold, the collection of lazy Texas stereotypes. Big cowboy hats and boots, a Gadsden flag and a secession banner? All that’s missing are comically oversized cigars and something labelled “oil.”

Secondly, the cartoon reveals an understanding of Christian theology that would make even a child laugh. Third, it suggests that Houston, which is still reeling from the catastrophic damage brought on by Hurricane Harvey, is a hotbed of weirdo, backwoods secessionists. This may come as news to the city that voted 54 percent in favor of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Fourth, the cartoon would seem to suggest incorrectly that all rescue efforts are being carried out by the Coast Guard. This is wrong. Houstonians have done an amazing job so far of assisting and rescuing one another, as have outsiders coming from other states. This isn’t to detract from the Coast Guard’s efforts, but only to say that the people of Texas have also made major contributions.


Politico yanked a tweet highlighting the offensive cartoon after a number of people complained about Politico’s blatant anti-Christian bigotry, Breitbart said.  But the cartoonist highlighted it on Twitter, saying, “Praise the Lord, and call the .”

Wuerker got hammered for his cartoon:

One person said Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country and observed that many of the rescues were conducted by average Texans using their own trucks and boats:

As you may recall, Democrat Hillary Clinton, the most evil person ever nominated to the White House by a major party, told America that half of Trump’s support base consisted of bigots who should be placed in a “basket of deplorables.”


One person gave Wuerker a short and succinct response:

And by publishing this horrific cartoon, Politico told the country what it really thinks of average Americans.

One person asked:

The “why” is fairly easy.  Liberals like this hate average Americans and people with whom they disagree.  As I first noted in February 2011, liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate.  That hatred has been on full display since the November election.

It’s beyond despicable.

One person summed up the cartoonist by saying:

It sure seems that way.

One person told Wuerker that Harris County usually votes Democrat:

In fact, Houston’s mayor is a Democrat…

That’s because there is no humor — it’s nothing but hatred.

Sadly, that’s what we’ve come to expect from the left.

Newsbusters’ Kyle Drennen noted:

…For his part, Wuerker has taken to Twitter in a desperate attempt to excuse his insensitive depiction of the deadly natural disaster. “Just trying to point out times like this we’re lucky to have rescue services. Don’t see how this takes away from private individuals heroism,” he feebly explained. Moments later, he claimed: “Respectfully — it’s making fun of the Secessionist movement. Not at all aimed at all Texans.”

“As a political cartoonist, I try to get people to think – to consider the ironies and subtleties of the world we live in. This cartoon went with an extreme example of anti-government types – Texas Secessionists – benefitting from the heroism of federal government rescuers,” Wuerker told the Washington Examiner.

“It of course was not aimed at Texans in general, any more than a cartoon about extremists marching in Charlottesville could be construed as a poke at all Virginians,” he added. “My heart is with all the victims of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction and those risking their lives to save others.”

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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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