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POLITICO is being criticized for publishing a tone-deaf cartoon mocking the religious faith and political views of Houston residents in the aftermath of the flooding. The cartoon, drawn by artist Matt Wuerker, depicts a family sitting on the top of a house amid rising floodwaters on the verge of being rescued by a helicopter. One of the people calls the helicopter an &8220;angel, sent by God,&8221; to which the rescuer then sneers that he&8217;s in the Coast Guard and sent by the government.
POLITICO shared the cartoon in a since-deleted tweet:
The cartoon remains on their site.
FWIW &8212; while the Politico deleted the cartoon link on twitter, it&8217;s still up on the site https://t.co/FxkKtDAxBF
— Al Weaver (@alweaver22) August 30, 2017
Oooooh, don&8217;t cut yourself on that edge there, POLITICO. Sheesh.
I mean, this is beyond tasteless, and it&8217;s almost sickening how nobody thought to themselves &8220;hey, maybe this is a bad idea!&8221; during the drawing, publishing, and tweeting process. Now is not the time. Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding didn&8217;t discriminate based off of religion, political views, or skin color. Further, a person&8217;s political views, religion, or skin color don&8217;t make someone any more or less worthy of being rescued from a flood, by either a private boat driven by the Cajun Navy or by the U.S. Coast Guard. This isn&8217;t too challenging of a concept.
People did not hold back on their criticism of Wuerker:
— Michael Q Sullivan (@MQSullivan) August 30, 2017
— elisabethlehem (@elisabethlehem) August 30, 2017
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) August 30, 2017
Politico deleted your cartoon tweet, @wuerker. Take the L and move on.
— neontaster (@neontaster) August 30, 2017
People are still drowning and being plucked for their roofs. Harris County went to Hillary in 2016, not that it matters at all now
— Shelby Webb (@shelbywebb) August 30, 2017
Notice how @wuerker put the confederate flag on the guy&8217;s shirt&8230; going for the &8220;They&8217;re all a bunch of racist hicks&8221; look. Classy.
— ConservativeBlackMan (@Thomasismyuncle) August 30, 2017
Wuerker claimed on his Twitter that the cartoon was only meant to target &8220;secessionist&8221; Texans, not Texas as a whole.
Respectfully&8212; it&8217;s making fun of the Secessionist movement. Not at all aimed at all Texans. https://t.co/aI4RxRNjFm
— Matt Wuerker (@wuerker) August 30, 2017
But come on.
This is insane. Maybe hold the hot takes and political jabs until at least the flood waters recede. It&8217;s not hard to be a decent human being.
LifeNews Note: Christine Rousselle is a web editor with Townhall.com.