LETTER: A bad editorial cartoon decision
To the Editor:
I like the Daily Republic, am a subscriber, and frequently read the opinion page. However, I have to say the Daily really botched it in publishing its recent editorial cartoon portraying Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The cartoon shows Waters holding a gasoline can and a torch and calling for "mob action" against Trump supporters. This is both inflammatory on the part of the newspaper and false. Here is what Waters said. "Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere. We've got to get the children connected to their parents, . . ."
Now, I am not supporting Waters' statements, but we have a tradition of protest in this country and enjoy the right to petition our government over grievances and Waters' statements can be viewed in that tradition, just as Tea Party protests were eight years ago. More importantly from the standpoint of truthfulness, there is a huge difference between confronting a cabinet member to object to Administration policy and "mob action" against citizens supporting Mr. Trump, which is what this cartoon (and Mr. Trump) claims Waters was promoting. There is also no call for violence on the part of Waters, as portrayed in the cartoon. In publishing this cartoon, The Daily is lowering its standards and contributing to the divisiveness that this cartoon is supposedly criticizing. I hope the Daily does better in the future.