Jon Richards, cartoons
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Political cartoonist Jon Richards has an old school style but a new school sensibility. Whether he’s skewering Republicans or Democrats, he always has a sharp eye for the political hypocrisy of the moment. Here are a few of our favorite Richards cartoons of 2021.

Matt Gaetz, insurrectionists

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Republicans in Congress Vie for Kyle Rittenhouse’s Services

Yes, it’s true: Republicans are ready to compete to have Kyle Rittenhouse as a congressional intern. Quite a few were making him offers even before he was acquitted of murder in the fatal shootings of protesters in Kenosha, WI.


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(Some) Vaccines Are for Losers

Republicans are taking herd mentality to a new level, even if it means they’ll never have herd immunity.

Originalists, constitution

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Voter Suppression: As American as Apple Pie

From state capitals, to Capitol Hill, to the Supreme Court, the new champions of “election integrity” cast themselves as defenders of an old American tradition.

COVID-19, Republicans

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The Grim Reaper Becomes the Life of the Grand Old Party

Talk about a death panel — while congressional Republicans equivocate or oppose vaccinations, the new delta variant wreaks havoc among their conservative base.

GOP, hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

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This Elephant Wants You to Forget

​​Even as the nation marks the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, GOP leaders in more than half a dozen states want to ban schools from discussing the continuing impact of historic, systemic racism.

George Floyd, Derek Chauvin

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Tears of Relief for George Floyd

A measure of justice in Minneapolis — a rare case of a white police officer convicted for murdering a Black man.

Ron Johnson

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Wisconsin Senator on MAGA Riot: If You’re White, It’s All Right

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said he wasn’t worried by the armed Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol, but if it had been Black Lives Matter protesters, or antifa, it would’ve been a different story.

voter suppression

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When ‘Election Integrity’ Really Means Voter Suppression

Republican lawmakers in more than three dozen states are proposing more than 250 bills to restrict voting access.

GOP, rescue package, Mitch McConnell. Susan Collins, Mitt Romney

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Mitch McBumble

Will this story have an (Oliver) Twist ending?

Donald Trump, Fifth Avenue

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Trump’s Smoking Gun

Back in 2016, Donald Trump infamously said: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” How about now?

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