Texas Gov. Rick Perry is disgusted with the Sacramento Bee for publishing a political cartoon linking his push for less regulations to the recent fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 and he’s demanding an apology.
“The Sacramento Bee published a disgusting ‘cartoon’ mocking the deadly explosion in West. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won’t stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans. I have written the editor and asked that they apologize to the citizens of West,” Perry wrote on his official Facebook page, according to CNN.
The cartoon was published Thursday, the same day President Obama joined the governor and others at a memorial for the victims.
“Publishing this on the very day our state and nation paused to honor and mourn those who died only compounds the pain and suffering of the many Texans,” Perry wrote.
As to be expected, CNN reports, the paper defended the cartoon.
“Jack Ohman’s cartoon of April 25 made a strong statement about Gov. Rick Perry’s disregard for worker safety, and his attempts to market Texas as a place where industries can thrive with few regulations,” said Stuart Leavenworth, the paper’s editorial page editor.
“It is unfortunate that Gov. Perry, and some on the blogosphere, have attempted to interpret the cartoon as being disrespectful of the victims of this tragedy.”
You be the judge.
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