A syndicated comic strip carried in more than 700 newspapers nationwide lost one of its subscribers when a Pennsylvania paper dropped it over a cartoon published on Sunday that had a hidden message tucked away for President Donald Trump.
Suffice it to say, it was not a message of warm intent.
While it has become somewhat of a worn out phrase to say the president’s critics are “unhinged,” the opposition we see in this country by some toward Trump borders on sickness. A hateful obsession so deep and overriding that it’s fitting to call it Trump Derangement Syndrome.
And this is where the Non Sequitur comic strip comes into play.
In the bottom right corner of Sunday’s feature, which readers are encouraged to color themselves — a good sign that it’s a hit with liberals — an obscure message reads: “We fondly say go f–k yourself to Trump.”
The vulgar message is disguised as a signature line.
An image of the cartoon was tweeted by a social media user, along with the caption: “Here is the image of the Non Sequitur comic strip. With the oh-so clever Trump insult.”
Here is the image of the Non Sequitur comic strip.
With the oh-so clever Trump insult pic.twitter.com/rlHwKqbHFj
— Fran Warren (@FranWarren) February 11, 2019
Ron Vodenichar, the publisher and general manager of the Butler Eagle, which serves the Pittsburgh metropolitan county of Butler, was informed by a reader of the “vulgar sentiment,” as the paper described the message.
“A reader brought to our attention that one of the syndicated comic strips which appears in the Sunday Butler Eagle may contain a hidden message which was apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the creator of the comic strip or the syndication which controls it,” Vodenichar said.
“We apologize that such a disgusting trick was perpetrated on the reading public. The Butler Eagle will discontinue that comic immediately,” he added.
The question being will this be the only newspaper in America to do so? We’ll soon find out.
And while there may be a mystery over how the not-very-good cartoon is carried in some many newspapers, there’s less mystery over who’s responsible for the message.
The cartoonist, Wiley Miller, touted the “little Easter egg” left by the strip’s character, Leonardo Bear-Vinci, on Twitter.
“Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?” he tweeted.
Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?
— Wiley Miller (@TheWileyMiller) February 10, 2019
The irony of those who claim President Trump is little more than an out-of-control adolescent acting so juvenile in response is off the charts.
Here’s a sampling of online responses to the comic strip and it’s hidden message.
Nice catch. I normally like this comic even if it is liberal. Now it is on my forbidden list.
— Jack Williams (@MtMadeMan) February 11, 2019
Really stretching with this one…
— #Nightraindreamer (@AmayaAshlynn) February 11, 2019
I’m surprised you saw that in the child’s drawing lmao, who the hell drew and wrote that looks like crap even for a doodle and wtf kind of pigeon writing is that just freakin scribbles, you can definitely tell a libtards made this and really tried xD
— Klonoa (@Klonoa_) February 11, 2019
They throw it around like some badge of courage… “look at me, look at me!” Ridiculous
— ConservativeBostonian (@Willmar62) February 11, 2019
He’s been publishing cartoons attacking Trump SUPPORTERS for years. My local paper printed a letter from me about this. He wrote to me telling me I was trying to have him censored; I explained that he doesn’t understand what censorship is. (His Tweeter feed is vile, by the way.)
— UnderCover (@Pynch1999) February 11, 2019
Thats a pretty crappy illustration and not even remotely funny
— GreyTonka (@GreyTonka) February 11, 2019
Well as much as I dislike Trump and most everything he stands for, I can clearly read that and it’s very disrespectful. I hate that I agree with the decision to ban this comic strip, but I do. My issue that disrespect is destroying our country has to include both sides.
— Sue Manning-Hencley (@SueHencley) February 11, 2019
@argusleader @Argus_EditBoard Did this appear in your paper? If so, you owe the people of South Dakota an apology, especially for exposing our children to something so disgusting in a COMIC STRIP! I think the strip should be suspended for this profanity. https://t.co/bwYh9wp5FW
— Amy (@lafcity) February 11, 2019
It's not even good art. How did this potty mouth "cartoonist" even get published? https://t.co/iM4FBKvayZ
— Heidi Phillips (@JekyllNHeidi) February 11, 2019
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