Newspaper drops syndicated comic strip after hidden ‘Go F yourself’ message to Trump slips by editor

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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.”

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.

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.

Tom Tillison


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