In the words of Charlie Brown, “Rats.”
Such may be the response of many Republicans to The Washington Post.
On Friday, the paper seemed to indicate a less-than-favorable view of the GOP.
Its editorial cartoonist, Ann Telnaes, crafted a comic of “All of the state attorneys general and U.S. Congress members who collaborated with President Trump in his attempt to subvert the Constitution and stay in office.”
Such depiction of said cohorts was accomplished by a generous display of long-tailed, sneaky-lookin’ rodents:
Published in the Washington Post today, all of the Republican state attorneys general and U.S. Congressman assisting Donald Trump in his attempt to overthrow an election. DEPICTED AS THE RATS THEY ARE!#MAGAIsCancelled #TrumpIsANationalDisgrace pic.twitter.com/a0emQgwyY9
— 🌊🇺🇸🌊𝓣𝓸𝓷𝔂(30 Days)𝓥𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓾𝓻𝓪🌊🇺🇸🌊 (@realTonyVentura) December 19, 2020
It wasn’t Ann’s first use of many a cat’s delectable delight:
Opinion | Trump’s rat’s nest
— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) November 3, 2020
We’ve seen the comparison elsewhere as well:
Not sorry to see him go. https://t.co/5cxA24uAvf
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2020
But some online noted a disturbing parallel.
Rats, they suggested, were a means by which to dehumanize.
And in the past, such employment hasn’t taken us to a wonderful place:
“According to researchers, comparing people to rodents is the language used before a Genocide happens.”
One post asked a startling question:
“The first newspaper is from Germany, the second from todays Washington Post. The snakes eat rats. Who are the snakes?”
As reported by The Daily Wire, in January, Ann suggested changing the Republican symbol from an elephant to a rat.
And in April of last year, over the issue of abortion, she drew Donald Trump as Satan.
Ann’s a very accomplished artist — she won the Pulitzer in 2001.
But she’s not known for a complimentary take on Red State representatives.
In December 2015, Ted Cruz released an ad in which he read “How Obama Stole Christmas” to his 7- and 4-year-old daughters.
In response, Ann drew the children as monkeys.
The cartoon was quickly kiboshed.
The animator defended her inclusion of the kids:
“When a politician uses his children as political props, as Ted Cruz recently did in his Christmas parody video in which his eldest daughter read (with her father’s dramatic flourish) a passage of an edited Christmas classic, then I figure they are fair game.”
Back to rats — and putting celebrated artist Ann and her intent wholly aside — it seems to me the general issue’s worthy food for thought.
As for removing one’s humanity, increasingly, that appears to be our political norm.
In this new atmosphere, no longer are people on opposite sides of the aisle Americans who happen to disagree. Conservatism seems in the process of being #Canceled on moral grounds.
Such a move can’t be good for the country, no matter the partisan direction it’s aimed.
The beauty of a land of liberty is that it’s one in which people can differ in view. Without that being the case, liberty ceases to exist.
Here’s to hoping we can change our direction.
Otherwise, in our race toward the elimination of opposition — the rat race, if you will — the very idea of America’s going to end up exterminated.