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Crafting the 2016 Elections in Ken Krimstein's Cartoonland

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on September 10, 2016
This article was updated on December 16, 2016

We asked cartoonist Ken Krimstein for his take on the 2016 Presidential elections. As the cartoons came in, they seemed like a single frame in one long black comedy: the current elections. His commentary is below each cartoon.

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For many in America, now is the autumn of our discontent. If it's not Hillary's pneumonia it's Donald's verbal diarrhoea. Which leads to a collective malaise, to say the least. From Augusta, Maine, to Zuma, Arizona, we're all feeling more than a little out of sorts, anxious, agitated, sullen, with bouts of mania and depression.

What's a country to do? Well, big pharma (like-it, hate-it, or just endure it) has a cure. Not Dr. Freud's "talking cure," (we're way beyond talking our way out of our problems), Dr. Feelgood's "taking cure." A little pill. Or three.

Hey, can you blame us?

Oh, and your fifty minutes are up.

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While many of us here in America are feeling confused, bemused, or worse, looking at the two choices the political machine have served up to us, one can only imagine what some illustrious bygone Yankees might have thought. Presidents carved into live mountain rock, to be exact.

One gets the feeling that whoever wins this year would not be welcomed as the "fifth" rock star at Rushmore.

Oh well.

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As November 8 approaches, and the debates continue, I find my artistic skills challenged by the insanity. So I had to take it up to the next level. I had to steal from a true master, Edvard Munch.

Ahhh...that's better.

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As everyone knows, Tuesday, November 8 is the big showdown. So, I imagine Wednesday November 9 will be kind of a big day for The Donald and Madame Clinton. Which made me wonder, what if The Don comes up short? He might be angry. You think?

And then I recalled he has said some, how shall I put it, 'awkward' things regarding nukes. He hasn't ruled out using them, on several occasions. He wonders, with his solid business sense, why we won't use 'em if we're making 'em. He's often boasted about his "unpredictability."

It seemed to me, as a cartoonist, that you just have to connect the dots, and well, he sees nukes as really really big firecrackers. Really big ones. Huge.

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