Canadian cartoonist lost his job after Trump illustration goes viral

Vastavam web: A Canadian cartoonist has lost his job after his controversial illustration of US President Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants from El Salvador went viral, according to media reports. Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada.

De Adder’s illustration depicted Trump asking the two dead migrants, “Do you mind if I play through?” The cartoon refers to the image of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying face down in water surrounded by reeds. The two drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River to get into the United States.

He later clarified that he had technically been under contract to work for Brunswick News Inc., and was not an employee who could be fired, CNN reported on Monday. It said that de Adder never offered the Trump cartoon to the company and had already decided to “bring back” another cartoonist it said was popular with readers. “[N]egotiations had been ongoing for weeks,” it stated.

De Adder tweeted that he would bounce back from losing the job and that he just had to “recoup a percentage of my weekly income.” Wes Tyrell, President of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists, a professional group for artists, claimed that the Brunswick newspapers avoided Trump as a subject of its cartoons and de Adder “was doing them with regularity for the last couple of years, like any cartoonist.”