He tried to warn us.
Ever since the release of the first Trump-for-President trial balloon in 1987, Garry Trudeau, the prescient, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Doonesbury, has been sounding the alarm about Donald Trump. For 30 years, he has been tirelessly spotlighting the allegedly unsavory career of the most “unfit” candidate to ever covet that famous tear-down on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“People tell me I should be flattered,” was Trump’s initial response to his appearance in Doonesbury, but the boasting didn’t last long. Before long, he’d moved on to confusion (“Most people are like me; they don’t comprehend what Trudeau’s trying to achieve”), followed by blatant inconsistency (“Actually, I don’t read his stuff”), wishful thinking (“It seems very few people read what he writes”), whining (“It’s too bad that he’s allowed to write this garbage”), and a torrent of name-calling (“sleazeball,” “third-rate talent,” “jerk,” “total loser”).
Now assembled for the first time are all the strips which have given The Donald such fits over the years. Just in time for the political conventions comes Yuge: 30 Years of Doonesbury (Andrews McMeel Publishing) highlighting Trudeau’s skillful, laser-focused and wickedly funny satire of all things Trump.
Yuge! captures the big guy in all his glory. Not a symptom of sociopathic tendency is overlooked – the egomania and narcissism, the bullying and misogyny, the arrogance and recklessness, the utter lack of empathy – as Trudeau’s Trump is entangled through the years with the cast of Doonesbury, including such memorable story arcs as: Duke’s stint as captain of Trump Princess, the “$37 million floating playpen,”; JJ’s painting of its gaudy interior; Boopsie’s tryout as hostess for Trump: The Game Show; Zonker’s enrolling at Trump University; Rev. Sloan’s puzzlement over Trump’s evangelical support; and much, much more.
Some sequences eerily echo reality; in fact, uncannily foreshadow it. But this chronicle of America’s dysfunctional dance with The Donald, presented through the unparalleled pen of a master through Doonesburywill delight those who would rather laugh than cry at the current political landscape.
Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump/ISBN: 978-1–4494-8133-9/ Paperback 8.5 x 9, 112 pages. – USNewswire