Politico deleted a tweet on Wednesday with a cartoon showing a victim of Hurricane Harvey being rescued by a federal government emergency responder.
Drawn by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Matt Wuerker, the cartoon showed a person being rescued from a flooded-out house with a secessionist sign while wearing a Confederate flag shirt. A “Don’t Tread On Me” flag is also pictured.
A rescuer in the cartoon points out that the helicopter rescuing people from their flooded homes was sent by the federal government.
Politico deleted the tweet after many conservative pundits and writers at right-leaning websites criticised the cartoon, saying it was insensitive and shamed victims of the hurricane.
Wuerker defended his cartoon, arguging that the cartoon skewered secessionists and those who disparage the federal government writ-large while taking its services for granted.
Wednesday’s cartoon wasn’t the first time critics have admonished or mocked Wuerker.
Journalist Farhad Manjoo once described the Politico cartoonist’s style as “a clichéd, pox-on-both-your-houses approach.”
Neither Politico nor Wuerker returned Business Insider’s request for comment.
.@POLITICO deleted their tweet of this heinous cartoon mocking the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Here it is for your viewing displeasure: pic.twitter.com/mqQHmGDGTo
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) August 30, 2017
Just trying to point out times like this we’re lucky to have rescue services. Don’t see how this takes away from private individuals heroism https://t.co/Tk4xCqyV0v
— Matt Wuerker (@wuerker) August 30, 2017
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