Editorial cartoons from May 9, 2021: Herd immunity, Liz Cheney, need help


As the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine slows, this week’s discussion revolved around whether the goal of “herd immunity” is still achievable. Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of the population is immune to a disease through vaccination or infection, which effectively stops transmission. In the perspective of New York Daily News editorial cartoonist Bill Bramhall, Americans crawling towards herd immunity are being held back by vaccine reluctance.

Cartoonists also commented on Representative Liz Cheney’s precarious position. The Wyoming Republican appears to be ousted from the No. 3 leadership position in the House of Representatives for his stance on former President Donald Trump. Cheney voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan.6 insurgency on Capitol Hill. She continues to resist the “big lie” that Trump and the GOP are pushing, falsely claiming that Trump won the election. Cartoonists describe Cheney as a heretic and Trump as a false idol.

President Joe Biden’s economic plans are also the subject of several cartoons. Dana Summers forces Biden to raise corporate taxes, which has the effect of changing jobs. Walt Handelsman of The Times-Picayune and the Advocate (New Orleans) finds humor in the Help Wanted Sign Company by displaying a “Help Wanted” sign.

Other topics in the cartoons include election law in the states; Facebook’s failure to restore Trump’s social media account; and this weird photo of the Bidens with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.

The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.

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