From Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist whose acclaimed Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump blew up the bestseller list, comes the sequel millions prayed would be unnecessary. #SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump(Andrews McMeel Publishing, September 2018, $16.99) tracks the shocking victory, the inept transition, and the tumultuous eternity of POTUS’s First 500 Days.
Featuring Doonesbury Sunday cartoons selected from the past three years, #SAD! chronicles the before, the after, and the now of Trump’s presidency. As with Yuge!, Trudeau’s signature on-target satire is eerily accurate and hauntingly relevant. From ceaseless Twitter rants, bullying tirades, hyperbolic self-raves, and cringe-worthy misspellings, #SAD! presents a remarkably precise depiction of POTUS behavior and the unfortunate current political climate.
How to respond? As Trudeau notes in the preface: ” . . . just because two-fifths of the country are still in the thrall of a humungous con ‘like no one’s ever seen before,’ doesn’t mean that the rest of us—appalled, disenfranchised, writhing in embarrassment for our country—should forgo the comfort of laughter. At this benighted moment, it’s all we have.”
We may not have imagined we’d be in this moment, but thankfully Trudeau provides a respite for the remaining three-fifths— stunned, dismayed, but vastly entertained.