Canadian cartoonist Michael de Adder has been fired by the publishing company Brunswick News, Inc. (BNI) following an anti-Trump cartoon that depicted President Donald Trump playing golf near the drowned bodies of two migrants.
The cartoon depicts Mexican migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter lying face down in the water after trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas. Carrying his golf club, Trump is depicted saying, “Do you mind if I play through?”
De Adder’s contract with BNI was terminated on June 28. Discussing his firing on Twitter, the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based de Adder posted that two of his Trump-related cartoons “went viral” — and the most recent “went supernova.” De Adder explained that after he was “let go,” the cartoons that BNI “already had in the can were not used. Overnight, it was like I never worked for the paper. Make your own conclusions.”
BNI, however, is denying that de Adder was fired because of anti-Trump cartoons. “This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media,” BNI said in an official statement, complaining that it had been planning to replace him with another cartoonist for weeks.
Cartoon for June 26, 2019 on #trump #BorderCrisis #BORDER #TrumpCamps #TrumpConcentrationCamps https://t.co/Gui8DHsebl— Michael de Adder (@Michael de Adder) 1561569469.0
But in the past 2 weeks I drew 3 Trump cartoons. 2 went viral and the third went supernova and a day later I was l… https://t.co/YKGeCB405g— Michael de Adder (@Michael de Adder) 1561960896.0
De Adder’s work has been appearing in four different publications in Canada.