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NOT FUNNY
Stephanie Gencheff | Marquette, MI | July 19, 2016

I am canceling my subscription of 20 years to my newspaper because of your rabid and unrelenting criticism of Donald Trump. Your strip is not funny at all. Shame on you for using your bully pulpit to influence people's opinions.

TOUCHED A NERVE
Rom | New Britain, CT | July 19, 2016

Wow! You must have really touched a nerve with Sunday's "I'm not a racist" wristband. All these Trump supporters complaining about you should read Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, to realize that there is a long history to Trump being Trump.

IRONIC
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | July 18, 2016

I was all set to comment this morning that even I am getting tired of the Trump bashing -- and I think the man's an idiot. It's so easy to take shots at his flaws that it's no longer fun. Then I popped into the Blowback section here, and realized that people are angrier at GBT for being critical of Trump than they are with Trump for being such an easy target. Basically, people are criticizing GBT for criticizing Trump, but are fine with Trump criticizing everyone else. Ain't that ironic? Well, it takes courage to stand against a mob mentality, so even though I'm weary unto death of the whole thing, GBT I support you. If you are getting people this worked up, you must be saying something they don't want to hear. Carry on. Not that you need my permission.

SCALPEL
John Michel | Charleston, SC | July 18, 2016

Some people just don't get it; that delicate scalpel so artfully applied and always right where it needs to be. I've been with you since the beginning, and plan on staying. Two thumbs up!

CONFUSED
Witewater | Brick, NJ | July 17, 2016

I am confused by the negative feedback regarding today's strip. There seem to be a great many people who are not happy about having a mechanism to indicate that they are not racist.

IRRESPONSIBLE
Nafiege | Houston, TX | July 17, 2016

I believe it is very irresponsible for a comic strip to become political. I am greatly offended by the word "racist," regardless of how it is used. As a person of color -- and guess what, we are all of color -- I believe we are all part of the human race. Boo on you.

BULLY CLUB
Sue S. | Norman, OK | July 17, 2016

Calling someone racist is just a liberal bully club. It is getting old and is not very effective.

RACISM
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 17, 2016

Science, as explained in Robert Altemeyer's book The Authoritarians (free PDF here) tells us that most of racism and several other hatreds can be identified using the Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) and Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) tests, and that no other scales are as accurate for the purpose. RWA measures the propensity to follow leaders uncritically, and SDO measures the belief that inequality is a positive good. It turns out that both scales also measure hypocrisy, dogmatism, and an inability to understand oneself, among other cognitive and moral faults. Thus your Not A Racist wristbands should actually do well in the Republican market. May I also suggest another: Angry White Lives Matter.

TRUMP
Chris W. | US of A | July 17, 2016

Is it difficult to make everything about Trump? Do you ever find it difficult to ignore everything else that's going on and write a simplistic joke about him? The word "Trump" appears 12 times on your main page, not counting today's strip. Just how much advertising do you think he needs?

NOT A RACIST
Larry Madden | Fort Smith, AK | July 17, 2016

Re today's "Not A Racist" strip: I am 63-year-old white man, married for 38 years, with three sons, all healthy and making their own way in this world. After 40 years in the Air Force I have learned many life lessons. The best was; think whatever you want, but be careful of what you say. Garry, you have a venue to express your opinion; most of us do not. So is it about being racist, or pure frustration with a government that is completely dysfunctional? Please take time to pause; your strip is powerful, but is it doing a disservice? God Bless America!

NOT CARTOONS
Josie Burns | Bethesda, MD | July 17, 2016

Your cartoons are not cartoons, and don't belong in the comics section. This is the Sunday funnies, and they are not funny anymore, just full of political views. It's not what I want to see on a relaxing Sunday morning. The media on TV has plenty of that stuff, thank you.

SHALLOW THINKING
Dave Eastwood | San Diego, CA | July 17, 2016

Just because Trump doesn't want illegal immigration doesn't mean he's a racist. I guess according to you anyone who is against illegal immigration is racist automatically, simply because most illegals are Latino -- a common theme advocated by pro-open border groups. Shallow thinking, sir.

ENLARGE
Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | July 17, 2016

Here on the main Doonesbury site the "Enlarge" button beneath today's strip does not seem to be working. Those wanting to see the strip in larger format can go here and use the "Zoom this strip" option in the dropdown just under strip, to the right. Sorry for the inconvenience!

30 YEARS AGO
Frank Light | Cincinnati, OH | July 15, 2016

Regarding today's 30-Years-Ago "Flashbacks" strip:  I was always a little sad that Zonker and Marcia never worked out as a couple.

TRUMP STRIP
Jane Reis | Clinton, AR | July 14, 2016

I loved Sunday's Trump strip. One problem, though. I think you made those "pointing fingers" too big. Thanks for the laugh; this one is going to hang on the fridge for a while!

YUGE!
Sherry O'Sullivan | Williams Lake, CANADA | July 11, 2016

A couple days ago I opened my front door and this huge box fell in. Down amid all the crushed paper and wide open spaces of its interior was my one small copy of Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump. I was filled with unbuttoned laughter. How appropriate -- yuge triumphant bloated presentation, and prescient, hilarious, and scary reality. Thanks, GBT! And thanks, Amazon, for your marvelous joke.

STUMBLED UPON
John Benjamin | Dayton, OH | July 11, 2016

Loved your Washington Post interview with Michael Cavna, about Trump, which I stumbled upon after reading yesterday's strip. I really enjoy your work! Here is to hoping we won't be neighbors in Quebec come November.

TRUMP
David | Waltrop, GERMANY | July 10, 2016

In today's comic Trump is wrong about one thing when he says, "I have twice as many positions as other politicians, okay?" Because while he has both "for" and "against" checkmarks on many issues, Clinton rarely registers even a single definite checkmark due to equivocating. The end result is the same: there is no basis to vote for either candidate based on issues. At least Sanders was willing to state consistently where he stands on issues.

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | July 10, 2016

To be fair to Mr. Trump, his flip-floping on positions is hardly unique. Clinton, too, has flip-flopped (sorry, "evolved") on many issues. With very few exceptions, this is standard operating procedure for the grasping egomaniacs on both sides of the aisle that we keep being presented as the two evils from which to choose the lesser of, each election cycle. Do I trust Trump? Nope. Not for a second. I trust Clinton for about the same amount of time. I'd be safe until either decided there was a gain -- however small -- to be made from selling me out.

ONE THING
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | July 10, 2016

I think today's strip about Donald Trump would've been funnier if there were one thing in the list that he hasn't changed his mind about, e.g., "People should come to my hotels."