A publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada, has terminated its contract with cartoonist Michael de Adder after a drawing he did of President Donald Trump standing over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral on social media.
The drawing, which was posted on de Adder's Twitter account on June 26, shows Trump standing beside a golf cart, golf club in hand, looking down at the bodies of a father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross from Mexico into Texas. Trump asks, "Do you mind if I play through?"
The illustration is based off the searing photo of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying face down in the muddy waters of the Rio Grande, which has sparked outrage and become a focal point of the debate over asylum-seekers.
De Adder announced his termination from the newspapers owned by Brunswick News Inc. on Twitter.
"The highs and lows of cartooning," he wrote. "Today I was just let go from all newspapers in New Brunswick."
Brunswick News Inc. said in a statement on Sunday it is "entirely incorrect" to suggest the company canceled its freelance contract with de Adder over the cartoon.
— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) June 26, 2019
"This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media," the company said. "In fact, BNI was not even offered this cartoon by Mr. de Adder. The decision to bring back reader favourite Greg Perry was made long before this cartoon, and negotiations had been ongoing for weeks.”
De Adder said he was "not a victim" and that this was "a setback not a deathblow."
The New Brunswick native also said that he was still drawing cartoons for other publications, but was hurt that he would no longer be doing so in his four local outlets.'
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