By Walt Zlotow
The wise adage ‘If you apply lipstick to a pig…it’s still a pig’ surely applies to the Illinois congressmen Peter Roskam (IL-6) and Randy Hultgren (IL-14) efforts to legitimize unfit presidential candidate Donald Trump. Both have offered tepid endorsements of Trump that require applying more lipstick than can be produced by a Max Factor factory. Roskam is unintentionally hilarious when he boils down his support to making the election a referendum on Hillary Clinton and pondering Trump’s challenge of ‘communicating’ to voters their bright future under a Trump presidency. Roskam never utters the ‘will vote for Trump’ words his Sixth District Trump fanatics are clamoring for. Hultgren goes a tad further saying he’ll “support the Republican nominee” likening Trump to Oscar Wilde’s transgression ‘the love that dare not speak its name.’
Actually, pigs throughout America are horrified to be compared in any way with The Donald. Rather than applying lipstick to a pig, Roskam and Hultgren are attempting to apply respectability to a racist, xenophobe, misogynist, insulter of the disabled, and champion of torture and killing suspected terrorists without due process.
Thanks to the artist Jim Morin and to the Miami Herald for the cartoon