The conservative media has smelled blood and is pouncing on Michael and The Washington Post.
LifeNews.com, “devoted to reporting news that affects the pro-life community,” went with rerunning the Tim Graham column calling de Adder “disgusting” in the headline. Including a fine picture of a smiling DeSantis juxtaposed with the state seal of Florida making sure the “In God We Trust” motto was clear.
The Post Millenial, “Your Reasonable Alternative,” wrote their own article about the cartoon:
One of the latest attacks on Governor Ron DeSantis and his anti-grooming bill is in the form of a Washington Post political cartoon that compares the Florida governor to a wicked queen giving poison apples to children, and appears to draw for its inspiration the photo of a dead, Syrian refugee toddler whose body washed up on Turkey’s shores in 2015.
The illustration, from Michael de Adder, shows Mickey Mouse and Snow White looking morose, seemingly imploring DeSantis, as he tells them he’s “protecting Florida’s children from you.” DeSantis holds a basket full of apples, emblazoned with the logo “don’t say gay,” which is the propagandist moniker Democrats have given the Parental Rights in Education law.
Fox News, “We Report, You Decide.” jumps on the bandwagon with an unbiased headline and subhed:
The image was intended to be a dig at DeSantis and what liberals have misleadingly referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which was recently signed into law by the Florida governor and focuses on parental rights in education, including a ban on school employees or third parties from giving classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade.
Fox then reports on the critical reception at conservative Twitter,
and ended by detailing other “sins” by the cartoonist:
This isn’t the first time de Adder, who is Canadian, has faced criticism over his controversial drawings. In January, he described Canadian truckers protesting strict coronavirus measures in Canada as supporters of fascism, and was fired in 2019 from a Canadian publisher over a drawing depicting then-President Donald Trump attempting to play golf around the bodies of dead migrants at the U.S. Southern border.