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Sun May 12, 2019, 07:53 AM

Trump from "Mad" Magazine 1992

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This is a real comic that was published by Mad magazine in 1992.

Some were skeptical that Mad had really lampooned Donald Trump as far back as the 1990s, but it’s not really all that surprising. Although Trump wasn’t elected president until 2016, he had already been a public figure for most of his life. In fact, shortly after he became president,Mad released a book of previously published comics “chronicling his rise from obnoxious businessman to really obnoxious reality show host to uber obnoxious ‘Commander-in-Tweet.’” Cartoonist Garry Trudeau put out a similar book chronicling 30 years of Trump’s appearances in his “Doonesbury” comic strip as well.

Sam Viviano and Mike Snider created the 1992 Trump cartoon for Mad, which was published on page 26 of issue 3315. The Trump cartoon only made up a small portion of the “When Should We Believe…?” page, which featured various politicians, musicians, reporters, and other public figures giving contradictory statements.

Here is how the comic was introduced in 1992:

Sometimes people lie. Sometimes people tell the truth. But sometimes, people lie and tell the truth on the same subject at different times! (Like, for example, BEFORE and AFTER an election!) So, the question we out to be asking about these people is not the usual “Why should we believe,” but rather…. WHEN SHOULD WE BELIEVE…?


https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/1992-mad-magazine-trump/

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Reply Trump from "Mad" Magazine 1992 (Original post)
Cattledog May 12 OP
Sneederbunk May 12 #1
Honeycombe8 May 12 #5
Jimvanhise May 12 #2
mountain grammy May 12 #3
Honeycombe8 May 12 #4
Grokenstein May 12 #6
Paladin May 12 #7
FakeNoose May 12 #8
Mister Ed May 12 #10
LuckyLib May 12 #14
misanthrope May 12 #25
patphil May 12 #16
Nitram May 12 #19
dixiegrrrrl May 12 #22
Hekate May 12 #28
Dennis Donovan May 12 #9
dalton99a May 12 #11
UTUSN May 12 #12
Totally Tunsie May 12 #13
cp May 12 #15
IcyPeas May 12 #17
Nitram May 12 #18
FakeNoose May 12 #20
Nitram May 12 #21
klook May 12 #24
oasis May 12 #23
misanthrope May 12 #26
Aussie105 May 12 #27

Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 07:56 AM

1. Brokeahontas indeed?

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #1)

Sun May 12, 2019, 08:48 AM

5. Bill Maher said Elizabeth Warren should call Trump that. I agree! nt

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 08:38 AM

2. MAD 315

It is not issue 3315 it is issue 315. Snopes was sloppy this time.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 08:43 AM

3. A public joke, now president.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 08:47 AM

4. Great find! nt

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 08:53 AM

6. Should be printed on T-shirts...

...with the artwork updated to reflect TheDolt's current trim physique (/sarcasm)

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 08:56 AM

7. Mad magazine was nailing deserving targets, long before SNL. (nt)

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:59 AM

8. MAD Magazine is wasted on the kids who didn't get most of the jokes

I swear, the commentary that's been hidden in MAD all these years has been mostly right on the money. Most kids don't follow politics or current events, and I doubt they would know who Donald Trump was in the early 90's unless they were reading the WSJ (not likely). However it does show that the writers of MAD were on top of the story even then.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #8)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:29 AM

10. Don't be too sure.

I was an avid Mad reader when I was about eleven years old, and believe me, none of that material went over my head, or the heads of my buddies who were into that jolly old rag.

If anything, I was more politically and socially aware at that time than at any other time of my life. I could've named, off the top of my head, all of the members of the Chicago Seven, or all of the members of Richard Nixon's cabinet. I sure can't do anything like that now.

Mad informed me while giving me a chuckle, supplementing the newspapers I used to read every day. But all of that went out the window when I discovered girls...

Anyway, I'm glad the intrepid publishers of Mad kept up the good work in the ensuing years.

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Response to Mister Ed (Reply #10)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:52 PM

14. I read it early on as well. And was thrilled to find adults

producing a magazine that questioned authority and skewered the powerful. We even showed it to my conservative father and even he had to crack a smile!

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Response to Mister Ed (Reply #10)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:34 PM

25. Same here

I remember astounding adults that a 9 – 10 year old kid knew what was going on with Watergate, the players and crimes involved. Between the hearings on TV (when there were only the three major networks and public television) and MAD, I was completely up-to-date.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #8)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:13 PM

16. My friends and I read Mad Magazine back in the late 50's and 60's

From about age 12 on up.
We go the jokes.

Patrick Phillips

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #8)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:52 PM

19. M ad Magazine was probably read by more adults than children. But don't underestimate the ability of

children to get humor that is a comment on current events. I did as an eleven-year-old, and I got the "adult" jokes in The Rocky and Bullwinkle show, too.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #19)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:33 PM

22. from age of 12 on, I loved MAD mag,


would even spend my precious allowance on it.
the teachers, not so much. god help the kid caught passing it around in class.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #8)

Sun May 12, 2019, 11:21 PM

28. Never, ever wasted on kids! Kids outgrow slapstick and fart-humor, but the real stuff remains...

...imbedded in their memories and worldview. I have a feeling that any kid who was a MAD fan in the 1990s absorbed their take on Trump, was incredulous and amused that he became a reality-tv "star," and aghast when he became president.

I am Garry Trudeau's generation, so my childhood (that is to say, MAD) was far behind when Doonesbury began chronicling Trump, his yacht, his divorce from Ivana and his affair with Marla. Otherwise I never would have known who the clown was, since I live in California and not NY.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:15 AM

9. Trump figured prominently in my 1990 song "Earth Day"

When I was a boy I could run around all day
Until they took the oxygen away
They're killing med-flies in the valley with Agent Orange
Killing otters with oil in the bay

And Trump's building summer homes at the North Pole
Get a killer tan via the ozone hole

</snip>

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:46 AM

11. Kick

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 11:00 AM

12. People have been "on" to SHITLER forever but his sleaze gets him by. It will take PUTEEN to get him

out.






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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 12:54 PM

13. Jake Tapper also pointed out this a.m. that the show "Veep"

has predicted many of the tRumpisms we now see daily. An example: He showed a clip from one episode where the WH team was horrified, to the point of running down the halls, screaming that "The president is tweeting!".

Isn't "The Simpsons" also famous for predictions such as this?

Life imitating art.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:59 PM

15. Thank you

from a lifelong Mad fan

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:42 PM

17. the comedians/comics are ahead of the game

as they often are..... george carlin, bill hicks.

"many a truth is told in jest" shakespeare

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:49 PM

18. It is interesting how long it has been known that Trump is a whiney con man. How does he get away

with it?

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Response to Nitram (Reply #18)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:55 PM

20. Nobody told the rubes living in the flyover states

You know, those ones wearing the red MAGA hats?

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #20)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:58 PM

21. that's right! And they didn't read Mad Magazine because it was too sophisticated for them. They read

the National Inquirer instead, which was working for Trump.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #21)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:24 PM

24. MAD was always a mag produced by Jews from New York

with a madcap and irreverent sensibility — therefore not exactly mainstream enough for Middle America. It played a huge role in opening my eyes to the broader world that I might be part of one day.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:16 PM

23. Zing!!!

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:36 PM

26. This is what astounds me

It has never been a secret that Trump is a con man playing a financial shell game. You didn't have to be a deep news junkie to know it, just peruse a daily paper or watch TV news and the stories were all out there.

His game has been public knowledge since before the Clinton era began. How could someone NOT know?

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:45 PM

27. How could someone NOT know?

The uneducated, the ones not happy with their lives and expecting, hoping someone would come along and pave their street with gold?

I bet Trump fans never read MAD magazine, or the WSJ, or looked at the world beyond their own little patch.

Some people are easy to fool. Trump sold them a gilded pile of horse dung, and the smell never reached their nostrils.

MAD magazine - in my youth, I read it whenever I could. Taught me to look behind the superficiality of things. This magazine should be compulsory reading and discussion material in all schools.

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