The White House senior adviser who worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and was the first to draw the president’s signature political cartoon has slammed it as “not credible” and said it “couldn’t have been done in a more partisan environment.”
The cartoon, depicting Trump in his trademark tie-dye shirt and cowboy boots, drew a swift backlash from some of the president-elect’s supporters and allies and drew the ire of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said it was “an insult to the memory of people that have been shot and killed by police.”
The drawing was meant to mock Trump, who was mocked for his signature slogan, “Make America Great Again,” and was also known for his controversial tweets, including a “grab ’em by the pussy” remark in 2016 that prompted his impeachment.
But in a tweet on Tuesday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus slammed the cartoon for its depiction of Trump as “the most anti-American president in modern times,” calling it “a cheap, partisan distraction.”
Trump, Priebus wrote, “has chosen to go it alone.
He has refused to accept any other candidate for the presidency, including Hillary Clinton or any of the other contenders.”
In a tweet that was retweeted by Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Priebus added that he was “totally against this cartoon.”
“If we are serious about America and its future, this cartoon should not be part of our country’s electoral process,” Priebus wrote.
“The cartoon could not have been better timed, given how quickly the country has moved to the left on so many issues.”
The image of Trump, wearing a tie-dyed shirt and boots, in a white suit and tie, has been a focal point of his political campaign and has sparked his frequent rants against what he sees as a media establishment that he says is out to get him.
Trump has been repeatedly criticized for drawing the cartoon in the first place, particularly by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who mocked the campaign for using the cartoon as a distraction.
Trump himself has said that the drawing was intended to be satirical and not to be taken seriously.
“It’s not really a cartoon,” Trump said in a March 2017 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“I drew it for a reason.
I thought it was a very funny thing.
The whole world hates’The drawing is not the first time that the White House has used a political cartoon to mock the president. “
When I look at it, it’s so ridiculous, and it’s ridiculous, but it’s not a cartoon.”‘
The whole world hates’The drawing is not the first time that the White House has used a political cartoon to mock the president.
In February, the administration sent a letter to lawmakers to ask them to stop using the political cartoon in congressional hearings on the president and his policies.
The cartoon was also seen as a way to criticize Republican lawmakers who have refused to endorse Trump’s campaign and who have criticized the president for his rhetoric on immigration.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.