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June 19, 2019

Mallard Fillmore Watch

undignified
6/10/2019

free electoral college for all
4/03/2019

establishing your base
5/15/2019

Bruce Tinsley’s Bernie Sanders cariacature is his Elizabeth Warren caricature with Trump’s hair. They’re all slowly merging into one. Just imagine the sheer efficency of having one caricature that can represent potentially anyone

April 30, 2019

Mallard Fillmore Watch

crippling student-loan debt
4/30/2019

Bruce Tinsley has been doing strips about college students being saddled with debt for years if not decades now, so I have no doubt he’ll be an enthusiastic supporter of Elizabeth Warren’s plans to cancel student loan debt

January 11, 2019

Mallard Fillmore Watch



12/17/2018

Mallard Fillmore bids farewell to President George “Home Work” Bush, who was the comic’s biggest fan:

Bruce Tinsley, creator of the conservative comic strip Mallard Fillmore, remembers feeling stunned when the fan letter showed up in February 1998. After all, his strip— featuring a right-leaning TV newsman or, more accurately, newsduck—was still in its relative infancy. Yet here was George Herbert Walker Bush declaring that he and Barbara turned to Mallard, “sage duck that he is,” first thing every morning. Even more gratifying, the former president thanked Tinsley for taking on “that horrible Doonesbury” and its creator, liberal icon Garry Trudeau, “a guy that tore me up in a vicious, personal way strip after strip.”

I didn’t realize Bush’s distaste for Doonesbury ran so deep until I read this article by Matt Taibbi. Nowadays newspaper comic strips are thought of as this weird relic of a bygone era so it’s wild to learn about, like, Mort Walker being ambushed by a feminist on Phil Donahue or that four panels could reduce The Most Powerful Man On The Face of the Earth into a fuming volcano of rage:

A few weeks later, the Doonesbury comic strip — which was a big deal in an age when everyone read newspapers — ran a cartoon playing on the theme of Bush’s “manhood problem.” Cartoonist Garry Trudeau had newsman character Roland Hedley Jr. doing a standup outside the White House, announcing, “In a White House ceremony today, Bush will formally place his embattled manhood in a blind trust.”

The Bush family never got over the Doonesbury thing. “He’s been reduced to a cartoon,” fumed son Jeb in a 1987 Newsweek cover story called “BUSH BATTLES THE WIMP FACTOR”…

After the “Wimp” cover, Doonesbury doubled down — among other things, depicting Bush as literally invisible, which caused the Bushes to overreact in historic fashion. Bush himself admitted in an interview that he wanted to “kick the hell” out of Trudeau dating back to 1984, and his sons George and Jeb actually reached out to the cartoonist, who was a Yale classmate of W. This is in Poppy’s recollection:

″Trudeau says to our son, ‘Well, I hope your family doesn’t take this personally.’ And George says, ’They don’t take it personally, but my brother (Jeb) wanted to come up and kick your ass all over New York.”

This all seems absurd now, but Bush spent the rest of his political career beating back the wimp/manhood thing.

November 5, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 11/5/2018

11/05/2018

Not pictured: elephant armed with an AR-15 ready to mow down some Soroscucks

November 2, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

running in the halls

10/02/2018

believe women

10/09/2018

clarence thomas me too

10/20/2018

Just an absolute banner month for Mallard Fillmore

July 10, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Our top story on ABC World News Tonight... will just have to wait... while we examine the true meaning of whatever Melania Trump is wearing today...

07/09/2018

I seem to recall right-wingers flipping out because one of Obama’s daughters wore a shirt with the peace symbol on it, but yes, I agree, the focus on Melania’s jacket was a dumb distraction from a far more important issue…

The government should PUNISH any private business that refuses service to anyone!! Except Trump staffers, of course.

07/10/2018

That’s right, the uncivil behavior of the boorish Left. Mallard Fillmore will still be talking about Red Hen/Whataburger in 2020.

April 21, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

In the Hall of the Mountain King was just the soundtrack in an ad for the billionth time! And the Grieg family STILL didn't get a dime.

04/21/2018

The subject of today’s outrage is… a song from 1875 having entered the public domain. I wonder what he thinks about reparations for slavery.

March 11, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

preferred prounouns

03/11/2018

libertarian conservatives

03/03/2018

Boy, it sucks when people refuse to acknowledge your identity, doesn’t it

October 29, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch



05/16/2005



05/17/2005



05/29/2014



04/24/2017

Mallard Fillmore has been pretty consistent over the years: liberals are naive for thinking you can just will a certain group into being nice instead of taking action, liberals fail to see the real threat and will chide you for casting moral judgement, this feckless non-action of today’s liberalism would be absurd if applied to World War II, and Democrats are trivializing the Holocaust by calling everybody Nazis. Anyway, time to drink a big cup of coffee and read today’s strip…



10/29/2017

Bruce Tinsley is horrified, not because Nazis are marching around in 2017 America, but because someone might fantasize about punching one. If you ever pretended to be Captain America or Indiana Jones when you were a kid, guess what, you’re a Nazi too! Somehow he’s become everything he used to mock.

Also, using your public platform to call your friends Nazis is such an alpha move. Who knows what new lows the strip will sink to once he’s completely alienated everyone around him?

October 9, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

kneeling vs standing

10/09/2017

Ahahahahahhahahahahaha

September 15, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

treat all racists like racists

08/28/2017
  1. Cops are a race now
  2. Bruce Tinsley saw footage of Nazi guys beating and murdering people and thought “this is exactly like that long-forgotten discredited talking point about MEChA from 2003!” It’s that little extra touch that makes Mallard Fillmore Mallard Fillmore.
  3. The two-week delay actually works in Tinsley’s favor here, because during that interim media liberals who condemned Trump’s “many sides” comments decided Antifa is Just As Bad
August 17, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 08/03/2017

08/03/2017

Bruce Tinsley appeared to give up on trying to keep up with the news cycle and did a “heartwarming” 2-week story arc about Mallard getting a dog instead…

Mallard Fillmore, 07/28/2017

07/28/2017

… but not without getting in a dig at how easy it is to vote. I wonder if “illegally” was in the first draft.

Mallard Fillmore, 10/23/2004

10/23/2004

Mallard Fillmore, 06/10/2012

06/10/2012

Mallard Fillmore, 9/3/2012

09/03/2012

Bureaucracy and red tape are great when it comes to keeping certain people from voting! Is there any doubt Tinsley would be in favor of straight-up poll taxes if it were still politically palatable?

Mallard Fillmore, 08/08/2017

08/08/2017

Mallard Fillmore, 08/09/2017

08/09/2017

Also, he is inexplicably paranoid that the upcoming Incredibles sequel is just more Fake News from the lieberal media and their Hollyweird pals. It was announced three years ago at a Disney shareholder meeting and heavily reported at the time, but apparently he just now found out about it. Folks, I know this might be a bit controversial, but if you haven’t taken the time to learn anything about The Incredibles because you spend all day on the Daily Wire reading Ben Shapiro articles, then I don’t think you should be allowed to see the sequel.

April 29, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore their

01/14/2000

*thinks about the issue really hard over the course of 17 years*

Mallard Fillmore their

04/29/2017

Goddammit, dude.

February 21, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 02/21/2016

02/21/2017

Mallard Fillmore is drawn at least two weeks in advance. Perfect timing for what I assume will be a series of implicitly pro-Milo, “so much for the tolerant left!” strips. munch


January 7, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 12/18/2016

12/18/2016

He drew George W. Bush, like, twice during the course of his presidency, so this seems like a pointless exercise.

October 22, 2016

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 10/22/2016

10/22/2016
  1. A couple weeks before the election is the perfect time for America’s second-most syndicated political daily strip (source: my ass) to crank out some observational humor tripe
  2. In case you’ve forgotten, Chet is one of Mallard’s supporting characters. I don’t think he has actually appeared in the strip for like a year
  3. Who the hell says “catchwords”
  4. Zero clue what the “what” thing is referencing
August 3, 2016

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 08/02/2016

08/02/2016

This is my favorite genre of Mallard Fillmore strip, the sputtering, aggrieved “Oh yeah, well, a DEMOCRAT did something bad, too..!” routine. This all-time classic from the Mark Foley scandal is another fine example:

Mallard Fillmore, 10/23/2006

10/23/2006

I assume Tinsley made Gerry Studd’s name big because he couldn’t find a picture of him on Google. Speaking of which, I love how over the years his footnotes have gone from “SOURCE: AP” or whatever to “SOURCE: WASHINGTON TIMES” to, finally, “SOURCE: GOOGLE SOME OF THE WORDS IN THIS STRIP.” I was trying to find some examples and came across this notable effort by someone to track down and check the strip’s references, which I wish they’d kept up.