This political cartoon illustrates the relationship between the executive branch and legislative if Donald Trump were to become president. Also depicting how he wants to be portrayed to the nation and to the world. The first thing noticed is that the White House definitely does not look like the White House. The author exaggerated the architecture and also made it look quite similar to the Trump Tower in New York. The normal White House today looks like only the first level of the White House in the cartoon. While the Trump Tower is an extravagant 58-story skyscraper which a majority of Americans are familiar with when thinking of Donald Trump, like a symbol. The author is showing people’s common perception of Trump, that he’s more of a successful businessman than the next president. The author’s illustration of the White House can also be perceived as looking more powerful and intimidating to the world than the White House today. Therefore, exaggerating Trump’s goal of making America such a big superpower that no other country would try to compete or harm it.
Another interesting factor of the cartoon is the sign in front of the White House labeled “Trump White House.” The author used labeling to also magnify Trump’s popularly known ego. It depicts that Trump is labeling the White House as his own almost territory, making it clear that he’s in charge and leaving the capitol building almost in the clouds. Instead of showing a balance of power, all the power looks held in only the executive branch.
I chose this political cartoon of Hitler and Stalin because it reminded me of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact or German-Soviet non-aggression pact. It was named after the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov and German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop as an agreement of non-aggression or “neutrality pact” between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. However, things escalated quickly between the two nations. Only lasting roughly two years until Hitler launched an attack on the Soviets in Eastern Poland during Operation Barbarossa on June 22nd,1941 which ended the pact. In this cartoon the author used labeling and said “wonder how long the honeymoon will last?”, I took it as referring to the short period of time the two countries had the pact lasting.