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Politico Cartoon Depicts Houston Flood Victims as Christian Confederates Ungrateful for Government Assistance

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People board a Harris County Sheriff airboat while escaping a flooded neighborhood during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey / Getty Images
People board a Harris County Sheriff airboat while escaping a flooded neighborhood during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey / Getty Images
• August 30, 2017 2:06 pm

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A cartoon published by Politico on Tuesday mocks Texans being rescued from flooding damage as God-obsessed, Confederate Tea Partiers who show insufficient appreciation for the government's assistance.

In the work by left-leaning cartoonist Matt Wuerker, a man with a Confederate flag t-shirt and a Tea Party flag is air-lifted from his flooded home on a helicopter. To complete the unsubtle imagery, the man's home contains a Texas flag reading, "Secede."

He yells, "Angels! Sent by God!" as he is taken to safety, while a disgruntled Coast Guard worker says, "Er, actually Coast Guard … sent by the government."

The online response was overwhelmingly negative, with observers saying it was nasty, mean-spirited, and an inaccurate portrayal of Houston, which tends to vote Democratically.

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Many of the storm victims being rescued from devastating damage to their homes have expressed gratitude to both their rescuers and God.

As the response grew, Wuerker tweeted the cartoon was meant to be a dig at secessionists, not all Texans.

Politico deleted the tweet promoting the cartoon shortly afterward, although it is still up here.

UPDATED 2:12 P.M.: This article was updated with Wuerker's explanation for the cartoon and that the tweet promoting it was deleted.

Published under: Politico, Texas