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HELPED
Mona Stern | Gary, IN | November 21, 2016

Your strip about Der Gröpenfuhrer helped me no end. I will no longer cry over Mr. Trump, I will happily laugh at him.

NEW HOST
Chris F. | St. Augustine, FL | November 21, 2016

I love that you brought Arnold Schwarzenegger back in Sunday's strip, since he is going to be the new host of Celebrity Apprentice.

GREAT EXAMPLE
Lee Gugerty | Central, SC | November 20, 2016

Today's strip is a great example of using euphemism to justify one's bad actions, both to others and to oneself. This is pointed out in Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature. He quotes Orwell's description of how bombing villages and mass imprisonment are called "pacification" or "elimination of unreliable elements."

SECOND CLASS
Douglas Mitten | Sacramento, CA | November 20, 2016

Trump is the Gröpenfuhrer second class. Thanks for all the laughs over the years. Keep 'em coming.

ICON
Rich | US of A | November 20, 2016

Well, now we know what the new presidential icon will be in the strip. Brilliant delivery.

MOURNING
Susan Allen | Sparks, NV | November 20, 2016

I have recommended today's strip to every woman on my email list. While we are all in deep mourning for our hero Hillary, your work makes it more bearable with humor. I have great admiration for you and for your talented partner Jane.

BBC VIDEO
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | November 19, 2016

Thanks for the BBC video on Saturday, "Is Donald Trump Racist?" It is strange to hear a white man, after white men have run America for three hundred years, whining about not getting to talk when he wants.

CRITICIZING
T.A. | San Antonio, TX | November 17, 2016

I wonder if you realize that in Trump's USA you will be among the first imprisoned for criticizing the President. Sainted Founder John Adams was able to make it a crime to do so in print. Although this was ruled unconstitutional I fully expect a Trump administration to try again.

WOW
Roberta | Henderson, NV | November 16, 2016

Surveying the strips featured on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page today, I see that: 45 years ago there's a typewriter on the secretary's desk; 40 years ago, there a phone with a cord on Rick's bedstand, and a TV with bunny ears in Ginny's kitchen; 35 years ago there's both a typewriter and a desk phone with cord on Rick's desk; 20 years ago there's a pager on Mike's belt. Wow. They really are Flashbacks!

MIKE AND RUFUS
M.R. Carey | Lancaster, PA | November 14, 2016

Re the Flashbacks Page strip with Mike and Rufus from November 14, 1971: Miles Davis as Attorney General is looking pretty good right now. Even if he is dead.

STUMPED
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | November 11, 2016

In a difficult week for you and the world I've enjoyed the goings-on at the minimum security facility. Today's punchline left me stumped -- but through the miracle of Dr. Google I now remember Robert Bork. Take care in the days and weeks ahead.

THE BRIGHT SIDE
Bob | Portland, ME | November 09, 2016

On the bright side, GBT's next Trump book won't take 30 years to compile. Assuming books are still legal.

COMFORT
Barb B. | Bend, OR | November 09, 2016

Thank you for your video selection today, Americana Awards: "The Weight." It is giving me comfort as I am in grief and shock today and am struggling with the realities of the election.

A BIG UNKNOWN
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | November 09, 2016

Doonesbury from 40 years ago today shows us the hazards of drunk voting and admonishes us to cut out the strip to save it for 1988. Oh, I wish Trudeau had said "and also for 2016." At this moment about half the people in the USA feel like their world is spinning, out of control and into an abyss. I'm sure some of the third party voters are now asking themselves "Whatever was I thinking?" It's a big unknown, and we'll only come to know it one day at a time, living with our choices, but we're Americans and we've been through worse and survived. We'll do it again. We can use this unprecedented moment to unite the country and learn how we can fix it. That's all I know to do. Learn. Change. Act.

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC
George S. | Jupiter, FL | November 07, 2016

Today's video -- "Teddy Bear's Picnic" --  kinda wraps up the whole last two years.

HIT HOME
Ken Bennett | Yakima, WA | November 07, 2016

I was a medic in CuChi in 1968/1969, and your recent strip really hit home for me. Thanks for your concise comments. We won't forget.

IF
Alix | Pawtucket, RI | November 06, 2016

If (heaven forbid!) Trump actually wins this Tuesday, it won't be for GBT's lack of trying. Bless you, sir.

BOARD GAME
Pete Freeman | Leeds, UK | November 06, 2016

Today's Donald Trump board game is brilliant, absolutely amazing. I want one! Whatever it is that Mr Trudeau does to keep his mind ablaze with such inventiveness, I wish he'd pass the secret on.

PORTMANTEAU WORD
K. DeWitt | Dohuk, IRAQ | November 02, 2016

I have been ignoring the American election as much as possible, but there has been some leakage. After reading the recent Blowback post about Trump's possible new word (that wasn't) I thought I'd share a portmanteau word I thought I heard on the TV news (having failed to hit the mute button fast enough): "Trumpus," combining "Trump" and "rumpus." As in, "That is just another Trumpus."

TRUMP
Jim Murtagh | Los Angeles, CA | November 01, 2016

I just realized that Trump may be the first presidential candidate you have pictured as a person. No symbol, no waffle, no helmet. Maybe Trump is his own iconic symbol!

The last thing I do every night is to check if the next day's strip has been posted yet. We need you badly. Keep up the great work.