Did you vote for Clinton?

Caricatures of a mud fight

The duel Trump against Clinton repeatedly caused surprises, incredulous amazement and low blows. Perhaps the dirtiest election campaign of all time also provided a lot of material for cartoonists. A review.

It could make you dizzy, so much has been said and written about the US presidential campaign. The cartoonist Doug Goudsward, meanwhile, captured the essence of the debates in a single drawing: It was mainly about allegations of abuse. Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of mistreating her emails, and Clinton accused Trump of mistreating women. It rhymes nicely in English: e-mails there, females there.

And when the viewer thought the bottom had been reached, it got even dirtier. . .

Donald Trump in particular regularly made headlines with scandals well below the belt. The video, in which he boasted that as a famous personality, any woman would allow him to hold her crotch without being asked, will remain in negative memory. For Trump, it seems, sexual assault is about as common as a handshake. Sean Delonas, the often polarizing cartoonist of the “New York Post”, put this on paper in a provocative drawing.

When debates did arise, Clinton usually made the better impression. In the opinion of the audience, the candidate won all three TV duels. Kevin Kallaugher from the Economist also described Clinton as a quick-witted politician. "You have hatred in your heart," Trump tells her. To which Clinton counters: "This is a part of the female body that they understand little about."

Trump gets his message across 140 characters better in a Twitter message than in a 90-minute television duel, says this figure by the Swiss illustrator Patrick Chappatte.

In general, Trump seems to be the more grateful subject for many cartoonists, as his person comes across more like a caricature than a real person. A man like a pumpkin - a mindless “Trumpkin”, “orange on the outside and hollow on the inside”.

An immoderate egomaniac to whom his own brand is more important than the image of his country as a model country of democracy. . .

And a racist who isn't really interested in making America “great” again, but above all in making America “white” again. As illusory as the fulfillment of this subliminal promise is, it seems to be effective in getting caught up in its constituencies.

While Trump glorifies the white past of the USA, he demonizes globalization and with it the so-called establishment - a modern swear word for the political elite. The same applies in the USA: The right is the new left. Trump blames the Clintons as part of the establishment for all of the country's social and economic problems and promises to drain the alleged swamp. As a savior in need, Trump is also staged by his supporter and cartoonist Ben Garrison.

Clinton's greatest opponent, however, is not Trump, but herself and her own past. Garrison may drastically oversubscribe Hillary's debt register in the following cartoon, but the politician and her husband have amassed some inglorious stories over a long career, which of course kept their opponents boiling become.

Given Clinton's weaknesses, it doesn't seem to bother many Trump voters that their candidate is cuddling with Vladimir Putin's authoritarian regime and that Russia has apparently interfered in the American election campaign by hacking emails from the Democratic party leadership has passed on to Wikileaks. A "Simpsons" episode humorously took up the evil suspicion of a Russian conspiracy.

Trump's success with the electorate has so far proven him right. And with that success he ultimately made his own party his hostage. While many Republicans have distanced themselves from Trump, it is noteworthy that the party and conservative electoral segments have clung to him in the face of his sexual antics. "To run away!" Says Jesus.

Really, the Republicans in Trump's tow are not. The Grand Old Party seems to be trapped in the Hotel Trump: “You can check out at any time, but you can never leave,” says the receptionist, using a line from the Eagles hit “Hotel California”.

Other Republicans think they are in a Trump labyrinth.

Whoever wins the election, the loser is already known: American democracy. The following drawing also addresses the lost trust and the low expectations of the voters. "I'm just waiting to see who lies first," said the audience.

Americans are spoiled for choice on November 8th. An unhappy hour of democracy, in which one question in particular is asked in the bars and at the regulars' tables: "Who did you vote against?"