Editorial cartoons from December 5, 2021: Omicron variant, Michigan school shooting, abortion case

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News of a new one. The rapidly spreading variant of Covid-19 called the omicron has swept the world this week. Scientists have taken it up a notch to learn its properties. Flight bans have disrupted international air travel. The financial markets have swirled. President Joe Biden and public health officials have urged Americans to get vaccinated or get vaccinated, especially before the holidays.

Politics was not far behind. Supporters of former President Donald Trump noted Biden’s hypocrisy over flight bans – he called it xenophobia when Trump did. Editorial cartoonists Dana Summers and AF Branco noted this contradiction.

Other cartoonists have pointed to Americans’ weariness in dealing with the evolving threats of the pandemic. Walt Handelsman of the New Orleans Advocate / Times-Picayune literally slams the door on omicron. Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune feels the shadow of the omicron variant as he gets back to his feet.

Cartoonists also took note of a school shooting in Michigan where four students were killed and the suspected gunman and his parents were charged with crimes; oral argument in Supreme Court on a Mississippi case widely seen as an opportunity to overturn the Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion; CNN anchors Chris Cuomo’s suspension after it was revealed he was actively developing a defense strategy for his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as allegations of sexual harassment mounted; and persistent supply chain problems.

The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.

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