Steve Bell Trump cartoons: Here are the best from the first month of Trump's presidency

Steve Bell Trump cartoons: Here are the best from the first month of Trump's presidency
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Steve Bell, an award-winning British political cartoonist whose strip If... has appeared in the Guardian since 1981, has spent the past month viciously skewering President Donald Trump. Bell's use of absurd, avant-garde, sometimes outright offensive caricatures to criticize the new commander in chief have drawn notice in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom.

In If..., Bell draws Trump's hair as a golden toilet from which White House adviser Steve Bannon – depicted as a rat – occasionally pops out, or into which the President tosses various objects, like the world or the Constitution, when it's not exploding with ominous light or steam.

Some of Bell's best cartoons come in the form of multi-panel storylines and series that play out over a few days. One series took aim at Trump's fear of stairs while another lampooned his Muslim ban. A third mocks Trump's ignorance of the U.S. Constitution, with Trump putting the Constitution in his head — the golden toilet — during his inauguration.

Although Bell's multi-panel strips are cutting, his single-panel cartoons often explode with muted satire. In a Feb. 6 cartoon, Bell expertly contrasts U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's apparent willingness to cooperate with Trump with Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, showing May bowing to Trump with Bercow on her back, giving Trump an unmistakably British sign of disapproval. The cartoon follows Bercow's recent speech insisting that Trump was not welcome to give an address to Parliament.

Bell, who is no stranger to controversy, came under fire recently for a cartoon about the U.S. and Britain's "special relationship," featuring Trump and May in bed with both their legs facing down. Critics called the cartoon misogynist, vile, and appalling. The Guardian defended Bell and his cartoon, telling Heat Street that "Steve Bell is recognized by his peers – and Guardian readers – as a controversial and talented cartoonist. His work is satirical and is intended to be viewed in this context."

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Talia Jane

Talia Jane is probably a human and definitely a writer covering trending and breaking news. Find her on Twitter at @itsa_talia

MORE FROM

Sean Spicer said he resigned to avoid having “too many cooks in the kitchen”

Sean Spicer said he wanted to give new communications director Anthony Scaramucci a "clean slate."

Report: Jeff Sessions talked about matters related to the Trump campaign with Russian ambassador

Intercepted conversations suggest Sessions may have spoken about campaign-related issues, despite denying that was the case.

Obamacare repeal bill dealt yet another possibly fatal blow by Senate parliamentarian

Republicans will need to find 60 votes in support of their Obamacare repeal bill, or else strip it of abortion restrictions and a provision that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Don’t cry for Sean Spicer. He knew what he was doing when he took a job working for Donald Trump.

At the end of the day, the former press secretary took a job telling lies in support of a terrible president. Next, he'll probably take a more lucrative one and continue to defend him.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders named White House press secretary after Sean Spicer’s resignation

The shakeup in the White House press shop comes just six months and a day since Donald Trump was sworn in.

3 things to know about Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director

Scaramucci is a former hedge fund manager who was named Yahoo Finance's 2016 "Wall Streeter of the Year."

Sean Spicer said he resigned to avoid having “too many cooks in the kitchen”

Sean Spicer said he wanted to give new communications director Anthony Scaramucci a "clean slate."

Report: Jeff Sessions talked about matters related to the Trump campaign with Russian ambassador

Intercepted conversations suggest Sessions may have spoken about campaign-related issues, despite denying that was the case.

Obamacare repeal bill dealt yet another possibly fatal blow by Senate parliamentarian

Republicans will need to find 60 votes in support of their Obamacare repeal bill, or else strip it of abortion restrictions and a provision that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Don’t cry for Sean Spicer. He knew what he was doing when he took a job working for Donald Trump.

At the end of the day, the former press secretary took a job telling lies in support of a terrible president. Next, he'll probably take a more lucrative one and continue to defend him.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders named White House press secretary after Sean Spicer’s resignation

The shakeup in the White House press shop comes just six months and a day since Donald Trump was sworn in.

3 things to know about Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director

Scaramucci is a former hedge fund manager who was named Yahoo Finance's 2016 "Wall Streeter of the Year."