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11 February 2019, 18:39 GMT
By David K. Li
A Pennsylvania newspaper dropped the cartoonist who wrote a vulgar message to President Donald Trump in his work that was printed on Sunday.
The Butler Eagle announced that it will no longer bear the work of Wiley Miller after he wrote: "We like to say, go for yourself, Trump" in the lower right corner of the cartoon.
"A reader has brought to our attention that one of the syndicated comics appearing in the Sunday Butler Eagle may contain a hidden message apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the comic strip maker or syndication who controls it, "Said Eagle publisher and general manager Ron Vodenichar.
"Neither the Butler Eagle nor any other newspaper that contained this strip had the ability to remove it even if they had discovered it before distribution."
The corresponding three-paneled cartoon contained the Bearaissance character of Miller, called Leonardo Bear Vinci & # 39 ;.
In an interview with NBC News on Monday, Miller admitted to write those words and apologized – to his editors for putting them in a bad place, not for the sentiment behind his cartoonish f-bomb.
"I have it, I did it," Miller said. "It is what I felt at that moment."
The cartoonist said the president angered him one day, two months ago when he signed the cartoon and he flipped on paper.
"It was a mistake, if you've seen it, it's just scribbled and it was not meant to be read, it was not meant to be readable," Miller said. "I was planning to turn it white before I it scanned and uploaded, I had completely forgotten it. & # 39;
Miller said he is syndicated in 700 newspapers and that the Butler Eagle was the first and – from Monday afternoon – only paper to take action against him.
Miller said he was not sure what Trump could have done that day to express his anger. He suspected it might be about the closure of the government.
"It is a daily indignation and there was something that happened to me that day just more than usual," he said.
Miller promised that this would be his last vulgar assault on Trump in his cartoons.