At least a dozen newspapers have drawn a syndicated comic after learning that a cartoon contained a hidden insult to President Trump .
The comic strip "Non Sequitur" on Sunday just seemed to show bears disguised as Leonardo da Vinci. But Butler Eagle, a Pennsylvania newspaper, said on Monday he had canceled the streak after being alerted by a disgruntled reader to a hidden message.
The streak that encouraged the readers to color a picture seemed to contain the message in the lower right corner: "We say dear, go to Trump."
"We apologize for perpetuating such a vile trick on the reading public," Ron Vodenichar, editor and general manager of the Eagle, said on the newspaper's website. "The Butler Eagle will stop this comic immediately."
Andrews McMeel Syndication, who publishes the comic, confirmed to the Washington Post on Tuesday that at least a dozen newspapers drop the streak about the hidden insult.
Here is the image of the Non Sequitur comic.
With the oh so skillful Trump insult pic.twitter.com/rlHwKqbHFj
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The Syndic apologized on Monday for that he did not understand the "vulgar language" in the editorial process.
"We're sorry we missed the language in our editing process," the company said in a statement. "If we had discovered it, we would not have distributed the cartoon without its removal. We apologize to customers and readers of "Non Sequitur" for our oversight. "
The cartoonist who drew the strip, Wiley Miller, told the post office he had forgotten the scribbled message until it was published, adding he wrote the sentence a few weeks ago when he learned of the actions of the Trump administration was frustrated.
"When I opened the paper on Sunday morning and read my caricature, I did not think so, since I did not notice the doodling that has now caught fire," said Miller, a frequent Trump critic "It was not intended for public consumption, and I wanted to make it white before sending, but forgot it. Had I intended to make an explanation to the readers, I would have done it in a more subtle, sophisticated way. "
Miller on Sunday annoyed the comic strip by saying that in a now-deleted tweet there was an" Easter egg "in the picture.
The comic strip "Non Sequitur" is published in more than 700 newspapers in the US