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Two Hoosiers find the humor in this years election

Posted at 10:34 PM, Nov 07, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Hoosiers with very different views are taking on the 2016 election; one of them with cartoons and the other with satirical articles in the Huffington post.

Christ Lamb is a professor of Journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a freelance writer for Huffington Post.

Gary Varvel has been a political cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star since 1994.

“This has been the most unusual election I’ve ever covered through cartoons,” said Varvel.

But one thing they have in common with many of the people who see their work: They’re not fans of either candidate.

“I don’t really view Trump as a conservative, but I don’t agree with the politics of Clinton either,” said Varvel.

“Worst case scenario Hillary is Richard Nixon and in a best case scenario Trump is Mussolini,” said Lamb.

However, like both candidates, they manage to make controversy their own.

“A journalist can’t cover a story and say Hillary Clinton is lying and Donald Trump is a sociopath, but a cartoonist and a satirist can,” said Lamb.

And they have different visions of how this election is going to end.

“I wasn’t going to put my house up for sale and move to Bolivia, with Trump being elected, that’s a distinct possibility,” said Lamb.

“For the first time in my life both are going to be great for my career. No matter who wins,” said Varvel.

But both agree that freedom of speech is the cornerstone of our society.

“Free speech is our greatest contribution to the history of civilization,” said Lamb.

“You see, I agree with Chris, so the left and right agree. This is a kumbaya moment for us,” said Varvel.