‘Calvin and Hobbes’ makes just as much sense with Trump as Calvin

donald trump as calvin from calvin and honbes

Illustration by Max Fleishman

Bill Watterson wept.

I can’t be the only one persistently nagged by the feeling that I’ve encountered Donald Trump in some other, previous form. Maybe a shitty bro I knew in college? Some snobbish hotel concierge? That personal injury lawyer in all those no-budget, late-night commercials?

No. He’s Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.

How could we have failed to it? Trump is obviously the towheaded, bratty, entitled, impulsive, over-imaginative, lazy, and anarchic 6-year-old star of the best newspaper comic strip ever published. Duh.

Thank God the minds behind Reddit‘s r/DonaldandHobbes figured it out. Like Garfield Minus Garfield or MRA Dilbert before it, Donald and Hobbes puts a terrifyingly post-millennial spin on its seemingly innocent source material to deliver a document of our times. 

All in all, this is probably more unfair to Calvin, who is capable of nuanced philosophy and genuine empathy, than to Trump, who has yet to demonstrate either. But it does make us wonder—and worry—what grown-up Calvin might be like.

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'