The Sacramento Bee on Thursday published a shocking cartoon that depicts the deadly explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant alongside Republican Gov. Rick Perry saying, “business is booming in Texas.” The cartoon links the Lone Star State’s low tax, low regulation policies to the explosion that killed at least 15 people.

The controversial cartoon was created by Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman.

California Newspaper Taking Heat Over This Shocking Cartoon That Politicizes Deadly West, Texas Explosion

(Sacramento Bee/Jack Ohman)

The cartoon has sparked outrage among those who believe the cartoon is offensive and disrespectful to the victims of the tragedy.

This disgusts me beyond words: Cali paper gloating over dead bodies in West, TX http://t.co/kRD3FrnYjw #PrayForWest
California Newspaper Taking Heat Over This Shocking Cartoon That Politicizes Deadly West, Texas Explosion
@razshafer
Raz Shafer
Wow. Completely tasteless. Jack Ohman cartoons | Business in Texas | The Sacramento Bee http://t.co/tt22pa0GUC
California Newspaper Taking Heat Over This Shocking Cartoon That Politicizes Deadly West, Texas Explosion
Poking fun at the deaths of first responders is NEVER acceptable. http://t.co/I2H8AAv0yv #WestExplosion @ #txlege
California Newspaper Taking Heat Over This Shocking Cartoon That Politicizes Deadly West, Texas Explosion
@DavidGuenthner
David Guenthner
'Gloating over dead bodies': Calif. paper prints sickening cartoon about West, Texas explosion http://t.co/ciBZhdAWxJ
California Newspaper Taking Heat Over This Shocking Cartoon That Politicizes Deadly West, Texas Explosion
@TwitchyTeam
TwitchyTeam

 

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