Utah’s U.S. senators, representatives decry Salt Lake Tribune’s Rep. Burgess Owens cartoon as ‘repugnant’; seek ‘formal apology’

Utah Rep. Burgess Owens. Photo: Twitter/Burgess Owens

UTAH, April 15, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah’s U.S. Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, and Representatives Chris Stewart, John Curtis and Blake Moore, have released a joint statement asking The Salt Lake Tribune to take down a cartoon that appears to compare Rep. Burgess Owens to a member of the Ku Klux Klan after his reactions during a recent visit to the nation’s southern border.

“The Salt Lake Tribune recently published a repugnant ‘cartoon’ comparing Congressman Burgess Owens, our esteemed colleague and only black member of the Utah delegation, to a member of the Ku Klux Klan,” the statement says.

“This racially charged, perverse political statement is beyond the pale. We ask that The Salt Lake Tribune immediately take down this horrific image, issue a formal apology, and hold themselves to a higher standard.”

Owens posted his own reaction Thursday afternoon on Twitter:

Salt Lake Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley defended his work in a tweet issued at 8:39 p.m., which dared his critics to “bring it on.”



  1. Your cartoon was spot on. No apology necessary, except, of course, an apology by Burgess Owens is in order. I am not sure who he represents, however, it certainly isn’t the majority of his contingency.

  2. It’s time for Bagley to retire. The illegal treatment that the Klan visited on black US CITIZENS back when they were not the race favored by the Democrat Party cannot rationally be compared with the need for enforcement of US immigration laws. And accusing Rep. Owens of racism is really sick.

    If Bagley is so concerned about the need for us to open our borders to millions of people from subsistence-wage countries, he should invite a few dozen of them to move into his house, and should provide unemployment for the US citizens forced out of work by competition from illegal immigrants.

  3. Further evidence of Bagley’s un-funny frothing is that he has, in his tweet, called Sen. Romney a “Trumper.” That would probably be news to the former President.

  4. Cancel Bagley. Cancel your subscription to the woke leftist Tribune as we have done. There is life after this brand of “news.”


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