Traficant Arms Deal

In November of 1987, U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant officially filed papers seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Traficant, the outspoken, bombastic congressman from the Mahoning Valley often challenged U.S. foreign policy objectives during the waning days of the Cold War. Meanwhile, his populist rhetoric related to themes such as illegal immigration won him support from the likes of former KKK leader David Duke (sound familiar?).

In this cartoon, Traficant serves up his own brand of deal making with then Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev.

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