It all began with a burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. Little did the American people know that this event would unravel one of the greatest political schemes of all time. Many political cartoonists used this scandal to their advantage as President Richard Nixon’s reputation deteriorated. This cartoon, originally printed in the Washington Post, portrays a smug-looking Nixon hanging from the tapes that mysteriously had many key parts destroyed, let alone the fact that Nixon argued that he was required to release the tapes, implying guilt. Before the Watergate scandal, the American people had not had a reason to be untrusting of their government. After, Americans were exposed to the conniving world of politics. The burglary occurred in 1972, while this political cartoon was released during the heat of the trial in 1974. While Americans felt betrayed, the cartoonist at the Washington Post makes light of the situation and makes Richard Nixon look like a fool. Nixon remained indignant that he was not a crook, but the split tapes put together a sentence that acknowledge the corruption that was undoubtedly happening.