Chinese Floaty


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I feel like I drew this cartoon a very long time ago.

I was traveling Thursday and I hadn’t heard anything about Chinese spy balloons. It was either during one of my layovers in Providence or Tampa or after I had landed in Indianapolis that I read a comment by my good friend colleague Joe Heller (on one of my many airport photos on Facebook) asking if I had seen any Chinese spy balloons. I didn’t know what he was talking about. I had been in the air all day…which was the joke about seeing a Chinese spy balloon.

After I had settled in a bit at my hotel on Thursday night, I read up on the Chinese spy balloon, and it was still a developing story, but developing quickly. On Friday morning, I drew a cartoon on DeSantis and black history. And just when I was about to email my editor at CNN about what I should draw, I got one from him saying let’s do a cartoon on the Chinese spy balloon. I was all about it.

I told him I was going to grab some breakfast across the street at Waffle House (is that why my heart is still palpitating?) and then I’d get to work and send him some ideas. While eating my waffle and steak and cheese melt sandwich (so good and greasy), I got this idea. I hurried back, after washing my hands, and sent the rough.

I sent a few more ideas on the balloon but I thought this was the best and if my editor hadn’t selected it, I would have given it to my clients. I liked one of the other ideas and was going to draw it Saturday morning for my clients, but then I got the Trump baby idea, and they got that.

Now, I don’t know if I’m that crazy about this idea. The narrative has changed since I drew this last Friday, and it’s become one of such stupid partisan bullshit. Have you seen Jim Jordan’s tweets about this? I’m back in Virginia now, it’s Monday night, and after a bit of a whirlwind weekend, last Friday seems so long ago.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Balloon Crowd


MAGAts spent the week criticizing President Joe Biden for “allowing” the Chinese spy balloon to float across the country before shooting it down Saturday off the coast of South Carolina. They continue to ignore that shooting it down over human beings could have been a very bad thing. They continue to ignore gravity.

But most of all, they keep talking about how Donald Trump wouldn’t have allowed China to float a balloon across our nation.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy tweeted, “First Biden refused to defend our borders. Now he won’t defend our skies.” This guy receives classified information. He knows the deal. He’s just politicizing without context. So, Kevin…what should the president have done? First, Kevin revealed his ignorance of the debt ceiling, and now this. Kevin McCarthy is the worst Speaker in the history of the House.

Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted, “President Trump says ‘SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON!'”

MTG also tweeted, “The Chinese respected President Trump because they feared him. They know he will protect America at all costs. The CCP doesn’t fear Joe Biden. Xi is laughing at him.”

Stephen Baby Goebbels Miller, who was Special Nazi Advisor to Trump during his administration, tweeted, “A Chinese spy balloon casually invading our air space for all to see, conducting day after day of espionage in broad daylight undisturbed, is a stark visual demonstration of Joe Biden’s crippling weakness and our excruciating national humiliation.” This guy knows national humiliation. Remember him going on TV after spraying Hair-In-A-Can on his head? He looked like a goosestepping Chia pet.

Matt Quagmire Gaetz tweeted, “I wonder how much the CCP-funded Biden Center at UPenn studied Balloon Theory.” The only thing Matt Gaetz has studied about foreign policy with China is having chow mein noodles at Panda Express.

Lauren Boebert tweeted, “That balloon would never have made it over US soil if Trump was President.”

Boebert also tweeted, “In case you ever had any doubt, China owns Joe Biden.” Boebert and MTG both have lady boners for Trump.

And then Boebert tweeted, “US officials have admitted that they were monitoring the Chinese spy balloon since it flew over the Aleutian Islands. So, we didn’t shoot the balloon down over water and instead let it enter our continental airspace?” Yeah. Why didn’t we shoot this balloon down when it was over that ocean between Alaska and Montana? Sheesh!!!

Jim Gym Jordan tweeted, “President Trump was tough on China. Biden lets them fly spy balloons over our country.”

The problem with all these claims about Biden letting this balloon invade our airspace is refuted by the report that he gave the order to shoot it down Wednesday and to do it after it was safe to do so. Can you imagine if the balloon was shot down over a civilian population and deaths occurred from it? Republicans would have said something about that.

Ted Cruz actually praised Biden for shooting it down but also chastised him for waiting so long, again… ignoring that gravity thing. Mexicans are still mad at their government for allowing Ted Cruz to fly over their airspace when he was fleeing a winter storm in Texas for sunny Cancun.

And the claim that Trump wouldn’t have allowed the balloon to enter U.S. airspace is ruined by the statement from the Pentagon that during his presidency (sic), three Chinese spy balloons entered U.S. airspace. The only way to save face with this is to deny it.

Trump denies it. He said it was “disinformation.”

Former National Security Adviser to Trump, John Bolton told Fox News Digital that he could “say with 100 percent certainty” that no such balloon flights took place during his tenure. Bolton was only in the administration for about a year and a half.

Former Trump Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, said, “I don’t ever recall somebody coming into my office or reading anything that the Chinese had a surveillance balloon above the United States.” Esper is another who only spent about a year and a half in his position.

John Ratcliffe, Trump’s final Director of National Intelligence said, “It’s not true. I can refute it.” He held his position for about seven months.

Another problem with their denials is that one of the denials is coming from Trump and the others are coming from people who worked for Trump. They’re all liars.

If you believe any of these goons are telling the truth about there not being any Chinese spy balloons flying over our country during the Trump administration, then I have a great wall in China I’d like to sell you. Cheap.

Creative note: This was drawn in the Indianapolis airport. I want to go home.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Frazzle-Trump


I’m blogging this with my iPhone at my niece’s wedding, so no blog today. But, hey. You got a cartoon.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Hot Air Espionage


I drew a cartoon for CNN on the Chinese spy balloon which will run tomorrow (Sunday). I usually wait until after the CNN cartoon is published before I hit the same subject, but this spy balloon business is too much fun.

After I finished drawing CNN’s cartoon yesterday afternoon, I thought of another idea I liked that I intended to draw today, but after traveling by bus from Indianapolis to Kokomo, Indiana (please…I can’t take any more Beach Boys references), I got this idea right as I sat down at Starbucks.

I spent all day Thursday traveling. During one of my many many many layovers, I received a comment from my friend, fellow cartoonist, and pride of Green Bay, Joe Heller, who asked if I had seen any Chinese balloons while traveling. I was like, “What the Hell are you talking about?”. I had been in the air all day and hadn’t been able to keep up with the news, which of course is when China decides to send a balloon to spy on our country. Watching TV in my hotel room with very bad WiFi Thursday night, I saw what all the fuss was about…and it’s all the news was about on Friday too.

So what’s the deal with this balloon? Why would China be so brazen to float a spy balloon over the United States? They had to know we’d see it. We look up in this country. China said it’s an oops, but we know they’re lying. And then they sent another to float over Latin America. Why are they spying on Belize?

Laurent Boebert tweeted that Donald Trump wouldn’t have let this spy balloon invade our airspace. She then tweeted, “Joe Biden has just given the “okay” for Chinese spy balloons to fly all over our nation.” It’s tweets like this why #LaurenBoebertIsSoDumb has been trending for over a year. You would think from her tweets that we wouldn’t be able to look up without seeing a Chinese spy balloon.

Here’s the thing, kids: Gravity exists even if you don’t believe in it. If you shoot a balloon down, it falls to the ground. There are things on the ground, like people. Wanting to shoot it down over land is a seriously stupid idea and thank God nobody would ever put someone like Lauren Boebert in a position of responsibility… which says a lot about her voters who sent her to Congress and Kevin McCarthy who put this moron on the House Oversight Committee.

If Donald Trump was president (sic), the first thing he’d ask about shooting down a spy balloon would be, “How will this affect me financially?” He might also ask, “Will this hurt the over dozen patents China gave Ivanka?” He’d probably also ask, “Balloons? Why didn’t I get a balloon? Isn’t every day all about me? And where’s my cake?” He’d definitely ask, “Before we shoot it down, it’s not from Russia, is it?” I’m sure after it was shot down he’d boast that he shot it down while Obama never shot down a Chinese spy balloon. And if China sent a balloon while Trump was president, he’d probably say it was a gift for the cake he gave Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.

Ya see, Lauren Boebert, Russia wouldn’t DARE fly a spy balloon over American air space if Donald Trump was president. They wouldn’t have to. They’d just have to visit the Oval Office where Trump wouldn’t allow the press to watch, and where Trump will gladly give them classified information, even if it came from an ally.

So I don’t want to hear this shit about President Biden being weak and Trump being a strong president (sic) who was oh-so patriotic. Donald Trump was a goon for Russia. He was a useful idiot. Donald Trump said he trusted Putin more than American intelligence, which he recently reiterated. Donald Trump said Putin was a stronger leader than President Obama. Donald Trump repeated Putin’s talking points. Donald Trump said Putin was a genius for invading Ukraine. Donald Trump sent white nationalist terrorists to attack the Capitol in order to install him as an unelected dictator. Donald Trump is a domestic threat to this nation.

I think one thing the spy balloon tells us is that China’s technology isn’t as advanced as we thought it was. While we’re upset about the balloon invading our airspace, our satellites do this daily to China and other nations.

I don’t believe our government is going to allow this balloon to escape. They’ll either shoot it down after it passes over the east coast and is above open water. Or better yet, they’ll capture it.

The Chinese spy balloon won’t be a threat to this nation for long. Unfortunately, we’ll still have the hot air of the Russian spy balloon for a long time.

Creative note: As I stated above, this cartoon was drawn in a Kokomo Starbucks.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Bully For History


You don’t have to be a genius to know that if you give a bully your lunch money, he’s just going to bully you for your lunch money again the next day.

You don’t handle a bully by giving in to his demands. It only encourages him to continue bullying, you and others. You’re telling him that his bullying is successful.

So shame on the College Board for giving into the bullying of Ron DeSantis. Ron DeSantis is a bully. He’s bullied Mickey Mouse. He’s a bully to educators. He’s a bully to anyone he deems is a liberal or “woke.” We’ve even seen him bully high school students, scolding them for wearing face masks and jabbing his pointy sticky finger at them. Right now, DeSantis is planning to ban state universities from spending money on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in hopes that they will “wither on the vine” without funding.

Florida rejected an AP African American course, claiming it was indoctrinating, political, and woke. The College Board says it didn’t revise the program because of this, but yeah. Just look at what was removed, lessons on Black Lives Matter and on reparations for the harms of slavery and racial discrimination, as well as suggested readings from left-leaning notables such as scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, an architect of critical race theory. 

Joshua Myers, an associate professor of Africana studies at Howard University, said, “This was pure cowardice. and it shows how far liberals will go to confront the creeping fascism in this country. And that’s not very far at all.” Myers is listed as an adviser to the AP course framework.

David Blight, a history professor at Yale University and author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on Frederick Douglass, said he withdrew an endorsement of the course plan on Wednesday after he heard about the revisions. He said “I thought, ‘No, no, wait a minute.'” Blight did not participate in the course development, but he said he wants answers. “This is all a matter of academic freedom.”

It’s funny that the people who claim they’re about freedom, such as Ron DeSantis, are quick to deprive it from people who don’t look like them. It’s like their support of free speech, yet Desantis tries to regulate it with his anti-woke law. DeSantis says “Florida is where woke goes to die,” but how do you ban a viewpoint?

The AP African American course is being tried out in about 60 high schools and will be available nationwide by 2024. But in what form? Other yee-haw states are now considering following DeSantis’ actions, states such as Arkansas which in its wisdom made Sarah Huckabee Sanders its governor, who’s seeking to be a bully in her own right.

Bullying is what Republicans do. Look at Kevin McCarthy trying to bully President Biden over the debt ceiling while he can’t come up with any specifics. He’s just bullying for the sake of bullying.

There’s another thing we know about bullies. They’re all cowards. Usually, all you gotta do is pop one in the nose and they go away. Bullies can only dish it out, but they can’t take it. When a bully challenges you to a fight, the only recourse is to kick its ass.

Creative note: I’m in Indianapolis. I wrote another version of this cartoon two weeks ago but put it aside for other ideas on the subject. But after reading about the College Board’s revisions, I thought of how to re-do the idea during my three flights and two layovers yesterday.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Debt Scheming


House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (gag) is demanding that President Biden negotiate with him and Republicans on raising the debt ceiling. Republicans make a lot of noise about cutting debt and runaway spending and use the debt ceiling as a tool to hold the nation hostage. Did you know that 28 percent of our nation’s current debt was created during Donald Trump’s four years in the White House (sic)?

Again, raising the debt ceiling does not authorize new spending. It authorizes the United States government to meet its debt obligations on spending that already happened. Republicans are hoping voters are as ignorant about the debt ceiling as they are. Refusing to raise the ceiling threatens the entire world’s economy.

Wait. Didn’t Republicans promise to fix the economy if they won the House? After doing nothing except make empty resolutions, kicking Democrats off committees, and putting terrorist lovers and racists on them, Republicans are finally ready to do something about the economy…and that is fuck it up.

Seriously, you don’t fix the economy by holding it hostage.

President Biden is refusing to negotiate with McCarthy, and he’s right. The legislation that authorized the spending that the ceiling needs to be raised for has already been negotiated. It’s literally already been legislated. Plus, you can’t trust goons, so why negotiate with them? It’s like negotiating with terrorists and in some cases with Republicans, you’re literally negotiating with terrorists.

And how can you take a guy seriously who removes Ilhan Omar from a committee for antisemitism, but gives Ms. Jewish Space Lasers two committee seats?

Now ask a Republican what they want to cut? They made a little noise about cutting Social Security and Medicare but quickly learned that’s political suicide. A few Republicans have mentioned defense spending which we spend over 800 billion on each year, and add more to every year…but there’s no way in Hell Republicans are going to touch that.

This Congress will have to pass a budget in the near future. If they want to cut spending, that’s where they do it, not in a debt ceiling fight, but in an actual budget fight. If you think Republicans are hapless now, wait until they get to the budget. Nutless monkeys would do a better job of crafting a budget than Republicans can.

Every member of Congress needs to vote yes on raising the debt ceiling…and those too stupid to know what it actually does should look back at the most recent debt ceiling fights. That history lesson should educate them real quick on one thing: Republicans always lose debt ceiling fights.

Republicans always lose fights over raising the debt ceiling because it’s a stupid fight. But once again, the GOP has a Speaker of the House who’s stupid.

When asked what his message to McCarthy would be about the debt ceiling issue, President Biden said. “show me your budget and I’ll show you mine.” McCarthy didn’t have a real answer because he doesn’t have a budget. He doesn’t even have a list of programs to cut.

Here’s a negotiating tip, kids: When you make demands, make sure you have an actual list of demands. You just can’t Steve Carell it from “Anchorman” and shout, “Loud noises.”

McCarthy is demanding cuts in the budget and said it’s up to President Biden to tell him there’s not any wasteful spending in Washington. He’s demanding cuts but wants Biden to propose where they can happen. How about no more tax cuts for billionaire assholes? Perhaps McCarthy’ssolution to paying off debt should be a GoFundMe run by George Santos.

George Santos ran a GoFundMe to save the life of a veteran’s dog, but he kept all the money raised for himself, possibly to purchase more blue sweaters. Basically, Santos’ GoFundMe scheme is a lot like all Republican budget schemes. Their schemes are always built on lies and in the end, the people who need the help the most, the ones Republicans promised to help, end up getting fucked while a Republican gets richer.

Have I mentioned previously that Kevin McCarthy is the worst Speaker in the history of Congress? The GOP is proving again that they can’t govern.

When will voters start paying attention to that?

Creative note: I started this cartoon around 6 A.M. on a train, finished it in the Washington National Airport, then flew to Providence…and then flew to Tampa where I’m writing this blog. Tampa is just another layover for me and I’ll be catching another flight in a couple of hours.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Aborting Bare Arms


Why do Republicans have a hang-up about women exposing their arms and shoulders? Unless it’s Marjorie Taylor Greene or sexy Green M&M, they don’t like women to go sleeveless.

During the Obama administration, they all flipped out anytime Michelle Obama exposed her toned biceps. New York Times columnist David Brooks referred to Ms. Obama’s arms as “thunder and lightning” and that showing off her arms at White House events was “ostentatious.” Rush Limbaugh called her “fat.” Seriously, Rush Limbaugh said that.

Now, as a Trump-appointed federal judge is looking at banning abortion pills nationwide next week (really), don’t look for the protection of women’s rights in yee-haw states where Republicans are instituting dress codes banning bare arms. You know, fucknut states like Missouri and Florida.

House Republicans in Missouri used their very first session to create a rule banning bare arms, requiring all women to wear blazers, cardigans, or jackets while on the house floor. They did not create any new rules for men.

And since Florida Republicans don’t like being out-gooned by other states (like when DeSantis shipped migrants from Texas to Massachusetts so he wouldn’t be out-viled by Greg Abbott), they too have created a new rule requiring women to wear sleeves in the state capitol building. To be fair, they also enacted a new dress code for men too, banning the showing of ankles.

Bare arms and shoulders, Green M&M, men’s ankles…what kind of fetishes are we dealing with here? I still don’t understand the foot fetish a lot of guys have, so I’m never going to understand any of these Republican turn-ons.

I do predict that like banning Critical Race Theory in schools despite the fact it’s not an actual thing, the word “gay,” drag queens, and “woke,” other GOP-led state legislatures will follow suit with their own rules banning bare arms and shoulders, especially if Tucker starts talking about it. Just make sure you don’t go after Green M&M. She’s special.

What all this comes down to is just another white conservative male attempt to control women. Now that’s a fetish.

Creative note: I knew I wanted to put these two subjects into one cartoon but couldn’t figure out how to do it. I spent last night and this morning trying to write but brain no worky good. I drew out three ideas before I found it. Me smarty after all.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Insurrection Pizza


I subscribe to the Counterpoint email. Counterpoint is a cartoon service that offers cartoons representing both sides of an argument. Sounds good, right? Except that oftentimes, the counterpoint to the “liberal” argument has to be a lie based on a conspiracy theory, which is what they offer with cartoons by Gary Varvel and Dick Wright (two religious fundamentalist yee-haw fuckers who ignore the commandment “thou shall not lie”). Counterpoint also shares a distinction with Russian state media as both commission cartoons from Sputnik Boy Ted Rall, who Putin pays to support his illegal war on Ukraine with lies and gaslighting. Or often, the “conservative” viewpoint has to misconstrue the issue, as though the right-wing cartoonist doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. I saw that this morning from Scott Stantis.

I don’t have a personal beef with Scott. I’ve always liked him and he’s a great cartoonist. We used to talk years ago so he’s not a goose-stepping talking point kinda guy. We debated the invasion of Iraq before it began with me being opposed and Scott being in favor. While most Republicans at that time refused to admit the invasion was an obvious failure and tried to change the reasons for it after weapons of mass destruction weren’t found, Scott wasn’t one of them. He changed his views on it. He’s a smart guy who I believe doesn’t constrict himself with political labels. He never supported Trump’s election lies or helped spread misinformation about the coronavirus and the vaccines like so many others who call themselves “conservative.” He’s criticized Trump for the January 6 insurrection. That’s why I found his cartoon in today’s Counterpoint email puzzling because I don’t expect such dishonesty to come from Scott.

In Scott’s cartoon, he has a donkey (representing the Democratic Party) holding Trump’s head while saying, “Dammit Facebook (he didn’t include a comma)! I demand my freedom FROM speech back.” Accompanying the cartoon, Scott wrote, “Our precious freedom of speech extends to all and doesn’t have to conform precious sensitivities. The blathering of a buffoon should enjoy the same equal treatment as anyone else. Period.”

Did you catch the trick Scott implemented there? If not, let me point it out.

Scott’s argument is that Donald Trump has the same right to free speech as the rest of us. Scott is right. Donald Trump is a “blathering buffoon” and does have the same constitutional right to free speech as the rest of us. The only problem is, that’s not the issue.

It’s not just basing opinions on lies and conspiracy theories that I hate about the yee-haw cartoonists. I also can’t stand that they so often draw cartoons on issues they don’t understand. Research, goddammit! It begs the question: Do you not understand the issue or are you lying?

First off, social media platforms are not government platforms. Losing your social media account has nothing to do with free speech, yet even the goon who owns one, Elon Musk, doesn’t understand that. If I own a webpage for music fans to discuss music and deleted comments that praised Nickelback, Linkin Park, and Train, you can argue that I’m not being fair but you’d have a losing court battle over free speech. It’s my platform. You do not have a constitutional right to worship the Black Eye Peas on my private platform.

Even when social media accounts suspend me for 30 days, I have a gripe but I don’t have a court case. You have a constitutional right to your opinion, even if your opinion is that “Get it Started” by the Black Eye Peas and pineapple pizza are the two greatest things ever, you don’t have a constitutional right to tweet it. And you really shouldn’t tweet that. Really.

But even if Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram were government platforms, using them to coordinate terrorist attacks by white nationalist MAGA goons is not free speech.

You do NOT have a constitutional right to organize an insurrection.

In addition to gaslighting about free speech, Scott also misrepresented our complaints about Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts being reinstated by Meta (the company that owns them). This morning, a MAGAt replied to my 30-second video for my CNN cartoon on this issue saying that we could simply block Donald Trump to spare us from seeing his tweets. He then called the left “morons.”

You know they have a losing argument when they have to misconstrue and lie about our position.

We don’t care about Trump’s opinions. He has a constitutional right to each and every single one of his racist opinions. It doesn’t hurt our sensibilities when he tweets how he and Putin are geniuses. Whatever, Bozo. What concerns us is him using social media platforms to create another terrorist attack against our government in order to install himself as a dictator. Trump is free to share his belief that Chachi, James Woods, and Kevin Sorbo are all better actors than DeNiro, but he’s not free to send white nationalist MAGAts to destroy our democracy.

It doesn’t matter if you block Donald Trump on social media or even if you’re not on social media. You will still be affected by the fascist takeover.

Isn’t it funny that the only people who support Donald Trump being able to return to social media and lie his tiny mango balls off are other liars?

Opinion journalists are paid to understand the issues they cover, and they shouldn’t lie about them. Frankly, I think media outlets need to stop paying right-wing journalists to lie and spread misinformation…and that includes cartoonists.

Creative note: I’m allowed to draw two cartoons on the same issue. But my newspaper clients can’t use my cartoon for CNN Opinion on this issue, but I know a lot of them would have used it. So I created another for them to use. This is it. And I bet a person exists who was suspended by Meta for hating on pineapple pizza.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Facebook Ban-alamadingdong


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I really enjoyed this cartoon because it’s a bit personal for me. I believe that no other editorial cartoonist in this country has been hit as much by social media platforms as I have. I’ve had cartoons removed from Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. My cartoons are often blocked out with a warning on Truth Social because they’re too brutal for the delicate sensibilities of MAGAt snowflakes. I’ve had videos removed and have been suspended on YouTube. I’ve had videos removed on TikTok. Soon, I expect to have suspensions on Post and Tribel (for what it’s worth, so far I think both of those platforms suck).

I had a cartoon removed from Instagram a couple years ago that also got my account deleted. The cartoon was critical of homophobes in the nation of Brunei and Chick-fil-A. I still don’t know which of the two filed the complaint, the Sultan or the bigoted waffle fry fucks. But Instagram didn’t just suspend me, they deleted my account. Then they reversed course and told me they made a mistake but they never did restore my account, so I had to create Claytoonz 2.0 and start building all over again. Fuckers.

The funny thing is, when I get hit by a social media platform, it’s usually for a cartoon attacking hate. And recently, I got a 30-day suspension for an anti-hate cartoon, and within a week of my return, I got hit with another 30-day ban for using the word “Taliban.” And now, my posts are restricted and are being placed lower in people’s news feeds. This is not a conspiracy theory, it’s listed among my many restrictions by Facebook.

And now Facebook and Instagram are allowing Donald Trump to return after a ban of two years. Oddly enough, I’m often hit for a cartoon by one of those two platforms while the other isn’t bothered by it at all despite them both being owned by Meta.

This is horse shit. Donald Trump used social media to incite a bloody coup attempt, tried to overturn an election he lost, and committed sedition in an insurrection, but I lose an Instagram account forever that I spent years building tens of thousands of followers because I criticized a monarchy for handing down death sentences on LGBTQ people and for mocking the homophobic chicken fuckers.

Didn’t these platforms level lifetime bans on Donald Trump? Does “lifetime” not mean lifetime anymore? I did not get that memo.

My second 30-day suspension on Facebook was for typing the word “Taliban,” but now Meta is allowing the head of America’s Taliban to return.

So, yeah. This cartoon is personal.

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Flat Earth Core


Some scientists are saying the Earth’s core may have stopped spinning, or slowed down, and may even start to go in reverse. In case you’re a Republican, reverse means backward. Republicans know backward.

I’m going to lay some science down on you (yes, this is cut and paste. I don’t know this shit).

The Earth is formed of the crust, the mantle, and the inner and outer cores. The solid inner core is situated about 3,200 miles below the Earth’s crust and is separated from the semi-solid mantle by the liquid outer core, which allows the inner core to rotate at a different speed from the rotation of the Earth itself.

With a radius of almost 2,200 miles, Earth’s core is about the size of the planet Mars (which is about half the size of Earth). The Earth’s core consists mostly of iron and nickel and contains about one-third of Earth’s mass.

Yi Yang, an associate research scientist at Peking University, and Xiaodong Song, Peking University chair professor, studied seismic waves from earthquakes that have passed through the Earth’s inner core along similar paths since the 1960s to infer how fast the inner core is spinning. Wait a minute. Isn’t China where Donald Trump claims global warming was invented?

I watched “The Phantom Menace” again over the weekend (I don’t know why) and Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Jar-Jar took a shortcut in a bongo from Gungan City to Theed, the capital of Naboo, through the planet’s core. I have an issue with this. Sure, it’s science fiction, but I don’t think you can bongo your way from one ocean to another through the core of the planet. The core would be a solid mass, not liquid. At the very least, wouldn’t it be red hot magma as Dr. Evil claimed in those Austin Powers movies?

Anyway, seismic records, which previously changed over time, haven’t shown much change since 2009, when the Black Eye Peas released “My Humps.” I knew that song was bad news. This leads Dr. Yang to believe the core has either stopped or slowed down and makes him ask, “Whatcha gon’ do with all that junk? All that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?”

Back in the 1980s when Bananarama was running wild, the core was spinning just fine. Some scientists believe this is a cycle and the current spinning started in the 1970s back when Terry Jacks was singing “Seasons in the Sun.” But others believe this cycle started even earlier, like when Ray Charles did the “Mess Around.”

The most amazing thing about all of this is that Fox News also reported this story to their viewership of flat earthers. You know, the goons who believe climate change is a socialist plot, face masks don’t work, covid is a hoax, chemtrails, birds aren’t real, vaccines cause death and autism, Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, and Fergie’s humps are not nearly as nice as the humps of Kimberly Guilfoyle.

And if the Earth’s core does indeed start to spin backward, then we’re all going to believe that stuff too, which will be great for me because I’m kinda tired of having to research and be accountable for my beliefs. Being an irresponsible right-wing cartoonist would take so much pressure off. And trust me, even the slightest research will educate you that Fergie is much nicer than Kimberly Guilfoyle if even hearing “Let’s get it Started” makes you want to hit yourself upon the head with a tack hammer.

But seriously, I’m going to have so much egg on my face if everything in this cartoon turns out to be true.

Creative note: My CNN editor suggested I do something on this subject but we didn’t go with any of the ideas I sent him on it. I wrote a version of this last Friday but rewrote it this morning (so he never saw this one).

Music note: I listened to a 90s alternative mix.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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