Bad Behavior Defense


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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein did not get the Hollywood red-carpet treatment when he entered a New York City courthouse to face charges of raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex. Instead, he entered wearing handcuffs. Three pairs in fact, because he’s kind of a big guy.

It was being a big guy that allowed Weinstein to get away with harassing, assaulting, and intimidating women for decades. Decades of using his wealth and power to force women to submit to him, and destroyed the careers of those who wouldn’t. He’d often coerce or buy silence, and even employed an Israeli security firm to collect information on his accusers. Over 90 women have accused him of harassment and assault. While a few of his accusers are famous, many are not, and maybe it’s because of Weinstein why they’re not.

But it was the famous that finally brought the accusations out from being just rumors and whispers in Hollywood, to public exposure, to eventual criminal charges. It spawned the #MeToo movement which has brought to light harassment and assaults from other famous men.

Other famous men like Bill Cosby, who will now be going to prison. I’m sure Weinstein has Cosby in mind as he prepares his defense.

Weinstein is out on $1 million bail and has been extended the luxury of traveling between his homes in New York City and Connecticut, although with an ankle monitoring bracelet. He’s also surrendered his passport, so he won’t be able to flee the country.

Weinstein may not ever see the inside of a prison, even if all the criminal accusations are true. His legal team is preparing a defense admitting his bad behavior, which they say is not criminal or on trial. Will it work? Ask Donald Trump.

This is a nation that disregarded numerous horrible traits of Trump while putting him in the White House. Trump has been accused by nearly 20 women and has bought the silence of others. The number of those paid off is only known by Trump and his lawyer/fixer, Michael Cohen. Weinstein’s lawyers will be seeking people to put on a jury who will disregard bad behavior.

Perhaps his lawyer’s first question to potential jurors will be, “did you vote for Donald Trump?”

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Jurassic Costa Rica


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This cartoon was published in The Costa Rica Star on May 11, 2018. That’s almost two weeks ago and I’m very late with sharing it here. Oops. I figured I better get it up because the new cartoon for this week is about to drop at their site.

The new president of Costa Rica is implementing a plan to ditch all fossil fuels in the nation within the coming years. Costa Rica is already ahead of basically every other nation in the world in this regard, but it’s still a tall order.

I really enjoyed this one because I got to draw a dinosaur. Rar.

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Stupidgate


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Usually, when a president, or any politician, argues for or defends a position, they use details of the subject. They will use facts while also omitting details that hurt their argument. Sometimes they’ll even lie. Every politician lies. What Donald Trump does with lies isn’t just different, it’s dangerous.

Trump does not argue details or cite evidence or facts. He vilifies. For example, James Comey is a proven liar, leaker and Trump has done us a “great service” by firing him. There’s no evidence Comey lied about anything. There’s no evidence he leaked, but the narrative used by Trump and his sycophants is that Comey is a bad actor. It gets worse.

Trump will engage in conspiracy theories that are so bizarre they should make your tinfoil-wearing, attic-dwelling uncle say, “That crap is cray-cray.” Trump’s political ambitions began with the lie that Obama was not born in the United States. There has never been one ounce of evidence to support this claim, yet Trump harnessed it and rode it to his presidential announcement.

After Trump won the presidency, he claimed Obama wiretapped his phones. Of course, that’s not true, and he made the charge without any evidence. Today, he’s claiming there’s a “deep state” that was designed to prevent him from winning the presidency, and it still exists today in our government trying to bring him down. Never mind the fact that he is the government now and the heads of “deep state” are his appointees.

Trump claims the FBI, under orders from President Obama, planted a spy into his campaign to cost him the election and has even co-opted the term “Spygate.” Trump is so stupid and unoriginal that he had to steal the name “Spygate” from other controversies. A professor in Britain reached out to three Trump team members, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Sam Clovis to inquire about their connections to Russia, and he reported his findings to the FBI. If the FBI was trying to derail the Trump campaign, they did a horrible job of it by making announcements they were investigating Hillary Clinton. They never made an announcement about investigating Trump.

American intelligence received warnings from officials in Britain and Australia about Russians attempting to meddle in the Trump campaign. They received no warnings from the Trump campaign itself. Trump’s team was eager and ready to receive cooperation from Russian agents to win the election.

When Trump screams “Spygate,” he’s deflecting from the fact that he hired Russian spies, he allowed them into his campaign headquarters, and that he even shouted on television asking Vladimir Putin to help him win the presidency. Trump says “Spygate” could be the biggest political scandal in history and everybody in the media is using the term. No and no. This so-called “Spygate” is totally made up from Trump’s feeble imagination and nobody in the media was using the term before Trump, unless they were talking about the New England Patriots spying on the New York Jets.

This is where it goes from being stupid, bizarre, slightly amusing to dangerous. People are listening and believing him.

A recent poll finds that 59% of Americans don’t believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller has uncovered any crimes, despite the fact, the investigation has issues 17 criminal indictments, five guilty pleas and has sent one person to prison. This is from the Goebbels playbook. If you repeat a lie enough people will start believing it, especially those who want to believe. Trump could tweet that the FBI has installed alien lizard people coordinated by Elvis to spy on him and his sycophants will believe it. This has created pressure on those in Washington who are attempting to remain adults.

The Justice Department caved into Trump’s demands faster than a room full of NFL owners to look into “Spygate” and Republicans have been pressuring them to reveal the identity of informants. What they really want to know is what do the DOJ and FBI have on Trump. Yesterday, the DOJ held a meeting with the Gang of Eight, the leaders of Congress from both parties to show them what they had concerning “Spygate.” They actually held two meetings, the first with Republicans Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (who has used his position to deliver evidence to the White House), Trey Gowdy (because after holding numerous Benghazi hearings, he’s really good with the conspiracy crap), and Democrat Adam Schiff. They attempted to prevent any Democrats from attending these meetings. At the second meeting, Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House lawyer Emmett Flood were allowed to attend. Kelly and Flood had no business attending that meeting other than gaining material for Trump’s defense. Their presence should not have been allowed.

Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News and boasted that the Republicans would provide information from the meetings to Trump’s legal team, which proved what this is really all about. This is not draining the swamp. It’s a BYOB swamp party. Bring Your Own Bullshit.

Trump is attempting to use the DOJ as his own personal protection service. Earlier in the day, he said people who want to kneel during the national anthem should leave the country. Trump has also said that our nation having “thousands of judges” to hear immigration cases is a disgrace, and we should dispense with the trials. Trump is using the strategies implemented by authoritarians on their way to becoming dictators, and that is using lies to dispense with democratic institutions. Checks and balances and separation of power will be rid of like the use of facts.

Facts are still important even though Trump and his followers have no use for them and argue for “alternative facts,” conspiracy theories, and confirmation bias. People who get most of their information from Trump’s Twitter feed and Russian troll farms will tell you that we can’t trust The New York Times and The Washington Post.

“Many people” have said Russiagate is like Watergate, but with stupid people. There is no Spygate. There is only Stupidgate. And it may be the biggest political scandal in American history.

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Taking A Knee


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After the NFL released their ruling Wednesday that they are banning kneeling during the American national anthem and will fine anyone who does so, Vice President and chief kisser of the orange rumpus, Mike Pence tweeted, “Today’s decision by the is a win for the fans, a win for , and a win for America. Americans can once again come together around what unites us – our flag, our military, and our National Anthem. Thank you NFL.”

What Mike Pence reveals with that tweet is that it was never about the fans, our military, or our nation. It’s all about Trump.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the silent protest to draw attention to police brutality and other social injustice against African-Americans. A few players joined him over time, and after Donald Trump used the issue to divide America further, even more players, white and black, took part.

Trump used the issue to attack black athletes and throw red meat to his base of racist supporters under the pretense that not standing was dishonoring veterans. That’s rich coming from a man who said a POW was not a war hero (I like people who aren’t captured), insulted Gold Star Families, and was himself a draft dodger.

Pence used the issue to stage a photo-op and even flew across the country to pull it off.

None of the critics have actually listened to what the protest has been about, instead pretending it’s something else. Screaming a lie about disrespecting the military is easier and more politically beneficial than confronting the reality that we have a social and legal system that discriminates against black Americans.

The National Football League was wise years ago when they prevented Trump from becoming a team owner. The “Buffalo Trumps” has a horrible ring to it anyway. The league should have exercised that same wisdom and refused to listen and pander to Trump.

The league is allowing players to stay in the locker rooms during the anthem, but will fine teams of any players on the field who refuse to stand. The teams can then punish the players any way they choose. Sure, the players are employees, but can an employer force employees to pledge loyalty? Expect a legal challenge.

The NFL uses patriotism as a marketing tool and even takes money from the Department of Defense to stage tributes in taxpayer-owned stadiums, in cities where they receive huge tax breaks.

The anger directed at the players is based entirely on race, not patriotism. You don’t see the same outrage from Republicans toward Trump for his disrespect of the troops. They don’t ask him to apologize and to be accountable for the attacks he’s waged. These are the same people complaining about “safe spaces” on college campuses.

It’s funny how people are told they can protest as long as they do it peacefully, then told to do it silently, and now they’re being told to do it where nobody can see them. Basically, the rule from Republicans is, don’t protest while black.

One solution the NFL didn’t take advantage of was, leave it alone. An atmosphere where you allow people to express themselves is stronger than one of forced compliance. Since the NFL failed, the players should practice a new protest.

I suggest they go on the field during the anthem and stand. While standing, they should put their fist in the air and give the black power salute like Tommie Smith and John Carlos did in the 1968 Olympics. The new policy doesn’t prohibit a raised fist while standing. Then, we’ll hear from the critics what their problems really are about black athletes making a point.

Standing up for your beliefs is honorable. Kissing Trump’s ass is a disgrace. Pandering to a wannabe authoritarian is un-American.

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Commemorative Chicken


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Apparently, Donald Trump woke up Tuesday morning to the same realization the rest of us wake with every day. That he could be an international embarrassment, become a laughingstock, and bring great shame and humiliation upon us. That, or he had a really bad bowel movement.

After initial excitement over the summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Trump is showing signs that he is having second thoughts. I’m as shocked as you are. Trump has thoughts?

This is exactly what happens when you engage in bar talk. What’s bar talk? It’s when you commit yourself to something that you regret the next day. Say you talk to a casual acquaintance in a bar and you say you’ll drive them to the airport. The next morning you wake up and think, “what have I done? I hope he knows it was just bar talk.” A lot of people have come to expect that anything they hear in a bar is B.S.

A few years ago, I invited a sketchy person to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving. The next day I told him not to worry about it because she probably knew it was just bar talk. Unfortunately, she didn’t. In fact, she’s still at his house. Seriously.

Anyway, Trump engaged in bar talk without being in a bar. South Korea diplomats told Trump that Kim wanted to meet and Trump accepted without researching, consulting experts, or setting conditions. Trump was excited and started talking about being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for making a date. They’re so excited they’ve issued a commemorative coin for the summit.

The White House Communications Agency issued a coin to celebrate the occasion, which may not happen. There’s also criticism and mockery of the coin beyond it being premature. It refers to Kim as “Supreme Leader,” a title the U.S. doesn’t usually use for the dictator. It also has both men in a sort of romantic face-to-face pose, like they should get a room. It’s also similar to the poster for that movie where John Travolta and Nicolas Cage trade faces. Others have pointed out that the depiction of Kim has given him multiple chins while giving Trump a rigid jawline, which he hasn’t had since never.

Since they went ahead and made a commemorative coin for something that may not happen, the White House should go ahead and make a coin commemorating Trump’s impeachment. You know. Just in case.

According to White House leakers, Trump is not prepared for the summit. The big test is coming up and Trump hasn’t studied. The briefing material has words and stuff. It’s hard. Trump will insist on North Korea giving up its nuclear program, but all he knows about nuclear is that it’s uranium. Thanks to National Security Adviser and mustache aficionado John Bolton, North Korea is now blustering.

Bolton said the Trump administration will seek a nuclear agreement similar to the one Libya agreed to, which eventually left Muammar Gaddafi dead. For reasons unknown, Kim Jong Un isn’t fond of that idea. There are also rumors that Kim is concerned there will be a coup while he’s in Singapore hobnobbing with Trump.

Trump also blamed China for Kim’s changing stance, without explaining how it was their fault other than saying Kim became weirder after visiting China for the second time. While North Korea is willing to end their nuclear testing, because they’ve destroyed all the places they can test, they’re not willing to give up their capability. Trump can thank Bolton for making Kim skittish. He can thank himself for pulling out of the Iran deal which tells North Korea and the rest of the world that Donald Trump doesn’t honor agreements.

Trump has every reason to be afraid of being embarrassed. It may be more than coming home without an agreement. What if Kim calls him a dotard to his face in front of the press? As we saw from his debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump isn’t quick on his feet, especially after being insulted. Will he respond to Kim with, “you’re the dotard. You’re the dotard?”

What happens if Kim doesn’t show up? It’s bad enough being stood up on a date after driving across town. But Trump is traveling halfway around the world and could be left standing in the rain with wilted flowers in his hands.

Trump wanted this meeting more than Kim and unfortunately, North Korea and the world knows. Now he’s trying to find a way to worm out, and he’s probably hoping Kim cancels first or gives him a great, or even a slightly decent reason to cancel.

It will be interesting to see how the sycophants defend Trump if he chickens out. These people used to say even talking to Iran was giving them legitimacy. Now, they say Trump deserves awards for meeting Kim, which is even more premature than the stupid double-chin coin.

Trump is used to receiving red carpets, sword dances, and French hugs when he meets with foreign leaders. He doesn’t know how Kim will treat him. Trump is unprepared, scared, and stupid.

Kim already has the upper hand, and we’ve all seen Trump’s.

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DOJ Happy Place


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For a bunch of people who hate “fake” investigations, they sure do like calling for them. Or in this case, demanding. In case you haven’t noticed, Trump and his defenders don’t even argue the facts anymore in defending him on charges of collusion with Russia and obstruction. Instead, they attack the Department of Justice and the FBI.

A few weeks ago while screaming at the country on Fox & Friends, Trump said at some point he was going to get involved with the Justice Department. That’s exactly what he did Sunday. Trump issued an order through a tweet, “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

There was a time when we believed it was a good thing that our law enforcement was protecting us from foreign spies. The Republican Party used to be about law and order. Not anymore.

Russia engaged in a campaign to interfere in our election. Law enforcement warned the Trump campaign and asked them to report anything suspicious. Instead, at least seven members of the Trump campaign met with Russians and were very eager to receive their help in defeating Hillary Clinton. The FBI spied on the Russians in the Trump campaign, not to hurt Trump, but to protect America.

In fact, the FBI told us they were investigating Clinton but never said anything about investigating people in the Trump campaign. It’s a hard argument to say the FBI was favoring Clinton over Trump, but Republicans don’t do reality anymore.

Trump’s newest deflection is that the FBI was spying on his campaign. Next, he’s going to claim they threw a porn star at him. Now he’s ordering the Justice Department to investigate those investigating him. This should not be allowed.

A few weeks ago, Deputy Attorney General, who is overseeing the Special Counsel’s investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia said, “the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted. We’re going to do what’s required by the rule of law, and any kind of threats that anybody makes are not going to affect the way we do our job.” Now, he has caved to the bully.

There is no reason, evidence, or signs that the FBI planted moles into the Trump campaign. Donald Trump and his goons in Congress claim they did. Trump may be president, but that doesn’t mean he understands how anything works. The man asked Bill Gates twice if HIV and HPV was the same thing. Donald Trump is stupid.

Rosenstein may be just placating Trump, but the Justice Department should not cave to a bully. The Department of Justice and those in Congress should educate Trump that he is not an authoritarian leader and there are limits to what he can do. They should not be lickspittles.

Trump will not stop with this request to investigate those investigating him. Giving a bully your lunch money never stopped the bully from demanding it again. It only encouraged him. Trump has been encouraged by Rosenstein, just as he’s been by those in Congress who deem protecting Trump at all cost as their jobs.

Trump believes the Justice Department should be his own protection agency and go after his enemies. He’s complained how Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t protecting him and that he needs a Roy Cohn, Trump former lawyer who was counsel for Joseph McCarthy and eventually disbarred. That is the kind of lawyer Trump wants.

This is not North Korea, Cuba, Iran, China, Russia, or the Philippines. Trump should not be allowed to be a bully or a strongman potentate. Congress and the DOJ need to educate him where the lines are drawn and what he can’t get away with.

We don’t need a Roy Cohn. We need leaders in DOJ who will not let Trump put his little grubby orange hands on Lady Justice.

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The Trump Commandments


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People who are not hypocrites have been scratching their heads over the support given to Donald Trump by evangelicals, specifically, white evangelicals. What’s up with that?

Conservatives and Republicans are hypocrites in general. They hate federal debt when a Democrat does it, but ignore it when Republicans add nearly two trillion to it by giving them an extra $20 per paycheck. They hate when a black Democrat plays golf or goes on vacation, but never mention it when their white billionaire does it ten times more often. They say foreign governments donating to Hillary Clinton’s charity is “pay for play,” but think nothing of Trump, his kids, and other assorted cohorts selling access, or even initiating a blockade of an ally where U.S. troops are based because that nation wouldn’t bail out Jared Kushner’s Fifth Avenue money pit. A Democrat paying a former British spy to research Trump is collusion with Russia because the investigator interviewed Russians, but having Russians in Trump Tower promising dirt on their opponent is no biggie.

But the evangelical support is stark hypocrisy of all they have ever stood for and preached against. These people always championed their “moral majority” and would chase a candidate out-of-town if his love for God and Jesus didn’t meet their standards. They supported impeaching Bill Clinton, not so much because he committed perjury, but what he lied about. Now, their champion is the idiot who never goes to church and says, “two Corinthians. That’s the whole ballgame,” without knowing what’s in the book.

With Donald Trump, evangelicals look past infidelities, his boasting about assaulting women, paying porn stars to keep quiet about sleeping with him, his racism, treason, self-worship to the point he refers to himself in the third person, punishing children of immigrants, attacking Gold Star families and POWs, and stiffing people who’ve worked for him. How they get beyond him wanting to date his daughter is a real mystery.

A recent poll found that support for Trump among white evangelicals is at 75%. Four in ten agreed with the statement: “There’s almost nothing President Trump could do to lose my approval.” Ron Reagan, President Reagan’s liberal son, once said he couldn’t ever run for president because this nation wouldn’t elect an atheist. It would if it was a Republican atheist who was only slightly good at faking it.

Robert Jeffress, a pastor for a megachurch in Dallas said, “Evangelicals knew they weren’t voting for an altar boy when they voted for Donald Trump.” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an anti-gay hate group said, “We kind of gave him—‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.” Far-right pastor Franklin Graham says it’s OK to support Trump because he stopped sinning once he became president. A count by the Washington Post finds that Trump has told nearly 3,000 lies since becoming president. Last I checked, lying is a sin.

Let’s look at the Ten Commandments and see how they fit Trump and his supporters.

  1. I am the Lord thy God, thou shall not have any gods before me. Trump worships himself and his sycophants worship him, so they’re already behind the count.
  2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything. Trump is his own idol and names buildings after himself. We’re at O for two.
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Misusing the character is misusing the name. Micah 6:8 asks rhetorically, “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Trump doesn’t love justice, kindness, and he doesn’t walk humbly. You just struck out.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Have you seen the stuff Trump Sunday tweets? Yesterday, he attacked the FBI eight times. That’s not very holy. When he’s not attacking people on the Sabbath, he’s on the golf course.
  5. Honor your father and your mother. Trump’s mother was an immigrant. His immigration policy is not honoring her.
  6. You shall not murder. Trump has not personally killed anyone that we’re aware of, but he’s advocating for the death penalty for drug dealers and his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem literally killed people.
  7. You shall not commit adultery. Hoo boy.
  8. You shall not steal. Trump University, not paying contractors, stealing over $250,000 from his charity to settle lawsuits and purchase gifts for himself, etc. Trump is a thief.
  9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. We all know Trump’s a liar, but he doesn’t just lie about himself. He lies about others. He perpetuated the birther lie and claimed Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. As noted above, he’s told around 3,000 lies since becoming president. And to combine it with stealing, his lies and false promises of Trump University stole over $40 million from his students.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, or property. In case you haven’t noticed, Trump is extremely jealous of Obama. You can start with the Inaugural crowd size lie. He craves the respect and accomplishments of Obama to the point that he compares everything he does to the man…and always comes up short.

According to the Bible, we’re all sinners. But it’s amazing Trump isn’t being struck by lightning on a daily basis. Trump has broken all ten of the Commandments.

Evangelicals aren’t just hypocrites to support Trump, but they’ve sold their souls for the man. All they got for it is a crappy red cap made in China.

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