President Precedent


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Is Donald Trump the kind of guy who would sell classified secrets, even nuclear secrets, to foreign adversaries?

Well, he’s the kind of guy who’d ask Russia to help him win an election.

He’s the kind of guy who’d invite Russians inside his campaign headquarters to give him dirt on his political opponent.

He’s the kind of guy who’d read the information from Russian hacks at his campaign rallies.

He’s the kind of guy who’d give Russians classified information while visiting the Oval Office.

He’s the kind of guy who’d tweet pictures of classified information.

He’s the kind of guy who’d hire people who worked for Russia, like Michael Flynn.

He’s the kind of guy who would appoint his son-in-law to his campaign and to his White House staff after that son-in-law attempted to create a backchannel to communicate with Russia.

He’s the kind of guy who’d stand next to Vladimir Putin at a press conference and take his side over the claims of our intelligence agencies.

He’s the kind of guy who’d fire the director of the FBI for investigating his goons.

He’s the kind of guy who’d fire others in our law enforcement agencies for investigating his goons.

He’s the kind of guy who’d fire his Attorney General for appointing a Special Counsel and recusing himself.

He’s the kind of guy who’d hire a new Attorney General based upon TV interviews where he said he wouldn’t pursue investigations into Trump’s collusion with Russia.

He’s the kind of guy who’d publicly pressure his Justice Department to go after his political enemies.

He’s the kind of guy who’d pardon his goons.

He’s the kind of guy who’d give credibility to North Korea’s dictator.

He’s the kind of guy who praises other dictators.

He’s the kind of guy who congratulates the president of Russia on winning a fraudulent election where his opponents are thrown into prison.

He’s the kind of guy who defends the Russian president when accused of murdering and poisoning political opponents.

He’s the kind of guy who’d extort a foreign president for dirt on his political opponents by withholding weapons granted by Congress.

He’s the kind of guy who’d call state election officials and tell them to find him votes that don’t exist.

He’s the kind of guy who’d attempt a coup.

He’s the kind of guy who’d send an angry mob of white nationalist terrorists to stop Congress from certifying the election victory of his opponent.

He’s the kind of guy who’d refuse a peaceful transfer of power.

He’s the kind of guy who’d tell over 30,000 lies.

He’s the kind of guy who’d get impeached twice.

He’s the kind of guy who assaults women and brags about it.

He’s the kind of guy who hangs out with and endorses pedophiles.

And he’s the kind of guy who’d take dozens of boxes of classified information that doesn’t belong to him with him to his bedbug-ridden golf resort for who knows why.

He’s the kind of guy whose home is searched with a warrant by the FBI on suspicion of espionage.

So, is Donald Trump the kind of guy who’d sell government secrets to foreign adversaries?

Music note: I listened to a bunch of Foo Fighters and Soundgarden while drawing this.

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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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Banana Rudy


Rudy is in extreme danger of serving the rest of his life in prison and he’s probably too obnoxious and narcissistic to realize it.

Rudy used to put people in prison. In fact, he was damn good at it. It was his reputation for putting mobsters behind bars that got him elected as New York City’s mayor. Rudy is to New York City what Ronald Reagan is to America. Ronald Reagan was a bad president but people, not just Republicans, swore up and down for decades he was a great one. Before Trump turned the GOP into a cult, you couldn’t win a Republican primary without being a Reagan Republican. Rudy achieved the nickname and designation as “America’s mayor” while the fact is, he was a horrible mayor. And now, he’s a horrible lawyer.

Rudy lost his mind over the past 20 years since 9/11. The man who used to put mobsters in prison went to work for a dime-store clown mobster in Donald Trump. Now, the guy who prosecuted the mob may go to prison for racketeering.

Rudy pursued dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden in Ukraine, but couldn’t find anything, so he went on cable TV to spread conspiracy theories. He made threatening phone calls to Ukrainian officials that they better help Trump by providing him dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden, or at least lie and say they did.

He was Trump’s defender over the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels but messed up on Hannity by admitting Trump did make the payments and that they were funneled through shell companies. Maybe Rudy learned a thing or two from prosecuting mobsters.

And then Rudy was one of the chief strategists and public faces of Trump’s election steal. He was the champion of the Big Lie. Rudy held a press conference in Pennsylvania, thinking he booked it at the Four Seasons Hotel but instead, held it at Four Seasons Total Landscaping next to a porn shop. Rudy testified before several state legislative committees, loudly farting during his testimony. He held another press conference where the generic hair dye in his hair began to drip down his face.

In depositions screened by the House committee investigating January 6, a parade of Trump advisers testified that they told Trump what they thought of Rudy’s claims he won the election: “Bullshit.” “Completely bogus.” “Silly.” “Completely nuts.” “Crazy.” “Incorrect.” “Debunked.” “Idiotic.”

Adviser Jason Miller said he thought Rudy was drunk on election night when he told Trump to “just say we won,” without any evidence as states started to fall for Biden.

Rudy claimed such crazy shit as there were votes “in garbage cans” and in “shopping baskets” being wheeled in for counting under orders from Frankfurt, Germany. He claimed Eight thousand dead people voted in Pennsylvania when there weren’t even eight. He said there was a suitcase full of ballots pulled from under a table in Georgia which was another lie. And there was the lie that votes were manipulated by Italian satellites and the deceased dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. He even publicly attacked Georgia election workers and sent goons after them by naming them.

America’s mayor had become not only a laughingstock but also very dangerous.

In courtrooms, Rudy made several presentations that were full of debunked lies. It was for this reason that Rudy’s licenses to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C. were suspended.

Yesterday, we learned that Rudy is a criminal target in Georgia’s investigation into election tampering. Rudy is scheduled to testify before the grand jury tomorrow and if he’s smart, he’ll listen to his lawyers telling him to plead the Fifth. He may not be that smart.

The grand jury has a lot of questions about Giuliani’s appearances before state legislative panels in December 2020, when he spent hours peddling false conspiracy theories about secret suitcases of Democratic ballots and corrupted voting machines.

Rudy was also part of the conspiracy to create fake electors for states to send to Washington to certify Trump as the winner of the election he lost to Joe Biden.

And if all that wasn’t enough for Rudy, he’s being sued by voting machine companies, Dominion and Smartmatic, for lies he told about their products. The companies are seeking billions with a “b.”

Rudy believes he has attorney/client privilege, but you don’t have that when you’re conspiring with your client to break the law. A lawyer doesn’t have privileges to lie and claim stuff like tens of thousands of underage teenagers had voted illegally in Georgia when there were actually zero with a “z.”

If Rudy goes to jail, do you think Trump cares? According to some reports, Trump stopped paying Rudy.

But here’s the fun part, kids: If Rudy is a criminal target, then so is Donald Trump. We’ll find out soon just how loyal Rudy really is to Trump.

I’m not a lawyer, but if I were, I’d be a better one than Rudy. And if I were Rudy’s lawyer, I’d advise him to roll on Trump faster than Josh Hawley can run from an angry white nationalist mob he instigated.

Music Note: I listened to Everclear’s album “So Much for the Afterglow.”

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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Treasonous Squirrels


While I don’t believe the raid on Mar-a-Lago was an intentional distraction, it can serve as one. Maybe that shitty thing will distract voters from all the other shitty things Republicans do.

Maybe the revelation that Donald Trump is a traitor to this nation and only cares about himself…OK, a reminder that Donald Trump is a traitor and doesn’t care about anyone except himself will distract voters from the fact that not one Republican voted for it.

The Inflation Reduction Act won’t just decrease today’s inflation, but it will provide benefits over the next decade and beyond. In addition to reducing inflation, it will decrease healthcare costs and fight climate change. It will reduce the growth of the deficit and includes a 15 percent minimum cash tax on corporations. Called the “Amazon Tax,” it is expected to raise $222 billion over 10 years and $35 billion in 2023. Republicans hate this.

Amazon, which had a seven-percent tax rate on a profit of $22 billion over the past two years, should see its tax rate increase to 15 percent, just like Tesla, which paid around nine percent over the past two years on a profit of over $7 billion.

The bill also moves to cap and lower seniors’ drug costs while sparing about 13 million low-and middle-income Americans from increases in their insurance premiums that would have risen in 2023. Republicans voted against that.

The Republican talking point against this bill is that it will add 87,000 Internal Revenue Service agents with guns to come after you. Since Republicans are saying this, it’s a lie.

The bill includes funding for the IRS which will “allow” them to add 87,000 employees, not 87,000 auditors…or the term the GOP is using, “agents.” These employees will be added over the next decade with many replacing retiring employees. In case you’re a Republican MAGA goon, a decade is ten years. The focus will be going after the mega-rich who cheat on taxes. Naturally, Republicans hate that and are telling middle-class voters they’re the ones the IRS and Democrats are going after. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it would allow the government to hire tens of thousands of new IRS agents to “snoop around in your bank account, your Venmo, your small business, and then the government will shake you down for every last cent.”

Someone tell Kevin McCarthy that PayPal, which owns Venmo, already files all your incoming money with the government and sends you a 1099. So, you better file the payments you received through PayPal.

Republicans are also calling it a “tax increase on families” despite the fact it doesn’t raise individual rates. Republicans lie. But you have to lie when all your ideas and policy positions are shit, like blocking a $35 insulin cap.

An amendment in the Senate to add a $35 insulin cap only received only seven votes from Republicans, meaning it failed to reach the 60-vote threshold it needed to pass. Just how shitty are Republicans to vote against this?

Insulin can cost as much as $99 in the United States. The next nation where insulin is most expensive is Chile, where it can as much as $21. Insulin is life-saving medicine for many diabetics who don’t have a choice and must buy it, no matter the price. There are diabetics in this country who choose insulin over food. This means without caps from the government, the corporations selling it can just blah-blah-blah with the excuses for the high prices while raking in billions. Republican opposition to this was blamed on the cost being shifted to insurance premiums or that they were voting against socialism. How dare government go all socialist and cut costs for insulin.

Pharmaceutical companies are just as greedy and care for their consumers about as much as oil companies do.

I forgot to include in my cartoon the GOP vote against healthcare for veterans who are suffering from exposure to burn pits. The GOP initially voted for it, then against it just so Biden couldn’t get a win. Republicans turned around and voted for it again after they couldn’t tolerate the noise level from public outrage. See? Republicans don’t care about you at all. This is just an example that their positions are not based on any values or principles.

This brings us to abortion which most Americans support. Republicans spent decades trying to overturn Roe vs. Wade and they made a lot of celebratory noise when they finally got it. Now, they’re a little quieter about it after Kansas voters rejected a state ban on abortion. Republicans don’t want voters to be reminded that most of them will force ten-year-olds to birth their rapists’ babies.

Republicans are horrible and vile creatures. Since we can’t ban Republicans, maybe we can put a cap on them. I’m thinking of a cap of 35 Republicans per chamber in Congress and every state legislature. Of course, that wouldn’t be constitutional, so hey…Republicans should love it.

This November, do not let Republicans change the subject. Yes, Donald Trump is a vile human being and a criminal who should be going to prison. But the rest of the Republican party is just as vile. Vote them out. Don’t let them take Congress.

Why give control of Congress to the people who vote against healthcare for veterans, healthcare for you, insulin caps, inflation reduction, free elections, democracy, and abortion rights while covering up for a traitor?

Music Note: I listened to some Foo Fighters B-sides. These are songs that were never on an official Foo Fighter album. They’re demos, covers, outtakes, and songs for movie soundtracks. There’s a lot of good stuff in there. The Foo Fighters have recorded a lot of covers but they’ve never put one on an album.

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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Hating On The FBI


Elected officials from city councils to the presidency are supposed to represent their entire constituencies, whether they voted for them or not. A president should be president even to those who hate him. Donald Trump has only represented one constituency, angry racist white people. He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone else, and quite frankly, he doesn’t really care all that much about the angry racist white people either. He’s just using them. Trump really only cares about Trump. But, he will send those angry racist white people out to hurt you. And the proof he doesn’t care about them either is that he puts them in harm’s way too. Ask Ashli Babbitt. Oh, wait. You can’t because she’s dead.

Maybe you can ask Ricky Shiffer. Oh, wait. He’s dead too.

Ashli Babbit was killed by a Capitol Police officer while she was engaging in a terrorist attack instigated by Donald Trump over a lie. It was the Big Lie.

Ricky Shiffer was killed by police after trying to attack the FBI office in Cincinnati with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a nail gun. Why? Because he was upset the government took stuff away from Donald Trump that he didn’t own. Donald Trump got Ashli and Ricky both killed. Donald Trump has gotten a lot of people killed.

Since the FBI executed a search warrant on Donald Trump’s gaudy home in a ridiculous Florida golf resort (come for the buffet, stay for the treason), he’s tweeted, er…”truthed” or “re-truthed” over 40 attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice. And the Republican Party has been doing the same.

Trump has accused the FBI and DOJ of being corrupt, of being communist, of being directed by President Biden, and has made claims of them attempting to turn off security footage at Mar-a-Lago and of rummaging through Melania’s closet which is in a totally separate bedroom than where Trump sleeps because she doesn’t sleep with Trump, and nobody blames her for that, but yeah…her clothes were like taken off hangers and left on the floor and that might be the greatest injustice here. Do you know how tedious it is to put all your clothes back on hangers? Ugh. I think I got off topic a bit there. But thankfully for Melania, Trump has hired undocumented migrants to do her laundry. Hope they’re not the rapists and killers Mexico sent.

Trump has “re-truthed” goons like Jon Voight, Mike Pompeo, Marjorie Taylor Greene who’s calling to “defund the FBI,” and has even re-truthed someone using the racist frog avatar (Pepe) and a “truth” of a cartoon by the racist Branco who stole my sippy cup because he can’t come up with his own shit or even possess the intelligence to understand why the sippy cup works with Trump but doesn’t with President Biden and yeah…I’m getting off track again.

In case you haven’t noticed, Trump has yet to…”truth”… any condemnation against the attacker in Cincinnati and has yet to release a statement telling his goons to be peaceful. In fact, he’s doing everything he can without explicitly calling for violence to make sure there is violence.

Before the court unsealed the warrant, Trump apparently leaked it to some conservative outlets. I mean, who else could have leaked it? Not the FBI or DOJ because they were having it unsealed by the court. But, Trump didn’t have to leak it. He could have just “truthed” it on his shitty hater platform and had shown the world all the details except maybe redact the names of the FBI agents. Guess what Trump did not do.

Donald Trump, who once called for the death penalty for leakers, leaked the warrant to the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and Steve Bannon’s Breitbart. Donald Trump did NOT redact the names of the FBI agents. Breitbart published the names. Now, the names of those agents are all over Hater platforms. They’re on Truth Social, Telegram, Gab, 4chan, and all the ones we don’t even know about.

I was going to post a link to Breitbart so you can see it for yourself, but I’m not in the mood to surf Breitbart today. Go look it up for yourself if you must see it.

News anchor Ed Greenberger tweeted. “So… when Trump leaked the warrant docs to WSJ, FOX & Breitbart this afternoon, the names of the FBI agents in moved were not redacted. Anyone who thinks Trump cares about America, or Americans, is a damn fool.”

Donald Trump has a history of endorsing and calling for violence. He’s encouraged his supporters at his rallies to attack protesters and promised to pay for their legal fees. During Black Lives Matter protests, he tweeted, “When the looting starts, that’s when the shooting starts,” which probably inspired Kyle Rittenhouse to drive 90 miles to defend himself with an assault rifle. Hate crimes increased during Trump’s rise to power and he often praised the attackers as people who love their country and are passionate. Racist Mass shooters wrote manifestos praising Trump. He told the hate group Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” during his debate with President Biden. He told his white nationalist terrorists to come to Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, and promised it was going to be “wild.” He gave them a pep rally before their attack and then sat in the executive dining room in the White House for hours watching the attack unfold. Instead of calling off the attack, he tweeted an attack on Mike Pence. When he finally did tell them to go home, kinda sorta, he told them he “loved them” and that they were “very special.”

This is the same motherfucker who said good people marched with Nazis in Charlottesville.

I don’t have the time or motivation to chronicle all the times Trump endorsed violence, But Vox has a very good timeline you can check out, and you won’t get the feeling of ickiness crawling all over you like when you click a link to Breitbart.

If you think Donald Trump cares about anyone who’s not Donald Trump, you’re a damn fool.

Music Note: I listened to Kings of Leon and Alice in Chains while drawing this.

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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Roughs, Volume 149


Your favorite goofy cartoonist was busy last week and drew, count ’em, 20 roughs. TWENTY roughs.

Alex Jones would have to buy it, right?

I’ve been meaning to do one on the recession and gas prices, but they’re both coming down. Maybe I should save this one but with everything else going on, I don’t know when I’d get to it. I do like it.

And this was before we found out about Trump “possibly” committing espionage.

I figured most people don’t remember or were ever aware of Alex Jones’ conspiracy that the government was turning frogs gay. What does a gay frog eat? Heeeeeee’ey. Wait. That’s gay horses. I messed that up.

There were too many cartoons on Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan pissing off China that featured dragons. But I was bothered by the number of cartoons by liberal cartoonists blaming her for China being pissed off. I found them all to be kinda sexist. That’s what inspired this one.

I’m gonna try this again. What do gay frogs eat? Probably insects. I don’t know.

I pushed this one last week. See what I did there? Eh, you’re probably still trying to figure out the gay frog joke. Don’t hate on gay frogs. Gay frogs are frogs too.

This one became a real cartoon and I was surprised by how well it did with my liberal readership. Usually, they get a little snarly with me when I hit Democrats. But this time, most of them were with me and even the ones that agreed with the Democrat’s tactic here were kinda OK with the cartoon. I was even surprised that it wasn’t too subtle for most of my readers. I think there’s still one on Twitter waiting for me to explain it to him.

This was the first idea on the subject. It wasn’t good enough.

Seriously.

This wasn’t really good enough but fuck DeSantis.

I kinda liked this but was tired of Wizard of Oz references.

I didn’t think readers would get the troll living under a bridge reference here.

I saw a couple of cartoons that were kinda like this but I decided I didn’t need to say Alex Jones is lower than worms. We already know that. There’s nothing clever by merely saying Alex Jones is a horrible person. But, I do like drawing worms. Worms, much like cows, dragons, and gay frogs, amuse me.

This one sucks. There’s no excuse for it. It sucks.

And I like drawing Elvis, aliens, space, and Space Cat. This became a real cartoon. What does Space Cat eat? Probably space cat food.

This is the kind of cartoon I rough out but decides it sucks that would be a go for another cartoonist. Also, there’s Flood Cat. Fun fact: Cats are not very useful in floods.

And I like drawing lizard people. I didn’t think people would get this.

This is the rough that grew up to become the cartoon for last Sunday’s CNN Opinion newsletter. It did really well with the social media crowd.

Meh.

Which ones were your favorites?

I drew 15 roughs this week and they’re all on Trump, the FBI search, and espionage. I already turned two into real cartoons and I kinda wanna do the rest. You’ll see them all by the end of next weekend.

One last joke: How are gay frogs not like Donald Trump? Gay frogs don’t commit espionage.

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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RFK Bust


Not that I want to brag about this…again, but I want you to see this, And it’s not like it’ll get a lot of people gawking at it in my tiny apartment.

As you probably already know, I won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights journalism award for cartooning last May. They did a very nice online presentation since COVID denied us all an in-person awards banquet. Stupid COVID. I hate you, COVID. The check for winning arrived a couple of weeks ago and last night, or sometime during the day (I’m not sure when), the trophy arrived.

It’s a bust of RFK. When I first won the award, several of my colleagues were like, “and you get a badass trophy.” And I wanted this trophy. I told them, “I want the head.” I’ve seen photos of these before but they don’t do it justice. It’s huge and it weighs a little over 13 lbs, only two lbs if Dr. Ronnie Jackson weighs it. This will NOT fit on my windowsill with my Mr. Potato Head.

I had a very late night working on my CNN cartoon (Clay don’t sleep) and couldn’t come up for air or food until 10 p.m. I decided to go to McDonald’s and when I opened my apartment door, I found a huge and heavy box with my name on it in the hallway of my building. I was relieved it was by my door because sometimes delivery people leave packages for me outside the building or at the Chinese dumpling place downstairs.

I don’t have a place to put it. It sat on my work desk last night and on the kitchen table while I drew today’s cartoon. I have to buy a shelf for this and make room for that. I may have a plaque coming for winning the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (I hope so), so I’ll put that on the wall near it along with the few plaques and certificates I’ve won in state journalism contests (that have spent years in boxes). Maybe I’ll make a nifty Zoom background out of it.

This is my first national journalism award so it’s a big deal for me. But ya’ know, if I win any more awards in the future, they’ll be big deals for me too. I was never confident I’d ever win one, or if I’ll get any more. And this year, I won more than any other cartoonist in the country. Go figure.

I really wanted to win the RFK because you win it with your work covering human rights, which to me are the most important issues journalists can cover.

A friend of mine with the Herblock Foundation told me they have his RFK bust in their office, and knowing we both have one of these is so surreal to me. I’m really not worthy to be in Herblock’s company.

Thank you, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights people. You rock!

Fun With Espionage


Didn’t we all pretty much expect it to come down to treason? I mean, unless you’re in the orange cult, you saw this coming from 600 miles away. You may be surprised that it actually happened, but you still saw it coming.

My one hope is that this doesn’t wind up like the Mueller investigation. We all know Trump had help from Russia to win the 2016 election. This is a fact. It’s a fact that Donald Trump asked Russia for their help. It’s a fact his campaign welcomed Russia’s help. It’s a fact Trump read Wikileaks at his hate rallies. It’s a fact his campaign had contacts with people, at the very least, in contact with Russia. It’s a fucking fact that Trump’s campaign met with Russians in Trump Tower for dirt on Hillary Clinton. It’s a fact that during the transition, Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn were having secret talks with Russians. The only thing Mueller couldn’t establish was a connection directly between Trump and Russia.

And when Donald Trump extorted the president of another nation by withholding military aid approved by Congress in exchange for political dirt on Joe Biden, Republicans in the Senate refused to convict him.

When he attempted a coup and sent a white nationalist mob to attack the Capitol, Republicans again refused to convict him.

Just by those three crimes he got away with, there should be a nice jail cell warming up with his name on it.

We learned from the unsealing of the search warrant giving the FBI permission to search Mar-a-Lago that they’re investigating Trump for violating the Espionage Act, mishandling of documents, and obstruction of justice (which he’s done before).

But it’s Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 793, better known as the Espionage Act, which outlaws the unauthorized retention of national security information that could harm the United States or aid a foreign adversary that’s the beef in all this. Even if Donald Trump did declassify all the documents he took to his beach house when he fled Washington with his tail between his legs, it can still be a crime.

But saying something is declassified doesn’t make it declassified. The Justice Department made that clear, even during the Trump presidency. And former presidents can’t declassify documents.

And even if Donald Trump only wanted to keep these documents as keepsakes, without any ill intention of selling, giving, or trading them to foreign nations, the mishandling of them can still be cited as harmful to our nation and be in violation of the Espionage Act.

But even if Donald Trump declassified all this stuff, why did he want it? This is something he has not explained. I don’t think he’s even tweeted, er…”truthed” a lie out about it yet, like the comparison to Obama taking “30 million documents to Chicago.”

President Obama did not take 30 million documents to Chicago. The National Archives did. President Obama has no say in how those documents are stored or handled. This is a fact. And for those goons who whatabout with the Clintons leaving the White House with government property, they didn’t take classified documents. They weren’t raided by the FBI in violation of the Espionage Act. The Clintons had confusion over what were gifts to them and what were gifts to the presidency. Everything was returned or paid for. Now, let’s hope Donald Trump pays for what he took. Taking documents containing nuclear secrets isn’t the same as taking an armoire.

When the Clintons were asked to return stuff, they returned them. There were no negotiations. They didn’t just return some and keep the rest and force DOJ’s hand to get a warrant.

But again, why did Trump have this stuff? The government retrieved 15 boxes from Trump last year, but he still had other shit. According to the FBI, they seized 11 sets of documents in all, including some marked as “classified/TS/SCI,” shorthand for “top secret/sensitive compartmented information,” according to the report. Agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents. Included in the manifest were also files pertaining to the pardon of Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime associate of Mr. Trump’s, and material about President Emmanuel Macron of France.

What was he doing with material on Macron? Was he planning to sell or give dirt on him to his political enemy, Marine Le Pen?

Trump is crying that he was cooperating with the Department of Justice and National Archives to return the stuff the FBI eventually seized. OK, but why wasn’t it already returned? Why did he still have it? Why were there even negotiations for shit he didn’t own?

Donald Trump hasn’t been charged with any crimes yet and everything mentioned in the warrant was reasons to search, not indictments. The Department of Justice may turn around later and say everything has been explained and no charges will be forthcoming. Sorry for the inconvenience. And even if they do indict Trump, there’s always the possibility a jury won’t convict him. But then again, there’s always the chance they will.

Trump’s defenders like to point out he’s a collector which is a nice way of saying he’s a hoarder. His office in Trump Tower was always cluttered to the point visitors had a difficult time walking through it without knocking shit over. He kept a pair of Shaquille O’Neal’s shoes in his office. But boxes of top-secret classified documents is something really weird to collect. This isn’t a football signed by Tim Tebow.

This isn’t stuff that landed in his office. This is stuff he intentionally took. Who accidentally takes nuclear secrets to the beach?

And quite frankly, I wouldn’t put it past Donald Trump to try to sell classified information to our enemies and put our nation in danger. Looking at all his past behavior where it was never about service to the country for Trump and just about service to himself, why wouldn’t I put it past him? He’s already proven to be a national security risk. A man died this week attacking an FBI office over Donald Trump screaming about them taking stuff he doesn’t own.

Who thought Trump’s legacy could get worse than two impeachments and sedition?

Music note: I listened to Gorillaz, MIA, and Michael Franti and Spearhead.

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Here Comes The Boom


Months before the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump repeatedly barked about impending voter fraud and the possibility it would “steal” the election for Biden. What Donald Trump was doing was setting up a narrative so that when he lost, because he knew he was going to lose, he wouldn’t have to admit defeat and could blame non-existent voter fraud.

Donald Trump legitimately lost the 2020 election. There is no doubt to that and there is not one shred of evidence that even suggest Donald Trump won and had it stolen from him. Anyone still claiming Trump won is a liar, idiot, or just someone who wants to believe lies. And Donald Trump used the lie to attempt a coup and retain power. He was able to do this from the narrative he created before the election. He’s doing it again.

Trump is dropping hints about the FBI planting evidence during their warranted search of his home at his golf resort, Mar-a-Lago. But if they planted evidence, Donald Trump would already know it’s on the list because he has the list.

Donald Trump knows there’s something bad on the list he doesn’t want to be held accountable for. He doesn’t want his supporters to see it. But when they do see it, he will get to blame the FBI and claim it was planted. His lunatics will believe this. MAGAts are dumb enough to believe a president (sic) who didn’t win the popular vote the first time, ruined an economy, downplayed a virus that killed hundreds of thousands, spent four years barking hate while endorsing pedophiles, said good people marched with Nazis, saw unemployment reach above 13 percent, and never had an approval rating above 50 percent won reelection.

His lunatics don’t ask questions. They don’t ask why Donald Trump hasn’t released the list himself while they’re screaming for the FBI to be transparent. They don’t ask why there were still items to seize at Mar-a-Lago if Donald Trump was cooperating with the FBI. They don’t even ask why Donald Trump took classified documents to Mar-a-Lago. They don’t even ask why he took documents that didn’t belong to him.

And if it’s true Donald Trump took classified information that pertains to nuclear weapons, they won’t ask why he took that.

Even for Trump, doing something devious with nuclear information seems far-fatched. But before January, 2020, did we think it was outside the realm of possibility he would engineer a coup attempt and send a white nationaist mob to attack his own government?

We’re going to learn a lot more today at 3 p.m. That’s Trump’s deadline to appeal Merrick Garland’s petition to unseal the search warrant. Trump says he won’t block it but we’ve heard that before, like when he said he won’t plead the Fifth in a deposition, then pleads it over 400 times. He said he couldn’t wait to testify before Robert Mueller, then later blamed his lawyers for not letting him. He can come out later today and say he wanted to unseal it but his lawyers advised against it. Just wait. He’s good at setting shit up and he did that last night by saying he wanted the warrant to be released to the public. He doesn’t. I honestly can’t predict if he’ll block it today or not.

He can block it and blame his lawyers or let it be unsealed and say, “A-ha! There’s planted evidence! That Swedish-made penis enlarger is not my bag, baby.” We’ll have to wait and see.

Merrick Garland owned Trump yesterday. Garland is playing chess while Donald Trump is playing go fish.

Republicans are angry that the government seized government documents but not angry at the guy who stole them. Go fish.

Republicans have spent the week attacking the FBI demanding transparency. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Garland to clear his calendar for upcoming hearings on this matter if the GOP takes the House this November. He also said for Garland to “save the documents” without detecting any irony in the statement. And then Merrick Garland announced yesterday that he was going to court to make the documents public. He’s doing exactly what Republicans have demanded…and they don’t like it.

It’s called “calling one’s bluff.” Garland is playing Texas hold ’em and the GOP is playing Hungry Hungry Hippo.

Donald Trump says he wants the court to unseal the warrant and the list of items seized. But he doesn’t have to wait for the court to do that because he can release it himself. Right now, I bet Trump is kinda wishing he and Mitch McConnell had let Merrick Garland have that Supreme Court seat.

Talk about coming back to bite you in the ass. Are you loving this as much as I am?

Music note: I listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers again.

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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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Trumpin’ The Fifth


Donald Trump testified in a court-ordered deposition yesterday in New York City, sitting across from state Attorney General Letitia James who’s been conducting a three-year civil investigation into whether he fraudulently inflated the value of his assets to secure loans and other benefits. In what The New York Times called an “unexpected twist,” Donald Trump refused to answer any of the questions, except one, and pleaded the Fifth.

It was NOT an “unexpected surprise.” So many people are shocked by Trump invoking the Fifth to questions in a court case because he’s attacked people in the past for doing the same thing. But we’ve known for decades that Donald Trump is a lying projecting racist orange hypocrite.

At one of his hate rallies in 2016 while running for the presidency with Putin’s help, he blasted aides to Hillary Clinton for exercising their constitutional right to invoke the Fifth Amendment in order to avoid self-incrimination. He said, “The mob takes the Fifth.” He asked his MAGAts rhetorically, “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

At other rallies during that campaign, he said, “She lied to Congress under oath, and her staff has taken the Fifth Amendment and got immunity deals,” and “It’s worse than Watergate; it’s a bigger deal than Watergate.” And during his first debate with Hillary Clinton, he said taking the Fifth instead of answering questions was “disgraceful.”

Yesterday, Donald Trump invoked the Fifth, according to a person with inside knowledge, over 400 times. He only answered one question. His name, and we’re assuming he didn’t lie with that answer.

He opened with a prepared statement and called Ms. James, who was seated across from him, a “renegade prosecutor.”

After the deposition, he said, “I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ I now know the answer to that question.” He said that he was being targeted by lawyers, prosecutors, and the news media, and that left him with “absolutely no choice” but to do so.

So, does that mean Hillary Clinton (who never took the Fifth when she testified for 11 hours before the Benghazi Committee) and her staff were being targeted by lawyers, prosecutors, and the news media, or is this different?

Trump’s lawyers were smart to convince him not to answer questions because not only could have incriminated himself in the New York civil case, his fat mouth probably would have incriminated him in one of the other multitudes of ongoing investigations into Trump fuckery.

In addition to the investigation that triggered the F.B.I.’s search (stealing shit from the White House), federal prosecutors are questioning witnesses about his involvement in efforts to reverse his election loss (the coup attempt, election steal, and installing fake electors), and a district attorney in Georgia is investigating potential election interference on the part of Mr. Trump and his allies. And let’s not forget the House select committee investigating the white nationalist MAGA mob he sent to attack the Capitol.

Trump’s lawyers should get medals for being able to keep him from answering questions. It must have killed him not to shout out “fake news” or “but her emails” in response to some questions. I would also have expected him to cite an imaginary right or Trump privilege at some point of the questioning that enables him to cheat on taxes and loan applications.

It was also smart to make him plead the Fifth since it’s impossible for Donald Trump not to lie. This is a man who lied over 30,000 while he was president (sic).

But Trump citing the Fifth was not an “unexpected twist” as the Times described, because he’s done it before.

In 1990 during divorce hearings from the woman he recently planted at the first tee at Bedminster, Trump invoked the Fifth 97 times to questions that were mostly about other women. He wouldn’t admit to the court all the stuff he boasted about on an Access Hollywood bus (“grab them by the pussy”).

In 1998, after Bill Clinton admitted to his affair with Monica Lewinsky in a deposition for an investigation about an Arkansas land deal, Donald Trump, who was merely an entertaining grifter at the time, said, “I’m not even sure that he shouldn’t have just gone in and taken the Fifth Amendment.”

The only thing “unexpected” about Trump pleading the Fifth is that he was successful at it and didn’t just excrete a word salad at some point during the deposition. After the deposition, he made a complaint about how nice and expensive the Attorney General’s offices are while crime is running rampant in New York City.

Donald Trump has every right to invoke the Fifth Amendment and not incriminate himself because he has the exact same constitutional rights as the rest of us. And if he has the same constitutional rights as the rest of us, then our nation’s laws apply to him just like the rest of us.

Creative note: I get asked now and then about something a lot of readers don’t notice. When I have the same image in more than one panel, do I just copy and paste the image? Sometimes. It varies. When I don’t need them all to be exactly, I will redraw the image each time. But other times, I think the image needs to stay “mostly” consistent. It also depends on my mood and the feel of the cartoon. There are times when it’s actually easier to redraw the same image multiple times than copying and pasting.

Here’s my trick: For today’s cartoon, I drew Trump once and then copied and pasted it seven times. But, I didn’t copy and paste the finished Trump. I copied and pasted the rough. So…I went over all eight Trumps a second time with my pen. And then I added some cross-hatching and colored after that. I also redrew his hair for each panel. So, they’re not all exactly alike but they’re all in the same place.

My one rule about copying and pasting is, never to do it because it’s easier. Only do it if it’s better for the cartoon. Right after I finished typing all that, another cartoonist Facebook messaged me saying, “I admire so much that you drew all the Trumps individually in your most recent cartoon.” I should have just said, “thank you.”

Music note: I listened to two bands that blow my mind every time I listen to them, Kaiser Chiefs and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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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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Trump Whine


So yesterday, another political cartoonist made a public post rhetorically asking who could have predicted there would be 100 toilet cartoons after the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago, and then he praised himself saying it was he who made that prediction. He failed to mention he was one of the hundred who drew a Wizard of Oz cartoon after the Kansas abortion vote, and three days after to boot.

But the thing is, I’m pretty sure everyone who drew a toilet cartoon was fully aware there would be other toilet cartoons. When I showed my proofreaders yesterday’s cartoon on Monday night, I told them I hoped nobody would do exactly what I did, but I knew there would be a lot of toilet cartoons. A colleague of mine messaged me yesterday morning about another subject but also said, “By the way, I’m going to do a toilet cartoon.” I told him, “Why shouldn’t you?” It was really good too.

Kudos and cookies to every cartoonist who drew on the subject but avoided the toilet concept, but I don’t care. The reason so many of us used the toilet concept despite knowing everyone else would also draw a toilet is that toilets are a part of the story. There was a Trump toilet story the day before the “raid.” It’s too much fun. How in the Hell do you not draw a toilet when a president is destroying and stealing classified documents and government property, and flushing them down a toilet? It’s actually important to document this.

In fact, it’s so much fucking fun, that despite someone looking down their nose at us for drawing toilets, I did it again. It’s too much fun. I could probably write ten more toilet cartoons if you put a gun to my head…or a dirty toilet scrubber. Please don’t.

This brings us to Trump’s whining about the “raid” on his golf resort home. Republicans are outraged and say if the FBI can raid a former president’s (sic) home, then they can come after anyone. Well, yeah.

If you break the law, you can be investigated, prosecuted, and indicted. You can go to prison. It’s comforting that in President Biden’s Justice Department, the law applies to everyone. His own son is being investigated by his own Justice Department.

Republicans are demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland explain and reveal everything immediately, but he doesn’t have to do that. Basically, they want all the evidence from the investigation revealed in order to destroy the investigation. It’s like that time when Republicans controlled the House and Devin Nunes was chair of the committee investigating investigations of Trump and went straight to the White House to inform them that intelligence agencies intercepted his transition team’s communications, and without telling the minority party on the committee.

What they’re not demanding is for Donald Trump to show his copy of the search warrant or the list of items the FBI confiscated. He has both yet he won’t reveal them…like his taxes. Maybe revealing them would destroy the Republican narrative.

Marco Rubio and other assorted goons have tied this to the 87,000 new IRS “agents” provided by the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s the same tactic used by warning if Donald Trump can’t get away with breaking the law, then you can’t either. The increase in hiring tens of thousands of new IRS employees is a great talking point for the midterm elections, but the truth is, they’re hired to increase enforcement of people just like Donald Trump. The hiring of 87,000 new IRS employees has NOTHING to do with a search warrant being delivered on Donald Trump.

Most of all, Trump’s defenders don’t know what they’re talking about, which is par for the course at MAGA-Lardo. They don’t know what the FBI was looking for or what it’s connected to. A Trump goon who was part of the Trump administration despite never being qualified for anything other than being creepy, Kash Patel, says Trump declassified everything he took. But, did he? Also, the documents he took still didn’t belong to him. He stole 15 boxes of government documents, classified or declassified. They’re all screaming from a position of ignorance.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is screaming about “defunding” the FBI. Remember when they were using “defund the police” against Joe Biden even though he’s never been a supporter of that position? Are they still doing that? Yeah, probably. So much for the law-and-order party.

The goons screaming for accountability and explanations from Biden’s Justice Department were A-OK with Donald Trump trying to turn the Justice Department into his personal goon squad. If you want an example of the Justice Department conducting political investigations then look no further than the Durham Investigation. It’s like those fucking Benghazi hearings that never found anything but noise.

What we do know is that judges don’t issue search warrants willy-nilly like Trump pardons for Trump goons. They don’t move to search the homes of former presidents (sic) as fast as Josh Hawley high-tailing it from angry white nationalist mobs he instigated.

We also know that the judge who granted this search warrant was appointed by, wait for it… (you see it coming, don’t you? Yeah, I think you do)…Donald J. Trump. Oopsies.

Republicans are upset that Donald Trump is being held accountable. Some have even asked, What has he ever done that could be considered illegal?

Just off the top of my head, sedition, sexual assault, cheating on taxes, lying on loan applications, housing discrimination, trying to steal an election, election fraud, starting a riot, committing a coup attempt, asking government officials to find votes that don’t exist, asking election officials to overturn elections, stealing shit, destroying government documents, using government resources to extort foreign presidents, trying to install fake electors, and violating the emoluments clause. I know I left a bunch of stuff out.

Despite all the GOP outrage, it’s a good thing that the law applies to Donald Trump just like it applies to the rest of us. I mean, we’re getting there, right?

And on the day Donald Trump does go to prison, I want to see Dora the Explorer outside jumping and singing, “We did it! We did it! Yay! We did it!”

Music note: I listened to INXS while coloring this. I hadn’t listened to them in decades but someone reminded me of them yesterday. Ya’ know, their music stands the test of time.

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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