Shat In The Hat


Before Theodor Seuss Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, ever wrote his first children’s book he drew political cartoons. He was pretty liberal also so maybe he’d appreciate my use of his iconic Cat In The Hat while also being horrified by a Donald Trump presidency.

Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric attempted to sell access to their father. There were packages with price tags of $500,000 and $1 million bucks to get near the president, tell him how awesome he is on inauguration day, and you could purchase a hunting trip to slaughter big game animals with the Trump boys (in case you need to overcompensate for something like the Trump men). There was also an auction to have coffee with their sister, Ivanka.

While the money was aimed at charity it was another charity that Donald Trump, the president-elect, criticized during the campaign for selling access to the Clintons. Of course the Trump family is no stranger to hypocrisy when it comes to charities or criticism. As Trump was lambasting the Clintons and their foundation and claiming it made them rich, he was using his own Foundation to purchase expensive souvenirs and portraits of himself. See? Overcompensating for something. Probably those small fingers. Those itty bitty teensy weensy most likely useless fingers.

I wanted to do a cartoon with a Christmas metaphor despite my hatred for them. I know several of my clients would appreciate it. I had an idea of the Trump sons drawn as elves selling access to sit on their father’s laps. Then a colleague of mine published a cartoon with that very same metaphor. He even had the boys drawn as elves. Now I’m glad I didn’t go with it.

I still had the desire to do something with Christmas as time is running out and I think my criticism of so many cartoonists using The Grinch (another Dr. Seuss creation) might have directed my brain to process using the Cat In The Hat…which doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas. My brain works in a very weird way. I do like the Thing One and Thing Two description for Eric and Jr. Bill Maher likes to refer to them as Uday and Qusay.

Drawing Thing One, Thing Two, the hat, and the fish, wasn’t too difficult. The most complicated part of this was trying to letter with Dr. Seuss’s font. THAT…was a pain in the butt.

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  1. In case you didn’t enlarge the cartoon, you may have missed the text at the very bottom, right.
    The artwork is sloppy. The writing is loose.Isn’t it obvious? I’m no Dr. Seuss
    Clay is an excellent cartoonist.
    I did not know he was also an accomplished poet. Now y’all know it.

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      1. I didn’t notice until it was pointed out to me…then I had to enlarge it from my normal 110%, to 150%, but it was best at 200% while viewing the cartoon in my email account.
        Nice inclusion of the poetry. Sure to be appreciated by those that subscribe to your blog and those who will view it on GoComics.
        I have it in my reminder program to post on GoComics in the Comments venue what I posted on your blog.

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    1. He’s a pedantic bud of mine.
      He would have pointed this out here, don’t blame me.
      There is only ONE ‘d’ in your Kuddos.
      He said it was his treat for me at Starbucks if he saw it here.
      I’d do anything for a freebie.
      My apology in advance.
      Not his.
      He’s a Trumpy and he never admits wrongdoing or regrets being a jerk. Ever. Just like Trump.

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