What You Signed Up For


Every now and then, someone will purchase a signed print of one of my cartoons. This cartoon probably won’t get any takers. Who wants Trump’s orange ass on their wall, other than Trump sycophants? Mmmmmm…Trump butt.

I get a little self-conscience when I draw several Trump cartoons in one week. I know they make some of my clients nervous, and I should draw on other subjects in addition to Donald Trump anyway. I have a brand new client in Montana, and this will be the first cartoon they receive from me. Let’s hope it’s not the last. “Boy, I can’t wait to see what the new cartoonist sends us….AAAGH!!!”  Though I did receive a first last week and that was an editor submitting a cartoon idea on Trump (which I didn’t use). That may not count though as it was from hippy liberal California.

This cartoon will probably go over great on the internet, but unlike some cartoonists, I’m not working exclusively for Facebook shares (but please share).

One of my policies on drawing Trump cartoons is to make sure the cartoon is about a specific issue, and that it doesn’t merely tell the reader what a horrible human being Trump is. We know he’s horrible. I believe the cartoon should tell us what he did today that makes him so horrible. This one might be bending my rule, though I occasionally break them.

Enough creative notes and my insecurities. Let’s talk about what Trump did today that makes him such a horrible person.

Donald Trump is a horrible person. It’s really hard to find something positive about the guy. When pressed to do so, Hillary Clinton couldn’t do it so she complimented his children…who are also horrible people. Trump is so horrible that the nice things he says about himself usually turns out to be horrible when they’re not actual lies. He’s the kind of guy who, with few exceptions, surrounds himself with horrible people.

So, what did he do this week that was horrible? He fucked up expressing condolences. How in the hell does one mess up giving a condolence? It’s the most unselfish thing you can do. Yet, Donald Trump has to make it about himself, use it to criticize his predecessor, lie about him, turn it into a contest, use the death of his Chief-of-Staff’s son for a political purpose, and when he does finally make the call he tells the widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

Darth Vader probably gave a better condolence call to the widows of the admirals he force-strangled than Trump gave to the widow of the soldier who died in the Niger ambush.

Now, the report that Trump told a Gold Star widow that her husband “knew what he did for, but it still hurts,” comes from a third-hand account. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a Democrat from Florida, was present during the call and the phone was on speaker. Wilson personally knew the family and had worked with the slain soldier in the past. Wilson also claims Trump didn’t know her husband’s name.

Trump has responded to the accusation with a tweet. He claims the congresswoman is fabricating the story and he has proof. So who do we believe? The Congresswoman who knew the young soldier, or the guy who threatened he had tapes of James Comey and proof that President Obama was born in another country? Hmmm…decisions, decisions.

But, hey! He’s finally talking about the soldiers who died from the ambush in Niger. Granted, it’s still all about Trump, but he’s talking about it.

Trump does a lot of horrible stuff on a daily basis, so I’m not going to run down everything that makes him such a sack of crap, but let’s bring up a few more where it concerns his “respect” for the military and those who serve.

He attacked a Gold Star family who dared to criticize him at the Democratic National Convention. The day after his inauguration, Trump stood in the lobby of CIA headquarters in Langley, before a wall of stars honoring intelligence officers who died in service, and lied about his crowd sizes. During the campaign, he said John McCain was not a war hero, then said he was only a war hero because he was captured and that he “doesn’t like people who are captured.”

If the soldiers killed in Niger had merely been captured, would Trump not like them and claim they’re not war heroes?

Yesterday, Trump threw a warning at McCain. He was still wearing the unchanged diaper he loaded after McCain criticized his nationalism. Trump told us that right now he’s being nice. He said, “I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point, I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.”

Nicole Wallace, a former staffer in the George W. Bush administration and McCain’s presidential campaign put it best. She said, “nothing you do is pretty.”

And on that note, I’m giving you a cartoon that is not pretty.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.



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