With power, people on the Trump train have had a difficult time not coming off like entitled, out of touch dirtbags.
From Omarosa bringing her bridal party to the White House, to Steve Mnuchin and his wife hashtagging their name brand apparel while traveling on taxpayer-funded luxurious flights and posing for photos while holding money, to Donald Trump Jr. being…well, Donald Trump Jr.
We can add the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, to the list of Trump goobers who would help their causes by shutting the hell up.
After the FCC repealed Net Neutrality by a vote of 3-2 (Republican members voted yes while the Democrats voted nay), Chairman Pai made a video of himself dressed as Santa Claus doing the Harlem Shake while wearing eclipse glasses and sporting a toy gun and a fidget spinner. In the video, Pai is mocking those who disagree with the FCC’s ruling saying they can still “post photos of cute animals, stay part of your fave fandom, and ruin memes” in a post-net neutrality America. Sure you’ll still be able to do that. It just might cost you a lot more and it’ll all upload slower.
By the way, the Harlem Shake was a short-lived viral fad from 2013, where he’s taking our internet back to.
The video was released by the conservative hack website Daily Caller. The video was pulled off YouTube for a short while over complaints of copyright infringement over their use of the Harlem Shake. The Caller complained it was pulled because of YouTube’s liberal bias. Yeah, biased that you can’t steal shit that doesn’t belong to you. Do they not get the irony that they’re supporting big corporations takeover of the internet while bitching about not being able to steal a song and post it online?
Trump Jr. tweeted after this vote that Pai was Obama’s FCC Chairman. It’s true Obama appointed him to the commission but it was Trump who made him chairman. Junior should at least put a little effort into reading someone’s Wikipedia page before posting his little stupid proclamations.
The ruling removes regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility like phone service.
Over the past 11 months as chairman, Pai has lifted media ownership limits, eased caps on how much broadband providers can charge business customers, and cut back on a low-income broadband program that was slated to be expanded to nationwide carriers.
Pai said, “Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas.” Yeah, they’ll be encouraged to build more networks they can charge more for. With the end of net neutrality, consumers will have more difficulty accessing content online and that start-ups will have to pay to reach them.
Mignon Clyburn, a Democratic commissioner said, “I dissent, because I am among the millions outraged. Outraged, because the F.C.C. pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation’s broadband consumers.”
While Trump has lied about “a lot of people” being angry over the FBI’s bias, Clyburn is correct that millions are outraged by this repeal. And, just as Republicans have ignored polls showing very low approval for tax cuts for billionaires and corporations, the FCC ignored the people who use the internet.
Defenders of the repeal have also boasted how they haven’t noticed any changes to their internet since the vote. But, being that they are conservatives that means they’re stupid. The changes won’t go into effect for several weeks. That is, unless the multiple states filing lawsuits can stop it. Seriously, it’s the liberal states that may be our only stop gap from Trump fuckery. But, even Mississippi has filed suit to stop this change.
Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T assure us they won’t abuse the power the FCC just gave them, so it’ll be business as usual. Well, now I do feel better. Ow!!! Have you ever rolled your eyes so hard that you hurt yourself?
Creative notes: I felt kind of bad there’s not a lot of art in this cartoon. I usually spend four to six hours on a cartoon, but this could have been drawn in about 30 minutes. I did spend over two hours on it, but I procrastinate a lot while I work.
There are two political cartoonists who rarely actually draw their cartoons. What they do is take pics off the internet and add labels and their signature to it. Other times, they take a drawing of something they drew previously, like a news anchor at a desk, and just change the labels. Is it still a cartoon if you don’t draw it?
I kinda felt like one of those guys with this one. I debated myself about doing it. But, sometimes you don’t need a ton of artwork to make a point. Some cartoonists do brilliant work with minimal art.
I still feel a little bad. So, even though I plan to take Saturday night off, I think I’m going to dish out a bonus cartoon this morning. Stay tooned.
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