The stupidity of Donald Trump seems to increase throughout the day, so when he starts the morning by tweeting he’ll beat up Joe Biden, “fast and hard, and crying all the way,” you know we’re in for layers on top of layers of idiocy…and maybe in trouble.
Biden made comments that if they were in high school, he’d beat the hell out of Trump for disrespecting women. Biden’s actual quote was, “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
Trump claims Biden threatened him with physical assault. I find it scary that the president, who is faced with life and nation-altering decisions on a daily basis, can’t comprehend a simple sentence. What Biden said was not a threat. Also, being a bully, Trump missed the part where Biden’s comments were about the way he treats women. Trump didn’t have an issue with that part.
Someone that stupid is stupid enough to slam China with $60 billion worth of tariffs, thus making the stock market plunge by more than 700 points. He accomplished that feat shortly after lunch.
While announcing the tariffs, he brought along the CEO of Lockheed-Martin, who is in favor of the policy. Trump introduced Marillyn Hewson as “Maryllyn LOCKHEED.” Why did he do that? Because he can’t read the notes (DO NOT APOLOGIZE) and he’s stupid. Ms. Hewson is lucky she got out of there without an orange groping.
Later, Trump’s lead attorney, John Dowd, defending him in the Russia Investigation quit, or he resigned, or was fired. We’re not sure. At any rate, he’s out of there, probably skipping all the way. Trump wasn’t done firing for the day as he let go National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster in favor of Captain Mustache John Bolton.
Days ago, Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders both said there would not be any changes to Trump’s legal team and that H.R. McMaster wasn’t going anywhere. “Heckuva job, Brownie” continues to be the kiss of death in Republican administrations.
Hiring John Bolton to head the National Security Council is stupid. Trump once said we can’t trust anyone involved in the decision to invade Iraq, and then he hires a guy in on the decision to invade Iraq.
Bolton was previously George W. Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations for just a few months, despite once commenting, “If the U.N. Secretariat building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a lot of difference.” He was installed with a recess appointment and then resigned when the Senate returned because there wasn’t a chance in Hell he would be confirmed. Even Republicans don’t like the guy and find him too far to the right. But, he’s on Fox News and Trump loves that.
Bolton recently wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal advocating bombing North Korea. He’s also advocated military action against Iran and Cuba.
Fred Kaplan, writing for Slate, said that installing Bolton puts us on a path to war. War with whom? That’s anyone’s guess since this is Bolton and dammit, he wants us to bomb somebody. Kaplan writes, “it’s time to push the panic button.” He’s right.
The National Security Adviser’s job is to assemble the cabinet secretaries, debate options for military and foreign policy and presenting every choice and option to the president. Bolton is not a guy who tolerates opinions that differ from his. While he was under secretary of state he tried to fire two intelligence analysts who challenged his view (that was wrong) that Cuba was developing biological weapons and supplying them to rogue regimes. He also tried to prevent any information from being presented that disagreed with the findings of Iraq having chemical weapons, or that even said investigations were incomplete on the subject.
Of course, Bolton doesn’t have any actual experience with war as he dodged the Vietnam draft by joining the National Guard. I don’t begrudge anyone who joined the Guard to avoid the draft. But I do have an issue with assholes who want us to go to war as soon as they’re too old to be called to fight.
Trump once made a comment about what’s the use of having nuclear weapons if we don’t use them. Bolton, who will now have an office very close to Trump’s, will now be in his ear every day saying “what’s the use of having nuclear weapons if we don’t use them?”
It’s time to panic.
Creative notes: If you don’t get this cartoon, then you don’t watch enough TV. I had the concept for Trump with the “come at me bro” shirt before the news hit about Bolton being hired. That actually helped me write the cartoon. To be honest, I really wanted to use the phrase “come at me bro” bad enough to risk drawing something that won’t make sense to a lot of people. But, it made me laugh. Besides, I can’t recall the last time I’ve drawn a manatee, if ever.
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