Vouching For The Stable Genius


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I am very happy CNN chose this cartoon out of the ten or so ideas I had sent them. In fact, it may be the last idea I sent their way. I think the story progressed throughout the day on Friday, making the cartoon even more relevant.

I spent Thursday sitting in a hotel in Raleigh sending ideas to CNN. I had an event that night, which I was two hours late for. But, that’s OK because I like being fashionably late. After it was approved, I went to join several of my cartoonist colleagues in paying our respects to a departed cartoonist. The next morning, I drew this on the train but you probably already read that horror story in the previous blog.

I like bringing back “stable genius.” If you have to tell people you’re smart, you’re probably not. If you ask people to tell others how smart you are, people who work for you, you’re not smart. Donald Trump is neither smart, stable or a genius.

Today, Donald Trump tweeted that Kim Jong Un called Joe Biden a “low IQ individual, & worse.” We don’t have actual proof of that, but what do have is proof that Kim Jong Un called Trump a “dotard.” Trump’s IQ is so high, that he had to look up the definition of “dotard.” Spoiler alert, it doesn’t mean “stable genius.”

A genius doesn’t negotiate himself into a deal where he receives nothing, which is what Trump did with Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi has Trump’s number and she proved it during the government shutdown Trump created. Now, he’s having tantrums and saying he won’t work with Congress on anything as long as there are investigations into his corruption. What he’s saying is, he won’t work with a Congress that invokes oversight.

Trump is upset that Pelosi accused him of a coverup, something his own Justice Department has accused him of. Trump says he doesn’t do coverups, yet he’s lied about paying off pornstars and Playmates, lied and hid his negotiations to erect a Trump Tower in Moscow, lied and hid his attempt to bribe Vladimir Putin, lied about Trump University and his fake charity which he stole from, and is preventing people from testifying to Congress about a report that he claims exonerates him. On top of all this, he won’t release his taxes. But other than all that, he doesn’t do coverups.

The best Trump can do to convince people he’s stable or smart is to have other people say it, even if those people are those he pays to say it.

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