Positive Trump


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Donald Trump and Melania have tested positive for the Trump virus.

Donald Trump played down the virus. He admitted as such. He floated bogus cures and treatments. He’s called it the “China Virus” and the “Wuhan Virus.” He’s scolded and punished his scientists for doing their jobs. He’s hired lackeys and yes men to direct the response. He politicized it against blue states. He mocked people for wearing masks. He continued to hold rallies during the pandemic. He encouraged states, churches, and schools to open. He asked about curing people with bleach.

Ten days ago, Trump said, “This affects virtually nobody.” I guess the president of the United States is a nobody.

Donald Trump never took it seriously. He’s going to take it seriously now. White House advisor Hope Hicks was the first to test positive so the belief is Donald Trump caught it from her. But it’s possible she caught it from him.

The White House knew on Thursday that Donald Trump was in contact with someone who tested positive. Trump had been at a rally the night before. Even after knowing, he went to a fundraiser in New Jersey. Spokesgoon Kayleigh McEnany was aware of this and still held a briefing without warning reporters. The White House may be a super spreader environment. The White House probably knew for hours Trump had tested positive.

When asked weeks ago about the safety at his rallies, Trump said he’ll be OK because he was a good distance from his cult in attendance. According to reports, he thought the virus was a good thing in that it would keep him from shaking hands with “disgusting people.” Now, everyone who has attended his rallies can take comfort they were kept a good distance away from the disgusting president.

I don’t wish Donald Trump harm. I’m not even going to say he deserved this. Honestly, it shouldn’t surprise anyone he caught it with the way he approached it. He exercised zero caution. Protect America? He couldn’t protect himself. He couldn’t protect his family. Donald Trump testing positive isn’t as much karma as it was inevitable.

What will happen now? There are only a little more than 30 days left before the election. With Trump in quarantine for at least 14 days, he can’t campaign. He may not even be able to do the duties of president. How will we even notice? I expect him to demand a delay to the election (he can’t get one).

Will this pause the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett? Will Joe Biden pause his campaign out of respect? Will Joe Biden test positive because he caught it from Trump? Will Jared, Ivanka, Stephen Miller, Mitch McConnell, Mark Meadows, and Mike Pence all test positive? Trump was yelling for football to resume. Now, the debates may be canceled.

It’s no longer a hoax. Trump and his sycophants can no longer tout Hydroxychlorquine because Trump was taking it.

Experts say if Donald Trump had taken this more seriously, fewer people in our nation would have caught it. Fewer people would have died. If Donald Trump had taken seriously, Donald Trump may not have the Trump virus today.

That, my friends, is irony.

Now, we can definitely call this the “Trump Virus.”

Creative note: I was watching news all night. I usually do that. I did flip over to the football game after getting my fill of Melania’s “fuck Christmas” tapes. But then the news hit about Hope Hicks. I didn’t know we’d get a result on Trump tonight, and I was going to bed at 1:00 a.m. I had just brushed my teeth, stripped down, was climbing into bed with the remote in my hand, about to turn off the TV and then CNN broke it. I climbed back out and went back to work.

I actually had a cartoon prepped (roughed out, lettered) for the morning. It’s now on the back burner.

The positive of being the first cartoonist to cover this (probably first) is that my clients will have it in their inbox when they wake up. The negative is that I did it so late, nobody was up for me to bounce it off of. My proofers were/are still asleep so I hope there are no typos.

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17 comments

  1. Hi Clay,

     

    thank you very much for the fast and pointed coverage. I really like it. However, as to typos, as far as I remember Trump didn't encourage "states, churches, and schools to close" but rather to open.

     

    Thanks as always for your great work!

     

    Cheers from Germany

     

    Dorkas

       

    Gesendet: Freitag, 02. Oktober 2020 um 08:56 Uhr Von: "claytoonz" <comment-reply@wordpress.com> An: myforen@online.ms Betreff: [New post] Positive Trump

    clayjonz posted: " Donald Trump and Melania have tested positive for the Trump virus. Donald Trump played down the virus. He admitted as such. He floated bogus cures and treatments. He's called it the "China Virus" and the Wuhan Virus." He's scolded and punished his s"

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  2. For the sake of my own sanity, I’ve stopped reading the news. I’ve unsubscribed to all the WaPo newsletters and Politifact, and I’ve not visited YouTube for over a week. However, I still read Claytoonz, Ann Telnaes and Raging Pencils. A bit o’ humor with the news goes a long way to keeping that sanity. Thank you, Clay, for making the news palatable.

    SIDE NOTE: I know it’s crazy, but I’m so concerned about what will happen after 3 November, I’m sending out our Ho[w]liday cards this weekend. Luckily, I print them out on a need-to-send basis ’cause I make ’em myself; recipients can open ’em when they want to. I anticipate a LOT of destruction between 4 November and 21 January 2021, literally and figuratively.

    JUST SPECULATIN’: If drumpf cannot continue as president and dense (I mean, Pence) takes over, or if something even worse happens to drumpf, who would be the rethuglican party candidate in November? I wonder if dense would even want to BE a candidate, and I’ll bet smother (I mean, Mother) will have something to say about THAT. This must be throwing the rethuglican party into even more chaos than it already was suffering. Thank dog!!

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    1. From NYT: ‘Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, issued a statement shortly after saying that the president and his wife, Melania, were “both well,” and would stay at the White House as they fought the virus. “Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” Conley wrote.’

      “. . . to continue carrying out his duties. . . ”

      1) why start now?
      2) does this mean he will continue his rallies??

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    THIS!! … “Experts say if Trump had taken this more seriously, fewer people in our nation would have caught it. Fewer people would have died. If Trump had taken seriously, Donald Trump may not have the Trump virus today.”

    That, my friends, is irony.

    Now, we can definitely call this the “Trump Virus.”

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  4. You have been a busy bee Clay!!! They just announced this, this morning.
    I will admit, I am not as generous as you in not wishing the president*, his staff and family harm. I will be like the rubbernecker on the freeway trying to get a glimpse of the accident, keeping tuned in to see how bad or if he or any of his retinue get seriously ill.

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  5. Has anyone seen any verifiable evidence that he has the virus, other than his maladministration’s word I mean? Until some verifiable medical evidence is forthcoming I will be inclined to doubt that he has it. There are far too many ways that faking it could benefit him for me not to have doubts, especially when coupled with his abysmal record for telling the truth.

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    1. I’m tired of knocking this one down. This hurts him politically. You don’t say you turned the corner and defeated the virus and then become the poster boy for carrying the virus. If anything, they’re going to downplay him having it like it’s not a big deal. They’re already doing that. So, stop with the theories. We’re not Republicans.

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  6. If Pence gets it too, maybe President Pelosi could WITHDRAW Amy Coney Barrett before Evil Turtle Moscow Mitch SUPERslimy McC can ram her through to the SCOTUS.

    Speaking of which, when was the last time that Evil Turtle Moscow Mitch SUPERslimy McC, Miz Leningrad Lindsey, Devious Nunes, Lyin’ Ted Cruz, Hannity, Carlson, or any of the other Friends Of Ki45*TF were Up Close And Personal with TMKAT?

    The Lord works in mysterious ways.

    And Don’t Mess With RBG!!!

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      1. Sorry, Clay, you are right, and you are a better person than I am.
        I’m an old Boomer, and I am so pissed off that this Monster from my generation, and his Friends, have been screwing over the Nation, and the World, for at least 5 years. I despair over the World that my generation is leaving to our children and grandchildren.
        So I am not wishing bad shit on anyone, but 45* And Friends are doing everything in their power to suppress the vote, intimidate voters, and bring lawsuits against the Election Results, and when these suits get to the SCOTUS, it will be Bush v. Gore all over again.
        They need to be stopped, all of them, and removed from power, and have the results of Real Justice applied to them, and if it takes The Virus to do it, then so be it.

        Like

      2. “I’m an old Boomer, and I am so pissed off that this Monster from my generation, and his Friends, have been screwing over the Nation, and the World, for at least 5 years.”

        WHAT HAPPENED to the hippies who were going to save the world?? I’m an old hippie (71), and I don’t see that the world is better than it was in 1968, when the Chicago Seven fought the Dems. Isn’t this the generation that is now in power? What the hell happened? Oh yeah, these were the ones who stayed home or in college, got the degrees, made the contacts and set about destroying what they claimed the hippies and yippies were trying to destroy.

        End rant.

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  7. i posted this elsewhere, but i’ll beat this dead horse once more:

    It speaks volumes about our Nation that the average citizen cannot get the same level of care & treatment for COVID that the President, his family, & his aides receive.

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