Author: clayjonz

I draw political cartoons which are published in newspapers across the country. I also play guitar.

Roughs, Volume 149


Your favorite goofy cartoonist was busy last week and drew, count ’em, 20 roughs. TWENTY roughs.

Alex Jones would have to buy it, right?

I’ve been meaning to do one on the recession and gas prices, but they’re both coming down. Maybe I should save this one but with everything else going on, I don’t know when I’d get to it. I do like it.

And this was before we found out about Trump “possibly” committing espionage.

I figured most people don’t remember or were ever aware of Alex Jones’ conspiracy that the government was turning frogs gay. What does a gay frog eat? Heeeeeee’ey. Wait. That’s gay horses. I messed that up.

There were too many cartoons on Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan pissing off China that featured dragons. But I was bothered by the number of cartoons by liberal cartoonists blaming her for China being pissed off. I found them all to be kinda sexist. That’s what inspired this one.

I’m gonna try this again. What do gay frogs eat? Probably insects. I don’t know.

I pushed this one last week. See what I did there? Eh, you’re probably still trying to figure out the gay frog joke. Don’t hate on gay frogs. Gay frogs are frogs too.

This one became a real cartoon and I was surprised by how well it did with my liberal readership. Usually, they get a little snarly with me when I hit Democrats. But this time, most of them were with me and even the ones that agreed with the Democrat’s tactic here were kinda OK with the cartoon. I was even surprised that it wasn’t too subtle for most of my readers. I think there’s still one on Twitter waiting for me to explain it to him.

This was the first idea on the subject. It wasn’t good enough.

Seriously.

This wasn’t really good enough but fuck DeSantis.

I kinda liked this but was tired of Wizard of Oz references.

I didn’t think readers would get the troll living under a bridge reference here.

I saw a couple of cartoons that were kinda like this but I decided I didn’t need to say Alex Jones is lower than worms. We already know that. There’s nothing clever by merely saying Alex Jones is a horrible person. But, I do like drawing worms. Worms, much like cows, dragons, and gay frogs, amuse me.

This one sucks. There’s no excuse for it. It sucks.

And I like drawing Elvis, aliens, space, and Space Cat. This became a real cartoon. What does Space Cat eat? Probably space cat food.

This is the kind of cartoon I rough out but decides it sucks that would be a go for another cartoonist. Also, there’s Flood Cat. Fun fact: Cats are not very useful in floods.

And I like drawing lizard people. I didn’t think people would get this.

This is the rough that grew up to become the cartoon for last Sunday’s CNN Opinion newsletter. It did really well with the social media crowd.

Meh.

Which ones were your favorites?

I drew 15 roughs this week and they’re all on Trump, the FBI search, and espionage. I already turned two into real cartoons and I kinda wanna do the rest. You’ll see them all by the end of next weekend.

One last joke: How are gay frogs not like Donald Trump? Gay frogs don’t commit espionage.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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RFK Bust


Not that I want to brag about this…again, but I want you to see this, And it’s not like it’ll get a lot of people gawking at it in my tiny apartment.

As you probably already know, I won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights journalism award for cartooning last May. They did a very nice online presentation since COVID denied us all an in-person awards banquet. Stupid COVID. I hate you, COVID. The check for winning arrived a couple of weeks ago and last night, or sometime during the day (I’m not sure when), the trophy arrived.

It’s a bust of RFK. When I first won the award, several of my colleagues were like, “and you get a badass trophy.” And I wanted this trophy. I told them, “I want the head.” I’ve seen photos of these before but they don’t do it justice. It’s huge and it weighs a little over 13 lbs, only two lbs if Dr. Ronnie Jackson weighs it. This will NOT fit on my windowsill with my Mr. Potato Head.

I had a very late night working on my CNN cartoon (Clay don’t sleep) and couldn’t come up for air or food until 10 p.m. I decided to go to McDonald’s and when I opened my apartment door, I found a huge and heavy box with my name on it in the hallway of my building. I was relieved it was by my door because sometimes delivery people leave packages for me outside the building or at the Chinese dumpling place downstairs.

I don’t have a place to put it. It sat on my work desk last night and on the kitchen table while I drew today’s cartoon. I have to buy a shelf for this and make room for that. I may have a plaque coming for winning the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (I hope so), so I’ll put that on the wall near it along with the few plaques and certificates I’ve won in state journalism contests (that have spent years in boxes). Maybe I’ll make a nifty Zoom background out of it.

This is my first national journalism award so it’s a big deal for me. But ya’ know, if I win any more awards in the future, they’ll be big deals for me too. I was never confident I’d ever win one, or if I’ll get any more. And this year, I won more than any other cartoonist in the country. Go figure.

I really wanted to win the RFK because you win it with your work covering human rights, which to me are the most important issues journalists can cover.

A friend of mine with the Herblock Foundation told me they have his RFK bust in their office, and knowing we both have one of these is so surreal to me. I’m really not worthy to be in Herblock’s company.

Thank you, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights people. You rock!

Fun With Espionage


Didn’t we all pretty much expect it to come down to treason? I mean, unless you’re in the orange cult, you saw this coming from 600 miles away. You may be surprised that it actually happened, but you still saw it coming.

My one hope is that this doesn’t wind up like the Mueller investigation. We all know Trump had help from Russia to win the 2016 election. This is a fact. It’s a fact that Donald Trump asked Russia for their help. It’s a fact his campaign welcomed Russia’s help. It’s a fact Trump read Wikileaks at his hate rallies. It’s a fact his campaign had contacts with people, at the very least, in contact with Russia. It’s a fucking fact that Trump’s campaign met with Russians in Trump Tower for dirt on Hillary Clinton. It’s a fact that during the transition, Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn were having secret talks with Russians. The only thing Mueller couldn’t establish was a connection directly between Trump and Russia.

And when Donald Trump extorted the president of another nation by withholding military aid approved by Congress in exchange for political dirt on Joe Biden, Republicans in the Senate refused to convict him.

When he attempted a coup and sent a white nationalist mob to attack the Capitol, Republicans again refused to convict him.

Just by those three crimes he got away with, there should be a nice jail cell warming up with his name on it.

We learned from the unsealing of the search warrant giving the FBI permission to search Mar-a-Lago that they’re investigating Trump for violating the Espionage Act, mishandling of documents, and obstruction of justice (which he’s done before).

But it’s Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 793, better known as the Espionage Act, which outlaws the unauthorized retention of national security information that could harm the United States or aid a foreign adversary that’s the beef in all this. Even if Donald Trump did declassify all the documents he took to his beach house when he fled Washington with his tail between his legs, it can still be a crime.

But saying something is declassified doesn’t make it declassified. The Justice Department made that clear, even during the Trump presidency. And former presidents can’t declassify documents.

And even if Donald Trump only wanted to keep these documents as keepsakes, without any ill intention of selling, giving, or trading them to foreign nations, the mishandling of them can still be cited as harmful to our nation and be in violation of the Espionage Act.

But even if Donald Trump declassified all this stuff, why did he want it? This is something he has not explained. I don’t think he’s even tweeted, er…”truthed” a lie out about it yet, like the comparison to Obama taking “30 million documents to Chicago.”

President Obama did not take 30 million documents to Chicago. The National Archives did. President Obama has no say in how those documents are stored or handled. This is a fact. And for those goons who whatabout with the Clintons leaving the White House with government property, they didn’t take classified documents. They weren’t raided by the FBI in violation of the Espionage Act. The Clintons had confusion over what were gifts to them and what were gifts to the presidency. Everything was returned or paid for. Now, let’s hope Donald Trump pays for what he took. Taking documents containing nuclear secrets isn’t the same as taking an armoire.

When the Clintons were asked to return stuff, they returned them. There were no negotiations. They didn’t just return some and keep the rest and force DOJ’s hand to get a warrant.

But again, why did Trump have this stuff? The government retrieved 15 boxes from Trump last year, but he still had other shit. According to the FBI, they seized 11 sets of documents in all, including some marked as “classified/TS/SCI,” shorthand for “top secret/sensitive compartmented information,” according to the report. Agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents. Included in the manifest were also files pertaining to the pardon of Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime associate of Mr. Trump’s, and material about President Emmanuel Macron of France.

What was he doing with material on Macron? Was he planning to sell or give dirt on him to his political enemy, Marine Le Pen?

Trump is crying that he was cooperating with the Department of Justice and National Archives to return the stuff the FBI eventually seized. OK, but why wasn’t it already returned? Why did he still have it? Why were there even negotiations for shit he didn’t own?

Donald Trump hasn’t been charged with any crimes yet and everything mentioned in the warrant was reasons to search, not indictments. The Department of Justice may turn around later and say everything has been explained and no charges will be forthcoming. Sorry for the inconvenience. And even if they do indict Trump, there’s always the possibility a jury won’t convict him. But then again, there’s always the chance they will.

Trump’s defenders like to point out he’s a collector which is a nice way of saying he’s a hoarder. His office in Trump Tower was always cluttered to the point visitors had a difficult time walking through it without knocking shit over. He kept a pair of Shaquille O’Neal’s shoes in his office. But boxes of top-secret classified documents is something really weird to collect. This isn’t a football signed by Tim Tebow.

This isn’t stuff that landed in his office. This is stuff he intentionally took. Who accidentally takes nuclear secrets to the beach?

And quite frankly, I wouldn’t put it past Donald Trump to try to sell classified information to our enemies and put our nation in danger. Looking at all his past behavior where it was never about service to the country for Trump and just about service to himself, why wouldn’t I put it past him? He’s already proven to be a national security risk. A man died this week attacking an FBI office over Donald Trump screaming about them taking stuff he doesn’t own.

Who thought Trump’s legacy could get worse than two impeachments and sedition?

Music note: I listened to Gorillaz, MIA, and Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Here Comes The Boom


Months before the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump repeatedly barked about impending voter fraud and the possibility it would “steal” the election for Biden. What Donald Trump was doing was setting up a narrative so that when he lost, because he knew he was going to lose, he wouldn’t have to admit defeat and could blame non-existent voter fraud.

Donald Trump legitimately lost the 2020 election. There is no doubt to that and there is not one shred of evidence that even suggest Donald Trump won and had it stolen from him. Anyone still claiming Trump won is a liar, idiot, or just someone who wants to believe lies. And Donald Trump used the lie to attempt a coup and retain power. He was able to do this from the narrative he created before the election. He’s doing it again.

Trump is dropping hints about the FBI planting evidence during their warranted search of his home at his golf resort, Mar-a-Lago. But if they planted evidence, Donald Trump would already know it’s on the list because he has the list.

Donald Trump knows there’s something bad on the list he doesn’t want to be held accountable for. He doesn’t want his supporters to see it. But when they do see it, he will get to blame the FBI and claim it was planted. His lunatics will believe this. MAGAts are dumb enough to believe a president (sic) who didn’t win the popular vote the first time, ruined an economy, downplayed a virus that killed hundreds of thousands, spent four years barking hate while endorsing pedophiles, said good people marched with Nazis, saw unemployment reach above 13 percent, and never had an approval rating above 50 percent won reelection.

His lunatics don’t ask questions. They don’t ask why Donald Trump hasn’t released the list himself while they’re screaming for the FBI to be transparent. They don’t ask why there were still items to seize at Mar-a-Lago if Donald Trump was cooperating with the FBI. They don’t even ask why Donald Trump took classified documents to Mar-a-Lago. They don’t even ask why he took documents that didn’t belong to him.

And if it’s true Donald Trump took classified information that pertains to nuclear weapons, they won’t ask why he took that.

Even for Trump, doing something devious with nuclear information seems far-fatched. But before January, 2020, did we think it was outside the realm of possibility he would engineer a coup attempt and send a white nationaist mob to attack his own government?

We’re going to learn a lot more today at 3 p.m. That’s Trump’s deadline to appeal Merrick Garland’s petition to unseal the search warrant. Trump says he won’t block it but we’ve heard that before, like when he said he won’t plead the Fifth in a deposition, then pleads it over 400 times. He said he couldn’t wait to testify before Robert Mueller, then later blamed his lawyers for not letting him. He can come out later today and say he wanted to unseal it but his lawyers advised against it. Just wait. He’s good at setting shit up and he did that last night by saying he wanted the warrant to be released to the public. He doesn’t. I honestly can’t predict if he’ll block it today or not.

He can block it and blame his lawyers or let it be unsealed and say, “A-ha! There’s planted evidence! That Swedish-made penis enlarger is not my bag, baby.” We’ll have to wait and see.

Merrick Garland owned Trump yesterday. Garland is playing chess while Donald Trump is playing go fish.

Republicans are angry that the government seized government documents but not angry at the guy who stole them. Go fish.

Republicans have spent the week attacking the FBI demanding transparency. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Garland to clear his calendar for upcoming hearings on this matter if the GOP takes the House this November. He also said for Garland to “save the documents” without detecting any irony in the statement. And then Merrick Garland announced yesterday that he was going to court to make the documents public. He’s doing exactly what Republicans have demanded…and they don’t like it.

It’s called “calling one’s bluff.” Garland is playing Texas hold ’em and the GOP is playing Hungry Hungry Hippo.

Donald Trump says he wants the court to unseal the warrant and the list of items seized. But he doesn’t have to wait for the court to do that because he can release it himself. Right now, I bet Trump is kinda wishing he and Mitch McConnell had let Merrick Garland have that Supreme Court seat.

Talk about coming back to bite you in the ass. Are you loving this as much as I am?

Music note: I listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers again.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Trumpin’ The Fifth


Donald Trump testified in a court-ordered deposition yesterday in New York City, sitting across from state Attorney General Letitia James who’s been conducting a three-year civil investigation into whether he fraudulently inflated the value of his assets to secure loans and other benefits. In what The New York Times called an “unexpected twist,” Donald Trump refused to answer any of the questions, except one, and pleaded the Fifth.

It was NOT an “unexpected surprise.” So many people are shocked by Trump invoking the Fifth to questions in a court case because he’s attacked people in the past for doing the same thing. But we’ve known for decades that Donald Trump is a lying projecting racist orange hypocrite.

At one of his hate rallies in 2016 while running for the presidency with Putin’s help, he blasted aides to Hillary Clinton for exercising their constitutional right to invoke the Fifth Amendment in order to avoid self-incrimination. He said, “The mob takes the Fifth.” He asked his MAGAts rhetorically, “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

At other rallies during that campaign, he said, “She lied to Congress under oath, and her staff has taken the Fifth Amendment and got immunity deals,” and “It’s worse than Watergate; it’s a bigger deal than Watergate.” And during his first debate with Hillary Clinton, he said taking the Fifth instead of answering questions was “disgraceful.”

Yesterday, Donald Trump invoked the Fifth, according to a person with inside knowledge, over 400 times. He only answered one question. His name, and we’re assuming he didn’t lie with that answer.

He opened with a prepared statement and called Ms. James, who was seated across from him, a “renegade prosecutor.”

After the deposition, he said, “I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ I now know the answer to that question.” He said that he was being targeted by lawyers, prosecutors, and the news media, and that left him with “absolutely no choice” but to do so.

So, does that mean Hillary Clinton (who never took the Fifth when she testified for 11 hours before the Benghazi Committee) and her staff were being targeted by lawyers, prosecutors, and the news media, or is this different?

Trump’s lawyers were smart to convince him not to answer questions because not only could have incriminated himself in the New York civil case, his fat mouth probably would have incriminated him in one of the other multitudes of ongoing investigations into Trump fuckery.

In addition to the investigation that triggered the F.B.I.’s search (stealing shit from the White House), federal prosecutors are questioning witnesses about his involvement in efforts to reverse his election loss (the coup attempt, election steal, and installing fake electors), and a district attorney in Georgia is investigating potential election interference on the part of Mr. Trump and his allies. And let’s not forget the House select committee investigating the white nationalist MAGA mob he sent to attack the Capitol.

Trump’s lawyers should get medals for being able to keep him from answering questions. It must have killed him not to shout out “fake news” or “but her emails” in response to some questions. I would also have expected him to cite an imaginary right or Trump privilege at some point of the questioning that enables him to cheat on taxes and loan applications.

It was also smart to make him plead the Fifth since it’s impossible for Donald Trump not to lie. This is a man who lied over 30,000 while he was president (sic).

But Trump citing the Fifth was not an “unexpected twist” as the Times described, because he’s done it before.

In 1990 during divorce hearings from the woman he recently planted at the first tee at Bedminster, Trump invoked the Fifth 97 times to questions that were mostly about other women. He wouldn’t admit to the court all the stuff he boasted about on an Access Hollywood bus (“grab them by the pussy”).

In 1998, after Bill Clinton admitted to his affair with Monica Lewinsky in a deposition for an investigation about an Arkansas land deal, Donald Trump, who was merely an entertaining grifter at the time, said, “I’m not even sure that he shouldn’t have just gone in and taken the Fifth Amendment.”

The only thing “unexpected” about Trump pleading the Fifth is that he was successful at it and didn’t just excrete a word salad at some point during the deposition. After the deposition, he made a complaint about how nice and expensive the Attorney General’s offices are while crime is running rampant in New York City.

Donald Trump has every right to invoke the Fifth Amendment and not incriminate himself because he has the exact same constitutional rights as the rest of us. And if he has the same constitutional rights as the rest of us, then our nation’s laws apply to him just like the rest of us.

Creative note: I get asked now and then about something a lot of readers don’t notice. When I have the same image in more than one panel, do I just copy and paste the image? Sometimes. It varies. When I don’t need them all to be exactly, I will redraw the image each time. But other times, I think the image needs to stay “mostly” consistent. It also depends on my mood and the feel of the cartoon. There are times when it’s actually easier to redraw the same image multiple times than copying and pasting.

Here’s my trick: For today’s cartoon, I drew Trump once and then copied and pasted it seven times. But, I didn’t copy and paste the finished Trump. I copied and pasted the rough. So…I went over all eight Trumps a second time with my pen. And then I added some cross-hatching and colored after that. I also redrew his hair for each panel. So, they’re not all exactly alike but they’re all in the same place.

My one rule about copying and pasting is, never to do it because it’s easier. Only do it if it’s better for the cartoon. Right after I finished typing all that, another cartoonist Facebook messaged me saying, “I admire so much that you drew all the Trumps individually in your most recent cartoon.” I should have just said, “thank you.”

Music note: I listened to two bands that blow my mind every time I listen to them, Kaiser Chiefs and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Trump Whine


So yesterday, another political cartoonist made a public post rhetorically asking who could have predicted there would be 100 toilet cartoons after the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago, and then he praised himself saying it was he who made that prediction. He failed to mention he was one of the hundred who drew a Wizard of Oz cartoon after the Kansas abortion vote, and three days after to boot.

But the thing is, I’m pretty sure everyone who drew a toilet cartoon was fully aware there would be other toilet cartoons. When I showed my proofreaders yesterday’s cartoon on Monday night, I told them I hoped nobody would do exactly what I did, but I knew there would be a lot of toilet cartoons. A colleague of mine messaged me yesterday morning about another subject but also said, “By the way, I’m going to do a toilet cartoon.” I told him, “Why shouldn’t you?” It was really good too.

Kudos and cookies to every cartoonist who drew on the subject but avoided the toilet concept, but I don’t care. The reason so many of us used the toilet concept despite knowing everyone else would also draw a toilet is that toilets are a part of the story. There was a Trump toilet story the day before the “raid.” It’s too much fun. How in the Hell do you not draw a toilet when a president is destroying and stealing classified documents and government property, and flushing them down a toilet? It’s actually important to document this.

In fact, it’s so much fucking fun, that despite someone looking down their nose at us for drawing toilets, I did it again. It’s too much fun. I could probably write ten more toilet cartoons if you put a gun to my head…or a dirty toilet scrubber. Please don’t.

This brings us to Trump’s whining about the “raid” on his golf resort home. Republicans are outraged and say if the FBI can raid a former president’s (sic) home, then they can come after anyone. Well, yeah.

If you break the law, you can be investigated, prosecuted, and indicted. You can go to prison. It’s comforting that in President Biden’s Justice Department, the law applies to everyone. His own son is being investigated by his own Justice Department.

Republicans are demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland explain and reveal everything immediately, but he doesn’t have to do that. Basically, they want all the evidence from the investigation revealed in order to destroy the investigation. It’s like that time when Republicans controlled the House and Devin Nunes was chair of the committee investigating investigations of Trump and went straight to the White House to inform them that intelligence agencies intercepted his transition team’s communications, and without telling the minority party on the committee.

What they’re not demanding is for Donald Trump to show his copy of the search warrant or the list of items the FBI confiscated. He has both yet he won’t reveal them…like his taxes. Maybe revealing them would destroy the Republican narrative.

Marco Rubio and other assorted goons have tied this to the 87,000 new IRS “agents” provided by the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s the same tactic used by warning if Donald Trump can’t get away with breaking the law, then you can’t either. The increase in hiring tens of thousands of new IRS employees is a great talking point for the midterm elections, but the truth is, they’re hired to increase enforcement of people just like Donald Trump. The hiring of 87,000 new IRS employees has NOTHING to do with a search warrant being delivered on Donald Trump.

Most of all, Trump’s defenders don’t know what they’re talking about, which is par for the course at MAGA-Lardo. They don’t know what the FBI was looking for or what it’s connected to. A Trump goon who was part of the Trump administration despite never being qualified for anything other than being creepy, Kash Patel, says Trump declassified everything he took. But, did he? Also, the documents he took still didn’t belong to him. He stole 15 boxes of government documents, classified or declassified. They’re all screaming from a position of ignorance.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is screaming about “defunding” the FBI. Remember when they were using “defund the police” against Joe Biden even though he’s never been a supporter of that position? Are they still doing that? Yeah, probably. So much for the law-and-order party.

The goons screaming for accountability and explanations from Biden’s Justice Department were A-OK with Donald Trump trying to turn the Justice Department into his personal goon squad. If you want an example of the Justice Department conducting political investigations then look no further than the Durham Investigation. It’s like those fucking Benghazi hearings that never found anything but noise.

What we do know is that judges don’t issue search warrants willy-nilly like Trump pardons for Trump goons. They don’t move to search the homes of former presidents (sic) as fast as Josh Hawley high-tailing it from angry white nationalist mobs he instigated.

We also know that the judge who granted this search warrant was appointed by, wait for it… (you see it coming, don’t you? Yeah, I think you do)…Donald J. Trump. Oopsies.

Republicans are upset that Donald Trump is being held accountable. Some have even asked, What has he ever done that could be considered illegal?

Just off the top of my head, sedition, sexual assault, cheating on taxes, lying on loan applications, housing discrimination, trying to steal an election, election fraud, starting a riot, committing a coup attempt, asking government officials to find votes that don’t exist, asking election officials to overturn elections, stealing shit, destroying government documents, using government resources to extort foreign presidents, trying to install fake electors, and violating the emoluments clause. I know I left a bunch of stuff out.

Despite all the GOP outrage, it’s a good thing that the law applies to Donald Trump just like it applies to the rest of us. I mean, we’re getting there, right?

And on the day Donald Trump does go to prison, I want to see Dora the Explorer outside jumping and singing, “We did it! We did it! Yay! We did it!”

Music note: I listened to INXS while coloring this. I hadn’t listened to them in decades but someone reminded me of them yesterday. Ya’ know, their music stands the test of time.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Mar-a-Lago Raided


The FBI has raided Mar-a-Lago. We learned this from Trump himself who made a very whiny post about it on his joke of a social media platform, Truth Social. He’s partly upset the FBI didn’t give him, a guy with a habit of flushing evidence, advance notice of their raid.

This is big news and it’s unprecedented for a president’s home to be raided by the FBI. But everything about Donald Trump’s presidency (sic) has been unprecedented. The crimes of this president (sic) are unprecedented.

Mar-a-Lago is a golf club and a resort. It’s also Donald Trump’s legal residence. He’s not a resident of New York City anymore. He lives in Palm Beach, Florida. But, he doesn’t spend a lot of time in Florida during the summer because it’s hot. Nobody wants to see a hot and sweaty Trump. It’s icky. He was actually at Trump Tower in the city when the raid occurred Monday morning.

Trump posted about the raid in order to get ahead of the story. Getting ahead of the story is a great way for Trump to play the victim. He said, they even “broke into” his safe. He said such an “assault” could only occur in a “third-world country” and it’s being inflicted by “radical left Democrats” who don’t want him to run for president in 2024. Dude, if the people who most don’t want you to run for president were behind the raid, it would have been Republicans.

This president (sic) who attempted a coup says this act resembles something done in a third-world country. Oh, really? He compared it to the Watergate break-in, though that was committed by Republican criminals without warrants.

The raid is being done because Donald Trump took at least 15 boxes of classified information with him from the White House to Mar-a-Lago. This also occurred on the same day Maggie Haberman of The New York Times posted photos of classified documents with Trump’s handwriting on them in toilets. Apparently, Trump was supposedly cooperating with the FBI but he was probably faking it. Hence the raid.

There’s a high bar for this sort of stuff. Former presidents don’t get raided by the FBI, even orange racist baby presidents (sic). In addition to having to convince a federal judge there was more than probable cause to grant a search warrant, the agents would need the Attorney General to sign off on it. The Attorney General has to sign off on warrants investigating members of Congress so you know Merrick Garland was the final signature on this. And President Biden most likely had no idea this was going to happen as they’d want him as far away from it as possible. He wouldn’t want to know beforehand either.

This isn’t “political persecution” as Donald Trump claims. I know there was enough evidence to conduct this raid if a federal magistrate judge and the Attorney General had to sign off on this. The ironic thing is that while he was president (sic), Donald Trump tried to get his Justice Department to go after his enemies and he fired members of the department who were investigating his goons. Trump’s rules are that using the Justice Department to go after his political enemies should be allowed, but it shouldn’t be done to him. Good news. It’s not.

Donald Trump now joins Roger Stone and Rudy Giuliani, who were also raided by the FBI. Being a former president (sic) shouldn’t put anyone above the law.

Someone’s going to jail.

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Hold My Calls


Here’s your cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday. 

Hold my phone and please make sure not to delete anything so that it’s lost forever…and never retrievable…wink wink. Nudge nudge.

Music note: I listened to a bunch of Tom Petty while drawing this last Friday.

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Lessons From Kansas


Indiana lawmakers made sure not to do one thing last Friday when they banned most abortions in their yee-haw state. They made sure not to let their citizens vote on it. It’s a lesson they learned from Kansas.

Indiana is the first state to create new limits on abortions after the Supreme Court overruled its predecessors and declared it’s not a constitutional right. This vote was just three days after voters in Kansas rejected a measure to strip abortion from the state constitution, and after a ten-year-old fled Ohio, where nearly all abortions are banned, to abort her rapist’s fetus in Indiana.

Republicans nationwide were eager to ban abortion after the SCOTUS ruling but Kansas has slowed their roll. State Republicans in Florida, West Virginia, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Iowa were talking a lot of shit until the conservative voters in Kansas spoke out. The question every conservative needs to ask who plans to enact a state ban on abortion is: Is your state more right-wing fucknut fundamentalist than Kansas? It’s a good question and someone’s actually studied it. More on that in a minute.

Indiana’s fucknut Governor Eric Holcomb signed the new ban into law faster than Josh Hawley could run from a MAGA riot he helped instigate (I’m gonna be using this one for a while). The signing was within minutes of its passage, which was from a special session he called just to ban abortion. They knew not to let their voters vote on it.

In Kansas, Republicans thought it was a safe bet their voters would ban it, but just in case, they put the measure on the primary ballot, NOT the general election ballot. Gee, why is that?
Fewer people vote in primaries than in general elections. But, Republicans, I’m sorry to say, are much more consistent than Democrats in voting in primaries and special elections. Republicans are also much more motivated by wedge culture war issues like abortion than are Democrats. But, Kansas found out that even conservatives didn’t want to totally ban abortion. And, when it finally comes down to banning abortions, Democrats turn out the vote among themselves and Independents. The GOP just learned that the hard way in Kansas. It was like that time Eddie Murphy found out the hard way his hooker was a dude.

Indiana Republican goon legislator John Young said, “I know the exceptions are not enough for some and too much for others, but it’s a good balance.” Really? It’s a good balance to take away a woman’s right to control her own body and health? If John Young had a uterus, I bet he’d have a totally different definition of a “good balance.”

A good balance would be to let Indiana’s voters vote on it. Give more women a say in how their bodies are regulated. Don’t just leave it up to goons like John Young Governor Holcomb.

Right-wing and Indiana cartoonist Gary Varvel did a cartoon of it snowing in Hell because it’s such an unlikely occurrence that yee-haw state Republicans would ban abortion. What. A. Shocker.

Protestors were at the state capital demanding their legislature allow them to vote on it. Todd Huston, the Republican Speaker of the House said, “We’ve talked about the fact that voters have an opportunity to vote, and if they’re displeased, they’ll have that opportunity both in November and in future years.” That sounds like a statement from a goon in a safe district. By his logic, Indiana shouldn’t ever have measures put on ballots, just candidates.

Jennifer Drobac, a law professor at Indiana University Bloomington said, “Law made in haste is often bad law. This highlights the fact that these guys are not anticipating how unworkable this legislation will be. This is going to impact thousands of people who get pregnant in Indiana alone.” But they didn’t anticipate how unworkable it is because they don’t care if it’s unworkable. If it forces children to have rapists’ babies, that’s workable for male Republicans. They’re not shooting rapists’ babies out of their pee-holes.

The most recent unworkable Republican law made in haste that comes to mind is the one in Florida where fascist Ron DeSantis and other fascist Floridians stripped away Disney’s special district, leaving a giant tax burden on voters in the state which they haven’t figured out how to repair yet. Their knuckles have to be raw after dragging them on the ground so quickly.

So, which states would ban abortion if it’s left up to voters? That’s a good question and Nate Cohn of The New York Times might have the closest thing we’ll get to an answer without every state holding elections on the fundamental rights of abortion.

According to the Times’ analysis, support for abortion rights is below 50 percent in ONLY seven states, and it’s close in each of those seven. In fact, it’s only within a point or two in Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Even in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, it’s within four or five points. These are close or within the margins of error. It’s possible that if left up to voters, not one state in this nation would ban abortion.

Even in Florida, where Republicans are talking big shit about banning abortion, 57 percent of its voters favor abortion rights. Texas and West Virginia are both at 52 percent in favor of abortion rights. All other MAGA-voting red states are also above 50 percent. Ohio, which has banned abortion even in the case of rape and incest, is at 61 percent. And in Indiana, which just banned abortion without letting the voters have a say, the support for abortion rights is at 58 percent. Keep in mind, Kansas overwhelmingly approved of abortion as a state constitutional right by 59 percent.

Knowing that they’d have the exact same results as Kansas, Indiana Republicans chose not to their voters made the call on abortion rights. But don’t worry. The fundamentalist fucknut goons took care of it for you.

Republicans are on the wrong side of every issue, but especially abortion, they had to steal three Supreme Court seats to overturn Roe. They’re changing election laws in multiple states to make it difficult for minorities to vote, but even with that, they should allow voters to vote on abortion. These GOP legislators are too cowardly though.

What they should do is put it on November’s general election ballot. That would increase voter turnout which is the last thing fascist Republicans want. A proven fact is that when more people vote, Democrats win more seats. Republicans are morons but they know they can’t win on the issues. It’s why they create bullshit like Critical Race Theory and gay textbooks.

Republicans, if you really want to ban abortion in America, then let Americans vote on it.

Cowards.

Music note: I listened to Queens of the Stone Age’s “Rated R” album and some Joan Jett.

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My Favorite Fascists


Less than two weeks ago, Hungary’s fascist Prime Minister gave a speech in Romania where he denounced a “mixed-race world” and endorsed the racist Great Replacement Theory. His government has ended the legal recognition of transgender people. His party’s proposed legislation to end “positive LGBTQ” images in movies, television, and advertising. His legislation banning any mention of “gay” in Hungarian schools was the model for Ron DeSantis’ own hate bill.

In a speech in 2018, Orban said, “We must state that we do not want to be diverse and do not want to be mixed: we do not want our own color, traditions and national culture to be mixed with those of others. We do not want this. We do not want that at all. We do not want to be a diverse country.”

In case you still don’t find the guy charming, he’s also antisemitic. He’s described George Soros, a favorite punching bag for Republicans and a Hungarian native, as someone who “hates Christianity.”

Tucker Carlson loves Orban and even broadcast a few of his shows from Hungary’s capital, Budapest. Donald Trump endorsed Orban. Last Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Victor Orban was met with thunderous applause.

And why wouldn’t they greet Orban with applause? He’s practically saying the quiet parts out loud. In addition to Soros, he also denounced immigration, abortion, LGBTQ rights, and “the Woke Globalist Goliath.” Who taught him that word, “woke?”

The gang that tried to destroy our democracy on January 6, 2021, is holding parties with fascist leaders as speakers. And they do love them some fascism. In Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, the Republican nominees to oversee state elections deny the legitimacy of Biden’s election victory.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s gone to war with Disney over his Don’t-Say-Gay bill, has legalized running over black protesters, fought every public safety effort to end the COVID pandemic, and has scolded students for wearing face masks has now decided to suspend an elected Democratic state attorney and replace him with one of his own choosing.

DeSantis suspended Andrew Warren, the state attorney for Hillsborough County for refusing to enforce “any prohibition on sex-change operations for minors” or laws related to abortion. The thing is, Warren hasn’t done any of that yet. He was suspended for his statements.

A governor can suspend an official for refusing to follow the law, but not for his thoughts. This is what DeSantis did, furthering his fascist profile for his upcoming presidential run. He literally replaced the voters’ choice for a state attorney, and he did it without a riot or goading Mike Pence to help him.

Warren was frog-marched out of his office by Florida State Police, who have become DeSantis’ personal goon squad, and said, “It’s something you would see happen in Russia or China or North Korea where the king sends in his police” to remove an official from office without “due process” or “basis,” he said.

Or, you’d see it in Hungary. In 2021, Hungary passed a law banning sex education involving L.G.B.T.Q. topics. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary said, “We were watching the Hungarians,” and were inspired by their legislation” in regards to Florida’s Don’t-Say-Gay bill.

Republicans aren’t shying away from fascism. They’re praising and openly emulating fascists. Pretty soon, people are going to be swimming from Florida to migrate to Cuba.

We only have two powerful political parties in this country. The Democratic Party and the Fascist Party. The fascists are overruling elections.

Music note: I listened to some 90s alt radio.

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