Author: clayjonz

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

Rosenstein’s Head


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Donald Trump continues to display signs of an authoritarian without any resistance from the Republicans. A few Republicans in Congress are more interested in protecting Trump than the Constitution. The GOP is less about policy and more about Trumpism.

Trump idolizes Vladimir Putin. He expressed anger toward Michael Flynn in the earliest days of his presidency because he had missed Putin’s phone call. He’s very hesitant to place sanctions on Russia. He even congratulated Putin on winning an election where he forbid his strongest opponent from being on the ballot and imprisoned others.

Trump praises dictators, congratulates the Philippines leader on murdering people, and “jokes” about emulating China’s leader who is now in office for life. He attacks the press and describes them as “enemies of the American people.”

What is not a joke is Trump using his office to go after those who oppose him. He calls for prison sentences for people who haven’t been charged with crimes. He has encouraged police brutality and wants death sentences for drug dealers.

He is attacking many in law enforcement and the Republicans are helping him obstruct justice. The Republican National Committee built a website to discredit Comey and his new book.

Congressmen Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, Bob Goodlatte, and Mark Meadows are attacking Rod Rosenstein. They’re talking about slapping him with contempt of Congress or impeaching him. They screamed at him for Jim Comey’s memos on meetings with Trump, and within an hour of receiving the memos, they leaked them to the press. Who can forget the Nunes Memo which was an attack on the Justice Department and FBI without substance. They even shut down their investigation in Russian collusion.

Nearly a dozen Republicans in Congress  sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department and FBI seeking an investigation of Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton in connection with 2016 campaign controversies. They want further investigations into Clinton’s email, the Michael Steele dossier, and Uranium One. The Justice Department declined to prosecute for the emails, and the other two are conspiracies that have been debunked.

Someday, hopefully soon, we will learn the truth about Trump and his connections to Russia. There will probably be further charges for his corruption and obstruction of justice. After Trump is driven from office, each of these Republicans should be recognized as modern-day Vidkun Quislings.

Vidkun Quisling was a Norwegian who established a fascist party in the 1930s. He attacked the left and aligned himself with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. He served as Prime Minister of Norway after the Nazis invaded and established a puppet government. After the war, he was convicted of several charges including treason.

Putting party over country, especially a fascist party is treason. That’s exactly what these Republicans are guilty of.

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Cohen Takes A Bullet


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If you’re worried about Michael Cohen flipping on Donald Trump, you’re worried Donald Trump is guilty of illegal activity.

Trump’s attorney/fixer Michael Cohen loves him some Donald Trump. He’s paid off porn stars to keep quiet about sleeping with Trump, he’s bought overpriced condos in his towers, he’s gone on TV time and time again to defend the guy. Michael Cohen said, “I will take a bullet for Donald Trump.” We may find out soon enough.

Last week, the FBI raided Cohen’s home, office, and hotel room. They have material from his cell phone, laptop, tablet, and safe deposit box. Cohen is the guy who knows all of Trump’s dirtiest secrets. As dirty as Trump is, the FBI probably needed a dozen U-Hauls to transport the material while wearing hazmat suits.

Cohen is being investigated for business dealings which include the payment to a porn star and his involvement in the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia. Cohen is in a lot of trouble. Trump’s closest advisers don’t have much faith he will remain loyal to Donald.

Attorney and Trump defender Alan Dershowitz said, “They’re going to threaten him with a long prison term and try to turn him into a canary that sings.”

Jay Goldberg, a longtime Trump lawyer told The Wall Street Journal that he warned Trump, “Cohen isn’t even a “1 on a scale of 1 to 100,” where 100 was remaining fully loyal to the president. Ouch!

One defense lawyer who represents a senior Trump aide in Mueller’s Russia investigation told Politico, “I think for two years or four years or five years, Michael Cohen would be a stand-up guy. I think he’d tell them go piss up a rope. But depending on dollars involved, which can be a big driver, or if they look at him and say it’s not two to four years, it’s 18 to 22, then how loyal is he?” I’m sure if anyone pisses up a rope, the president will want a tape of it, but I digress.

He added, “Is he two years loyal? Is he 10 years loyal? Is he 15 years loyal? That’s the currency. It’s not measured in inches. It’s measured in years.” Stephen Colbert asked on his show, “Fifteen years? Michael Cohen disclosed Sean Hannity’s name in court after being asked twice. He’s not five minutes loyal.”

Usually, the person who professes the most loyalty is the first to flip. But, why should he remain loyal when Trump doesn’t exhibit any loyalty to anyone other than himself. You may have noticed, Trump defends a lot of people, but only if attacking them is a danger to himself.

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, believes Cohen will be charged within the next three months. He’ll probably flip the same afternoon he’s charged unless Trump issues him a pardon. That’s very likely but will be a flagrant act of obstructing justice.

Trump already sent a loud message that lying to the FBI isn’t a serious offense when he pardoned Scooter Libby. Trump doesn’t care about Scooter Libby and couldn’t pick him out of a crowd. Pardoning Scooter was Trump scooting a message to those charged by Mueller, don’t cooperate and the prez will take care of you. I’m sure Paul Manafort is expecting a full pardon at some point in the future.

Anthony Scaramucci doesn’t believe Cohen will flip. Did he not see Goodfellas? “If you said to me and I had to flip a coin, is he going to turn on President Trump or turn on other people? I would say adamantly no,” he said.

That’s not how a coin toss works, Mooch. A better analogy you can appreciate is, heads he’s a backstabber, tails he’s a frontstabber.

Like The Joker said in The Dark Knight, “I know a squealer when I see one.” Cohen looks like a squealer. He’ll squeal on Trump, or he’ll do his squealing in a federal penitentiary. He needs to realize which body part that bullet’s going to penetrate.

Here’s the video.

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Under The Bus


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There’s talk in the media that Donald Trump needs to worry about his attorney/fixer Michael Cohen flipping on him. A former attorney of Trump’s told the Wall Street Journal that it’s basically guaranteed. Trump talked to a lawyer who went straight to the press to blab about it. So much for attorney/client privilege.

To remind us how much of a buffoon he is, Trump called Cohen. Cohen has been known to make recordings between himself and clients, all three of them. So, maybe calling a guy under FBI investigation wasn’t the smartest move. Who’s to say Cohen hasn’t flipped already or that the FBI isn’t bugging him? I think Donald should call him again.

Maybe Trump should worry less about Cohen flipping and be concerned about his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, who is occasionally an idiot, said Nikki Haley will run for president in 2020, and she’ll win. She is not going to run for president in 2020 unless Trump is no longer the incumbent. But, she does have every right to flip on Trump.

Haley endorsed Ted Cruz for president, and then she endorsed Marco Rubio. She criticized the tone of Trump’s campaign and refusal to release his tax returns. She was on hand and laughing along, when Rubio made all the Trump small hands jokes. Now, she works for Trump and is currently residing in sycophantville, where the weather is always stormy.

What changed for Nikki to go to work for Donald Trump? His tone hasn’t changed. He still hasn’t released any tax returns. His hands are still tiny.

Last Friday, Nikki went on CBS and said the Treasury Secretary would announce new sanctions on Russia by Monday if he hadn’t already. The Republican National Committee issued talking points on the new sanctions. Monday came and went without any new sanctions announced.

Reportedly, the president was upset and even screaming and cursing at his television over Haley’s comments. There are not going to be any new sanctions. It’s highly unlikely that Haley was winging foreign policy on live TV or that she had not received an agenda from the administration.

Trump has thrown people who work for him under the bus before. He’s done it to Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, H.R. McMaster, and Kellyanne Conway. The White House publicly threw Haley under by sending economic adviser Larry Kudlow out to say that “Haley was confused.” This read more like “the little lady was confused.”

Nikki shot back with “with all due respect, I don’t get confused.” This was delivered in the same style of “bless your heart,” which she tweeted at Trump in 2016 when he said South Carolina was embarrassed by her.

Kudlow quickly apologized and tried to get out of the way as fast as possible, but he got scorched. Everyone gets burned who works for Donald Trump. Don’t they see what he does to those who work for him? Don’t they see he doesn’t have loyalty? Don’t they see he destroys career prospects? Haley in 2020? After working for Trump she’ll be lucky to land a gig next to Omarosa on Big Brother.

Nikki, get out now. Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out like you’re the black guy in a horror movie. Get out!!!!

Next time Nikki Haley gets throw under the bus, she’s going to look less like a future presidential contender and more like roadkill.

Here’s the video.

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Barbara Bush


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I know. I made fun of Trump’s inability to read a week ago, but he hasn’t learned since, so I’m doing it again.

Full disclosure, because I’m not Sean Hannity; I have done work for the Barbara Bush Foundation which advances literacy. And, yes. They paid me. It was non-political and it promoted literacy.

I felt I needed to do something on Barbara Bush’s passing as most of my clients would want it. I didn’t want to do a typical obituary cartoon of the pearly gates. I thought of the contrast of how we used to treat First Ladies, and how we treat them now. Even when presidents had low approval ratings, their wives usually remained popular. Then, Hillary Clinton came along and Republicans spent over twenty years portraying her as a vile human being who didn’t know her place, was corrupt and wanted to chain all of us to socialism. Republicans even had issues with Michelle Obama encouraging children to eat healthier…and she was black. How dare she. Now, we have Melania Trump who some liberals and Democrats love to remind everyone that she did some soft-core nude modeling. For the first time in American history, we have seen the First Lady’s nipples (we didn’t see Jackie’s until after she left the White House). Melania’s largest fault is that she claims she’s on a campaign against cyberbullies while she remains silent about the cyberbully she married.

Sometimes when a First Lady takes on an issue she’s criticized that it’s soft or not very important. But, Barbara Bush was proven correct that literacy is important. Today, Republicans accuse their opponents of being intellectuals, like that’s a bad thing, while doing everything they can to destroy America’s education system. And now, they’ve actually given us a president who can’t read.

I drew this cartoon pretty quick and told my clients a Barbara Bush cartoon was coming this morning. This probably is not what they expected. But, eh. I’m a jerk.

Here’s the video.

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Color Me Starbucks


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When I started my self-syndication business a few years ago, I needed to collect the contact information for every editor in the nation. It was a daunting task made even more difficult with the lack of internet in my home at that time. So, I went to McDonald’s nearly every day to use their Wi-Fi.

Visiting every newspaper’s website in the nation is extremely tedious. Some make it very hard to find the contact information. I understand not wanting to be spammed, but it’s like some newspapers don’t ever want to hear from their readers. But, I’d sit at McDonald’s, sometimes up to six hours at a time collecting this information. Sometimes, I only bought a cup of coffee. Know how many times I was harassed for loitering? Zero.

Maybe nobody bothered me because of my sparkling personality. Maybe it was because they really didn’t mind anyone hanging out for hours without giving them business. I saw quite a few other people using their Wi-Fi without purchasing. But maybe, the reason I wasn’t bothered was because of my white privilege.

There are not a lot of white people who admit to having white privilege. On the contrary, you often hear a white person say they know what it’s like to be a minority because once, they visited a foreign country, walked through a different neighborhood, or was the only white person in a restaurant or at a party. Bullshit. Even when you are the only white person in a place, you’re still white when you leave. You do not face a lifetime of discrimination in a nation with a long history of disparity in treatment and justice. At the very least, if you’re white then you have an extremely low chance of being arrested for sitting at Starbucks.

Yes. Starbucks. That liberal Utopian franchise that’s setting an example for other corporations to follow for social responsibility.

The corporation has instituted environmentally friendly policies like using wind energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and contributing to clean water projects globally. Partners, which are what they call their employees, join community projects, like tree planting.

One former employee, er, partner, described a problem with the company and said to Shaun Frankson, a business strategist who also blogs, “All the pieces for a great culture were present. We all were told exactly how to live the company values. However, management failed to live by example, so quickly each employee started to deviate from the desired culture and create subcultures based on each branch managers behaviors.”

Maybe, that’s the problem at the Philadelphia Starbucks that had two black men arrested who were waiting on a friend before ordering. Perhaps the sub-culture at that location is, black is suspicious, and I’m not talking about the coffee.

The location of this Starbucks is in a very ritzy part of Philadelphia. It’s two blocks away from a luxury apartment building where rent can go as high as $10,000 a month. And yet, while making up only three percent of the population black men account for 67 percent of stops by the police. This is not a subculture. This is national.

Starbucks is going to close every single one of their more than 8,000 stores for an afternoon in May to provide training to their employees to treat all of their customers alike, even the black guys.

I’m not sure all the racial ills of this nation can be cured in a single afternoon, or if it will make anyone victimized feel better, but at least it’s a start. Maybe the entire nation should shut down for an afternoon and learn to treat everyone the same.

Even the black guys.

Here’s the video.

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The Shammity of Hannity


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Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prizes announced the winners for 2017 awarding some of America’s best journalists. Ironically, on the same day, we got a reminder of one of America’s worst.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity has told his audience and critics time and time again that he is not a journalist. Sure, he’s on a news channel talking about the news and giving us his opinion on the subjects, but he argues that doesn’t make him a journalist. The reason he makes this argument is so he doesn’t have to conduct himself by the ethics and principles expected of journalists.

Hannity is one of the personalities who has helped turn Fox News into Trump TV. He not only defends and worships at the altar of all things Trump, he socializes with The Donald. He’s had dinner at the White House multiple times, and none of those were over meatloaf with Obama. When Trump says many people believe he should fire Robert Mueller, “many people” are Sean Hannity.

Hannity hasn’t just campaigned against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, calling the investigation a “witch hunt,” while defending everything Trump. He’s also passionately defended Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is the president’s admitted “fixer.” Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about her having sex with the married Trump, which he claims never happened. Hannity’s defense of Cohen turned into a near-panic after the FBI raided the lawyer’s office, home, and hotel room seizing files and possibly audio recordings between him and his clients. On Monday, we found out why Hannity was taking it so personally.

Cohen is more of a fixer than a lawyer. He got his degree (in law, not fixing) from the Cooley Law School, which has been ranked as the worst law school in the nation. It’s shocking his office isn’t the trunk of his car where you can also get expert shoe repair. Cohen only has three clients, with one being the president and the second being Elliott Broidy, a Republican National Committee fundraiser who used Cohen’s fixing services to pay off a former Playboy Playmate $1.6 million he had impregnated. But, who is the third? Cohen’s attorney’s, who I hoped didn’t get their degrees from Cooley, were joined by the president’s attorneys (despite him not being “involved” in the case) against releasing the name of the third client. The judge didn’t buy their arguments and made them release the name, which made everyone in the courtroom either gasp or break out in laughter. That third client is Sean Hannity.

Hannity argues he’s not really a client despite Cohen’s attorney’s fighting so hard to keep his name sealed. The Fox News host claims he’s never officially had services done by Cohen and has only asked him a few questions in passing about real estate, though Cohen is not a real estate attorney (though he has bought a lot of property in Trump Towers, just like Russian money launderers do). Hannity points out that he’s never retained him, been billed, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. So what? Trump often refuses to pay his legal fees.

Someone can be your lawyer without you ever having paid them. If nothing else, if Hannity received a service from Cohen, even if it’s just bad legal advice, he has a responsibility to his viewers for full disclosure.

Sean Hannity is on a news network, a journalistic outlet, a forum where people get their information. He can refer to himself as an Oompa Loompa for all I care, but he still has a responsibility to his viewers for full disclosure. For all we know he didn’t even inform his bosses of his conflict of interest.

Sean Hannity can continue his refusal to square with his viewers and himself, but his network can’t. Fox News shouldn’t just suspend Hannity. They should fire him. Sure, he gets high ratings, but Fox needs to decide if they’re a news network or a propaganda outlet. I’m sure Shep Smith, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier would choose to be identified with a news network.

Maybe Sean Hannity should ask one of them for journalism advice, and stop asking crappy, sketchy lawyers for legal advice.

Now, does anyone wanna be Michael Cohen’s fourth client?

Here’s the video.

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Taxpayer-Financed Slush Fund


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The tax filing deadline has been extended to April 17, this Tuesday. If you’re a rational and sensible person, this means nothing to you as you have already filed. If you’re like me, you’ll be doing your taxes on Tuesday.

Patriots pay their taxes. A Republican’s idea of a patriot is a billionaire who finds ways around the system to pay as little as possible. Other Republican patriots are those who use taxpayer money as their own personal slush fund. Not only is the Trump cabinet full of these people, but Trump himself doesn’t mind spending our money on his personal frivolity.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt loves to use our money to fly first class, on military flights, and heightened personal security. The man has a higher security detail than any previous EPA chief before him, and he has traveled to locations he didn’t really need to, such as his home in Tulsa and Morocco to shill for American oil companies. He also attempted to give huge pay raises to a couple of buddies in his department over the objections of the White House.

HUD chief Ben Carson spent $30,000 on a dining room set for his office. His excuse was that the old set was dangerous as it was liable to fall apart if you sat on it and there were rusty nails sticking out. Who knew that entering the office of the HUD Secretary would require a tetanus shot?

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin spent over $1 million on eight flights. One of those was for a trip he took his snooty wife on to see the solar eclipse in Kentucky. You remember her. She’s the one who got into a tiff with a constituent who criticized her for boasting about her expensive name-brand clothing. You probably saw the pic of her holding a sheet of money with Stevie where she’s clad in all black. You’d be forgiven for mistaking them for Bond villains if they had any charm.

When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t plotting to turn government monuments into oil fields, he enjoys taking charter flights, financed by you, to the Virgin Islands, Las Vegas and his home in Montana. One of those flights from Vegas to his home cost nearly $13,000. By the way, the Interior Department spent $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double-doors in his office.

David Shulkin was fired as head of the Veterans Administration for his scandals which seem far less than the ones being committed by Pruitt. Shulkin took his wife on a taxpayer-financed trip to Europe where they toured castles and attended Wimbledon.

Then we have the president himself. Trump plays a lot of golf despite telling us he wouldn’t have time for golf. It appears he doesn’t have time for much of anything else except for tweeting. Trump spends most weekends at one of his many resorts and while there, we foot the bill. The press and Freedom of Information groups are having a difficult time finding out how much Trump makes off us during his trips. But, we do know that one night at Mar-a-Lago can cost over $500 which has been spent on government employees.

Of course, we have to pay to protect the president, but we pay this president to protect the president. Donald Trump charges the Secret Service rent at his facilities and even charges them for golf cart rentals. It’s no wonder he leaves the White House so much. He can’t charge anyone rent for staying there.

Trump is about to spend the entire week at Mar-a-Lago which will turn a pretty penny for him. He is literally making money off being president. For the second time, he’ll be hosting the Prime Minister of Japan at the resort, so he’s also making money off our allies’ taxpayers.

So, make sure you don’t just file your taxes on time, but that you get your check in the mail too. I mean, it’s not like Donald Trump’s going to pay for his golf outings.

Creative notes: This cartoon is dated for April 19, which is two days after the tax deadline. People will probably still be feeling the pain at that time. But, I tell my clients the cartoons are not embargoed by the file date, which means they can run them at any time.

Here’s the video.

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