Author: clayjonz

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

Roughs, Volume 142


These roughs were drawn on June 16 and June 17.

I was seriously considering this cartoon but others issues got in the way. Also, I wasn’t positive that another cartoonist hadn’t already done the idea.

I would have drawn this for CNN if they wanted it, but I wasn’t going to draw it for my syndication, even though I do like it. I had already done one on drunk Rudy and I didn’t want to beat it to death.

I was somewhere in between love and hate for this one.

This is one of those that there was no way I wasn’t going to draw it.

This is the one that became the cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter AND, my editors didn’t ask me to change anything…even after I made the cartoon weirder. They let me run wild.

I didn’t love this one all that much but I felt it was important to do. While most cartoonists were doing Fathers’ Day, I chose to do Juneteenth. I think there were only about three cartoons on Juneteenth from the nation’s cartoonists.

I liked this one but I don’t know if it works.

That’s it for this week, kids. Which of these are your faves?

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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SCOTUS Erode Us


The far-right troglodyte court of religious zealots had a very busy week.

First, they ruled that religious private schools can receive taxpayer money. Naturally, this violates the separation of church and state which is in the Constitution.

Claiming they can actually comprehend the Constitution, SCOTUS’ next move was to allow people to carry concealed guns in New York City. I’ve been looking but I can’t find “concealed-carry” in the Constitution but I did find “well-regulated.”

Finally, SCOTUS did exactly what we expected them to do and that was to overturn Roe v. Wade based, not on the Constitution, but on their religious zealotry. If you’re a right-wing gun-humping religious zealot who wants to control women and tell them what they can and can’t do with their bodies, then you had a good week.

SCOTUS is overriding their function. They are legislating. Take the abortion case for example. They were hearing a case about banning abortions after a set number of weeks. Instead of just issuing a decision on that case, they created new laws. This is literally legislating from the bench.

The case they were hearing didn’t ask the court whether abortion is or isn’t constitutional, probably because most of the justices on the court have said that abortion is precedent and settled law.

The scary thing is, this is establishing a new precedent (irony abounds) for the court to strike down laws they’re not even hearing arguments about.

What will the Supreme Court strike down next that nobody’s asking them about?

Music note: I listened to a bunch of girl rock while drawing this (which took a while). I jammed to Paula Cole, Alanis Morrisette, the Cranberries, Melissa Etheridge, and Soul Asylum. Siri thinks Soul Asylum are girls.

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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FredericksBUG


Did you hear about the messed-up business cards? You probably have if you follow me on social media. I made a huge mistake and it’s all my fault. I can’t blame the printer because it’s what I sent them and I can’t blame my proofreaders because I didn’t ask them.

I agonized over the artwork (I was choosing between Trump and another drawing) so much that I didn’t pay enough attention and I misspelled “Fredericksburg” and made it “FredericksBUG.” Ugh. Since I probably can’t convince the city to change its name, I was gonna have to either stick with the bad cards and have people correct me 250 times in the future or order new ones. I tweeted about it. It’s the kind of thing that will drive me crazy until they’re all gone.

Then, VistaPrint swooped in and said they were going to correct the typo and send me new cards…at no cost. I offered to pay for shipping but they declined. VistaPrint rocks and I highly recommend them. But, I still have 250 bad cards.

And people love them. A lot of readers have asked for a FredericksBUG card, but I can’t pay a bunch of postage to mail cards to everyone who asks so…

You can pay for it yourself. If you’re weird enough to want one of these cards, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address on the card (just get the PO Box and zip correct) and I’ll send you a card or two. Maybe I’ll even sign it.

*While supplies last.

Our Dystopian Future


The people who argue that you can’t ban guns because people will still get guns are the same troglodytes who support banning abortion. But you don’t ban abortion, you just outlaw it.

This is a momentous occasion and I wasn’t sure how to address it with a cartoon. I’m still not sure. There’s so much to take from this.

Roe v. Wade was overturned by the will of the minority in this nation. More Americans voted against Donald Trump than for him. More Americans voted for Democratic Senate candidates than for Republicans. Yet, the people who were put in power by the few placed three justices on the court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The justices lied in their confirmation hearings. They each assured us that the Constitutional right to an abortion was precedent and protected law. Somehow after they were confirmed, it became “egregiously wrong.”

The man who nominated three of the six justices who overturned abortion tried to steal an election he lost through a coup and install himself as a fascist dictator.

Three of the six justices are sitting in stolen seats. Neil Gorsuch’s seat was stolen from an Obama nominee because Mitch McConnell wouldn’t even allow a hearing, claiming it was too close to an election and the people needed to have a say in the next appointment, never mind the fact that after the election more people had voted for Hillary Clinton than Trump and for more Democrats than Republicans, who voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch.

The seat Brett Kavanaugh sits in was occupied by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who resigned so Trump could fill it…which he couldn’t have filled if Putin hadn’t meddled in our election to install Trump into the presidency. Take it for what it’s worth, but for years, Kennedy’s son was in charge of real estate loans for Deutsche Bank, and he approved millions in loans for Trump when no other bank would.

Amy Coney Barrett, who had less than three years of experience as a judge before her nomination, is sitting in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, which became vacant less than two months before the election. So according to Mitch McConnell’s own argument about letting the people decide in the next election, Barrett is sitting in a stolen seat.

One of the six justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, Clarence Thomas, is married to a woman who helped Trump try to steal the election and install himself as a fascist dictator.

Each of the six justices are religious zealots. They are dictating laws onto this nation based not on the Constitution, but their fundamentalism.

All six of justice have been members of the Federalist Society, and extreme far-right fucknut legal club that has too much influence on our nation’s legal system. They provided Donald Trump with a list of judicial candidates to choose from.

The Supreme Court didn’t ban abortion outright. They just overturned Roe v. Wade and gave the decision to the states. We can expect at least 26 states to ban outright and several other states to pass heavy restrictions.

Republicans have always cried that abortion should be left to the states, not the federal government. But since Republicans are lying goons, we will see bills brought up in Congress to ban abortion nationally. If Republicans take the House and Senate and have enough votes to override a presidential veto, abortion will be outlawed even in blue states like New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, etc.

Will there be some Republicans in the House and Senate who will vote against a national ban on abortions? Sure, but their numbers are low and there are morons amongst them. Senator Susan Collins actually believed Brett Kavanaugh when he “assured” her he wouldn’t overturn Roe vs. Wade and voted to confirm him.

A lot of people are speculating abortion is just the first domino and contraception, marriage equality, and even integration of schools will be banned. Clarence Thomas has basically asked the yee-haw states to send cases on those issues to the Supreme Court so they ban those items.

If you’re thinking “golly-gee wilikens, they wouldn’t take a case restricting birth control as an excuse to outright ban it,” you are more gullible than Susan Collins. The very case they used to overturn Roe v. Wade wasn’t a total ban on abortion. The case from Mississippi was a ban on abortions after 15 weeks. The Supreme Court would have been wrong to side with Mississippi on the ban after 15 weeks, but instead of just being wrong, the six justices overstepped their mandate.

This is the deal Mitch McConnell and Republicans made with the devil, Donald Trump. They’ve been trying to end abortion since 1973. They don’t care that they could only do it by deception and through a racist pussy-grabbing narcissistic orange shitgibbon. And they’re not done since it’s still legal in every state.

Republicans are not going to be satisfied to let blue states make their own decisions. The evidence of that is they aren’t letting women make their own decisions.

Music note: I listened to some Incubus and Stone Temple Pilots while drawing all these bricks.

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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SDX Award


Just as I did with the RFK Award, I’m posting it here in case this blog is the only venue where you follow me. I won the Sigma Delta Chi Award last night. This award is given each year by the Society of Professional Journalists.

I received an email a few days ago about the awards ceremony, but I got that just because I’m on their mailing list. I had intended to watch and thought it’d be crazy if I won. But I also thought that if I had won then I’d probably already know. I didn’t know.

I had a rather large spaghetti dinner early last night and it put me into a spaghetti coma. I recovered late enough to screw up my sleep schedule and found a message from my cartooning colleague Tim Campbell saying “Congrats again.” I replied, “For what?”. He said, “You won the SDX.” I said, “Are you sure?”. Since the awards were announced around 8 p.m, I think a lot of people missed it. I did.

This is crazy. I’ve never won one of the big ones before this year and now I have two. I could be wrong, but I think I have won more journalism awards this year than any other political cartoonist. That’s crazy. I’m Clay Jones…I don’t win awards. It’s also crazy that I join a lot of cartoonists I admire who’ve won the SDX, like Paul Conrad, Rob Rogers, Walt Handelsman, Mike Luckovich, Jen Sorensen, Mike Thompson, Chris Britt, Clay Bennett, Steve Sack, Matt Davies, and a bunch of others.

There are two winners of this award this year. I won for publications lower than 100,000 circulation (which Claytoonz.com is). Mike Smith of Greenspun Media won for over 100,000. So congrats to Mike.

Here’s the video portion of our winnings.

And in case you want to see the rest of my entry…

Coupers and Gropers


We have found out which members of Congress asked the White House for a pardon. The list includes Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Scott Perry, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Each were part of the Big Lie that Trump “won” the election and helped try to overturn the election their party lost. Each are enemies of democracy and support fascism.

Trump’s former head of presidential personnel, Johnny McEntee, testified that Trump “had hinted at a blanket pardon for the Jan. 6 thing for anybody.” That’s exactly what Matt Gaetz asked for, a “blanket pardon.”

Eric Herschmann, a White House lawyer for Trump, testified that Gaetz asked for a blanket pardon like the one Richard Nixon got from President Ford for his coverup of Watergate. Herschmann testified, “He mentioned Nixon, and I said, ‘Nixon’s pardon was never nearly that broad.’” 

You probably know that Matt Gaetz is currently under an FBI investigation for sex trafficking minors. If he’s innocent of that then why would he request a pardon? Hmm?

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former adviser to Trump’s Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadoes, testified that Gaetz, Gohmert, Perry, and Biggs all expressed interest in pardons. She also testified that Jim Jordan of Ohio “talked about” pardons but did not directly ask for one, and that she heard of newly elected Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia also expressing interest to the White House Counsel’s Office. MTG should have gone to Jared.

Once upon a time, it would have been considered unfathomable to keep serving in Congress after admitting you committed a crime, because asking for a presidential pardon is a confession of guilt. There was a time when members of Congress wouldn’t have looked the other way or made excuses for their law-breaking colleagues, even if they were members of their own party. But now, the Republican Party is the party that tried to overturn an election and commit a coup. The GOP tried to destroy democracy…and they’re still trying.

And maybe Dan Snyder should ask for a pardon even though no criminal charges have been brought up on him yet.

Just like with the Trumpers who refuse to testify before the January 6 Committee investigating Trump’s coup attempt, Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder is refusing to testify before the House Oversight Committee about the “toxic” workplace environment he created at the team. Snyder is too busy being on a French vacation to testify which is like some crap a Trumper would come up with.

There is a culture among these people from Trump to Snyder that they’re too important and entitled to comply with a congressional subpoean.

Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney says Snyder “himself fostered” the football team’s “toxic workplace” and then “conducted a shadow investigation to target his accusers, pin the blame on others, and influence the NFL’s own internal review.”

She said Snyder “fired women but not men who engaged in relationships with other employees, while defending male executives accused of sexual harassment.”

She also said that Snyder sent private investigators to former cheerleaders’ homes, “offered hush money to buy their silence,” created a “dossier” of communications from journalists, attorneys and former employees who accused the team of harassment, and tried to blame former team President Bruce Allen for the team’s troubles. Maybe Snyder should have hired Rudy Giuliani to harass people. I hear he needs the work.

Maloney also said, “The NFL was aware of his actions, but failed to stop him.” It’s the NFL’s reluctance to make their own investigation of Snyder public that spurred the investigation by Congress, which Republicans like Jim Jordan are trying to discredit. Snyder, like the Trumpers, know that if the GOP retakes Congress that in January, all this will go away.

Despite refusing to make the findings of their investigation public, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified before the panel on Wednesday and said that the Commanders’ culture was “not only unprofessional, but toxic for far too long.”

He also said, “It is clear to me that the workplace in Washington was unprofessional and unacceptable in numerous respects: bullying, widespread disrespect toward colleagues, use of demeaning language, public embarrassment and harassment,” Goodell said. “Moreover, for a prolonged period of time, the Commanders had a woefully deficient HR function, particularly with respect to reporting practices and recordkeeping.”

The NFL fined the teams $10 million and Goodell seems to believe that with Snyder stepping aside to let his wife run the team, then everyone should just move on.

The billionaire boys club of NFL owners need to impeach Dan Snyder.

While Republicans are trying to discredit the hearings, Maloney noted that attorneys general in six states had told the NFL in April of their “grave concerns” about allegations of workplace harassment of women and minorities. And if the NFL isn’t going to protect these people, then Congress needs to step in and do it.

That’s what Congress should do, protect us from a toxic culture…like the culture of Republicans breaking laws, trying to overturn the government by throwing out elections, trying to install fascist groping dictators, and then asking for pardons for their all while continuing to serve in office while defending their crimes and continuing their lies.

Lock them all up, the coupers and the gropers.

Creative note: I went into a spaghetti coma last night and screwed up my sleep schedule. So, I drew this after midnight and didn’t listen to any tunes as I was going from one page to another to focus on the caricatures. I was also getting a lot of congratulatory messages on the SDX Award which I haven’t told you about yet.

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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Slithering SCOTUS


I love that conservatives are strict constitutionalists except when they’re not. Conservatives say they love the Constitution and it needs to be interpreted as it was written by the Founding Fathers, but they really only care about one amendment, the Second, and they even ignore half of that one. Hell, they can’t even say the complete sentence they’re always quoting.

Texas Republicans want to throw out the 16th Amendment which means they’re not constitutionalists at all. And when it comes to the First Amendment, conservatives love to take a crap on that one. They don’t care about freedom of speech except when it’s their speech. They don’t care about freedom of the press and want today’s media severely restricted. And, they truly believe in the separation of church and state only when it applies to other religions.

Case in point, the Supreme Court took a huge dump on the separation of church and state this week by ruling that taxpayers should fund church schools. I don’t think six religious zealots on the court interpreted “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State” the way Thomas Jefferson intended.

I don’t believe those six justices combined are as intelligent as Jefferson.

The 6-3 fucknut religious zealot majority ruled on a case in Maine, that if that public funds intended to support the education of students for whom a public option was not available, then those funds be made available to parents who wished to use them to pay for a religious school’s tuition. The court just ruled that taxpayer money must be used on religious education. What happened to no establishment of religion?

Under the Establishment Clause, the federal government and all governments under it, cities, states, territories, etc, are prohibited from establishing or sponsoring religion. Giving taxpayer money to church schools is the very definition of sponsoring.

Justice Stephen Breyer argues in the dissenting opinion, the opinion that makes sense, “The very point of the Establishment Clause is to prevent the government from sponsoring religious activity itself, thereby favoring one religion over another or favoring religion over nonreligion.”

This ruling by the court orders states to sponsor religion. But, can you see Texas, Kentucky, Mississippi, or Florida pumping tax money into a private Muslim school? Hell, funding a private Jewish school is probably out of the question in yee-haw states. This ruling will be abused. It’s not just that yee-haw fuckers will favor one religion over another religion, they’ll also favor their religion over no religion. So much for being a secular government.

I’m agnostic and I love that the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion because that means we have the freedom FROM religion…but maybe we don’t anymore because six religious fucknuts just based a Supreme Court decision on their dogma.

How would these six justices have ruled if the school in Maine was a Muslim school? They wouldn’t have ruled at all because they would have refused to hear the case. So, no public funding for Hogwarts.

We’re joining Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and many other authoritarian nations in setting laws based on religious mandates.

This country needs more people like Thomas Jefferson…and less like Amy Coney Barrett.

Music note: I decided to give Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” album a chance so I listened to about five songs from it while drawing this. I didn’t really get into it but it might be one of those things that grow on me.

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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Monkey With Democracy


Donald Trump sent thugs and goons to harass, intimidate, and terrorize election officials and election workers in his attempt to overturn an election he lost.

The January 6 attack on the Capitol was the culmination of months of lying about the election. Trump and other officials were lying and gaslighting about election fraud even before the election. Even Trump’s Attorney General, William Barr who testified that he thought Trump’s election fraud claims were “bullshit,” was on the front lines before the election talking about massive election fraud and interference on behalf of Joe Biden from China and Iran. He downplayed interference from Russia. You could not have had the attack on January 6 without the lies preceding it.

We know Donald Trump lied about the election. His claims of election fraud have been debunked. He lost over 60 court cases in his attempts to overturn the election. There were recounts and none of them changed the outcome. There was even a recount in Arizona by a pro-Trump organization that took nearly two months to complete and it still didn’t change the outcome. Trump lost.

There were no bamboo ballots from China. There were no Italian satellites interfering with voting machines. There was no massive ballot dump. There were no briefcases of ballots. There was no switching votes from Trump to Biden by Dominion voting machines. There was no interference from Hillary Clinton, George Soros, or the late Hugo Chavez. What happened in the 2020 election was that Joe Biden won and Donald Trump lost. Then, Donald Trump became the first president (sic) to refuse a peaceful transfer of power.

Donald Trump should be in prison, not weighing a decision on running for president again.

We know Donald Trump called election officials and intimidated them to break the law for him. He called Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensberger, and told him to “find the votes.” He told him what he was doing was “probably more illegal” than what the pretend election fraudsters did. Trump told Raffensberg, “You can’t let that happen, that’s a big risk to you. All of this stuff is very dangerous.”

The president (sic) of the United States was making threats of legal charges and imprisonment to an election official to change the outcome of an election. Donald Trump was demanding votes that did not exist. Raffensberger told the January 6 Committee yesterday, “What I knew is that we didn’t have any votes to find.” Did I mention Raffensberger is a Republican?

For his honesty and loyalty to his country, Raffensberger was harassed by Trump goons. His wife received threats, many “sexual,” and his daughter-in-law, who is a widow, was also threatened.

Rusty Bowers, a Republican who’s the Speaker of the Arizona House, said Trump and Rudy Giuliani called him. They told him to install fake electors and let the courts work it out later. For his loyalty to democracy and the oath he took, Bowers got angry MAGA crowds in front of his home. Before the hearings started, Trump issued a press release stating Bowers told him he won Arizona. Bowers testified he never told Trump any such thing.

Bowers wrote in his diary, “I do not want to be a winner by cheating. I will not play with laws I swore allegiance to.”

Raffensberger and Bowers are partisan Republicans. They voted for Trump. Despite that, they did their jobs correctly and were threatened, harassed, and intimidated for it.

Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, are not partisans. They are poll workers. They are volunteers. Patriots work polls. They devote their time to a very difficult task in order to serve their nation. We should celebrate poll workers, not harass them. Donald Trump publicly attacked Moss least 18 times.

Ruby Freeman said, “”There is nowhere I feel safe. Nowhere. Do you know how it feels to have the President of the United States target you?” Moss said after receiving racist threats that were instigaged by Trump’s attacks, that she doesn’t want to go out in public anymore. She said, “I don’t want anyone knowing my name. … It’s affected my life in a major way, in every way — all because of lies.”

Moss said she once delighted in helping others vote, a right once denied to Black Americans like her grandmother, and now she doesn’t even want to go outside. She may not ever help people to vote ever again because of Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani kept calling one state election official even after the official told him to stop.

Giuliani had accused her mother, “Lady Ruby,” of passing some kind of USB drive to her as part of an elaborate vote-stealing scheme. In reality, the object in question was a ginger mint, she said. Rudy has probably been drunk enough to put Jr. Mints into soda machines.

Moss said, “I felt horrible, I felt like it was all my fault. I just felt like it was, it was my fault for putting my family in this situation.” She said she received threats “wishing death upon me, telling me that you know, I’ll be in jail with my mother and saying things like — ‘be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920.'”

This is some vile shit from Trump, Guiliani, and the rest of his goons. This is what Fox News doesn’t want you to hear. Yes, Trump supporters are racist.

Donald Trump has a long history of destroying lives. He has a history of sending his goons after people. During his 2016 campaign for the White House, he told his rallygoers to go ahead and physically assault protesters. He promised to pay for their legal defenses. There were assaults but no payments from Trump for their legal defenses.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about the threats against Bowers, Raffensberger, Moss, and Freeman. He doesn’t care about the threats to their families. According to reports, he was giddy over the prospect of the Jan. 6 terrorists hanging his own vice-president. Donald Trump hasn’t expressed any remorse over the white nationalist terrorist attack on our nation’s Capitol.

Donald Trump will destroy anyone and anything to be in power. He’s worse than mobsters and fascist dictators, which is what he wants to be. Yet, millions still support this man. This is why he has to be charged and tried for his crimes. They say we barely escaped our democracy being destroyed on January 6, but we haven’t escaped yet. Even Republicans who say Biden won are using the election fraud lies to change election laws. MAGAts who would overturn an election for Trump and Republicans are running for state offices. Not all Republican election officials will be like Brad Raffensberger and Rusty Bowers. Not all poll workers will be like Shaye Moss and Lady Ruby.

At the end of yesterday’s hearing, Adam Schiff said, “That we have lived in a democracy for more than 200 years does not mean we shall do so tomorrow.”

Music note: I listened to Lit while drawing this cartoon.

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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Rino Hunting Season


The only thing Republicans hate more than Democrats, and we know it’s not white nationalist racist fascist terrorists, are RINOs.

A RINO is a Republican In Name Only. These are Republicans that other Republicans claim are too liberal. Most of the time, a RINO is just moderate or less extreme than his or her fellow Republicans.

Now, keep in mind that Republicans love to accuse the Democratic Party of not having a diversity of ideas, and they often call liberals “extreme leftists.” But the lack of diversity and the extreme in politics are all on the right.

Just one look at the Texas GOP’s platform crafted over the weekend shows you just how extreme Republicans are. And at the Houston convention where the platform was written and voted on, Republicans physically attacked another Republican for being a “RINO.” Texas Republicans attacked one of their own congressmen, Dan Crenshaw, and called him “Eyepatch McCain,” a reference to the late senator John McCain.

It takes an extreme Republican to believe comparing someone to John McCain is an insult and that making fun of someone for losing an eye while fighting for his nation is humorous.

But Dan Crenshaw is NOT a RINO. Either is Texas Senator John Cornyn, who they booed at the convention for working with Democrats on an extremely weak gun reform bill.

Other Republicans who are considered RINOs are Senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is a RINO. And, members of the House of Representatives, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are often called RINOs. But it’s not always moderate positions in politics that can get one labeled as a RINO.

Liz Cheney is not a RINO because she’s a moderate. She is a hard-right conservative who voted more with Donald Trump than Trump’s butt poodle Matt Gaetz. Cheney is called a RINO because she voted to impeach Trump, criticized Trump’s involvement with the January 6 attack to overturn an election he lost, and for sitting on the committee investigating Trump’s coup attempt.

Now, it’s not just about where you stand on giving billionaires tax cuts, tariffs, nuclear deals with Iran, support of Israel, abortion, guns, and out-of-control defense spending. It depends on where you stand on Trump. If you’re not sufficiently MAGA enough, then you’re a RINO and an enemy of the Republican Party which has now become more of a cult than an actual political party.

Liz Cheney is a far-right religious conservative (she is to the right of her father on gay marriage despite having a gay sister). She just also believes in democracy over fascism.

Now, former Missouri Governor and current Senate candidate Eric Greitens is running a political ad where he storms into a home with a SWAT team hunting RINOs.

“Join the MAGA crew,” Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, declares in the ad while toting a shotgun. “Get a RINO hunting permit. There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit, and it doesn’t expire until we save our country.” Save our country from whom, the people fighting to save our country from fascism?

Greitens was ousted from the governorship and there are new accusations of blackmail, sexual misconduct, and child abuse. When that happens to a Republican candidate, they shift the focus to someone else, like RINOs. Maybe if we talk about RINOs then no one will want to talk about the accusations that Greitens committed spousal and child abuse to the point, that he loosened one of his children’s teeth.

Greitens mentions MAGA in his ad but he hasn’t won Trump’s endorsement yet, but he has appointed Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, as national chair of his campaign, not because of her political savviness, but because she’s Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend.

Guilfoyle has accused everyone calling for Greitens to step down of being RINOs, including Mitch McConnell. If Guilfoyle’s presence on the campaign doesn’t earn Greitens Trump’s endorsement, maybe at the very least it’ll keep him from criticizing the Greitens campaign.

Greitens’ ad is an endorsement of violence during a time of violence. Gun violence is out of control while Democrats and moderate Republicans are receiving death threats and Nazis are trying to attack Pride parades in Idaho. Kinzinger tweeted a letter from someone threatening to murder his family, including his newborn.

And because Republicans gaslight, they’re making demands for the Justice Department to go after Antifa and Jane’s Revenge. If you haven’t heard of Jane’s Revenge yet, you will.

Republicans promote violence and now they’re taking aim at their own members because they can’t tolerate diversity of opinions…or anyone who’s not MAGA enough. The GOP is the MAGA Party.

I predict before long, we’re going to see more political violence from the people who brought us the January 6 coup attempt.

Music note: I had nearly enough time to listen to two albums while drawing this and those two albums were the first album by the Gin Blossoms and Live’s “Throwing Copper.”

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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.

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Sleeping With Clarence


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

This one was a lot of fun to draw. I sent seven roughs to my editor last week which included this idea. I was going to draw this cartoon for my syndicate if CNN passed it by. I actually felt that way about at least three of the ideas in that batch of seven. I was happy this was selected because it’s the exact kind of weirdness and irreverence I want in my work.

And I got to throw in Easter eggs. I don’t tell people what or where the eggs are. I often hide stuff in my cartoons that is never found by anyone. I never hide something in a cartoon that I think is vulgar or to try to fool an editor. That wouldn’t be professional and I want everything I hide to be found. I want to get caught. What’s the point of hiding things if I don’t want them found?

Jessica, the designer for the newsletter, emailed me saying she was trying to read the sign in the fishbowl when she noticed the alarm clock and she thought that was hilarious. I’ve only heard from one other person who noticed the alarm clock.

I was asked by a lot of readers about the photo on the night table and the guy on the phone. But don’t ask me. You gotta figure it out. It’s my rule. I don’t hide Easter eggs to tell you where they are.

I think the Easter eggs have finally become my thing which is something I never planned. In fact, I never plan them. They just kinda evolve while the cartoon is being made which also makes me put more time into the cartoons. That’s kind of a pain.

Hiding stuff in the cartoons, adding Easter eggs or eye candy, means I create a special audience for my work. If you read this, you’re special. It means you’re almost as weird as I am. But sometimes I think it takes special people to get what I’m doing. Only weirdos want to come along with me for the ride.

Buckle up.

Music note: I listened to Men At Work while coloring this one.

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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