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Trump Lynching


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Yesterday, in one of his greatest reaches to paint himself as being unfairly victimized, Donald Trump used what might be the worst comparison in his presidency. That’s saying a lot because he’s made a lot of terrible comparisons.

Donald Trump equated his impeachment to a lynching. He tweeted, “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!”

What the Democrats are doing is legal. It’s in the Constitution, which Donald Trump calls “phony.” Lynching is not legal and I don’t believe it ever was in this nation, though it was allowed.

White Christian conservative men (let’s just pretend Trump’s a Christian since he claims it) are the biggest whiners about victimization where there isn’t any. In this instance, one of them is appropriating actual victimization, something that brutally happened to hundreds of Americans. Most of those Americans who were lynched in the past were black men, hung by white, Christian, conservative men.

Hey, Trump cultists. Guess what. Worse things have happened to people than being impeached. What will Trump appropriate next? Slavery? Japanese internment? The Holocaust? No, Donald Trump. Your impeachment is nothing like a lynching, especially since most lynching victims were only guilty of being the wrong color in a hateful society. Donald Trump is guilty of violating his oath of office. Nobody is hanging him because he’s orange.

That’s exactly why Donald Trump is going off the rails and lashing out in every direction. It’s because he’s guilty and America can see the evidence. Asking a foreign nation to investigate a political opponent isn’t just violating his oath of office, it’s illegal. It’s illegal even without a quid pro quo, but we have that, too.

In the summary of the phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president, Trump is asking him to investigate his opponent. Later in front of the press, Trump admitted it. He asked China to investigate his opponent in front of the press. The terms and quid pro quo are in the texts between U.S. diplomats. Trump’s idiot lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, said he brought up investigating the Bidens to Ukrainian authorities. Trump’s own chief-of-staff explicitly described the terms of Ukraine receiving U.S. military aid in their war against Russia was dependent upon them announcing an investigation into a conspiracy theory over Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election and investigating Joe Biden’s son. Multiple witnesses have testified before Congress about those terms and there being a quid pro quo.

Yesterday, Bill Taylor, a career diplomat and acting-ambassador to Ukraine, testified before Congress that the White House had threatened to withdraw much-needed military aid unless Ukraine’s president announced investigations for Trump’s political benefit. In a 15-page opening statement, Taylor repeatedly (in case you’re a Republican, “repeatedly” means a bunch of times) expressed his shock and bewilderment as he watched U.S. policy toward Ukraine get overtaken by Trump’s demand that newly elected president Volodymyr Zelensky “go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Joe Biden and 2016 election interference.” By the way, that 2016 election interference by Ukraine is a debunked conspiracy theory. For some weird reason, Republicans like Trump believe the DNC server, which is still in Washington, is in Ukraine.

Because they don’t have anything to contradict his testimony and the fact that everything is true, Republicans engaged the strategy of attacking the accuser. They cried that since he’s a career diplomat, who’s served under Republican and Democratic presidents, he’s a member of the swamp and deep state. One Republican even complained that he’s unelected. Uh, he’s appointed just like every member of the president’s cabinet. Do you know who was never elected or appointed to serve in the Trump administration? Rudy Giuliani. Fuckers.

In the movie Liar, Liar, Jim Carrey’s character, a lawyer who is magically cursed not to lie by a birthday wish (it’s a stupid movie), objected during a trial and the judge asked why. He said, “because that testimony is hurting my case.”

As for the “lynching” comment, the most Republicans were willing to say against it was, “That’s not the language I would use,” which is what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who’s from a state where at least 147 lynchings occurred, agreed with Trump and used the term himself and said the House actions amount to a “lynching in every sense,” and it’s “literally a political lynching.” He went on to say, “It’s not just racial, my friend. I’m from South Carolina. I understand it very well. Here’s what you don’t get. Mob rule is what lynching is all about. You grab somebody because you don’t like them. This is what happened to Kavanaugh. You’re guilty unless you can prove yourself innocent.” Graham couldn’t stop saying “lynching.”

I think the mob consists of the guys defending Trump and going after everyone who’s ever said anything truthful about him.

Donald Trump could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue, release a summary of a phone call boasting about the shooting, go before cameras and brag about the shooting while promising to do it again, have his chief-of-staff say “he shot someone on 5th Avenue,” put Giuliani on Hannity to say “he shot someone on 5th Avenue,” and have multiple witnesses go before Congress and testify they saw him shoot someone on 5th Avenue, then have the shooting victim’s corpse paraded in front of them and Republicans would say, “I don’t see any evidence of a shooting on 5th Avenue.” That’s what’s happening here. The evidence is piling up and Republicans are refusing to see it.

Republicans have refused to see Trump’s racism, his stupidity, his inability to do the job, his divisiveness, his collusion with Russia, and even his paying off a porn star. Now, they have direct evidence in their face and they still say it’s not there. Right now, they’re walking into a wall and the wall’s not moving.

Donald Trump is guilty and he should be impeached. So far, his best defense is a horrible, racist comparison that he’s being “lynched.” But Donald Trump is not going to be lynched. In fact, he’s going to stand trial in the Senate. He will possibly stand several trials in the future. He will be judged fairly, not just by his peers, but by people better than he is. Even with impeachment and imprisonment, Trump will receive better than he deserves.

Donald Trump is a repulsive, stupid, whiny, narcissistic, lying human being. And yesterday, he presented one of his greatest examples of the fact he’s a racist. The House will impeach him and the Republicans should join in.

History shows there’s a big difference between lynching and impeachment. History will also show that everyone who is still supporting Trump through all his corruption and racism is on the wrong side of it.

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Phony Constitution


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When Russians and fewer than half of 2016 voters elected Donald Trump to the presidency, they elected a grifter.

Donald Trump is a conman and a thief. The Trump Organization, which he calls one of “America’s greatest companies,” is built on fraud and deceit. The man doesn’t pay back loans. He refuses to pay contractors, driving them to the point of going out of business until they settle for less pay than Trump had contractually agreed to pay them. He ran a scam university that only taught stupid people how to lose $30,000 for information they could have found in a brochure. He even steals from charity, buying himself paintings of himself and other assorted gifts. He’s so cheap, he even took $8.00 from his charity to pay for one of his idiot son’s Boy Scout dues which contradicts the Boy Scout code that teaches you to be “morally straight,” don’t steal, don’t lie, and stop putting that oily shit in your hair because it makes you look like a douchey con artist.

Trump has been grifting the American taxpayer since he won the election. He’s visited his golf resorts, as of October 13, 104 times since he was sworn into office. This has come at a cost to taxpayers of over $110,000,000. Just like Trump’s promise that he wouldn’t have time to play golf as president, this doesn’t bother his cult.

Trump is still collecting money from his businesses. He claims he put it all into a blind trust, and one can argue the two idiots in charge of his business can’t see straight when it comes to corruption, but handing it to your family is NOT a blind trust.

When people want to curry favor with Trump, they stay at his hotels and resorts. Hours before Giuliani’s two henchmen were arrested, they were dining at Trump’s Washington hotel. By the way, can’t these guys find thugs with less Russian-sounding names than Lev and Igor? Why don’t they have any arrested cronies with names like Stewart and Fletcher? Though to be fair, I’m sure there will be future arrests of guys with names like Rudy, Mick, Mike, Eric, Jared, and Donald.

Diplomats from foreign nations make sure to stay at Trump hotels, or at least book rooms there, even if they’re staying at classier hotels, which is what the Saudis do. Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt tried to purchase a mattress from Trump’s Washington hotel, which is just weird. Speaking of weird, Mike Pence stayed at Trump’s Ireland resort despite it requiring him to travel across the country to do so (maybe it was the only hotel in Ireland where women refuse to stay. That’d make sense). Trump even has the military funneling money to his resorts.

So naturally, Donald Trump really wanted to book the next G7 summit at one of his resorts in Florida, because everybody loves Miami in June. After being told by Republicans, “Dude, this is too much to defend, even for us,” Trump canceled. Did he take it in stride? Did it say, “no biggie?” Nope. He had a Trump tantrum.

While talking about Joe and Hunter Biden having the appearance of conflict, White House chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney announced the summit would be held at Trump Doral. Seriously, he didn’t detect the irony or hypocrisy. He argued that Trump did not need the branding because “Trump” is a famous name, maybe even the most famous name in the world.

It’s true, it’s a famous name, much like “Hitler.” But you don’t see any Hitler Dorals. “Herpes” is also a famous name but despite its fame, most people don’t want it. Much like herpes, Trump corruption seems to be something for which there’s no cure, though the outbreaks are much more frequent.

And while arguing that he didn’t need the exposure for his bedbug-infested resort, Trump made sure to use the full name of it in his Twitter tantrum while also boasting about the amenities. The truth is, Trump’s Miami resort is performing poorly and June, when the G7 is scheduled to happen, is a horrible time for the resort. Probably because June is bedbug season. Funny enough, most people throughout the country like to visit Florida during the winter. Go figure.

Here’s the truth for Trump supporters: Trump hosting a government event is holding foreign leaders, diplomats, and our nation hostage. It forces them to give him money, like purchasing bedbug spray in the resort’s gift shop. Trump promises that he’d hold the event at “cost,” but two things here; what is “cost” to Trump? And, it’s a Trump “promise.”

Finally, there’s a clause in the United States Constitution that’s called the “Emolument Clause.” It forbids the president from making money off his office. Really. It’s in there. It’s in Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8. It states, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” It doesn’t stop there. It also has a domestic emoluments clause (in case you’re a Republican, “domestic” means from the United States), which is in Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 7, which prohibits the president from receiving any “emolument” from the federal government or the states beyond “a Compensation” for his “Services” as chief executive. That means, every time the government is forced to spend money on one of Trump’s shitty resorts, Donald Trump is breaking the law.

Oh yeah, it just occurred to me. In case you’re a Republican, “emolument” means, from dictionary.com (I look shit up, yo), “a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.”

Donald Trump has been breaking the law since he took the oath of office. Donald Trump is a criminal. What’s his defense of this? The emolument clause doesn’t exist. Seriously.

Yesterday, during one of his word-salad, lie-filled tantrums, he said to reporters, “You people with this phony emoluments clause.” He argued it didn’t apply to him because, “If you’re rich, it doesn’t matter.” He also made up a bunch of lies about George Washington remaining in business and needing two desks during his presidency, one for business and one for presidenting.

Trump said Washington was rich and had a business. Both of these are true, but did you know that Washington only had one desk, not two as Trump claims? Where does Donald Trump get this shit? Anyway, not only did Washington just have one desk, he paid for it himself. If Donald Trump had paid for it himself, it would have come out of his Trump charity (his campaign is paying his and his kids’ legal fees).

Trump also made up lies about President Obama making money from Netflix and his new book deal while being president, despite the fact he didn’t do those deals until AFTER he was president. In case you’re a Republican, “after” means not while he was president.

Trump also argued the presidency was costing him between 2-5 billion dollars. That’s quite a range there. So which is it? Maybe he’ll show us his taxes to prove it’s not another lie. It just seems to me that the guy who doesn’t want to pay $8.00 for his kid’s Boy Scout dues would notice a missing $3 billion.

And because we’re covering Trump lies from the same tantrum, he said Doral would have been great for the G7 because it’s right next to Miami International Airport, which many people say is the biggest in the world. Well, maybe there are some dumbasses out there saying it’s the “biggest in the world.” I can think of one dumbass who said it. But, it’s not.  According to Airports Council International, it ranks at #43. It’s not even the busiest in Florida.

Back to that first lie, the Emoluments Clause is not “phony.” Neither is the Constitution. For Trump supporters who love to say they’re “constitutionalists,” this is a pretty huge slide they’re handing to Trump. How can you be a Constitutionalist when your dear leader is calling the Constitution phony?

In case you’re a Republican, there’s a lot more to the United States Constitution than the Second Amendment. Get over it.

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Get Over It


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Here’s your cartoon for CNN’s weekly newsletter, Provoke/Persuade. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday for the rest of your life.

Mick Mulvaney went on Fox News Sunday and tried to “clarify” his quid pro quo comments to Chris Wallace. He blamed reporters for misunderstanding and misrepresenting his words. Unfortunately for him, Wallace played the tape.

Last Thursday, when told what he was describing was a “quid pro quo,” by a reporter, Mulvaney said it’s done “all the time,” and that we need to get over it. What Mulvaney was saying is, the Trump administration is corrupt. Get over it.

Donald Trump is going to be impeached, but he’ll probably impeach Mulvaney before that happens. Former chief-of-staff for Obama, Rahm Emanuel publicly advised Mulvaney, “Get yourself a lawyer, and do it fast.”

Trump had a hard time filling the chief-of-staff job after John Kelly quit, and Mulvaney only took it in an “acting” capacity. It’s a job nobody wants because smart people know that working for Trump means you’ll need a lawyer and you may still end up in prison…especially if you’re stupid.

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Feel The Endorsements


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Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to do anything newsworthy for Republicans to obsess over her. They haven’t stopped talking about her on a daily basis since 2016. Donald Trump’s not over her and continues to tweet and talk about her at his hate rallies. Last week, I saw at least three cartoons by Republican political cartoonists, and that was before news about the investigation into her server came out. But after her comments on a podcast hosted by former Obama adviser David Plouffe, even Democrats are going a bit bonkers.

On the podcast, Clinton said Russians may be using a current Democratic presidential candidate to swing the 2020 election to Donald Trump, much like they used Jill Stein in 2016. She didn’t name the candidate she referred to as a female, but everyone knows she’s talking about Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard.

Clinton said, “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.” Gabbard responded by calling Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” In the process, she failed to deny it.

While a lot of Democrats are defending Tulsi, calling Clinton’s attacks unfair on a veteran and sexist, many believe Clinton’s comments are important and provide a warning for the nation. I do too.

The New York Times published an article last week titled, What, Exactly, is Tulsi Gabbard up to? In the article, they point out how she’s co-opted the Republican conspiracy theory that the Democratic Party is “rigging” the primary with help from the media, and how she’s become a star of alt-right internet stars, white nationalists, and Russian bots.

Gabbard has received praise from Steve Bannon, white nationalist Richard Spencer, Trump-loving televangelist Franklin Graham, Libertarian Ron Paul, and far-right conspiracy theoriest Mike Cervonich.

She’s become popular on 4chan where right-wing trolls and anti-semites call her “mommy,” and The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that endorsed Donald Trump, takes credit for her qualifying for the first two Democratic debates. The Kremlin-backed Russian news outlet RT can’t stop talking about her. Additionally, there appears to be a Russian-bot campaign promoting her on Twitter.

While she hasn’t actually rejected any of that support, she finally snagged one endorsement that she felt she did have to denounce. That was the endorsement of former Grand Wizard David Duke. Gabbard said, “I have strongly denounced David Duke’s hateful views and his so-called ‘support’ multiple times in the past, and reject his support,” and tweeted, “U didn’t know I’m Polynesian/Cauc? Dad couldn’t use ‘whites only’ water fountain. No thanks. Ur white nationalism is pure evil.” Nevertheless, Duke changed his Twitter page banner to a picture of Gabbard with text reading, “Tulsi Gabbard for President. Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!” Whether she likes it or not, Tulsi has been coopted like the Confederate flag.

Tulsi’s first media appearance in attacking Clinton didn’t help kill the impression that she’s fishing for far-right, conspiracy-loving, right-wing support, as it was Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News.

Donald Trump also attacked Clinton, but mostly for her claims that Jill Stein is a Russian asset. Trump, the Russian asset, defended Stein from being a Russian asset and encouraged a third-party candidacy.

Only an idiot can’t see what David Duke, Donald Trump, Tucker, 4-chan, RT, The Daily Stormer, and Russian bots are doing. While Gabbard has rejected a third-party candidacy, if she were to run, it would probably give Donald Trump four more years.

Personally, I think when Nazis start supporting you, you should go home.

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Elijah Cummings


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Baltimore congressman Elijah Cummings was more gracious, generous, and better than most. There’s no better example of that than his friendship with Republican and staunch Trump defender Mark Meadows, who sat on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which Cummings chaired.

Earlier this year after Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib implied Meadows committed a racist act, Cummings came to Meadows’ defense and stated that not only was the Republican not racist, but is one of his best friends. Cummings did this even though what Meadows did was overtly racist. During a hearing, Mark Meadows brought out a black woman who has worked for Donald Trump as proof Trump isn’t racist.

In case you’re a Republican, the “black friend” defense doesn’t prove you’re not a racist and the use of it is, in itself, blatantly racist. Your friends are your friends and not tokens to be spent on political debates. You’re welcome.

An example of how Cummings was bigger and better than most of us was when racist Donald Trump went on his Twitter rant about rats in Baltimore, attacking Cummings and eventually calling him a racist, which would be like calling Mother Theresa an anarchistic puppy beater. Despite this being just a few months after Cummings defended Meadows from the same charge, Mark Meadows chose to be a coward and refused to defend Cummings. He refused to stand up, defend his friend, and publicly disagree with Donald Trump.

Donald Trump reacted to Cummings’ death by tweeting, “My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!” Wow. That’s very nice. It almost makes you forget what he’d said about Cummings when he was alive.

Just a few months ago while saying Baltimore was “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess” where “no human being” would want to live, he called Cummings “racist,” a “brutal bully,” who has “failed badly” representing his constituents and who stole and mismanaged federal funds. Later, after a burglary at Cummings’ home, Trump tweeted, “really bad news,” and “too bad.” In case you’re a liberal, cruelty is the basis of all Republican humor.

Of course, Cummings was a bigger and better human being than Donald Trump, but most people are, so that’s a poor example. But Trump is right about one thing. It’s going to be hard to replace Elijah Cummings.

Not only will it be difficult for his district or even his party to replace a man like Cummings, the biggest challenge, especially during an impeachment, is replacing him as chairman of the Oversight committee.

For now, Pelosi has appointed Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, now the senior Democrat on the panel. She’ll serve as the acting chairwoman, in line with House rules. She has not been a major player in these investigations and nobody expects her to become the permanent chairwoman.

The White House acting-Chief-of-Staff Mick Mulvaney blurted out last week how they’ve had to deal with oversight since the Democrats took Congress last year, totally missing the point that oversight is something every president should constantly deal with, no matter if their party controls Congress or not. They will still have to deal with oversight without Cummings in the chair, but on that particular committee, there will no longer be an advocate with Cummings’ voice, grace, class, and demeanor.

As House Minority Kevin McCarthy said, “Every time we spoke of selecting an individual that can rise to the occasion, to be in debate with him, we’d look for somebody that’s strong. And every time someone was selected, they’d come back to be a very best friend of Elijah Cummings.”

Cummings was better than most. After the Meadows racial incident, he said, “We need to get away from party and deal with each other as human beings.” The only problem with Trump supporters is that they refuse to be human.

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Roughing It, Volume 17


Here are several roughs I pitched for last week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. A few later grew up to become real live cartoons.

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This is the cartoon we went with which was also the last I pitched. I started on Thursday afternoon and this was sent early Friday afternoon. I think we picked the right one.

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This was the first. Usually, when I send something like this, I tell the editors that I’m still working on the text. I’ll add and delete as I keep writing. My writing technique involves pacing while thinking of weird stuff.

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I thought this was OK. I think I heard someone else make this joke after I sketched this up.

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This is another I’d keep writing on if I did it…and I still may. I like it.

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I made this an official cartoon for my clients. I really liked the dog concept with Rudy’s teeth.

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I don’t like this one but it’s the kind of thing I’ll push out for myself as it’ll force my brain to do something better. People ask, “How do you get your ideas?” I start with bad ideas.

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The writing journey continued with this one.

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This is just funny to me but it probably isn’t good enough.

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Looking back at this one now, where was my head? I liked the concept of Rudy as a gargoyle but I don’t think it worked at all. There’s probably a great Rudy gargoyle idea buried underneath all the other thoughts in my brain about politics and tacos.

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Meh, this was OK.

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My editor really liked this but we were going for something on Rudy. Obviously, I really like it too as I drew it for my clients. I probably like it too much.

What are your faves?

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The Magic Mikes


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Maybe I’m just naive and don’t understand diplomacy or foreign policy, but it seems to me if you’re going to have a successful ceasefire, then both sides have to agree on the definition of “ceasefire.”

Donald Trump, the self-described “stable genius” and “great negotiator” with “unmatched wisdom,” sent sycophant Mike One and sycophant Mike Two to Turkey to negotiate an agreement with President Recep Erdogan to stop killing Kurds. Pompeo and Pence emerged after a nine-hour negotiation with Erdogan that Turkey has agreed to stop killing Kurds for five days to give them time to leave a 20-mile “safe zone,” and that the Kurds must surrender their heavy weaponry and fortifications. What the Kurds get out of this is that they have five days to run before Turkey shoots them in the back while they’re running.

Reuters is reporting that the border is calm at this time, but within the first 24 hours, shelling and airstrikes against the Kurds continued. Erdogan blamed the Kurds though independent reporters and observers reported airstrikes and shelling coming from Turkey. But, Donald Trump backed Erdogan in blaming the Kurds. In fact, despite the “tough guy” letter Trump sent to Erdogan, he’s adopted the Turkish tyrant’s language when talking about the Kurds.

Erdogan has described the Kurds as terrorists and Trump has parroted that Turkey is fighting terrorism in Syria. Erdogan has claimed ISIS prisoners are being released intentionally by the Kurds, and Trump has echoed that. Erdogan claims the PKK, Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is a greater threat than Isis. Right on cue, Trump has made the same claim.

He’s taking Vladimir Putin’s talking points also in saying Russia is fighting ISIS when in reality, they’ve spent most of their time in Syria fighting rebels, often backed by the U.S., who are fighting Syria’s dictator Bashar Assad. This is Trump’s defense of giving Russia more clout in the Middle East while reducing the United States’. As Nancy Pelosi told him to this face earlier this week, “all roads lead to Putin.”

Trump started the Turkish invasion by pulling U.S. forces out of Syria on a whim after a phone call with Erdogan. Within hours, Turkey was invading Syria and targeting Kurdish fighters previously supported by the U.S. Donald Trump believes he’s solved a crisis he created.

The groups fighting in Syria now are Assad’s forces, the Kurds, Turkey, Russia, and Iran. Trump’s pullout is a win for each of them except the Kurds. At one of his hate rallies in Texas, Trump compared the fight to kids in a schoolyard and said, “Sometimes you have to let them fight a little while.” He also said he had given the Turks and Kurds a lesson in “tough love.” Hopefully, it didn’t involve a copy of Forbes Magazine with Ivanka on the cover which he’ll have to pay hush money to keep silent about later. Trump also claimed the Kurds are “very happy about the way things are going” and that the U.S. has “taken control of the oil in the Middle East.” Nobody understands what he meant by any of that.

Kids in a schoolyard fighting can’t be compared to an actual war where lives are lost and a refugee crisis is created. If the Kurds are “happy,” they’re not aware of it yet. And the oil, what the fuck? Trump’s comments are further evidence he needs to be removed from office.

Right now, every nation that wants to take advantage of the United States, friends and foes, needs to negotiate with Donald Trump. His negotiations with North Korea gave the U.S. nothing in return for legitimizing Kim’s regime and a cease in U.S. military preparedness on the Korean peninsula. His negotiations with Nancy Pelosi got him nothing when he started with something. His deal with Erdogan has given Turkey, Russia, and Iran everything, and even Assad a little something, but nothing for the Kurds or the U.S. If Iran was smart, they’d renegotiate the nuclear agreement with Trump, get clearance to build nuclear weapons, and maybe get a few Trump condos thrown into the deal.

Donald Trump is an idiot and he sent two idiots, Mike and Mike, to Turkey to wash Erdogan’s car. My question is, what else of Erdogan’s did they wash?

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