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Peter On Pence


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Mike Pence was upset. He said Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana and promising presidential candidate had attacked his religion and accused him of discrimination. Pence said, “He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally.” Actually, he didn’t attack Pence’s faith. Pence is doing what old, white, conservative men do best and that is pretend to be victimized.

Mayor Pete said, “That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. If you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.” The closest he came to criticizing Pence’s faith was when he wondered out loud when the pious veep stopped “believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump.” He also asked, “How would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency?”

Surprising no one, Pence didn’t answer those questions. Pence is like all Republicans now. They spent decades fashioning themselves as being closer to God than Democrats only to turn around and get into bed with a man who never goes to church, says “Two Corinthians,” and pays hush money to porn stars. There’s also that constant lying and attacking people thing. Republicans spent years telling us they are the party of family values. As it turns out, they were lying.

In response to Buttigieg’s criticism, Pence defended himself by saying, “I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody.” Oh really?

As governor of Indiana, Pence fought to prevent same-sex couples from obtaining equal parenting rights, supported a measure to ban same-sex marriage in the state, and signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allowed business owners to refuse service to LGBTQ customers. He’s just as homophobic as vice president as he was as governor. In January, Pence defended his wife’s decision to take a job teaching at a school that bars LGBTQ students and faculty and said people who criticized that were “offensive.”

Additionally, Mike Pence once supported federal funding for gay conversion therapy, which is designed to change “sexual behavior.” No word yet where he stands on Trump-sycophant conversion therapy, but maybe he was just born that way.

Mike Pence is a champion of discrimination. He is almost as good at discrimination as he is at kissing Trump’s ass.

Also, take note that Pence hasn’t criticized the homophobic hecklers who have been following Buttigieg from rally to rally.

Mike Pence’s faith in God may be solid as a rock. His faith in everything else, along with his principles and dignity are for sale.

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Notre Dumbass


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While I’m a cynical and skeptical person who is not religious, I can appreciate the significance of Notre Dame (if you’re a Republican, I’m not talking about the college football team in Indiana). But still, I didn’t think the world needed one more crying gargoyle cartoon.

Yesterday, while the over 800-year-old cathedral in Paris was burning, America’s greatest embarrassment tweeted out some advice on how to fight fires. Seriously, dumpster fires shouldn’t be giving out firefighting advice. Trump tweeted that firefighters “must act quickly.” How observant. Then, he suggested that they used “flying water tankers.” I’m mostly shocked he didn’t suggest invisible flying water tankers.

Later, at an event in Minnesota, Trump said, “They don’t know what caused it. They say renovation, and I hope that’s the reason. Renovation? What’s that all about?” OK, if you’re a Republican, “renovate” means to restore something old, like a building, to a good state of repair.

The French shot down Trump’s suggestion, probably before they even heard it. Did you hear his advice on deterring California wildfires? Rake the forests. Seriously. He claimed that’s how Finland, a very treeish country combats it. The Finns are still laughing at us (if you’re a Republican, “Finns” are people from Finland).

The French civil defense department sent out a tweet, while not addressing Trump, said, “All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.” Trump’s lucky the tweet didn’t end with, “Tête de noeud,” which is a great way to describe Trump and all his sycophants.

Trump continues to be an international embarrassment. He’s making us look like a bunch of overweight, red-meat-eating, super-sizing, science-denying, illiterate troglodytes. If uneducated deplorables, the Russians, and the kink in our system keeps Trump in power after 2020, I’m afraid the rest of the world will wash their hands of us.

I’ve always doubted the existence of a god, but I have to ask, what sort of god would allow one of his most cherished cathedrals to burn and let someone like Donald Trump be the most powerful man in the world? Maybe there is a god and he’s just really bored and this is a sick joke. As bad as the French may be feeling right now, I’d trade them Trump for a few burning cathedrals.

The bulk of Notre Dame and its artifacts was saved. It will take decades to rebuild from the fire. We Americans can relate. It’s going to take decades to recover from this dumpster fire.

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Department Of Conspiracies


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Russia helped Donald Trump win the presidency. They created troll farms and bombed social media with fake stories to promote Trump. They bought ads to help Trump. They hacked the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Campaign. They contacted the Trump campaign. They sent representatives to Trump Tower to meet with Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager. The son-in-law attempted to create a backchannel with Russia to avoid detection from American intelligence. At least sixteen people in the Trump campaign had contact with Russia. One Trump aide boasted to an Australian diplomat that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. One of Trump’s foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, had boasted about being an informal adviser to the Kremlin. Carter Page traveled to Russia and met with government officials during the campaign and reported it back to the Trump team. While pursuing a warrant on Page, a federal judge concluded that Page was knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence for the Russian government. The FBI acquired a FISA warrant to carry out electronic surveillance on Carter Page, a suspected Russia spy.

The Republican position on all of this is, how dare the FBI investigate a possible spy and threat to the United States. The GOP has expressed more concern for the rights of a suspected spy than for national security.

Since the election, the Trump administration hasn’t done anything to protect the U.S. from another attack by Russia. Donald Trump has spent the majority of his time denying Russia meddled in the election at all. Trump has accused the Clinton campaign of colluding with Russia because they hired a former MI6 agent to investigate Trump and interviewed Russians in the process. For some reason, that’s collusion while hosting Russians in your campaign HQ is not.

For the past two years, Trump has accused the FBI of attacking him and attempting a coup. He fired the director and other high ranking officials with long respectable track records in law enforcement. The Republican Party has engaged in smearing the FBI while being unable to actually pinpoint anything done illegally. All they’ve managed to do is prove that all warrants were acquired properly and within the law.

The only people who parrot Trump’s conspiracy talking points are Republican lickspittles, the idiots at Fox News, and shitweasels on social media. Now, add the Attorney General to that list.

Attorney General William Bar was quick to claim the Mueller Report cleared Trump, a position he put in writing in advertising himself for the job. He was also Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush administration and helped cover up Iran/Contra and recommended pardons for those involved. During last week’s testimony before Congress, he claimed there was definitely spying on the Trump campaign, parroting Donald’s talking points. Trump publicly had a joygasm.

My cartoon for CNN was a joke about checking the box on your tax returns if you wanted some of your refund to help pay for Trump’s lawyers fighting to hide his tax returns. In reality, with William Barr as the Attorney General, you are paying for Trump’s lawyer to protect him. Barr is just as ridiculous as Lindsey Graham, Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, and all the other elected Republicans who have spent the past two years putting the cult of Trump before our nation. Barr may as well start investigating all of Trump’s stupid conspiracy theories like Obama’s birthplace, New Jersey Muslims celebrating 9/11, the Swedish terror attack, and whose voice is that really on the Access Hollywood tape? He couldn’t ruin his credibility any more than he already has.

Barr is engaging in a coverup, which is exactly what Trump wanted from his Attorney General. Part of that coverup is a deflection which is what this fake investigation is all about. The FBI did not spy on the Trump campaign. They spied on an individual with the Trump campaign. It’s not the FBI’s fault that Trump hires Russian spies. Neither the Democrats or the FBI selected these people. Trump chose them.

It’s reported that Trump asked within the White House, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” a lawyer who helped Joseph McCarthy engage in investigating suspected communists and a mentor in sleaze to Donald Trump. Trump wanted a Roy Cohn in the Justice Department to sleaze up the place in protecting him.

Barr doesn’t have any evidence that supports his spying claim, yet he’ll mimic stupid talking points as part of his coverup to protect Donald Trump.

Someday, another criminal in elected office is going to ask, “Where’s my William Barr?”

 

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Trump Your Refund, Cartoon for CNN


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Here’s your weekly 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.

Don’t think there’s not a connection between Trump being the first president in forty years not to release his taxes and his corporation doing business with foreign governments. You would have to be blind, dense, obtuse, and an all-around friggin idiot not to connect these dots. In other words, you would have to be a Trump supporter.

So I don’t get in actual legal trouble, I should say it’s my opinion that Donald Trump is corrupt…except it’s a fact. Donald Trump is corrupt. He is corrupt financially, business-wise, and as a human being. Richard Nixon said, “people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.” Donald Trump doesn’t care if people know he’s corrupt. What’s worse, his supporters don’t care if he’s corrupt.

This is where you see Republicans kicking and screaming defending him from showing anyone his tax returns. Why would you not want to see these? Donald Trump is a man who stiffed contractors, driving many out of business, operated a fake university, stole from charity, and even bankrupted a casino. He’s told nearly 10,000 lies since walking into the Oval Office. So yeah, let’s trust this guy when he says he’s not making money off the presidency or there isn’t a financial conflict of interest between him doing his job and making money off Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, etc.

Trump donates his presidential salary of $400,000 back to the government and his supporters make a lot of noise about this. What they overlook is how much the government pays for his golf trips which have so far totaled around $96 million in the span of two years. Some of that golf trip money is going back into his pocket. When he visits his resorts, he charges the government for staying there. He charges the Secret Service rent at Trump Tower and at his resorts. He even charges them for golf cart rentals as they follow him around while he cheats on the course.

Trump doesn’t just make money off the U.S. government. Why do you think he takes the premier of China and the Prime Minister of Japan to Mar-a-Lago? Those governments have to pay to rent rooms there. His hotels, which were in deep financial trouble before he came into office, are doing brisk business now with foreign governments. They know the quickest route to get preferential treatment from Trump is through his ego and his wallet. Saudi Arabia has rented rooms from Trump that they didn’t even use. Every right-wing convention that comes to Washington now has to rent the ballroom at Trump’s new Washington Hotel. Trump even nixed the plans for the FBI to move from downtown Washington out of fear that a competing hotel would move into their location. Donald Trump is corrupt.

Now, his Chief-of-Staff Mick Mulvaney vows that Congress will never see Trump’s tax returns. Whey they say “Congress,” they mean you. They vow you will never see his tax returns.

Trump claims he can’t release his taxes because they are under audit. A president’s tax returns are automatically audited, but we don’t know if they were under audit when he first made that claim. Even if they were under audit, it doesn’t matter. There is nothing that prohibits a politician from releasing his taxes while they’re under audit. In fact, many people have released their taxes while they were under audit.

So, if you haven’t filed your taxes yet (tomorrow is the deadline), keep in mind that Trump does not want you to see his taxes. Also, keep in mind the huge tax break Trump and Republicans gave to America’s richest assholes, including Trump. Trump’s biggest priority, other than pushing a racist agenda on America, was to give himself a huge tax cut. He gave you a tiny temporary cut while he gave a huge permanent one to corporations. Guess who’s a corporation. Donald Trump.

In 2019, people have to realize that their president is a crook.

On a personal note, I completed my taxes around 8:00 am today and I don’t see how the Trump and Republican changes helped me at all.

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Costa Rica And Three Mexican Countries


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This cartoon was first published on April 5, 2019, in The Costa Rica Star.

I had to have some fun with Fox News’ “Three Mexican Countries” that they placed in their ticker.

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Meet The Millers


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In another move to prove he and his sycophantic supporters are vile, disgusting, horrible, and just downright cruel human beings, Donald Trump is threatening to dump immigrants into sanctuary cities.

Cities that are considered “sanctuaries” for immigrants in this nation illegally are mostly Democratic. What these cities don’t do is extend their resources to the federal government in pursuing immigrants. It means an immigrant can report a crime without fearing his good samaritanship will get him deported. It makes sense.

After it was reported that this vile idea from Senior White House Goon Stephen Miller was being considered, the White House issued a statement saying it was proposed but quickly rejected. Reminding his staff that it’s not smart to put your name on any official statement because you’ll get cut off at the knees, Donald Trump tweeted that he was taking the idea seriously.

If you support this proposal then you’re as horrible and cruel as Donald Trump, who has staked his entire presidency on the border situation. He’s created a crisis where one didn’t exist. He promised a border wall and that Mexico would pay for it. Failing that, he shut down the government for funding and failed there too, caving to Nancy Pelosi. Trump has gotten so desperate for his vanity project that he’s placed a plaque with his name on it at a section of border fencing that was funded before his presidency.

Trump has made the claim that immigrants are animals, rapists, and murderers. If that’s the case, isn’t dumping them on cities placing Americans in danger? Is Trump hoping there’s a murder from an immigrant so he can divide the nation on this even further? Does he believe trucking in busloads of immigrants like unwanted cats that grew out of the cute kitten stage will sway the citizens in those cities to support his racist policies?

Undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than American citizens. Still, Trump has framed them as gangsters and terrorists coming into this nation to spread drugs, weapons and to murder God-fearing Christians. While he’s accused them of being animals, he’s treating them as such by making them political pawns and weapons. It’s also an attempt to stoke racial tensions and fears. The funny thing is, Republicans accused Obama of being the most divisive president in American history.

It was also reported that Trump told his former director of Border Patrol that he would pardon him if he was jailed for violating immigration laws on Trump’s orders. If this is true or Trump does dump immigrants in cities to punish his political enemies, then he should be impeached.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Donald Trump is a failed president because he failed at being a human being years ago.

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A Trumpian Hole


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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson argued last night that journalists should be up in arms and defensive of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange because he’s “one of them.” No. He’s not.

Don’t mistake what Assange did with what journalists do. Journalists will publish leaked information. They will publish from anonymous sources. Journalists publish news. What journalists do NOT do is aid in acquiring hacked information. Journalists do NOT coordinate with a political campaign on the timing of releasing hacked information or any information. Journalists do NOT attack one campaign in order to help another. A journalist does NOT become a front for the Russian government as it wages an assault on another nation’s election.

After holing up in Ecuador’s London embassy over the past seven years, originally claiming asylum from rape charges in his native Sweden which have since been dropped, and remaining to avoid being extradited to the United States, Assange was arrested on Thursday by London police. Now, Assange is facing the threat of being deported to the U.S. over charges that he hacked into the Pentagon’s computer in 2010. Interestingly enough, an attack that Donald Trump said at the time warranted the death penalty.

Ecuador got tired of Assange and evicted him from their embassy after he continued to use WikiLeaks to attack foreign governments, attempted to swap out security cameras, spread feces on the walls, refused to clean the bathroom, and failed to look after his own cat. No word if the kitty has been evicted too.

Assange actually sued Ecuador, while being their guest, last year over “violating his fundamental rights.” He was upset Ecuador demanded to approve of his visitors and wanted information on any wireless devices they’d bring, restricted his internet usage, told him to avoid speech or activities that could be considered political or could damage relations between Ecuador and other countries, and that cat thing. It’s really annoying when you criticize governments for expelling Russians over poisoning people in London and you won’t clean the litter box.

A reporter asked Trump yesterday if he “still loved WikiLeaks,” a statement he made on the campaign trail in 2016. Trump’s response was, “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing.” I find that reaction similar to Austin Power’s claim of not being familiar with the Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger saying, “That sort of thing’s not my bag, baby” despite writing a book titled, Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger Pumps And Me (This sort of thing is my bag, baby).

Despite his protests, WikiLeaks is the sort of thing that’s Trump’s bag, baby.

Trump mentioned WikiLeaks more than 100 times during the last month in the 2016 campaign. Among his comments were, “This WikiLeaks stuff is unbelievable. Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks. Oh, we love WikiLeaks. Boy, they have really — WikiLeaks! They have revealed a lot.” Now, he’s about as familiar with WikiLeaks as he is with Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen. If you could financially invest in cognitive dissonance, now would be the time.

It was Cohen who claimed that Donald Jr. informed his father of an upcoming release by WikiLeaks. In fact, the first dump of stolen emails from the Clinton campaign was on the same day the Access Hollywood tape was released of Trump bragging about assaulting women.

If Assange is extradited to the U.S., it puts more pressure on Roger Stone whose own charges stem from his coordination with Assange and WikiLeaks. Stone is angling for a presidential pardon and he may get it. Assange’s cooperation may not be credible as it’s been reported by Ecuador that he’s lost his mind. What may be more important is if Ecuador shares data they acquired on Assange during his stay, like a list of his visitors and who all he was in contact with. It will be interesting to see how Trump handles his prosecution if he is extradited to the U.S.

There are concerns how the Trump administration and his Justice Department will treat this as it applies toward journalism, which Trump has called “fake news” and has openly wished to destroy press freedom.  Assange is NOT being charged for publishing information but for the hacking he did to obtain it. But again, what Assange is doesn’t have anything to do with journalism.

Julian Assange is no more a member of the journalism community than is Tucker Carlson.

Creative notes: I wasn’t really eager to do a black hole cartoon. Almost every cartoonist in the nation has done one by now and most involve Trump (though nowadays, just about every cartoon is about Trump). But I liked the WikiLeaks aspect of this. I had three roughs drawn out from my work with CNN last night and I showed them to my friend, Karen. This idea got the largest reaction from her.

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