Al Franken

Red Carpet Treatment


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I hate to see Al Franken resign from the United States Senate.

Franken is a champion for progressive causes and his voice is needed in the Senate, and especially on the Judiciary Committee. He’s the Senator asking questions Trump nominees don’t want to answer. Ask Jeff Sessions about his perjury. Franken has an analytical mind, which probably comes from being a writer of comedy. Humorists are good at catching irony and hypocrisy. They see holes where others don’t. You have to be smart to be a good comedic writer. You don’t have to be smart to be a Senator….or a president. At least not anymore.

During the speech announcing his resignation, Franken noted the irony of him leaving office while a man who boasted about sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and another who preyed on teenage girls is running for the Senate in Alabama.

Did I mention irony? Conservatives don’t see irony. They don’t see it in Donald Trump holding a campaign rally Friday night for a racist pedophile where he complained about protesters, and on Saturday night he’ll be attending a ceremony at a Civil Rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi. Irony.

I have heard a few Republicans complain liberals will use Franken’s resignation to occupy the moral high ground. Yes. Yes, we will.

While the Speaker of the House urged Republican Congressman Trent Franks to resign after he offered $5 million to staffers to carry his baby, by way of him sticking his little frank in them, Blake Farenthold hasn’t said anything about resigning.

Farenthold is a Republican who looks terrible in pajamas, and he used taxpayer dollars to pay off sexual harassment complaints, just like Democrat John Conyers, who is resigning. Farenthold is a member of the Tea Party. Do you remember the Tea Party’s chief concern? It was government spending. I haven’t heard too many of them scream for pajama boy’s head for spending $84,000 of their money on a sexual harassment complaint.

Franken and Conyers are out. The GOP has kicked Franks to the curb but Farenthold hangs on. During all this, the Republican president is campaigning for a racist, stupid, law-breaking pedophile and the RNC is contributing to his campaign.  The president says we can’t have another Democrat in the Senate, and he needs Roy Moore to pass his agenda.

If you need the vote from a racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, conspiracy chasing, banned from malls, law-breaking judge who’s also a pedophile to pass your agenda…there’s probably something wrong with your agenda.

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Partisan Outrage


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When Roy Moore, Alabama’s Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, had a woman accuse him of trying to have sex with her when she was 14, she wasn’t alone. Three other accusers joined her. More accusers came out the next day, and the next, and the next. We’ve hit double digits. You can make a pun out of “Moore” accusers.

After Minnesota Senate Democrat Al Franken’s accuser came out, she was alone and nobody has joined her since. The comparison between Moore and Franken isn’t fair. One was trying to get his rocks off with teenage girls while the other was staging comedy bits. One set a pattern while the other did not. But, politics is not fair.

Donald Trump tweets out an attack on Al Franken while remaining silent on Roy Moore and being tone-deaf regarding over 20 of his own accusers. Trump has boasted, very proudly, about groping women and barging in on teenage girls while they’re naked in a dressing room. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it’s different because Franken admitted wrongdoing while Trump has denied his ever happened, even though he’s on tape admitting it.

For Republicans, lying, deflecting, and calling your accusers liars is more honorable than being honest, apologizing, and calling for an ethics investigation on your own past behavior.

People talk a good game about bridging the partisan divide, but they crap all over themselves when the perfect opportunity confronts them. Alabama’s governor has stated she believes Roy’s accusers but, she’s gonna vote for him anyway. She would rather have a pedophile in the Senate than someone she disagrees with. How is that being a good Christian?

The accusations against Franken won’t be the last to hit Washington. Watch how Republicans respond. The same people critical of Franken and have yelled for him to resign will be silent when Republicans are hit. The hypocrisy won’t matter. It’ll be like it just doesn’t exist to them.

Republicans will take a cue from Trump and Roy Moore. They’ll lie, deflect, and attack the accusers. Being honest is for Democrats.

Creative notes: I completed this cartoon early last night but I held it for today. I sent it to my clients and one of them has already scooped me and published it on their site.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Franky And Donny


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I wasn’t sure about this cartoon. I don’t want to come off as if I’m deflecting for Al Franken when I think the accusations against him should be taken seriously. And, then…Trump tweeted.

Do you know why Democrats have a harder time with sexual misconduct than the Republican Party? It’s because there’s a consensus among Democrats that it’s always wrong. With Republicans, it’s up to debate.

Democrats want every woman who accuses to be listened to and believe there should be a no-tolerance policy. On the other hand, Republicans think maybe it is OK if it’s just locker room talk. Maybe you can do what you want when you’re famous. Maybe it’s alright for a 32-year-old to stalk teenage girls at the mall. Maybe it’s OK to call them up at their high school to ask them out on a date. Maybe it’s all clear if you can compare your candidate’s groping to Jesus. Basically, it’s permissible when committed by a Republican, and when committed by a Democrat it’s all aboard with selective outrage on the douche-wagon.

Yesterday, I mentioned I saw five cartoons from conservatives using the talking point of using Bill Clinton to deflect from the accusations against Roy Moore. One of my right-wing colleagues, who have not mentioned anything about Roy Moore made, five posts today about Al Franken. He wrote “it’s crickets from liberals” regarding the Franken scandal. In reality, where most of us live, liberals are taking this on. Using cartoons as an example, I’ve seen ten (and they all play on the “doggone it, people like me” bit), and they were all drawn yesterday. My “friend” also wrote, “Christmas came early.” That’s exactly how they see it.

For conservatives, it’s not about ending sexual harassment, assault, transgressions, pedophilia, sloppy-unwanted kisses, and pussy-grabbing because you can get away with it when  you’re famous. It’s about attacking liberals and ignoring scandals involving conservatives and, Donald Trump proves I’m right.

Trump might be the only Republican in D.C. who has not pulled his endorsement of Roy Moore. White House Spokesgoon Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave the usual tripe regarding Moore saying the president finds it troubling blah, blah, blabbity, blah but,  whether he should drop out of the race or not she said, “that is a decision the people of Alabama need to make, not the president.” Trump has refused to discuss the Moore issue. He promised us a big announcement when he returned from his trip to Asia. Instead of his “big announcement” being on Moore, it was a huge revelation that Trump was praised and complimented during his trip to Asia like no one in history ever before. He has even refused to give an opinion on Moore, even as reporters were shouting questions at him about it. But guess what he does want to talk about.

Trump tweeted about Al Franken. He tweeted, “the Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? …..” The dot, dot, dot dot, dots  and misspelling of “Frankenstein” are his. And then he tweeted, “and to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?

The Lesley Stahl thing is a reference to Franken describing a bit he wrote for SNL that never aired. Breitbart ran a story about it which is why it’s on Trump’s radar.

Leeann Tweeden, a TV host, and sportscaster accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006 when they were on a USO tour together. She produced a picture of Franken posing in front of her while she slept while wearing a helmet and flak jacket, and Franken appears as though he’s about to grope her breasts. She says Franken wrote a comedy bit where he tries to kiss her and she rejects him. She says Franken insisted on practicing the kissing scene when she didn’t want to, and eventually, he forced his tongue into her mouth.

Franken says he remembers their rehearsals differently, but he apologized and said the photo was stupid. Tweeden accepted his apology.

Every accuser should be listened to. The evidence that comes along with their accusations should be paid attention to as well. Franken does recall the rehearsals differently but maybe she’s absolutely right and it did happen the way she has described. But, if her issue is the sexual stuff then why did she make other details personal? She talked about how nobody wanted Franken’s autograph at signing sessions. She went into details in how disgusting Franken’s kiss was. She talked about how Franken drew goatees and devil horns on photos of her.

Yesterday, Trump supporter Roger Stone said, “it’s Al Franken’s time in the barrel,” apparently knowing something was about to come out. Tweeden also works for Fox Sports and has been a guest on Sean Hannity’s show. Surprise!

Franken didn’t offer excuses and said the photo was in poor taste and Tweeden has every right to be upset over it. He apologized and she accepted. The thing about the photo is, even though it is in poor taste, it’s staged and not a hidden incident. There were a photographer and others in the room. I’ve seen it mentioned on social media that Tweeden was pretending to be asleep for the photo, but I can’t find verification for that, but watch for it to come up.

Franken has called for an ethics investigation into his own conduct. In contrast, during the 2016 presidential campaign, at least eleven women accused Trump of sexual harassment. Trump has called them liars and has threatened to sue them. Nine women have made accusations against Roy Moore, and he’s taken the Trump route, calling them liars and is threatening lawsuits, even against the media. Also, Tweeden is not 14-years-old with Franken trying to pick her up out of her high school trigonometry class.

Conservatives and even a few liberals are calling for Franken to resign. I’ll agree if more credible accusations come forward. For now, I think he should run for president. He’s still one of the sharpest minds in Washington and this nation needs a voice like his, despite doing an idiotic stunt in 2006 that he’s not trying to cover up or make excuses for. But I will make a deal with you.

I will call for Franken to resign if conservatives make the same demand for Donald Trump and every Republican who receives credible accusations in the future. But, looking at Republican hypocrisy today, I don’t think they’d keep the bargain.

There’s another way around this mess too, and that is…elect more woman. We tried that last year with the presidency but many of you didn’t cooperate.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.