antisemitism

Blaming Soros


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In the buildup to the 2018 midterm elections, conservative conspiracy theorists floated the idea that George Soros was funding a migrant caravan approaching from Central America to invade the United States. The biggest proponent of this conspiracy theory was the president of the United States.

The lie originated (where else?) on social media, where facts are not required, especially on Facebook if you pay to air lies. It spread to right-wing websites. Fox News’ Lou Dobbs, Laura Ingraham, and Maria Bartiromo each suggested the caravan was receiving outside funding (Wink! Wink!). Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, an advocate for all things that are conservative bullshit, posted a video on Twitter of someone supposedly handing cash to migrants to “storm the U.S. border,” and asked, “Soros?”

Then, Donald Trump after claiming “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with the caravan, started throwing out the idea that George Soros was funding the “invasion.” His reasoning for the claim? “A lot of people say.”

George Soros is a favorite boogieman for right-wingers, white nationalists, racists, your fucknut uncle, and your average neighborhood neo-Nazi. He was a target of the pipe-bomber who was also a Trump supporter. His name was mentioned by the shooter of the Pittsburgh synagogue, who echoed additional rhetoric from Donald Trump, like the threat of “globalism.” Psst: When they say “globalism,” they mean “Jew.” Donald Trump has stood before the United Nations and railed about “globalists.”

Conservatives have spent years gaslighting each other about George Soros. One lie manufactured by the likes of Trump, Louie Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, Roseanne Barr, Alex Jones, James Woods, Dinesh D’Souza, and Larry Klayman is that he assisted Nazis after they invaded his home of Hungary, despite the fact he was a Jewish child at the time evading persecution from them. Republicans can truly be the vilest people one can come across.

Republicans claimed he was funding Occupy Wall Street, the 2017 Women’s march, gun-control activism by survivors of school shootings, and the protests against Brett Kavanaugh. He’s been blamed for the existence of Snopes, a fact-checking site because facts are also evil according to Republicans.

The Daily Telegraph accused him of being involved in a “secret plot” to make voters overturn their initial Brexit decision.

While talking about an arrested suspected terrorist, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said, “who is behind him? The famous Hungarian Jew Soros. This is a man who assigns people to divide nations and shatter them.” At least Erdogan didn’t hide the “Jew” part and wink at everyone.

George Soros is also blamed and accused of manipulating the economy and banks (because he’s rich and Jewish) and of controlling various aspects of the U.S. government, like the State Department and FBI (deep state).

During a rant to Vanity Fair over bloody marys, Rudy Giuliani accused George Soros of being a puppet master, claiming he “elected eight ‘anarchist’ district attorneys’ in the United States,” and is able to control FBI agents and diplomats, such as those in Ukraine. He said Soros was a “horrible human being” who is an “enemy of Israel.” Rudy also said, “Soros is hardly a Jew. I’m more of a Jew than Soros is.” I’m just shocked he wasn’t having those bloody marys with Erdogan.

The antiSemitic rhetoric coming from Trump and Giuliani is as much to blame for hate crimes against Jews as are the chants of “Jews will not replace us” by the Charlottesville tiki-torch Nazis.

Last night, a man barged into a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York and stabbed five people. In case you’re a Republican (I had to point this out to someone earlier this week), this isn’t just the Christmas season. It’s also Hannukah.

Authorities have yet to determine if this attack was based on anti-Semitism, but c’mon.

Here’s something true and not a conspiracy theory: When Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, or any of the other conspiracy theorists on the internet, Fox News, in Congress, etc., create these conspiracy theories, they have no concern or worries about repercussions. They don’t care if they create a dangerous atmosphere. They don’t care if people die. They have no interest in being responsible for their comments.

This is another example of the dangers with Donald Trump as president. Donald Trump costs lives.

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Trumping Religion


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Donald Trump signed an executive order his administration says will combat anti-Semitism and a growing anti-Israel movement on college campuses.

Many, including some it’s designed to protect, fear this order combats freedom of speech. Others are concerned because Trump says anti-Semitism would be covered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin,” but does not mention religion. Judaism is a religion, not a race.

Rabbi Hara Person, the chief executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, said, “Not to overdramatize, but it feels dangerous. I’ve heard people say this feels like the first step toward us wearing yellow stars.”

Donald Trump, who once tweeted a graphic of the Star of David with bags of cash, believes he’s done more for Jewish people than anyone else. He touts moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, as though clearing the way for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon is good for Israel. But at the signing ceremony, he invited two conservative evangelical leaders, Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Dallas, and the Rev. John C. Hagee, a prominent end-times preacher, who have made very anti-Semitic comments in the past. Jeffress once said “you can’t be saved being a Jew,” and Hagee once said, “the Holocaust was part of God’s plan to return the Jews to Israel.” Last weekend in Florida, Donald Trump said some Jewish people “don’t love Israel enough,” but he seems fine with the way Jeffress and Hagee feel about the Jewish state.

The fear of this order is that isolating Jews as a race or nationality will prompt more hate. Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel said, “This is deeply objectionable, going back centuries in anti-Semitic thinking,” which actually fits the Trump administration.

It’s hard to take Donald Trump’s efforts to protect any religion or race seriously when he and his administration embrace white supremacists and racist policies. Perhaps the most significant development from this is that now when Trump does and says something anti-Semitic or attacks Muslims, it’ll be another act of his racism.

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Hate In The House


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I had planned to write the most eloquent column in the history of political columns today, but now I’m too tired. You’ll just have to take my word for how awesome the blog was going to be.

A little after 6:00 PM last night, CNN called wanting me to draw another cartoon. Great. I thought there was no way I’d send them as many roughs as I did last week. I was wrong. But, I worked really late and they didn’t get back to me until this morning…after I had drawn the cartoon for this site and my syndication clients. I drew the one cartoon I was pretty sure CNN wouldn’t want out of all the roughs. Guess which one they wanted.

So, after giving that cartoon to the network and drawing this week’s cartoon for Costa Rica, I got started on your cartoon. There are about nine more ideas from which this was chosen. You’ll see all those on Sunday.

Be Complicit

What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
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MAGA Tolerance


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Put on your thinking caps, kids, because it’s quiz day. Yay, quiz day!

For a change, this is going to make all the sense in the world to knuckle-dragging, non-book-reading, factually-challenged, science-denying, secretly fantasizing about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, troglodyte MAGA shitheads, but for the people who are higher educated, intellectual, and literate, ya’ll are going to say, “Huh?”

Which of these two statements, A or B, is antisemitic?

A. George Soros spends a lot of money buying Democrats.

B. The Israeli lobby spends a lot of money buying Republicans.

Why, it’s B, you silly goose. Duh. Why is it B and A is OK? Because, B was said by a black, female Muslim. A was said by a white, male Republican. Again, duh!

Now comes the rest of the column where the MAGA heads won’t understand. Plus, these are words and they probably didn’t make it this far. Just in case they’re still here, equation solving is a field of mathematics that is about finding the functions or values that will make an equation true. An equation says that two expressions are…yeah, they’re gone now.

When a Democrats says something nasty, sexists, racists, or antisemitic, other Democrats are required to hold them accountable. When a Republican does the same, other Republicans get to say, “what’s wrong with that?” Democrats have to live by a higher standard. It’s like you hate America if you won’t defend its greatness, but Republicans can literally wear a red hat that says America is not great. Literally. They have a hat.

Yesterday, a friend of mine on social media and a member of the Trump cult was confused by my Gucci sweater cartoon. She wondered how anyone could find the sweater racist. One of her friends stated that the rules of racism keep changing. No, they haven’t. It was always wrong to wear blackface. It’s just that now, you’re being held accountable. These are the people who believe the only racism in existence is against white people except for all that racism Obama perpetuated. Every time Trump says something racist, like “Pocahontas,” or defends Nazis, they’re the ones that say, “That’s racist?” Then, they’ll call you an overly-sensitive snowflake while whining about a war on Christmas. They’re the people who think BlackKklansmen is a story of an evil, interloping, meddling, uppity black guy taking advantage of trusting Ku Klux Klan members.

This brings us to the issue that inspired today’s cartoon. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was asked who she thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, she named “Aipac!,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the United States’ most prominent pro-Israel lobby. Then, she tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

After being criticized by Republicans and even her fellow Democrats, she apologized. Where did she mess up? Was it the Puff Daddy quote or the mere fact she brought up money and Israel? Probably all of it. Two people who got very uptight over this was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump, which is rich.

McCarthy was threatening congressional action against Omar, despite the fact he tweeted last October, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” This was right after a mailbomb was found in George Soros’ mailbox. Soros, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg are all Jewish.

Trump has called on Omar to resign or at least quit the committees she’s on. Trump, has had many instances of antisemitism, with the first coming to mind the time he tweeted a meme of Hillary with a pile of money and a Star of David, which his staff later deleted, and he defended the star as a “sheriffs” star. Seriously. He’s also a big fan of warning us about “globalists.”

In case you haven’t noticed, neither Trump or McCarthy has resigned from office and neither has ever apologized. Nobody from their party called for their resignations.

Omar has made some questionable comments about Israel in the past that can be accused of playing with stereotypes, which is too bad because she, being the victim of Islamophobic insults should understand the consequences. She’s also wrong about the money thing, because Republicans would still be pro-Israel without it…and every lobby spends money, whether it’s the NRA or Unions. But, criticizing Israel is not antisemitic.

Last year, I drew a cartoon criticizing Bibi Netanyahu and Ivanka Trump. A lot of right-wing readers lost their minds. They even mounted a trolling campaign on one of my client’s sites, which didn’t work. But, it’s no more antisemitic to disagree with an Israeli policy than it’s unpatriotic to criticize the president’s agenda.

Antisemitism is like racism to the parties. Racism is a serious issues liberals want confronted and dealt with. For Republicans, racism is a partisan tool to assault your enemies with and use to whip up your base by promising stuff like Muslim bans and walls to keep out Mexicans.

My cartoon is not entirely accurate unless the last character is lying. The MAGA bar does allow antisemitism. They just won’t let you get away with it.

Be Complicit

What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
Whether you can help support, can’t, or just choose not to, please continue to enjoy and keep reading my work. Thank you!!! 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

Watch the video.