Arizona

Blowing Smoke With Kari


We are accustomed to receiving election results on election night, but we are not entitled. Naturally, Republicans believe they’re entitled to everything they want. And if they don’t get what they want, they lie and whine like little babies.

Jim Jordan tweeted, “Election results should be known on election night.”
Why? You’re not entitled. In fact, official counting of votes has NEVER been completed by any state on election night. It’s never happened. David Becker, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation & Research, said it’s never happened at any point in our nation’s history. Ever, ever, ever. Never.

Taking days to learn the results of an election isn’t new. We didn’t know who won the 2000 presidential election for over a month, which was into December. Even then, we never really found out who won the most votes as it was the Supreme Court ending the Florida recount in a 5-4 decision, giving it to the…wait for it…Republican. Do you remember the GOP outrage over that? Yeah, me neither.

Before and after the governorship of Arizona was called last night for Democrat Katie Hobbs, and the senate for Democrat Mark Kelly, Republicans were griping about how long the count was taking. Hobbs defeated Kari Lake by over 20,000 votes and Kelly beat Blake Masters by over 126,000. Oddly enough, you didn’t hear these complaints concerning Lauren Boebert’s win for her Colorado congressional district, which took several days to count and handed her a victory of just a little more than 2,000 votes.

If we had stopped counting on election night in Boebert’s district, she wouldn’t be going back to Congress. Eat that, hypocrites.

Tomi Lahren tweeted, “I am utterly disgusted about whatever the hell happened in Arizona. Un-freakin-believable!!!”
Yet, she can’t tell us “what the hell happened” in Arizona. I’ll tell you what happened, Tomi. You lost. You lost because more Arizona voters voted for the Democrats than for the Republicans. That’s it.

Another right-wing goon named Brigitte Gabriel who must be important because she has a blue badge on Twitter unless she paid for it, tweeted, “Mail in voting is a crime against Democracy! Ban it!”
No, it’s NOT a crime. And there has never been a massive election fraud that’s come from mail-in voting. Fact, fat, fuckity, fact, fact.

Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted, “Our elections are the laughing stock of the world. Other countries do it in one day and count all of their ballots. They get their elections done. I don’t know why the United States can’t accomplish this in one day.”
Actually, Marjorie, there are a lot of things you don’t know. It can take up to ten days after an election in Australia to count all the votes and declare a winner. Canada was still counting votes three days after the 2021 federal election. It can take a week in the United Kingdom. And where winners are announced on election night, like France, you have to take into account that the vote count is conducted by the federal government, not local governments. Also, keep in mind that we have more people than most other countries. There are a little over 65 million people in France compared to 331 million in the United States. The number of voters in the U.S. was more than double the entire population of France.

And Marjorie, the only way our elections make us the laughingstock of the world is because some of our elections are won by ignorant stupid racist goons such as yourself. I’m mostly shocked you didn’t claim the votes were being counted by the Gazpacho Police.

Matt Schlapp, another goon with a blue badge, tweeted, “I’m awed by Katie Hobbs who managed to be in charge of AZ’s election and allowed the biggest suppression of Election Day votes while having her squad count so slowly and privately that no one has any idea what the hell just happened including reporters.”
Actually, Republicans were mostly in charge of the count in Arizona. And again, what happened was you lost.

By the way, Brian Kemp was Secretary of State for Georgia when he won the election for governor of that state. Before the election, he put over 53,000 voter registration applications on hold, with 70% of the applicants being black voters. He also purged 1.4 million voters from the state’s system, again, mostly black voters. He also resisted the federal efforts to secure state voting systems and exposed voters’ data. Did Mr. Schlapp ever express doubt over any of Kemp’s election victories? He was probably too busy schlapping his monkey over election-denying bullshit.

Here’s the problem with mail-in voting for Republicans: Mail-in voting makes it easier to vote, thus more people vote. The more people who vote, the more people who vote against Republicans. The larger the turnout, the more votes Democrats receive. That’s democracy. The Republicans have a problem with democracy.

Over the past decade, more Americans have been voting for Democrats than Republicans. Republicans have only won the popular vote once in a presidential election over the past 30 years. The Republicans’ saving grace is that we have a very flawed system that lets them retain power, and install federal judges, despite the fact most of us hate them.

It’s a lot easier for Republicans to lie, whine, cry, and scream about the system when they lose than it is to offer policies and messages that appeal to the majority of Americans. As it turns out, the majority of Americans believe in a right to choose, choose America over Russia, and don’t like election deniers and insurrectionists all that much. The people who are claiming without proof that something fraudulent happened in Arizona are the same people who supported a coup for a Russian puppet who lost the 2020 presidential election.

Kari Lake said she’d only accept the results if she won. She said that because she’s anti-democracy and pro-fascist, and she knew if every vote was counted, she would lose. It’s why Donald Trump tried to cast doubt on the 2020 election being fair months before the election. He knew he was going to lose. Let me drop a spoiler for you now. He’s going to lose again in 2024.

None of these election deniers have ever produced evidence the 2020 election was won by Donald Trump and stolen by Joe Biden. And before they claim Arizona, Nevada, or any other states’ elections were stolen, they should provide proof. You can bet that if they lose the Georgia runoff in December, they’ll cry foul without any proof there too.

One good reason to vote against a person is if they’re not mature enough to handle losing. Nobody likes losing, but you don’t have to be lying babies about it. The lack of confidence in our elections is only because we have Republican goons telling the American public they can’t trust elections.

No, it’s not elections I don’t trust. I don’t trust Republicans.

Music note: I listened to Nirvana.

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Voter Intimidation, 2022


Nice democracy you have there. It’d be a real shame if anything were to happen to it. That seems to be what the MAGA goons stalking ballot drop boxes seem to be saying to voters.

Despite lying about voter fraud, using those lies to change laws making it more difficult for minorities to vote, and claiming they’re going to have a red wave on November 8 and retake the House, Senate, and all the governor races, Republicans still feel the need to send out armed goons to stalk ballot boxes. They still feel the need to cheat further.

Last Friday, two such armed goons in masks and tactical gear were stalking a ballot box in Maricopa County, Arizona. Maricopa County is where Arizona Republicans have based all their lies and even allowed a pro-MAGA group with zero experience in ballot counting to recount the county months after the election was certified. Biden won Maricopa County. Fact, fact, fuckity fact, fact.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has pushed lie after lie on voter fraud, continues to claim that Trump won the state, and that she’ll only recognize the upcoming election in Arizona as legitimate if she wins. Arizonans should test this by voting for her Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs.

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer issued a joint statement saying, “We are deeply concerned about the safety of individuals who are exercising their constitutional right to vote and who are lawfully taking their early ballot to a drop box. Uninformed vigilantes outside Maricopa County’s drop boxes are not increasing election integrity. Instead, they are leading to voter intimidation complaints.”

The statement also reads, “For those who want to be involved in election integrity, become a poll worker or an official observer with your political party. Don’t dress in body armor to intimidate voters as they are legally returning their ballots.” Yeah, except they harass intimidate poll workers too. That’s what Rudy and Trump did to at least two black female poll workers in Georgia.

There are other complaints about goons stalking ballot drop boxes throughout Arizona. One complaint says voters and their license plates are being photographed as they drop off their ballots. Another complaint says voters are being followed after dropping off their ballots. And another says goons stalking ballot boxes have been shouting “mules” at voters, which is a reference to a fringe voter fraud conspiracy theory and debunked film created by a Trump mule after he had received a pardon from Trump.

Ironically or hypocritically, some of the uniformed armed and masked goons are covering their own license plates as they take photos of voters’ license plates.

An association for retirees and an organization for Latino voters are seeking a temporary restraining order against a group titled Clean Elections USA (HAHAHAHA! Yeah, right) they allege is coordinating a campaign of voter intimidation in Arizona.

Melody Jennings, the founder of “Clean Elections USA,” a supposed minister, a frequent guest on Steve Bannon’s podcast, and a certified goon has boasted of training and deploying volunteers in 18 states, including Arizona. Melody, you don’t have clean elections by sending armed and masked goons to intimidate people while they’re voting.

Mike Peterson, the guy who does Comic Strip of the Day and a friend of mine, replied to this cartoon in a tweet saying, “I’d almost be more comfortable if the GOP had formally sent them. The GOP’s hatemongering, paranoid rhetoric inspires them, which is a sign of how utterly irresponsible they are in ignoring the real-world impact of their power-mad, idiotic ravings.”

That’s generous. Mike’s statement implies that if the GOP knew their hatemongering paranoid rhetoric was inspiring goons to intimidate voters, then they’d stop with the rhetoric. I’m more cynical than my friend. I believe that’s one of the reasons they’re doing so much hatemongering, lying, and spreading conspiracy theories. I don’t believe Republicans have consciences.

Republicans don’t care about election fraud. If they did, they’d be outraged, livid, and calling for the prosecution of the guy who called a governor and told him to “find” him 11,780 votes.

Republicans have spread conspiracy theories about mail-in voting and ballot boxes, claiming they’re used for voter and election fraud. Yet, there were no reported cases of fraud, vandalism, or anything else that could have changed the outcome of the 2020 election. Fact, fact, fuckity fact, fact.

Armed goons stalking ballot drop boxes while wearing masks isn’t just discouraged, it’s illegal. It’s against federal law and many state laws to intimidate voters. This stems from voter intimidation during the Civil Rights era when racist fucks in the deep south would harass, intimidate, and threaten black voters.

And isn’t it funny that the people who scream the loudest about election integrity don’t have integrity?

Creative note: Anytime I draw crows (they’re in there. Look), I think of my buddy and fellow ink-stained wretch Chris Britt. He’s an award-winning political cartoonist who also does paintings of crows and they’re dark and beautiful. They’re so wonderful and brilliant that another political cartoonist who couldn’t come up with an original thought if his life depended on it it started copying him.

Music note: I listened to Better than Ezra while drawing today’s cartoon.

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Lake O’ Lies


Kari Lake is the Republican nominee for the governorship of Arizona. And she’s a MAGAt liar. She’s one of hundreds of candidates running in this nation that push The Big Lie, that either Trump won or that there was massive election fraud throughout the country. There are over 300 candidates in the United States who deny that President Biden won the 2020 election. FiveThirtyEight says 60 percent of Americans will have an election denier on their ballot this fall. That’s fucked up and ironic all at once.

These goons are running for office asking for your vote which they claim is fraudulent. Many are claiming elections don’t work unless they win. Some of these goons are running for office where it will be their job, if they win, to protect the integrity of elections.

Kari Lake is one of them. Lake went on CNN over the past weekend where Dana Bash bashed her over her election-denying lies. Bash asked Lake why she kept repeating the lies. Lake said, “Well, there’s plenty of evidence. We had 740,000 ballots with no chain of custody. Those ballots shouldn’t have been counted.”

Officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, acknowledge that a fifth of the forms documenting the transfer of drop-box ballots had incomplete information, including missing signatures. The county estimates that maybe as many as 200,000 votes were transferred without full documentation. Election-denying right-wing groups have used this to build and push the conspiracy of massive election fraud.

But, that’s not evidence of fraud. It’s evidence of mismanagement. And, the presidential election in Maricopa County has been audited more than once, even by Republican groups pushing the Big Lie. Yet, Lake believes all those votes, more than a third cast in the county, should be thrown out. Throwing out votes is NOT “election integrity.” That’s fraud. Republicans claim votes for Trump were thrown out in the 2020 election, yet they’re demanding that the same thing be done with votes for Joe Biden.

This is like when Republicans yell and scream about corruption from Hillary Clinton or Hunter Biden that they can’t actually prove, while ignoring Trump’s corruption. The thing is, they don’t actually care about corruption, just partisanship. If you’re upset over Hunter Biden, who’s never ever worked in government, receiving money from foreign sources but don’t give a hoot about Jared Kushner receiving $2 billion from his buddy and journalist murderer, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who he had many negotiations with as a White House adviser, then you don’t care about actual corruption. You’re a fraud and a hack. The truth is, you support corruption.

It’s like when these goons scream about corruption in Ukraine when the actual problem they have with that nation is it wasn’t corrupt enough to play ball with Donald Trump’s corruption.

And these goons like Kari Lake don’t care about “election integrity.” You don’t care about election integry when you’re trying to destroy the right to vote. Liar don’t have integrity, so they’re not the people to trust with our elections.

Bash asked Lake, “If leaders like you and President Trump are saying that the election was stolen, aren’t you participating, contributing, even causing the idea of people thinking that the election is not safe and secure?” Lake lied and said no.

Lake said, “No. We are going to make sure our elections are safe and secure for Democrats, independents and Republicans alike. We want to know that our legal vote counted.” But the thing is, they were counted. And in Maricopa County, counted multiple times. Even Republicans aligned with Trump couldn’t find any election. Yet, Lake lies and still says Trump won the state and Biden stole the presidency. And, she doesn’t use proof because she doesn’t have any.

Lake is a liar. Like most Republicans, it’s kind of her thing. She’s also a vile human being and has called for the arrest of her opponent, Katie Hobbs, without any real reason. She’s called for the arrest of journalists which is scary considering she used to be one.

Lake has claimed January 6 rioters have been imprisonsed without being charged (a lie). She has repeated false claims of election fraud from people like Sidney Powell. She likes to spread her lies on Parler, a right-wing hate site which is about to be bought by Kanye West.

And Lake says she will accept the results of Arizona’s gubernatorial election…only if she wins.

Kari Lake, like Donald Trump and all Republicans, do not care about election integrity. You can’t really care about election integrity when you personally don’t have any integrity.

Creative note: I’m leaving Louisiana today and my flight is at 5:32 p.m. I had to check out of my ratty hotel at 11 a.m. Since I had nowhere to go and didn’t want to just keep Ubering all over the twin cities (Monroe and West Monroe), I came to the airport. I figured I had plenty of time to write this blog before my flight.

Monroe’s airport is a tiny regional airport that only gets about five flights a day, from either Atlanta or Dallas/Fort Worth. There are empty counters car rental companies used to occupy (there are two left). There are empty spots where there used to be restaurants. There are no more restaurants in this airport and in fact, it’s probably the only airport in the nation where you can NOT get a cup of coffee. Even the airport on Wings had a lunch counter. There are vending machines which a guy is refilling right now…noisily. In fact, despite the slow business in this airport, it’s chock-full of distractions while I’m trying to write. There are the announcements that don’t really pertain to anyone because no one is flying yet. There’s the security guard tapping his fingers on his desk because there aren’t enough people here to look at suspiciously. There are weird pounding noises coming from a place unknown. Several airport employees are having conversations with each other while standing 40 feet apart. There are the kids standing at the snack machines trying to make up their minds while debating Doritos vs. Mr. Freshley’s Cupcakes. And goddammit, snack man is back to refill the same machine.

I can sit in a busy airport like Washington or Atlanta, and get work done. But a quiet place with just one noise will stop me in my tracks and I can’t think of how to write the next…

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Hunka-Hunka Recount


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

I did something really stupid the other day, but it worked out.

I sent a few ideas earlier than usual to my CNN editor last Friday. We can work pretty late, so when he called me at 9:00 A.M. to tell me he wanted us to go with one of the three ideas I had just sent, I was thrilled. That meant I could finish up early, go outside, skip, frolic, and play. But I talked him out of using that cartoon and I had to go back to writing ideas. It worked out for the best.

I got the Elvis idea. In fact, I had three Elvis ideas and this was my favorite, and I still finished early. Plus, I liked this cartoon a lot better than the one I talked him out of using. It’s a lot of fun to draw Elvis, aliens, and spaceships. I also had fun with the bumper stickers and banana sandwiches. The “Memphis” bumper sticker isn’t as much for Elvis as it is for one of my colleagues at CNN who is from Memphis.

And in case you’ve never had one, banana sandwiches are delicious.

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Swarming Arizona


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A lot of stupid crazy shit goes down in Arizona. People look at the fake audit by a fake security firm owned by Republicans and say, “Only in Arizona.” I don’t think that’s fair. Sure, crazy shit happens in Arizona that wouldn’t happen in most other places…but it’s not fair to say, “Only in Arizona.” It’s not fair to Florida.

Florida was doing crazy recount shit before it was cool. Florida is old-school crazy. Back in 2000, Florida upheld the national election and only stopped recounting when the Supreme Court told them too, which made George W. Bush president. Don’t you remember hanging chads?

Arizona and Florida have reputations for not being the best of us. In the excellent TV show, “The Good Place,” the very stupid character, Jason, is from Jacksonville. Jason has quotes like, “Yo, you should listen to me. I came up with hundreds of plans in my life and only one of them got me killed,” and, “I’m telling you, Molotov cocktails work. Anytime I had a problem and I threw a Molotov cocktail, boom! Right away, I had a different problem.” After delivering one of his stupid comments, Eleanor says, “Are you from Florida?” Eleanor is from Arizona. She’s the one who’s most ethically-challenged.

Some of Eleanor’s best quotes are, “Anything she left in your apartment now legally belongs to you,” “Why do bad things always happen to mediocre people who are lying about their identities?”, “How dare she steal the identity I stole?”, “I was a good person for six months. That’s like five years” and, “Ya’ basic.”

But, Arizona…compared to Florida, ya’ basic. Florida has “Florida Man.” Florida has Matt Gaetz. Roger Stone moved to Florida. Donald Trump moved to Florida. Sure, Arizona has Arizona State, but Florida has Jacksonville. It’s said that people move to Florida to die, but they have to lose their minds along the way.

One thing crazy stupid-ass fucknut states have in common is that they typically vote Republican. Crazy, stupid-ass fucknut states were all ripe and fertile territory to become Kool-Aid-drinking Trump cult breeding grounds. Look at Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Missouri. These states are the least educated and the most dependent on government assistance. But Arizona and Georgia are two states moving away from that.

Arizona and Georgia are two red states that flipped from Trump to President Biden. Florida is a state that went for President Clinton twice, President Obama twice, then Donald Trump twice. Florida regressed. It elected racist Ron DeSantis its governor and his approval ratings are at 55 percent. This is a guy who signed a bill making it legal to run over black protesters. That’s not legal in Arizona.

Arizona is going blue. It now has two Democratic senators in addition to voting for Biden. But Republicans are not going without a fight. They’re doing a fake audit of Maricopa County, the largest county in the state.

A judge gave the Republican Party the right to a recount, but where the people counting are only Republicans. Florida is impressed. The firm conducting the recount is operated by members of the Trump cult and it has ZERO experience conducting recounts or having any business with elections. Oh yeah…the firm, Cyber Ninjas, is from…wait for it…yeah, you guessed it. Florida!

There are all sorts of conspiracy theories with the ballots. China had flown in tens of thousands of ballots to Maricopa County via a South Korean airplane to swing the election for Biden. Since China got involved, they’re scanning them for traces of bamboo (no word on soy sauce). Donald Trump tweeted that the entire Maricopa County voter database was deleted, which was a lie that forced the Republican official leading the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office to speak out.

Here’s a fact: All eight cases brought in Arizona state and federal courts alleging widespread fraud, inaccuracies, or irregularities lost big time. So, why is there a recount? Exactly! Why is there a recount?

Why has the recount been given to Republicans? Why has the recount been given to a “security” firm run by Trumplicans with no election experience, and whose CEO claimed the election was hacked by the deceased Hugo Chavez? Why are they refusing to allow the press to watch the recount? How come we don’t even know who’s paying for the audit? Could Florida have pulled this off? Give them time.

Republicans claim there was election fraud and the count was fake…so they’re doing a fraudulent recount. What’s next? The fuckers doing the fake recount are going to declare Donald Trump won Maricopa County. Remember, the election was over six months ago and it’s been certified by the state and Congress. Joe Biden is literally in the White House.

One of the people doing the count said, “I think Donald Trump won the election—firm believer. I hope we come to a point where we’re happy with the results and truth is told.” She sounds totally non-partisan to me. Another auditor, who was at the Trump-initiated MAGA terrorist attack on the Capitol Complex, is also on these ballots. In Arizona, it’s illegal to count ballots that have your name on them.

We know with this recount, three people are counting each ballot as they spin on a Lazy Susan (that’s like a turntable. I had to look that up). If one person disagrees with the other two, that person is ignored and they go with the result from the two. They don’t reexamine the ballot that’s probably still spinning on a turntable. Remember, all these fuckers are Trump goons.

Republicans think Maricopa County is a domino. After it falls for Trump, so will Arizona, then Georgia, then Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada. You have to be on the same level of crazy as Marjorie Taylor Greene to believe any of this nonsense, but it’s where Arizona finds itself.

Brood X is coming, but the cicadas are not coming to you if you’re in Arizona or Florida. The cicadas are smarter than Trump voters. They don’t want to go anywhere near Florida Man or Arizona Man. Their asses may be falling off, but they don’t want any business with Arizona and Florida.

After reading today’s cartoon, my proofer Laura told me, “It’s getting harder to satirize these people.” It’s been that way for five years plus. And seriously, how do I top scanning for bamboo?

Cicada note: This Washington Post piece about the cicada’s short life cycle is informative and fun.

Creative note: I started drawing this Saturday morning, but stopped when I got my Matt Gaetz inflatable girlfriend idea. I forgot I had recorded what I drew Saturday, and because I wasn’t paying attention, it was included in the video for the Gaetz cartoon. I don’t think anyone noticed.

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Political Family Feud


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A lot of us can relate to families torn apart by politics. We’ve always disagreed here and there, but with the arrival of Donald Trump, it’s like the people you’ve always known and loved have been replaced by racist pod people.

I have two siblings who are Trump supporters. I’ve disagreed with family on political issues and candidates in the past, but I’ve never seen one change their personalities. With Trump, it’s like you have to check in your brain, lose your mind, and start goose-stepping.

I have never seen one expression of racism from my two sisters, and now? They’re defending Nazis and chanting about building a wall. On top of that, they don’t see a conspiracy theory they don’t like. They share and believe them all. They have stopped checking facts and don’t care about accountability or dignity anymore. What happened to them?

Paul Gosar’s siblings are probably asking the same questions I have for the past two years. Six of his nine siblings have endorsed his opponent and appeared in a campaign ad for him. David Brill may not have much of a shot in a Gosar’s super-red Arizona district, but the majority of Gosar’s own siblings don’t want you to vote for him.

I totally understand. If one of my Trump sycophant sibs was running for dog catcher, I’d endorse their opponent. I’d tell people to vote for the dogs. My siblings are insane and so is Paul Gosar.

Gosar helped spread the conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya. He also blamed George Soros for the violence that happened in Charlottesville. He didn’t blame Nazis. His siblings are right. Don’t vote for him.

Gosar said his brothers and sisters are disgruntled Hillary supporters. That doesn’t change the fact that the majority of the people who know him best believe he should not be in Congress.

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Razing Arizona


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We have set the bar so low that after last night’s Trump rally, we’re overlooking one question that should be obvious: What the hell is Donald Trump doing campaigning for president?

During the airing of grievances at last night’s hate Festivus, Donald Trump portrayed himself as the one who has suffered the most from the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Yeah, Heather Heyer was killed by a Nazi, but did you hear how the “fake news” slandered Trump?

Looking up from that low bar, Trump was praised for being presidential Monday night when he delivered his speech on Afghanistan. The low bar is that we have become accustomed to a president who delivers a speech at a third-grade reading level.

During Monday’s speech, Trump talked about hate and that we need to heal, or was it “heel?” He pivoted Tuesday at his rally in Arizona and told us that we need to continue with the hate.

Trump went into full snowflake mode and whined about how the media mistreated him over his comments on Charlottesville. He then read his first response to Charlottesville and selectively edited out the part where he said blame belonged to “many sides,” or when he said there were good people who march with guys who shout “blood and soil” and “Jew will not replace us.”

I always wondered what sort of person falls for the Nigerian prince email scams until I saw Trump supporters defending their guy on news talk shows. I know we’re not supposed to call them stupid, but if you’re still supporting Trump at this point, you’re a dumb-ass.

Trump has faith that his supporters will not watch the news and see that he revised history, and even misquoted himself. He’s correct. His supporters get most of their news from right-wing sources, like their friends’ memes on Facebook. These are the same idjits who spent two years answering “Mexico” each time Trump asked “who’s gonna pay for the wall?” Now, they don’t recall Mexico paying for the wall as any part of that proposal while Trump stands before them now, threatening to shut down the government if Congress refuses to give him the billions needed to build it.

Trump lies and his audience buys it. He even said the crowd of protesters outside the rally was small, trusting his base to believe his words and not their lying eyes (Great. Now I just put an Eagles song in my head).

Trump spent the majority of his 75-minute speech crying about his mistreatment by the media, bragging about crowd sizes, how he’s accomplished the most of any president, attack Arizona senators Jeff Flake and John McCain (never mind that the latter is fighting for his life against brain cancer), bragged that he went to “better schools” and lives “in a bigger, more beautiful apartment” than the “elite,” talked about ditching the North American Free Trade Agreement, referred to anti-racist protesters as “thugs, and accused the media of hating our country. Of course, he gave the same tired drivel about The “failing” New York Times, The “Amazon” Washington Post, and CNN.

Trump’s speech was preceded by four other speakers (like Pence and Ben Carson) who each vouched Trump wasn’t a racist. Trump apparently found that a challenge and let out the wolf whistle about “heritage” and then subtlety hinted that he will pardon racist and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Well, about as subtle as Trump’s taste in decorating the Oval Office and his penthouse.

After his speech, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it was frightening that Trump had the nuclear codes. Pundits were questioning his sanity with one wondering if he was suffering from early stages of dementia. Trump’s supporters defended him by pointing out that he gave speeches just like this throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s not a good defense. Many of us thought he was losing his mind back then.

One small comfort to take from this rally is that Trump started to lose his crowd. They started conversations with each other while he was talking, stared at their cell phones, or left the building entirely. Hundreds of people flocked out of there like it was a Jacksonville Jaguars’ home game in the fourth quarter.

Trump’s base has been very loyal while the rest of the nation and even Republicans in Washington are bailing on him. Even with their loyalty, next time Trump might want to bring shiny objects to keep their attention.

Creative notes: I don’t even like this cartoon anymore. I started drawing around 3:00 A.M. and finished at 11:00 A.M. At this point, I never want to see it again.

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Sheriff Underpants


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This is a cartoon I drew for the Maricopa Monitor in Arizona.

Paul Babeu is a Republican sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona. He’s a hardliner against illegal immigration. He was also co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in Arizona. He recently announced his candidacy for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. This is where it gets weird.

Babeu is gay, which is always weird for a Republican. Despite his stance and rhetoric about illegal immigrants, a male illegal immigrant claimed he and Babeu were lovers from 2006 to 2011. He also claims Babeu threatened to deport him if he exposed the affair. From this, the sheriff acquired the nickname “Sheriff Underpants.” He probably doesn’t like that.

I’m glad I’m out of his jurisdiction or else he might deport me for this cartoon.

I got an email Monday morning from the editor of the Monitor asking for a local cartoon and how quick could I turn it out. I told I’ve been able to do it within a day for clients in the past (I do it everyday for my syndicate). He then asked if I could do it within three hours, which was when he was going to press (stop the presses!). He said if I couldn’t come up with anything in that time span then he’d still want it for the next edition. I can’t guarantee I can always research, write, submit a rough, then draw and color a finished product within three hours, but I did yesterday. Actually I did it within two. However this cartoon kinda wrote itself.

Here’s the rough. I took his hat off because his bald head makes him look more identifiable. I also have him laying down because it was easier to get him in the sign around all the lettering. It also helped that the Burt Reynolds/Joe Namath pose made it funnier.

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