Basket Of Deplorables

A Trump Scare


A violent weekend with mass stabbings in Minnesota and bombings in New York City and New Jersey prompted responses from both presidential candidates.

Hillary Clinton held a news conference at an airport and encouraged Americans to go about their lives, don’t be deterred by terrorists, don’t live in fear, and that we’re well prepared to fight terrorism at home and abroad.

Trump’s response was the equivalent of a drunk monkey throwing paint on a wall, but with a lower speaking level. He said we have to “knock the hell out of them” and possibly use profiling to stop terrorism. In the past he’s talked about profiling, bringing back water boarding, mass surveillance of mosques, and not taking in refugees from troubled areas (Muslim nations).

He blamed the attacks over the weekend, and in the past, on our immigration policies, even attacks that were committed by citizens born in the United States. He blamed terrorism on Obama and Clinton and said we’re too soft in fighting ISIL.

After the suspected bomber was apprehended and wounded in a shootout with police Trump complained how the guy will receive medical attention and legal representation. Trump doesn’t support the guy’s Constitutional rights for a fair trial but he’ll support his 2nd Amendment rights to own a gun.

Hillary Clinton has actual experience as part of a government fighting terrorism. She was in on the decision to take out bin Laden. Trump yells and screams about “knocking the hell out of them,” torturing and banning Muslims, and even compared refugees to Skittles. He claims he has a secret plan to fight terrorism, which is probably like his secret plan to replace Obamacare with “something better.”

Clinton accuses Trump of giving comfort and aid to the enemy. I’m not sure that’s entirely true but I can see how his rhetoric can be used by the enemy to inspire recruits and copycats. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, the Klan, and Scott Baio all want to see Trump elected, so why not ISIL?

Trump wants accolades for saying the attacks were bombings before the authorities announced it. In the past he said he received congratulations for predicting terrorists attacks. What sort of sick morbid people does Trump hang out with? His sons?

One candidate is meeting with world leaders this week at the United Nations. The other is making Skittles analogies.

Trump’s stupid analogy about three skittles in a bowl being poisonous does make a little sense. Out of the 17 candidates in the Republican primaries we grabbed a handful of arsenic.

I’d rather vote for the paint-throwing drunk monkey.

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Someone’s Sick


If I was a conspiracy theorist, like most conservatives, I would believe that Hillary Clinton is faking her pneumonia just to troll Trump supporters to prove how deplorable they really are.

Last week Clinton had a coughing fit at a rally and conservatives had a fit. Speculations went from her having a cold to Parkinson’s Disease. Others thought a scratchy throat is an implication of a brain tumor. That’s like checking the air in your tires if your car won’t start.

Today at a commemoration for 9/11 Clinton felt woozy and was dehydrated. She needed assistance getting into a vehicle to go to her daughter’s nearby home. Conservatives nation wide immediately expressed compassion and concern for her health. Ha! Of course not.

They rejoiced and started up with new theories and speculations. It’s a little disconcerting that the voters who might put Trump over the top to win the presidency believe alien lizard people are secretly controlling us.

Hillary Clinton is sick. You would think Trump’s supporters would take this golden opportunity to prove her incorrect that they are not “deplorable” people. Massive fail on their part. They took the bait, swallowed, and they don’t even know it.

Grover Cleveland had a cancerous tumor removed from his mouth that required not just artificial teeth, but a prosthetic jaw to speak, and he continued to govern (though the entire procedure was done in secret on a yacht. These were the decades before network news and TMZ). Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed while in office, which was also kept secret. Franklin Roosevelt was handicapped and guided our nation through the Great Depression and victory in a world war fought on two fronts. Ike suffered a heart attack while in office and kept governing. Ford couldn’t walk the steps of Air Force One without falling down. Reagan was shot, nearly died, reelected, and governed through Alzheimers disease. George H.W. Bush threw up on the Japanese prime minister. His son, George W., almost died in office because he can’t chew his food. Yet for some reason having pneumonia is a deal breaker for the presidency. Never mind the fact that her opponent hasn’t released any serious health records, at least none better than you can get from a barber working out of a van in a strip mall.

OK. Hillary’s campaign handled it poorly. They shielded Clinton from her press pool. Maybe they’re still not being entirely honest. Maybe they were overly concerned and in panic mode. But a cough and dizziness from pneumonia is not enough evidence to start up the Inforwars and 4chan conspiracies. But then again, these are the same people whose faith that Obama was not born in the United States was based solely on the color of his skin.

I know this is falling on deaf, ignorant, and stupid ears, to my conservative friends: Hillary Clinton called you out. She said you’re deplorable. You got upset. You expressed outrage. Within 24 hours you proved her right.

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Basket Of Deplorables


Hillary Clinton sparked outrage Friday night by saying half of Trump’s supporters are a “basket of deplorables.”

Republicans compared it to Mitt Romney’s statement in 2012 about how 47% of the electorate just wanted free stuff and they’d never vote for him. Also brought up was Obama’s quote in 2008 about how many conservatives cling to guns and religion. Obama survived his statement. Romney did not. Of course only one of those statements was accurate.

Clinton’s actual quote was “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that, and he has lifted them up.”

That’s some pretty mean stuff to say about a quarter of the electorate, even if it is true. It’s true.

Trump has support from the KKK, David Duke, other white supremacist groups, and anti semites. His supporters have attacked people at his rallies and elsewhere. They often chant “lock her up” during his rallies, and other times they state Hillary Clinton should be shot. Many bring Confederate flags to the rallies. Vendors often sell rude and crude anti-Clinton schwag, much of it containing the word “bitch.” Close to my own home, a fellow who lives very close to me said Trump should be president “because he’s white.”

Once again, Trump defies logic and displays hypocrisy by pretending to be offended by Clinton’s remarks. This is a man who’s insulted veterans, war dead, and prisoners of war. He’s insulted women, Mexicans, Muslims, African Americans, our military’s service members, journalists, the handicapped, and once kicked a baby out of a rally. The guy even insults America by saying “make it great again.”

Clinton apologized for her comment and said she was being generalistic. She made that clear in the original quote. Trump has never apologized for any of his insults.

Clinton spoke of other Trump supporters as worthy of empathy and understanding. She described them as people who feel “that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re desperate for change.”

I went to a Trump rally. Everyone I spoke to personally was very kind to me, though they assumed I shared their views about kicking Mexicans out of the country and putting Hillary in prison. I heard many statements against Muslims, Mexicans and quite a few ideas on violence toward Hillary Clinton.

Not all of Trump supporters are deplorable people. But many are. A Public Policy poll found that two thirds of his supporters believe Obama is a Muslim while 59% believe he was not born in the U.S.A.

It gets better…not. A Reuters poll conducted in June found that 40% of Trump supporters believe blacks are lazier than whites and 50% believe they’re more violent.

A poll taken last January by YouGov found that one third of Trump supporters thought the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was the right thing to do.

Another Public Policy poll conducted last February discovered that 31% of Trump supporters wants LGBT Americans kicked out of the country. Sixteen percent said whites are a superior race while 14 % wasn’t sure.

And guess what! Another YouGov poll from January found that 20 percent of Trump supporters disagreed with Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed Southern slaves. Trump supporters are a bunch of enlightened sweethearts.

I guess Clinton should apologize because when she said half of Trump’s supporters are deplorable, she was off by a few points. She’s right but she shouldn’t have said it. There are plenty of other people to say it, like me.

It’s been said before by a lot of people but I’ll say it again. After Trump is defeated in November all those people who support him will still be here.

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