Campaign 2020

Riden With Biden


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Former Vice-President Joe Biden is officially in the race for president, which he has been leading in the polls for months. Some have criticized him for starting his campaign by focusing on Trump’s defense of the Nazis and white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville. How do you criticize a guy for criticizing a guy for defending and supporting Nazis? Even his campaign logo has been criticized for being goofy, which truly does fit a guy like Joe Biden. The goofy logo didn’t deter him from achieving the biggest first-day haul of the 2020 campaign, raising $6.3 million in the first 24 hours.

Biden is the candidate Trump fears the most, who responded to Biden’s criticism of him defending Nazis and reaffirming that he thought there were “fine people” on both sides. “Fine people” don’t march with Nazis. Trump, who is three years younger than Biden, also criticized him for being old.

Biden faces obstacles much tougher than a poorly designed logo that makes his name look like “Jo.” He has a long political record dating back to the 1970s to contend with. In the past, he supported a mass-incarceration crime bill that’s now harshly criticized by liberals, he was a pro-life Democrat, he was against busing, and he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But the one issue we keep hearing about is the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings that put him on the Supreme Court. Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time has been criticized for the treatment Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment, was treated during the hearings.

Biden called Hill recently to discuss her concerns. She says the call left her “dissatisfied.” She said, “I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.” Perhaps Biden may have seemed more contrite if he had expressed concern over the past 30 years for the way she felt, instead of waiting until he was gearing up a presidential campaign.

Biden refuses to apologize for the way he personally treated Hill. He told The View, “If you go back to what I said, and didn’t say, I don’t think I treated her badly.” But is that true? Biden refused to call supporting witnesses who also accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

The Washington Post writes, “Interviews with a dozen people with firsthand knowledge and a review of the written record and interviews published with participants over the past three decades reinforce that Biden failed to use the powers afforded to Senate committee chairmen to conduct a judicious and thorough inquiry into Hill’s allegations. He did not give full consideration to witnesses whose allegations seemed to corroborate her testimony or curb the attacks and innuendo leveled at her during the hearing. ”

If this was Donald Trump, the controversy would be pushed aside for the next controversy. Even though Biden is prone to gaffes, he’s probably not going to attack POWs, Gold Star families, or mock the handicapped so this controversy may stick for a while, though it’s still eight months until the first primary.

Biden is a Democrat which means the bar is higher for him. A Democrat has to account for being too touchy/feely with women by invading their personal space and rubbing their shoulders while a Republican is allowed to brag about “grabbing them by the pussy.” A Democrat needs actual policy proposals full of details while a Republican can say he’ll replace Obamacare with “something better” and we’re going to build a wall and Mexico will pay for it. A Democrat must know every detail about pending legislation and memorize the Constitution while a Republican is allowed a lifeline when asked how many branches of government there are. Democrats are attacked for conducting opposition research on their opponents while a Republican can invite Russians into his campaign headquarters. While Republicans will put an accused assaulter on the nation’s highest court, a Democrat is still facing tough questions 30 years after allowing a harsh hearing for an accuser.

We’re also in the #metoo era which means this issue won’t be let go any time soon, and it shouldn’t.

Biden is goofy, clumsy, awkward, gaffe-prone, and lousy with accepting responsibility. And if he’s the party’s nominee in 2020, I’ll be voting for him.

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Voting From The Hoosegow


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During CNN’s town hall on Monday night, Bernie Sanders said prisoners should be allowed to vote. The response from most people, even fellow Democrats, seems to be, “Uh, do what now?”

Sanders was asked the question by a member of the audience, and he replied, “I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy — yes, even for terrible people — because once you start chipping away … you’re running down a slippery slope. I do believe that even if they are in jail paying their price to society, that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

To be clear, Sanders said this includes people like rapists, murderers, pedophiles, and terrorists, such as the Boston Marathon Bomber. Republicans replied to this with, “Thank you, Bernie. And it’s even gift wrapped.” Within minutes, the Republican National Committee sent out an email harping on Sander’s hoosegow vote policy.

Fellow candidates Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren said the issue deserves a “conversation.” Mayor Pete Buttigieg was explicit in his opposition to it.

Voting rights is a huge issue in this country. For years, Republicans have been disenfranchising minority voters. They have engaged in gerrymandering, voter suppression, removing black voters from voting rolls in Georgia, creating new hoops to leap through for Native-American voters in North Dakota, and even voter intimidation in many cases. Even the Russians worked to discourage minority voters in their pro-Trump campaign in 2016.

The Trump administration is now pushing to remove undocumented immigrants from the census in order for blue states to lose congressional seats. That’s not a voting issue as much as it’s an effort for minorities to lose representation and give more to conservative voters. Republicans already believe white people deserve more representation than black voters. Don’t believe me? Go talk to one about the electoral college. They believe acres should have more representation than Democrats.

There are movements in several states to restore voting rights for felons after they are released from prison. Virginia and Florida have already passed laws restoring those rights (and Florida Republicans are trying to find a way to take them away again, despite the voters restoring those rights). Those rights should be restored as released prisoners are returning to society. They have a right to participate.

We should do more than have a “conversation” about how the American judicial system comes down harsher on black males, who make up around six percent of the U.S. population yet 37% of U.S. prisons. Serious reforms are needed. We can start by decriminalizing many drug offenses and making marijuana legal nationally. It’s stupid that it’s still illegal on the federal level. We could also stop calling the cops every time we see a black guy outside, walking down the street, cutting his grass, grilling, or just breathing.

As for those still in prison, Sander says we “should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.” No, we shouldn’t. But for most of those in prison, they took away their own right to participate in our democracy.

I accept that I’m more of a bleeding-heart liberal than the rest of the population. But even I don’t think it’s a rational idea to allow votes from prisons. Trump likes to call Sanders “Crazy Bernie.” With this proposal, that childish nickname will be echoed by people who aren’t just Trump sycophants. I don’t believe Bernie Sanders is crazy and I support a lot of his positions, but the jail voting idea is crazy.

Donald Trump belongs in prison more than he belongs in the White House. But if Democrats nominate Bernie in 2020, Trump will be back in the people’s house eating Big Macs instead of the big house eating nutraloaf.

When Trump is finally in prison, I’d like to think his influence and infection on our electoral process has ceased, and that will include him not voting. The lack of voting shouldn’t bother him too much since he never bothered to vote that much until he ran for president. His stupid kids didn’t even know how to register for the right primary and now one of them is a presidential adviser with a security clearance.

Let’s release more people from prison and restore their right to vote, and let’s put Trump in prison and take away his.

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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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Crazy Wavy 2020


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Here’s a Sunday bonus cartoon for you.

I’m not the first to think of the wavy inflatable ad thingies after watching Beto O’Rourke last Thursday during his swing through Iowa. Donald Trump also noticed and asked, “Is he crazy or is that just how he acts?” It’s like Trump, who looks like he’s playing an invisible accordion while he’s talking, has never seen a tape of him speaking. But then again, he’s also insulted other people’s hair, and we all know Trump has seen photos of himself.

I think my next cartoon will be on the New Zealand terrorist attack. Since my last cartoon was on the same subject, I wanted to break them up with something a little goofier. That’s why you’re getting this goofy cartoon today. Also, I haven’t drawn a cartoon since Saturday morning and I didn’t know what to do with myself.

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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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Starbucks Spoiler


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Howard Schultz is thinking about running for president as an independent. Who? Schultz is the answer no one is looking for. He’s also the former CEO of Starbucks, which also pisses people off. A lot of people have strong opinions about Starbucks. It’s too watery. It’s too corporate. It’s too liberal. What’s the difference between venti and grande? Can I pee here without making a purchase?

The term “starbucking” refers to something corporate coming into your community and making it just like every other community. With Schultz being a rich, white billionaire, he’s starbucking the 2020 presidential election.

Democrats are not excited about Schultz’s potential presidential bid. Republicans love it. Donald Trump even taunted Schultz to run by using schoolyard bullying tactics by saying he’s unintelligent and doesn’t “have the guts.” Hey, if he was dumb enough to fall for reverse psychology from Trump, he’d be a Republican senator from Texas. Trump even told supporters at a fundraiser that he was using reverse psychology, which breaks the first rule of using reverse psychology. Someone probably told Trump that he better not tell supporters he was using reverse psychology.

Trump tweeted, “Howard Schultz doesn’t have the “guts” to run for President! Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!” Trump is correct in that we already have a president who is not the smartest person. Also, I’m glad the president can tear himself away from solving, or starting, all the nation’s problems to pay attention to who’s paying rent in Trump Tower.

He’s also correct (I’ve never said that about Trump twice in one column before) in that we already have what Schultz is presenting. No, not the racist, Nazi-defending part. The egotistical billionaire asshole that’ll make it a priority to give himself a tax cut.

After his first two years in office, what was Trump’s biggest accomplishment? Ending Obamacare? Building a wall? Building a Trump Tower in Moscow? Losing the nuclear football at Mar-a-Lago (if you find it, please call)? None of the above. It was giving himself a tax cut. Schultz is actually promising to give himself a tax cut. The only difference between rich-guy Schultz and rich-guy Trump is that Schultz is actually a billionaire.

Schultz has already argued against a “60-70% tax increases on the rich and a health care system we can’t pay.” So basically, he’s against healthcare for all and taxing the rich. He’s not going to take votes away from Trump with that campaign message.

It’s taking away votes from the Democrats that have Democrats worried. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by fewer than 80,000 votes combined in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, which was lower than Jill Stein’s total in those states. People are still arguing that Ralph Nader spoiled the 2000 election for Al Gore, who lost to Bush in Florida by just 537 votes, and Nader scored over 92,000.

The animosity toward Schultz and the potential of handing the 2020 election Trump was well represented at a book signing in New York City this week (oh yeah, he’s promoting a new book).

The protester yelled, “Don’t help elect Trump, you egotistical, billionaire asshole!”

If he does run and Trump wins, he better get used to hearing the word “asshole,” because he’ll be hearing it for the rest of his life.

Creative note: Coming up with fake names for Starbucks beverages that are more ridiculous than the real thing is like caricaturing Trump. You can’t do it. It’s almost impossible to make Trump look more absurd than he actually does, which is why I draw him the way I do. The drink in this cartoon, a venti, soy, no-foam, chestnut-praline frappuccino is actually on the Starbucks menu.

Second creative note: There are two versions of this cartoon. One dirty-word version for news sites and altie newspapers, and a clean non-dirty word version for family newspapers.

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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!!! 

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DIY Racist Political Cartoon


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As soon as Elizabeth Warren’s name is mentioned, somewhere a political cartoonist starts drawing her with a tom-tom, tomahawk, smoke signal, war paint, etc. I’m surprised I haven’t seen one of her campaign HQ being a teepee (there’s a free one for ya’, boys). Don’t believe me? Do a Google image search for “Elizabeth Warren cartoon.” It’s embarrassing.

I decided to save Warren haters some work and give them the tools they need to put together their very own racist Elizabeth Warren cartoon. Have fun. Be responsible. Use children scissors so you don’t hurt yourself.

You’re not getting a long blog today because I’m running late and my proofreader Frank (yeah, Frank. I’m using you as an excuse) doesn’t have as much time, as usual to save me from myself today. I spent hours researching stereotypes and each time I thought I was done and had filled enough space, I’d think of another one. I started with six.

By the way and just because I think it needs reminding; Donald Trump still hasn’t paid that $1 million to charity for Warren taking a DNA test.

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!!! 

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