Clay Jones

Boyz In The Hoods


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Republicans are finally punishing one of their own for racism.

House Republicans, now in the minority, have removed Iowa Congressman Steve King from all committees for making racist comments. This is a huge loss for Iowa, as it’s an agricultural state without a representative on the Agriculture Committee. After being sent back to the House for a ninth term, there’s apparently nothing more important in Western Iowa than pork and racism. If it wasn’t for his power to vote with the rest of the members of Congress, King would be as powerless as the representatives from D.C. and Puerto Rico.

King’s remarks became too toxic, even for Republicans. What they refused to stand for were comments about Mexicans being rapists and murderers, saying a judge of Mexican descent was unqualified to judge him because of his race, calling black athletes “sons of bitches,” questioning the intelligence of African-Americans, calling a Senator with Native-American heritage “Pocahontas,” referring to nations where brown people come from as “shithole countries,” and defending Nazis after a riot where a young woman was killed.

My mistake. Each of those comments was by Donald Trump, the current Republican president of the United States. Republicans are OK with his racism.

There was a time Republicans called Trump a racist, but then he won the presidency, and they all bent over for him. Regarding King, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms.” Regarding racist comments by Donald Trump, McConnell is deaf.

The comments King made that were unacceptable to the House GOP were said in an interview with The New York Times. King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

My question is; why did that language just now become offensive to Republicans?

He’s being criticized by Iowan Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, with the latter calling for his resignation. But both of those Republicans endorsed him in his reelection bid despite a long history of racist comments.

In the past, he’s courted far-right foreign leaders, endorsed a neo-Nazi, proposed electric wiring atop a border wall to treat illegal immigrants like straying livestock, said young migrants had “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” and talked about the impossibility of sustaining “civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

The House is probably going to censure Steve King, he already has opponents for 2020, and two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, The Des Moines Register and The Sioux City Journal, published editorials Tuesday urging King to resign.

Censuring and even removing Steve King from Congress won’t help the GOP with their image on race if they defend Donald Trump from impeachment and endorse him in 2020, which they will do.

For all their condemnation against racist remarks, the Republican Party will remain a magnet for white nationalists, white supremacists, Nazis, and Klansmen.

Note: Tonight, my interview by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman, debuts on YouTube at 9:00 p.m. EST. We talk about cartoons and stuff. There will be a live chat with me during the debut in which you can ask questions. Toon in.

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Fast Food Traitor


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I drew this because too many people asked me to do a hamburger cartoon.

In case you didn’t watch the news, Putin, I mean Trump hosted Clemson University’s football team for winning the national championship. Since there’s a government shutdown and the staff of the White House is depleted, Trump served fast food. There were Big Macs, pizza, Whoppers, and other fast food junk sitting out on silver platters next to candles which were served cold to the champs. How tasteful.

Trump, our first billionaire president, boasted about paying for the food himself. Some people might think it’s charming and Trump is truly a man of the people to serve junk food. The truth is he’s just a classless person. He’s a billionaire without taste. He’s a billionaire who brags about buying someone a hamburger.

Oh yeah, technically; Big Macs aren’t hamburgers. They’re sandwiches. I don’t know why.

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Burn Your Notes


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According to the dictionary, a cult is a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object and a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing. It’s a cult of personality surrounding a leader. It’s less about policy and more about adoration. It’s also less about facts and members of a cult will deny reality, truth, and perceive any criticism of their leader as an attack. North Korea is an entire nation in a cult. In the United States, Trump defenders are now sycophants, and they are in denial of reality. Trump defenders are a cult.

A conservative cartooning colleague of mine posted on social media today, that it’s hard to be friends with liberals when they think you’re a racist or a member of a cult. My answer to him is, if you’re supporting Trump then you might be a racist, you’re definitely in a cult, and I don’t want to be your friend. No friend request has been sent. He can get over himself.

You have to surrender objectivity to support Trump and claim that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the newly reported FBI inquiry into whether Trump is acting to advance Russia’s interests and is a national security risk are all attacks by a “deep state.”

The fault for an investigation into Trump belongs to Trump. While sycophants ignore Trump’s actions that advance Russia’s interest, our justice system can not.

You can’t ignore that Trump called for Russia to hack into his opponent’s email.

You can’t ignore that Russians met with the Trump campaign in Trump Tower, their campaign headquarters. You can’t ignore that Trump issued a denial that was a lie about Russian adoptions. We initially thought the president wrote the denial for his son, Donald Trump Jr, but now we learn that Vladimir Putin may be the author. Hours before the denial was issued, Trump sat down with Putin, with only Russia’s interpreter present, and talked about, wait for it, Russian adoptions.

You can’t ignore that Trump has worked aggressively to dismantle NATO, which delights Russia. You can’t ignore that there are new reports that Trump discussed pulling the U.S. out of NATO, telling officials that he doesn’t see the point of the organization.

You can’t ignore that Trump thought Russia cooperating with our FBI to investigate Russian meddling into our election was a “generous offer,” and not more obstruction.

You can’t ignore that Trump spent over a year denying Russia meddled into our election and believed Putin’s denial over his own intelligence agencies. You can’t ignore that Trump refused to call out Putin at their Helsinki summit, or at any point in his presidency.

You can’t ignore that Trump said he fired Comey to get rid of the Russia investigation, and bragged about it to Russians in the Oval Office, with only the Russian media present.

You can’t ignore that when Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, no American aides were present, which is highly unusual for an American president. It’s unusual as in; no president has ever done that.

Now, we have something else we can’t ignore. After Trump’s visit with Putin in Hamburg at the 2017 G20, Trump tried to conceal his talks with Putin from even the senior-most members of his administration, and even reportedly seized the interpreter’s notes after one of his meetings. The second time he met with Putin in Hamburg was unscheduled without any Americans present, which is where he claims they talked about Russian adoptions.

This brings us back to other huge facts we can’t ignore. Trump offered Putin a free penthouse suite in his Trump Tower project, which never came to fruition (and by keeping it hidden, gave Putin leverage on him). Trump’s largest lender is Deutsche Bank, which many believe is financed by Russia. And finally, Russia meddled in the election to elect Donald Trump.

While talking to one of his favorite sycophants on Trump TV, er, Fox News, Trump said being asked if he was working for Russia is the most insulting question ever, without answering the question. He later did answer with an angry denial. But he also denied knowing about paying off porn stars and a host of other things in the past that later turned out to be true.

Trump is a liar and a traitor. He has worked actively to advance the interests of Russia and Vladimir Putin. The only thing we’re not entirely sure of is if he’s a useful idiot or a willful idiot.

If you still support Donald Trump and defend him, I have to ask what kind of idiot are you?

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Stressing RBG


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Writer Morgan Jerkins recently wrote for The Washington Post that obsessing over the health of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is bad for democracy, bad for her, and bad for us. I totally agree with that, but what is also bad for us is the presidency of one Donald J. Trump.

After having a Supreme Court seat stolen from a Democratic president and given to a racist nincompoop installed by a hostile foreign power, then watching Senate Republicans change the vote requirements for confirming two staunch conservatives, liberals, moderates, and anyone else who cares about the direction of this nation has every right to worry about the Notorious RBG. As understandable as it is, it’s also morbid.

It’s not just morbid that Republicans and Trump sycophants are wishing for her demise, it’s morbid that our hope for her health is less about her and more about the bench. It’s like you’re picking up ice cream on the way home, and your family hopes you’re not in an accident because they really want ice cream.

It will be truly damaging for our nation if Trump gets a third SCOTUS pick when he rightfully never should have gotten one. But, liberals need to take the court as seriously as Republicans. Republicans are always obsessing about the court and hoping to overturn Roe v. Wade in the future. Democrats are complacent because they have the law in place they want, ignoring that there is a real possibility it can be taken away. Republicans are much better at turning out the vote over the Supreme Court. Liberals need to catch up.

RBG has received much attention lately. There has been a recent documentary, a movie of her life starring Felicity Jones, and even her workout routine has been documented. Ginsburg has survived both colorectal and pancreatic cancers. This month, she missed her first oral argument in 25 years while recovering from surgery for lung cancer.

While she is 85 and we worry about her health, she can probably climb more stairs than 72-year-old Donald Trump.

I try not to be as morbid about RBG, and I hope she outlives the Trump presidency/disaster and has a long and healthy retirement. But honestly, I’m the people in my cartoon. My heart jumps into my throat every time some news anchor starts a report on her. They need to start their reports with, “She is just fine so don’t panic. Today Ruth Bader Ginsburg, blah blah blah.” Stop giving me micro heart attacks, media.

I’ve had this cartoon idea for a couple months because that’s how long the news has been freaking me out over RBG (I have a large file of cartoon ideas, most of which I’ll never draw). So, if you stumble upon a wish, a shooting star, a lucky penny, a well, wishbones, a genie in a bottle, don’t be selfish. Wish for the health of RBG.

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Sharia Republicans


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The Republican Party has been struggling to attract members and voters who aren’t white or Christian. Well, they’re not actually struggling because they’re not really trying to attract people who aren’t white Christians. Or if they are, they’re doing a very bad job with it.

Iowa Republican congressman Steve King has a history of racism. Last Thursday, King defended white supremacy in an interview with The New York Times.

In that interview, he said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

In the past, King has compared immigrants to dogs, endorsed a neo-Nazi for office, and has openly flirted with fascism. While Republicans admonish his comments, they don’t do anything to punish him. Instead, Republicans attempted to punish one of their own for his religion.

The vice-chairman of the Tarrant County Republican Party in Texas is a Muslim immigrant. Dr. Shahid Shafi came to the U.S. in 1990 and became a naturalized citizen in 2009. After he was appointed to his post, a small faction attempted to oust him. They held a vote to remove him merely because he is a Muslim. The vote failed 49-139.

Republicans may point at the failure to remove Dr. Shafi as proof they’ve come a long way with tolerance. Because they are Republicans, they don’t understand their failure is that they even held the vote.

While Democrats are electing Muslims, Republicans are trying to kick them out of their party. Those who were in favor of Shafi’s removal said he’s unequipped to be vice-chairman because he doesn’t represent all Tarrant County Republicans due to his religion. They’ve also said Islamic ideologies run counter to the U.S. Constitution.

No. Persecuting someone because of their religion runs counter to the U.S. Constitution. While a party isn’t required to ban religious tests, the Constitution clearly does so for public office. A clause in Article Six states, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Maybe they should have said his beliefs run counter to the Texas Constitution, except that’s unconstitutional and only requires officeholders to “Acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.” I don’t know why “supreme being” is capitalized in their state constitution.

Republicans are so afraid of the myth of Sharia Law in the United States; they’ll enact their own Sharia Law to protect us from Sharia Law.

For context, Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s “MF’er” comment got five times more media coverage than Congressman Steve King’s support of white supremacy. We are literally more outraged at a public official saying “motherfucker” than “white power.” We have a president who defends Nazis and then states that Tlaib “shamed her family.” Personally, I’d rather people in my family say “motherfucker” than defend Nazis.

For example; if they said “We need to get rid of these motherfuckers who endorse and defend Nazis,” I’d be OK with that.

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Costa Rica Life Insurance


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This cartoon was first published January 4, 2019, in The Costa Rica Star.

Central America has a bad reputation for being an unsafe place to visit or even live. Costa Rica does not. The nation doesn’t even have an army and millions of tourists from the United States, Canada, and Asia visit every year. I know several people who have visited Costa Rica over the past few years. I know this because they won’t shut up about it. Apparently, it’s awesome.

But lately, it hasn’t been so awesome for a few tourists. There have been murders, deaths from accidents, muggings, rape, and kidnappings. Their image is taking a bit of a hit and there are talks of a public relations campaign to tell people that they’ll be safe if they visit, probably.

The worst thing that could happen is if people start comparing them to Florida.

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Lawyering Up


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For the past two years, Trump sycophants have been barking “what evidence is there that Trump colluded with Russia”? It’s as if Robert Mueller is supposed to call each and every one of them directly each time he discovers something new. Never mind that there is evidence that Trump worked with Russia, such as calling Russia out to hack his opponent on the campaign trail, reading Wikileaks out loud at Trump rallies, and having Russians visiting his campaign headquarters to meet his son, son-in-law, and campaign manager. But after this week, the Sycophants should be having a harder time asking their stupid question. The mountain of evidence just got higher.

Sycophants aren’t the only ones who will struggle with their talking point. Donald Trump himself will have a harder time saying “no collusion” now that we know his campaign manager and current prisoner of the federal government Paul Manafort was sharing internal campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian national with suspected ties to Russian intelligence and who has been indicted by the Special Counsel’s office. Kilimnik formerly worked for Manafort’s consulting firm. Manafort had also discussed a Ukrainian peace plan, which would lift sanctions on Russia, with Kilimnik, who is believed to be hiding in Moscow at this time. Manafort, deep in debt to very dangerous pro-Russian oligarchs, was working for the Trump campaign without pay only because he’s such a nice guy.

Why was Manafort sharing polling data with a Russian national who has ties to Russian intelligence? There have been questions since the election about how Russian hackers knew to target specific areas and people, like Wisconsinites who didn’t like Hillary Clinton but would never vote for Trump. Trump beat Clinton by around 80,000 votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, a total lower than candidate Jill Stein’s. Russian hackers promoted Stein’s candidacy in those states. How did they know to do that?

Now, we have learned that the FBI has been investigating Donald Trump which is a big deal. The FBI doesn’t normally investigate a president, especially into if he was secretly working to benefit Russia against American interest.

The FBI, much like anyone with eyes, ears, and their head not currently up their own ass, was suspicious of Trump’s attitude toward Russia. They were holding off on an investigation until he fired FBI Director James Comey and told NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired Comey to relieve the stress of the Russia investigation. He told the same thing to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

If Trump had fired Comey to stop the Russia investigation, the act would have been a national security issue because it would have hurt the bureau’s effort to learn how Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Americans were involved. That’s what they call obstruction. Donald Trump is a national security threat.

Trump recently added seventeen lawyers to his defense team. What’s more shocking than the FBI investigating a president is that one of the lawyers is Not Natalia Veselnitskaya. That probably would have looked too weird.

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