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Formula for Insurrectionist Babies


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

Music note: I listened to Filter, the Toadies, Stone Temple Pilots, and Tears For Fears while making this cartoon.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Trump, Thoughts, and Tops


Every time I touch on Trump’s “very fine people” statement on the violence in Charlottesville that occurred on August 12, 2017, I get angry responses from his cult of defenders. They claim he never praised Nazis and he did condemn them. Let’s look at the facts.

On August 12, 2017, there was a rally by Neo-Nazis to preserve a statue of Robert E. Lee that the city planned to remove. They held a march with tiki torches and chanted “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” There was violence between the racists and anti-racists. One of the racists murdered Heather Heyer and injured several others when he drove into a crowd of peaceful innocent anti-racism protesters. Donald Trump spoke about the violence on that day.

From his bed-bug infested golf resort in New Jersey, Turdberry, I think it’s called, Trump condemned the violence and hate. He said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
That was his strongest statement that day against hate and bigotry, by blaming both sides. It was his first statement. It was prepared beforehand.

On August 14, 2017, two days later, Trump issued an official statement from the White House condemning Neo-Nazis. The short statement included, “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Donald Trump could never say something this forcefully off the cuff or as a response to a question. He could only do so two days after the fact and as an official statement prepared by a staff of goons. It took him two days to say something negative about hate groups. The only thing more difficult to get him to criticize is Russia. But yes, Donald Trump condemned Neo-Nazis…and a day later, he defended them.

On August 15, 2017, during a press conference in Trump Tower, Donald Trump told reporters there were “very fine people on both sides.”

When a reporter pointed out it took Trump over 48 hours to criticize hate groups, he asked Trump, “why did you wait so long to blast neo-Nazis?” Trump’s excuse was that he didn’t want to condemn the hate groups until he knew the facts.
Yes, the man who told over 30,500 lies while president (sic) and admitted he didn’t have any information that George Soros was funding migrant caravans even though he made the claim, and who often supported his bullshit with “many people are saying,” didn’t want to say something without having all the facts.

It was pointed out to Trump that Senator John McCain blamed the alt-right, and Trump refused to join him. Trump instead asked the reporter to define the “alt-right,” and defended Steve Bannon as someone who’s “not a racist.”

And then he asked the reporter, “Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at — excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?”

He continued to equate the anti-racists with the hate groups, using the bogus term “alt-left,” and said, “Let me ask you this: What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I’m concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day. Wait a minute. I’m not finished. I’m not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day.”

He then defended the hate groups, because they had a permit, and said, “I will tell you something. I watched those very closely — much more closely than you people watched it. And you have — you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group — you had a group on the other side that came charging in, without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”

A reporter asked him, “Mr. President (sic), are you putting what you’re calling the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane?”
Trump: “I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I’m saying is this: You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs — and it was vicious and it was horrible. And it was a horrible thing to watch.
But there is another side. There was a group on this side. You can call them the left — you just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that’s the way it is.”

Reporter: “You said there was hatred, there was violence on both sides. Are the…”
Trump: “Yes, I think there’s blame on both sides. If you look at both sides — I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either. And if you reported it accurately, you would say.”

Reporter: “The neo-Nazis started this. They showed up in Charlottesville to protest…”
Trump: “Excuse me, excuse me. They didn’t put themselves — and you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group. Excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

Kids, he defended Nazis and hate groups. He defended the hate groups in Charlottesville. He defended the people marching with tiki torches while chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil.”

What he did was equate anti-racist groups with hate groups. He refused to say something bad about the alt-right and came up with the term “alt-left,” ignoring that if the “alt-left” is a bad thing, then the comparable group, the “alt-right,” is bad too. Yes, he condemnded Nazis the day before, but then turned around and defended them the next day by pointing out they had a permit as if they had a right to be there but the left didn’t. Then, by saying “very fine people” on both sides, he claimed very fine people march with Nazis who chant “Jews will not replace us.”

Let me make one thing clear: Very fine people do NOT march with Nazis. Very fine people don’t socialize and mingle with people who chant “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

I don’t care how much you love a statue, you don’t march with Nazis unless you’re a Nazi. I don’t care if the government is trying to take down a statue of one of my heroes, like Tom Petty, Charles Schulz, or Herblock, as soon as a Nazi showed up, for whatever reason, I wouldn’t march with him. This isn’t like a school assembly thing where you mouth the words while the rest of your classmates are singing. Even if you don’t mouth the words, your silence while marching with people chanting antisemitic slogans is an endorsement of those statements.

Good people don’t hang out with Nazis. The only people who march with Nazis are Nazis. But then again, maybe they’re like those Trump voters who claim they’re not racist, but racism isn’t a dealbreaker.

Racism and Nazis should be a dealbreaker. And if they’re not a dealbreaker for you, like they’re not with the peddlers of the “Great Replacement Theory,” such as Trump and Tucker Carlson, then you’re just as racist as the white supremacist shooter in Buffalo.

Music Note: I listened to the Butthole Surfers (because I was drawing a butthole), Cake, and Everclear.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Tucker’s Boy


I heard someone on a Sunday morning news show say there hasn’t been an increase in white supremacist groups, but that they’ve been given credibility and legitimized. No shit, Sherlock. But maybe with all the big-time support from major players, like Donald Trump and the entire gaggle of idiots at Fox News, perhaps they have increased recruitment for hate groups. There was no Qanon before Trump.

The number one terrorist threat in this nation is angry whiny little-dick-suffering white guys. Most terrorist attacks are committed by these goons. This has only increased during the Trump era. Who heard of Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, and Boogaloo Boys before Donald Trump occupied the White House? And when you point out to conservatives that white nationalists are the number one terror threat in this nation, they get upset. They claim they’re not racists but they’re very defensive and protective of white hate groups.

When a black man drove a truck through a parade killing people and another shot passengers on the subway in Brooklyn, I had right-wing trolls comment on my various platforms that these attacks were proof white supremacy isn’t the number one terror threat. But these goons don’t even recognize white nationalist terrorist attacks as acts of terrorism. Case in point: The January 6 attack on the Capitol building to overturn an election that many of them say was just a bunch of tourists exercising their freedom of speech.

Not only can’t they see white nationalist terrorism, but they also can’t even see white nationalism. Donald Trump said he didn’t know anything about Qanon except that they love their country. He couldn’t tell the difference between anti-racism protesters and the Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville in 2017, even after the Nazis killed Heather Heyer, an innocent anti-racism protester. And on the top-rated “news show” in the nation, its host, Tucker Carlson, asks, “What is racism?”

Tucker Carlson’s show isn’t just the top-rated in the nation, beating its competition by a wide margin, but it’s the most popular show with white nationalists. David Duke, a former Grand Wizard, says Tucker speaks for the racists. And with promoting the Great Replacement theory while saying he doesn’t know what racism is, he is doing the bidding of racists.

Tucker has been talking about the bogus conspiracy theory for years that white people in this nation are being replaced by non-white immigrants. They believe this is a Democratic Party strategy to eventually erase white people and have a non-white Democratic Party-supporting voting majority. They use this shit to justify changing laws to make it harder for non-white people to vote and to advance other conspiracy theories. White racists truly believe this shit.

And just like what happened in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 where nine black parishioners were killed inside a church, we had another young racist engage in a mass shooting to kill black people.

Yesterday, a young man drove over 200 miles to kill black people. He was a believer in the Great Replacement theory that Tucker peddles on his show. The white supremacist didn’t hide his intentions or motivation. He wrote a 180-page manifesto of his hate and intentions and had the “n-word” written on the barrel of his assault rifle. He shot 13 people, killing ten.

This 18-year-old kid threw his own life away while destroying many others and took credit for the violence in the name of white supremacy. This is Tucker’s boy. Tucker Carlson needs to own this.

The writer of the manifesto plotted his actions down to the minute, included diagrams of his path through the store, and said he specifically targeted the Tops Markets location on Jefferson Avenue because its zip code has the highest percentage of Black people close enough to where he lives.

The manifesto shows the shooter has been planning the attack for the past few years and became more serious since January. He whines about “white genocide” taking place in America and proudly brags about his racist and anti-Semitic views. I guess if he had a talk show on Fox News, he’d also be saying, “What is racism?” with a wink.

The manifesto writer conducted a Q&A with himself where he said he supports “those that wish for a future for white children and the existence of our people.” This is not the first white supremacist mass shooting in the Trump era. This isn’t the first with a manifesto. And if Fuckers like Tucker keep pushing their racist agenda on primetime television while Donald Trump conducts hate rallies where the all-white crowd chants “send them back,” it won’t be the last.

The shooter live-streamed his white nationalist terrorist attack on Twitch, which I guess is another hangout for white racist goons in addition to 4chan, Gab, and Truth Social. But these goons don’t need the dark web anymore because the number-one “news show” in the nation promotes their racist theories. White supremacy is now mainstream.

What does it say about America that its top-rated news show is hosted by a white supremacist? Tucker doesn’t have to just look into a mirror to see white supremacy. He can just look at the white supremacist shooter who killed ten people in Buffalo.

If Tucker Carlson had a son, he’d look like the Buffalo white supremacist shooter.

It’ll be interesting to hear what Tucker talks about Monday night on his show. I predict he will not own this.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Roughs, Volume 136


So yesterday I tweeted and posted to Facebook that I had a rough so nasty that I didn’t send it to my editors at CNN. Maybe I shouldn’t have singled CNN out because I didn’t send it to any of my clients. It’s nasty. Naturally, this got lots and lots of readers intrigued with many demanding to see it immediately. Claytoonz readers tend to be on the freaky side. But enough with the teasing and leaving you hanging, here it is.

I told you it was nasty. This was drawn a few days ago and I immediately knew I couldn’t send it to my clients but my online audience would want to see it.

The rest of these were drawn two weeks ago, right after the leak of the SCOTUS decision allowing states to ban abortion. There are more roughs than what you’re seeing here but I placed a few into the infamous “Maybe” folder. I’ll probably give up on a few of those this week and you’ll get to see those next week.

This was a cartoon in progress I gave up on. All the money bags were going to be labeled with assorted big-spending government shit Republicans love and when I got to this point of the drawing, I got very bored. I thought of another idea on the subject of student-loan fairies that actually went over with my readers very well.

I don’t love this but it’s something I threw against the wall to see if it would stick. I thought it was possible.

This is the rough sketch for the cartoon that was picked by CNN for the Opinion newsletter. I didn’t love it at first but I warmed up to it as the drawing went along. I think it was a good cartoon. And it ran a day before Victory Day.

There were more Victory Day ideas.

Honestly, I wasn’t really into the subject.

But it was an assignment.

This one is probably my favorite of the Victory Day cartoons.

I drew this rough on a Thursday and did the cartoon last Saturday. I really liked this one though it took four forevers to draw. Readers on GoComics were analyzing the finished cartoon to see if I had simply copied and pasted all the women. I did not.

I didn’t do anything with this one.

I saw a few other cartoonists making this same point, but not directly about the Thomases. I didn’t think this was strong enough to go with.

After I drew this cartoon, my copy editor Laura suggested I make Kavanaugh the pregnant one since he probably deserves it more. I agreed and swapped them around. That’s in the videos of it and I was asked if I made the change out of concern for race. No. That was not a factor.

This wasn’t good enough but it made me snicker.

I didn’t think this was strong enough either but it amused me enough to draw a rough of it.

Which of these are your favorites? I know. It’s “roll of your sister.” Freaks.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Ultra-MAGA


So there’s a MAGA lunatic running for the United States Senate in the Republican primaries. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “they’re all lunatics.” And you’re right. So, what makes this MAGA lunatic different from all the other lunatics?

The only real difference between Kathy Barnette and other Trumpers is that she’s black, but I don’t think that’s why they’re opposed to her. Usually, Republicans LOVE finding a black friend, which to them is a black person who hates black people as much as they do. They come in handy and can be used to prove they’re not racists (I can’t be racist if I have a black friend). But they don’t want to be friends with Kathy Barnette. Republicans, including the MAGA king himself, Donald Trump, are afraid if she wins that they’ll basically be forfeiting the seat to Democrats. But, a lot of people, myself included, thought the same thing about Trump, who became their orange friend.

So, what’s so weird about Kathy Barnette? It’s not like she’s proposed something as outrageous as taxing the poor, like Florida MAGA goon Senator and Voldemort lookalike Rick Scott has done. President Joe Biden has used this proposal to point out “ultra MAGA.” And nobody can be less qualified for office or as stupid as Donald Trump.

Tweets have been revealed by Barnette where she states, “Just confronted a Muslim,” and another asking for prayers for her and her children because she was about to board a flight with a lesbian on it, which makes two things Republicans don’t want to see on commercial flights, face masks and lesbians. But Republicans are already homophobes and Islamophobes. Donald Trump proposed a Muslim ban as a candidate and enacted it as president (sic). We couldn’t elect a bigger hater to federal office than Donald Trump, even if we elected David Duke, Steve Bannon, or Stephen Miller.

Kathy Barnette believes the election lie, is pals with the MyPillow fucker and Steve Bannon (which finally gives both of them a black friend), went to Washington, DC on January 6 to take part in the terrorist attack, and still hasn’t refused to concede she lost a race for a House seat two years ago. She is just as MAGA as the rest of them. She should be at Mar-a-Lago posing for photo ops with Donald Trump right alongside Kevin McCarthy and Kyle Rittenhouse. Is the issue that she’s not the chosen one? There are three candidates for the seat in the GOP primary and polls have them tied when you include the margin for error.

Personally, I hope she wins because she probably will hand the seat to the Democrats. I also hope Eric Greitens, the ultra-MAGA fucker in Missouri wins.

Greitens is a former governor who resigned in disgrace. He’s been accused by his ex-wife of spousal abuse, that he tied her up and blindfolded her then forced her to have sex with him in a basement. Most Republicans are avoiding the guy but Trump hasn’t endorsed anyone yet in the 21-field of candidates. But, the man accused of abuse has received support from Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump Jr.

Since the start of the Trump era, the GOP usually goes for the vilest people they can find. These people usually endorse pedophiles even while accusing Democrats of being “groomers.” There have been mixed results from Trump endorsements this year as well giving one candidate a landslide win in West Virginia against an incumbent who brought home the bacon for the state, and a huge loss to a Trumper in Nebraska.

This is how fucked up the Republican Party is: They’re running commercials in Pennsylvania lying about Kathy Barnette. Why would they need to lie about her? Can’t they just point out she’s a conspiracy-believing nutjob like Marjorie Taylor Greene in addition to being extremely bigoted and stupid? No, that would make more Republicans vote for her. What they’re telling people is that she supports equality, Black Lives Matter, wants a statue built for President Obama, and chews with her mouth closed. Ouch. That’ll hurt you in a Republican primary that appeals to mouth-breathing racist Qanon fucknuts.

Unfortunately for Republicans, they just now decided Barnette is a threat which left them less than a week to destroy her. If she wins the primary, Republicans will rally behind her. They’ll do the same if Greitens wins the Missouri primary. Remember how Republicans once said they’ll never support Donald Trump before they all started building shrines to their cult god?

The Republican Party is a cult that consists of bigots, liars, and conspiracy theory peddlers who have to cheat to win. So it’s very enjoyable to watch them beat themselves.

Ultra-MAGA will destroy this nation…just like original formula MAGA.

Music note: I turned on the music after the lettering and listened to the “MusicForTheMorningAfter” by Pete Yorn throughout the drawing, shading, and coloring. The only tune left to listen to when I was done was the hidden track. You get ten points if you tell me the name of the track.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Shireen Abu Akleh


Shireen Abu Akleh was an esteemed American-Palestinian journalist who was killed earlier this week in the West Bank city of Jenin, where Israeli forces have been making military arrests and raids.

Abu Akleh was a reporter for Al Jazeera who’s been reporting for the past 25 years on Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation. Millions watched her report the news on TV on a near-nightly basis. She should have been allowed to do her job, not murdered for it.

Shireen Abu Akleh is an icon in the Middle East and foreign journalists who report there hold her in high esteem as well. Now, Arab journalists are staging sit-ins around the world in protest of Israel and wanting her death covered. Qatar lit up a building in her image. Nearly every cartoonist in the Middle East has covered her death (and I may be the first in the United States). Newborn daughters are being named after her. She has become a symbol of Palestine.

Israel’s first response to news of her death was to publish a video of a Palestinian gunman shooting indiscriminately from inside the Jenin refugee camp, blaming Palestinians for her death. The only problem is she wasn’t anywhere near that location.

Israel’s usual strategy for explaining its killing of civilians is to deny and deflect. They often blame Palestinians for the Israeli Defense Forces’ murder of Palestinians. They will claim the civilian they killed was in the same area as terrorists. Or, they’ll claim the civilian was a terrorist. Israel bombed an 11-story building last year which housed Palestinian media networks and the Associated Press but justified it by saying it was being used by Hamas.

After Israel published their video blaming Palestinians for shooting Abu Akleh, Al Jazeera posted footage showing Abu Akleh face down on the ground in a less built-up area and her colleagues trying helplessly to reach her as bullets continued to fly. The word “PRESS” was visible in large letters on her protective gear. Her producer, Ali Samudi, who was also shot, said, “We saw the soldiers in the area and there were no Palestinians there. The soldiers were about 150 meters away….I did not see who was shooting, but I see from where the bullets coming. They coming from the area where the soldiers. There were no fighters in the area.” 

Two hours later, a local researcher for the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem filmed a video geolocating the clip of the Palestinian gunmen in the Jenin refugee camp, hundreds of yards and several turns away from the spot where Abu Akleh was killed.

Israel backtracked and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told reporters he was very sorry “for what happened.” Israel wants all the forensic evidence so they can “investigate,” but the Palestinians don’t trust them. Israeli minister Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai said, “Israel’s credibility is not great in situations like this.”

Last week, The International Federation of Journalists, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), and the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians filed a formal complaint at The Hague for Israel’s “systematic targeting of Palestinian journalists.” An estimated 50 Palestinian journalists have been killed since 2000, according to the PJS.

This morning during Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral service, Israeli police teargassed the crowd, fired flash grenades, and used batons to beat the people carrying her coffin. They’re still working on that credibility.

When Vladimir Putin’s government kills a journalist, we call it out. We condemned Russia for the death of Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski last March covering the war in Ukraine.

When Mohammed bin Salmen had Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi murdered and his body sliced up into multiple pieces with a bone saw in the basement of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey, we condemned it and demanded accountability. At the time of Khashoggi’s murder, we had a president (sic) who deflected for MBS. Recently, Trump’s goon son-in-law, who never asked questions or demanded justice for the murder, got a huge financial reward from MBS. This is what happens when you put people into power who don’t respect democracy or press freedom.

Al Jazeera is calling out western media for its coverage of Abu Akleh’s murder. They’re accusing western media of “whitewashing” the story and shying away from implicating Israeli forces in her death.

Beth Miller, the political director of Jewish Voice for Peace, slammed the New York Times for a headline that said Abu Akleh “dies at 51”, without mentioning the cause of her death. Bassam Khawaja, the co-director of NYU Law’s Human Rights and Privatization Project, tweeted: “‘Dies at 51’ is a really strange way to say a journalist was shot in the head.”

The Associated Press, the BBC, and other western news outlets have been accused of taking the Israeli narrative, that Abu Akley was killed by “random” gunfire. Even after being bombed by Israeli forces, the AP still carries the Israeli Defense Forces’ water. ‘Tis but a scratch.

We’re always cautious with the Israeli government, a caution we don’t have for Saudi Arabia or Russia. But it’s not antisemitic to call out a corrupt government that murders journalists just like it’s not Islamophobic to call out Saudi Arabia’s monarchy for butchering a Washington Post reporter. It doesn’t mean you hate Russian people by being against poisoning journalists or throwing them off buildings.

As a political cartoonist, I recognize we cartoonists stand on the shoulders of journalists like Shireen Abu Akleh, who put her life in danger to report the news. Journalists should be protected by governments while they do their jobs, not murdered by them.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Concrete Evidence


Lake Mead is a Colorado River reservoir just 30 minutes outside Las Vegas. Former Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said Monday. “It’s not a bad place to dump a body.” Well, now it is.

Climate Change is an international crisis and it’s affecting everyone, whether they know it or not. Republicans in fucknut Florida claim it doesn’t exist while their state is slowly going underwater. In other locations, lakes and rivers are drying up. In the United States, we’re slowly losing Tulare Lake, Salton Sea, Pyramid Lake, Owens Lake, Mono Lake, and Lake Mead. Lake Mead is starting to reveal secrets.

The water level in Lake Mead has dropped more than 170 feet since 1983. Mayor Goodman is a lawyer who used to have Vegas mobsters as clients, and he said they were always very interested in “climate control,” which was mob code for keeping the lake level up and bodies down in their watery graves. Two sets of human remains have emerged in Lake Mead over the past week.

One of the bodies was found in a barrel and authorities say the person was shot.

Michael Green, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas history professor whose father dealt blackjack for decades at the Stardust and the Showboat, said, “If the lake goes down much farther, it’s very possible we’re going to have some very interesting things surface. I wouldn’t bet the mortgage that we’re going to solve who killed Bugsy Siegel, but I would be willing to bet there are going to be a few more bodies.”

Las Vegas was founded by the mafia with Bugsy Siegel being a driving force behind it. This isn’t a whispered-about secret. There’s a mob museum in Las Vegas. What was once a dried-up little desert town founded in 1905 started to grow with the construction of the nearby Hoover Dam, reduced residency for divorce, and the legalization of casino gambling, all in 1931. Now the U.S. Census predicts Nevada (in case you’re a Republican, that’s where Las Vegas is located) will be the fastest-growing state for the next two decades and by 2030, Las Vegas will have over four million residents. Right now, the population of the city is a little over 640,000.

The mafia is responsible for the creation of the nation’s most popular gambling destination, but the days of celebrity mobsters may be over. The bodies people are finding are from decades ago and while there are predictions more bodies will be found as Lake Mead dries up, most won’t be from mob hits. Sorry to ruin it for you.

Sure, a body in a barrel is a pretty good sign the mob was responsible, but most bodies may be from other murders or just swimming and boating accidents. Professor Green pointed out, “People will talk about this for the right reasons and the wrong reasons. They’re going to think we’re going to solve every mob murder. In fact, we may see some. But it’s also worth remembering that the mob did not like murders to take place in the Las Vegas area because they did not like bad publicity going out under the Las Vegas dateline.” Ever hear the expression, “Don’t shit where you eat?”

While discovering bodies in barrels is intriguing and adds to mob folklore, it’s the wrong focus on a lake evaporating. The real focus here should be Climate Change.

The mob will never kill as many people as Climate Change kills, which is blamed for over 250,000 deaths annually.

A grandmother dying from heatstroke in August because she can’t afford air conditioning may not be as glamorous as goons shooting Bugsy Siegel in the back of his head in Beverly Hills, but it’s the death we should be talking about. We still don’t know who killed Bugsy or why, but we know who’s killing grandma. Not to mention that cities like Las Vegas are having to find alternative sources of water.

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Roughs, Volume 135


What to the what-what? A mid-week batch of roughs? The thing is, kids, I totally forgot a week. I should have posted two Saturdays ago what I posted last Saturday and last Saturday I should have posted this that I’m posting on a Wednesday. It’s Wednesday, right? It’s very confusing to be me. This is not a large batch and it’s from…shit, I can’t remember. Fuck it. Let’s just read them.

This one didn’t really do it for me and I did something else on free college. I can’t remember what that was but I’m pretty sure it was better than this one.

I tempted my editor at CNN with this, but then we went with something else. I didn’t love this one anyway.

I totally forgot about this one and it’s too late to use it now because the trial is over. I should have gone with this one because the idea is my kind of crazy, but I didn’t think the issue was that important on that day. And, no. Marjorie Taylor Greene shouldn’t be allowed on the ballot since she helped terrorists try to overthrow our government.
“Shouting into AOC’s mail slot” sounds dirty.

I didn’t go with this one because I thought maybe he’s not overreacting. Jump, Leon!!!! Whos’ Leon? I don’t know. It just came to me. I’ve been watching a lot of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

This is what I drew for CNN on that particular week and no, my readers didn’t like it. It got about seven shares on Facebook and I had people screaming at me for a week. But I’m OK with that. Scream away, kids. Scream away.

Anyway, kids, there will be a batch of roughs blogged this Saturday that were drawn last Thursday and Friday which I would be blogging the Saturday after next Saturday if I hadn’t posted this batch on Wednesday…I think.

Walk away slowly, kids.

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Elon’s Dumpster


When Elon Musk talks about free speech, I wonder if he understands what that is. Coordinating and strategizing with Nazis and making death threats is not free speech. You also don’t have the freedom to accuse someone of being a pedophile just because they disagree with you. Also, losing a social media account doesn’t mean you lost your freedom of speech because Twitter isn’t the only place humans are allowed to express themselves. Twitter is not a government platform.

But, I think Elon understands perfectly well that spreading conspiracy theories and instigating a white nationalist terrorist attack to install a fascist dictator who lost an election isn’t free speech. I believe he knows he’s full of shit. What makes me believe that was his post about the Democratic Party becoming more extreme thus making Elon side more with Republicans, who are making it harder for black Americans to vote while boycotting a cartoon mouse. Nazis and MAGAts held two separate protests simultaneously against Disney last week in Florida, yet you couldn’t tell the two groups apart. But sure, Elon. It’s the Democrats who’ve gone extreme.

Now Elon is saying that as soon he gets his grubby short-fingered hands on Twitter, he’s going to allow Donald Trump to return. This is a threat to democracy.

Elon told an interviewer at an automobile conference that it was a mistake for Twitter to ban Trump after he tried to destroy democracy. The irony here is that Trump’s supporters believe removing Trump was an anti-democratic move for his attempt to destroy democracy.

Elon said, “I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.” No, you egghead. He has a voice. Nobody took his voice away. Does Donald Trump let everyone at his rally have a turn at the microphone? If not, does that mean he’s not allowing everyone a voice? We are not entitled to use every platform.

If National Public Radio refuses my demands for airtime to give a two-hour diatribe against ketchup on hotdogs, they’re not taking away my freedom of speech. Elon’s logic says Donald Trump has taken away my right to swim if he doesn’t allow me to use the pool at Mar-a-Lago.

Elon expanded on his thoughts on Trump, saying, “He is now going to be on Truth Social, as will a large part of the right, in the United States, and so I think this could end up being, frankly, worse than having a single forum where everyone could debate. I guess the answer is that I would reverse the permanent ban.” Donald Trump has only made one post on Truth Social so far. Banning or reversing a ban on someone doesn’t prevent there from being more than one social media forum. Also, it’s not a bad thing if a large portion of the right-wing avoids Twitter. Who throws a party and gets sad that Nazis don’t show up? Who wants to bob for apples with Goebbels?

Free speech is a constitutional right. Speaking on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, Instagram, MySpace, YouTube, etc, is a privilege. You can burn a privilege. Donald Trump burned a privilege by using Twitter in an attempt to destroy our democracy and have himself installed as an unelected dictator. It’s amazing we have people fighting to restore the account he used to try to destroy the government. It’s like giving a rapist Viagra.

Donald Trump claims he won’t return to Twitter if the ban is reversed, choosing instead to promote Truth Social, which he’s not using. But Trump is lying. Trump boycotting Twitter would be like Trump boycotting KFC. It’s not gonna happen. He’ll be back.

And when Trump comes back and is just one of the many changes Elon enacts to destroy the platform, millions will leave. I’m going to stay. Hell, It’s taken me over a decade to get over 12,000 followers. I’m not throwing that away. Also, someone needs to stick around and continue to fight the lies. The only way Elon is going to remove my voice from Twitter will be to ban me. As I understand it, he’s really big about blocking people so maybe removing his critics is next.

I would take it as a badge of honor if I was banned for telling the truth, like posting something about Elon having hair plugs. What? I have freedom of speech. If Donald Trump can claim he won an election he lost and retweet Nazis, I can call out Elon’s hair plugs.

Music note: It was Nirvana while coloring.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Another Tome of Titillating Trump Tales


Mark Esper has a book on his brief time as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense, and the book contains some wild accusations…that are totally believable.

One of the accusations is that during a meeting in 2020, Donald Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to the streets of Washington, DC, where Black Lives Matter was protesting against police brutality, and have them shot in the legs. The guy who teargassed Black Lives Matter protesters in order to stage a photo-op with an upside-down Bible and later had a photo-op with Kyle Rittenhouse to celebrate his acquittal after shooting and killing Black Lives Matter protesters said Esper is lying.

Esper also claims Trump called the protesters “fucking losers.” How is any of this difficult to believe?

Trump said, “This is a complete lie, and ten witnesses can back it up,” without providing any names of the supposed ten witnesses.

According to Esper, Trump also wanted to fire missiles into Mexico at suspected drug cartels. This was probably around the time Trump was coming up with amazing ideas like building moats on the border with Mexico and stocking them with alligators, snakes, and piranhas.

Trump also wanted to reactivate retired Admiral William McRaven, a former Navy SEAL commander, and US Army General Stanley McChrystal so he could court-martial them for criticizing him. He wanted to send people to jail for saying bad things about him. This isn’t hard to believe since Trump accused over 24 people of treason for criticizing him. He once claimed Democrats committed treason for not clapping during one of his ridiculous State of the Union speeches. According to Esper, Trump claimed the retired military men were “disloyal” to him. This is banana republic fascism with a combover.

Esper wrote that “people were removed from positions simply because the White House wanted to replace them with more hard-core Trump loyalists, regardless of qualifications.” We know this is true. We watched it in real-time for four years. Trump fired people for testifying against him before Congress, like Alexander Vindman. He removed security clearances for former officials like former CIA Director John Brennan. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for investigating him and even bragged to the Russians about it in the Oval Office, saying, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” He fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe hours before he was set to retire, thus trying to rob him of his pension and other benefits. McCabe later sued and won his pension and other benefits back. This was a move that costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal defense. Trump is petty, vindictive, a sociopath, and stupid.

Esper also claims that Trump goon and hair-in-a-can aficionado Stephen Baby Goebbels Miller wanted him to dispatch 250,000 troops to the southern border and have the military parade the severed head of a slain ISIS leader to scare off other terrorists.

Trump denies some of the claims while calling Mark Esper “Yesper,” as in he was so eager to please Trump, that he said “yes” to everything…while also being “ineffective.” Somehow to Trump, he was an ineffective ass kisser. But wasn’t everyone in the Trump administration an ass kisser? Weren’t they all Yespers?

Trump isn’t denying wanting to shoot rockets into Mexico. He gave a “no comment” to that one. He hasn’t denied other claims, like wanting to pull all our troops out of South Korea. What will Trump do if he runs for president again, and oh my god, actually wins?

If Trump becomes president (sic) again, he will pull troops out of South Korea, place them on our southern border, fire rockets into Mexico, try to build a moat full of piranhas, disband NATO, throw people into military prisons for saying bad things about it, ram through more unqualified fundamentalist judges, dismantle free elections, outlaw a free press, and help Vladimir Putin finally defeat Ukraine then invite him to the Oval Office for a bucket from KFC and Big Macs. This isn’t hyperbole because it’s what he tried to do the first time. If he gets a second shot, nobody’s going to be able to stop him because those who can speak out won’t so they can sell a book two years later.

Trump fired Esper right after he lost the 2020 election because it was his last chance to fire him. Esper should have spoken out before, like when Trump was talking about shooting protesters and firing rockets into Mexico.

Esper’s book is titled “A Sacred Oath.” But what oath is he talking about because the one he took to be Secretary of Defense was an oath to protect our nation, and he failed to do that in order to get a big payday.

Donald Trump is a lunatic and a vile sociopath. It’s sociopathic to let him get away with it.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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