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White House Hangups


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According to an unnamed inside source at the White House, because they love to leak, Donald Trump doesn’t trust anyone who works for him. You have to admit, he has a point.

People who work for Donald Trump must become sycophants and discard all traces of dignity, credibility, and self-respect. This is an office where a four-star general’s clout is on par with someone who designs handbags. Why would you want counsel or advice with any of these people? So, Trump turns to people who aren’t yet stupid enough to work for him. Enter Sean Hannity.

According to those White House leakers in a story by Olivia Nuzzi for New York Magazine, Trump and Hannity are regular nighttime chatty Cathys. They do have a lot in common. They’re both very conservative, racist, slumlords, share a fixer/lawyer, and are lying shitweasels. Every night around 11:00 PM, Sean calls, and they chat about the “witch hunt,” media gossip, whose show sucks, who’s getting killed in the ratings, and how awesome they both are.

It’s said that Hannity fills the political void left by Steve Bannon and the soulmate void vacated by Melania, who sleeps in a separate bedroom. Trump has come to rely on the knuckleheads at Fox News more than he does on the West Wing staff, his cabinet, or our intelligence services. If Fox serves it, Trump eats it.

Trump workday goes from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with plenty of “executive time” squeezed in between. He spends his free time tweeting, chatting on the phone, eating cheeseburgers, and watching Fox News. He used to spread his viewing around to other networks like CNN and MSNBC, but news that doesn’t fawn over him riles him up.

Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer (both gone) weaned him off real news and put him on a steady stream of bullshit from Fox. As one staffer said, “It got to the point that they were just like, ‘We need to get him off these channels and onto Fox & Friends or else we’re going to be chasing down this crazy-train bullshit from MSNBC and CNN all day.'” What they did was create a bigger tinfoil-wearing conspiracy junkie who should be sharing an attic with your crazy uncle.

A former White House official called the trouble caused by Hannity and Fox, “a fucked-up feedback loop that puts Trump in a weird headspace. What ends up happening is Judge Jeanine or Hannity fill him up with a bunch of crazy shit, and everyone on staff has to go and knock down all the fucking fires they started.” How do you knock down a fire? Maybe they should try dunking Trump’s head in water, like in a toilet.

Sean Hannity is not a journalist. He is proud of that. But the thing is, he should be a journalist. Even those on the opinion side of the news business are journalists. Hannity is on a news network. It’s dishonest for him to be involved in the issues and personalities he’s covering. He shouldn’t be sharing a lawyer/fixer with the president and hiding it from his viewers while he’s talking about it. Fox News should be a network that doesn’t allow it. MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann for donating $2,400 each to three Democratic candidates. Fox News pays Hannity $36 million a year.

Donald Trump and Sean Hannity deserve each other. But we don’t deserve either of them. We can do better. Unfortunately, there are enough stupid people out there who chose them and put them in positions to complicate all our lives.

It’s time for all of us to hang up on both of them.

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Stepping Out In Jerusalem


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So, what’s the most fashionable brand of designer boots to wear at a bloodshed of your father’s creation?

I’m sorry. That’s not entirely fair. Ivanka was not at a bloodshed of her father’s creation. She was at a party sixty miles away celebrating the cause of it.

Why was our representation at the opening ceremony for the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Ivanka and Jared? Kim Jong Un sent his sister to the opening ceremony of the Olympics because North Korea is a tyrannical regime run by a family. Is that what we’re becoming? If there’s something significant, the president sends his children as if we’re some banana republic run by a tin-pot dictator. It’s bad enough Steve Mnuchin and an anti-Semitic pastor was there.

While the trust fund babies were celebrating the opening, Gaza was burning. Over 50 Palestinians were killed protesting the relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Ivanka, Jared, and Mnuchin were indifferent and obtuse to the violence and deaths because of this action. Everybody, smile, wave, and look pretty…except Mnuchin.

The White House blamed the deaths on Hamas, thus endorsing the shooting of protesters as many were taken out by snipers. Israel has an apartheid policy toward Gaza and most experts believe the area will be unlivable in the coming years if it’s not already.

Moving the embassy has taken the United States out of the peace talks in the Middle East. The rest of the world refuses to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and consider it occupied territory. Moving the embassy has taken us from an honest broker to one who has taken sides.

Trump sycophants are clamoring for him to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for scheduling a meeting with North Korea, yet his decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem has actually cost lives. Donald Trump finally has blood on his hands, proving he’s not just a danger to the United States but to the rest of the world. Trump has not brought peace to the world. He’s only brought more violence. Trump’s policies kill people.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not a man who wants peace. He campaigned for this move, uncaring about the coming violence knowing it would probably only kill Palestinians. He’s eager for a war between the U.S. and Iran and has done all he can to make it happen. The man is fear mongering and lying about Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon while Israel is a nuclear state that has never allowed international inspections.

Jared, who can’t get a security clearance, is in charge of bringing peace to the Middle East. His presence, along with Ivanka’s, is just a display that nepotism reigns in the United States government, not experience or qualifications.

Trump took us out of the Iran Nuclear Treaty, brought death to Gaza, and will not take that Midas touch to negotiations with North Korea. I only have one question.

What will Ivanka wear to a nuclear Armageddon?

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Mormons Dump Scouts


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It seems every year there’s a new national spastic freak-out from conservatives over The Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA started letting homosexual and transgender scouts join, then they ended their ban on openly gay scout masters, and just about the time your Uncle Revis was picking himself up off the floor, the Scouts announced they’d start letting older girls join, and they were changing the name of their signature program, dropping the “Boy.”

The Boy Scouts of America will now be Scouts BSA, and girls will be able to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The Mormon Church, which still teaches that homosexual relationships are sinful, is ending their relationship with the BSA. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been associated with the Scouts for the past 105 years. One in every five Boy Scouts in the USA is Mormon, and all Mormon boys were expected to be a Boy Scout.

Conservatives are celebrating this. Washington Times contributor Robert Knight wrote, “Resistance to the cultural insanity is growing. Last Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced a parting of the ways with what used to be the Boy Scouts of America before it evolved into the Geldings of America, with its homosexual leaders, transgender members, real girls and a name change to rid itself of the dreaded word ‘Boy.'” Keep in mind, the Times is owned by the Moonies.

Mormon boys make up nearly 20% of the scouts with around 425,000 members. That would be a significant drop if they all choose to leave. However, the Cub Scouts which is allowing girls, have a membership of 1.25 million. The BSA, with a current membership around 800,000, may be hoping to reach that number with their new inclusiveness.

Another group not excited about this is the Girl Scouts. Last summer, the president of the Girl Scouts accused the Boy Scouts of America of trying to undermine the organization through a “covert campaign to recruit girls.” I’m not sure it’s very covert. I mean, the Mormons found out.

As for the Mormons’ departure, it may hurt the Scouts financially but I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it. They have historically always been behind, and wrong, on social issues since their founding. The second president of the LDS, Brigham Young, had 55 wives. They lost count with Joseph Smith, the father of Mormonism, who had between 27-49 wives. The church didn’t allow black men to become priests until 1978, and for years even denied entrance for blacks into their temple.

I don’t want anything to hurt the Girl Scouts, which is a progressive and secular organization. But raising boys into young men with girls present is a good thing. It’ll teach them respect and that we’re all equals, except in most cases where girls are definitely better than you.

And, if Donald Trump ever speaks before the BSA again, maybe next time they won’t start chanting “lock her up.”

Creative note: Yeah, I changed the layout from horizontal to vertical for this cartoon. I wanted to have fun with it and it worked better with the canoe going up. I’m not sticking with it. I hope a few of my newspapers will use it and have fun with their page design.

Here’s the video.

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Skins Peddle Skin


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This cartoon was published last Friday, May  4, in The Costa Rica Star.

The Washington Redskins are disgusting. First off, they have a racist name. They totally suck. They let their star quarterback sign with Minnesota in free agency. Now, they’re pimping their cheerleaders. You would think a scandal like this would have happened in the Lingerie League. Yes. There’s a league where women play football in their panties.

What the Redskins did in this particular escapade was take a bunch of their cheerleaders to Costa Rica for a photo shoot. Some women were required to pose nude with body paint on them. For a model, this may not be a problem except that the organization allowed spectators to watch the shoot. It’s very unprofessional to bring in gawkers and treat people like eye candy. But it gets worse.

After the shoot was over and the women thought the ordeal completed, and they could enjoy their evening, a few of them were told they were required to escort. Do what now? Escort? What does this mean?

It doesn’t mean they were prostituted. It means they were made to accompany men, VIP ticket holders, out for a night on the town. It made the VIP douches look and feel important and cool by having a cheerleader on their arm. Look at me. I smell terrific. The women said they felt they didn’t have a choice.

The Redskins organization issued a statement saying they respect women, have created a safe work environment, blah, blah, blah, but they’ve heard contradictory versions of the event. Yeah, sure. I guess it’s possible your employees went to Costa Rica and just created the story.  But then again, this is an organization that can’t see how a big red Native American adorned with feathers on their helmets with the name “Redskins” can be considered racist or offensive, so how can we expect them to know what a pimp looks like?

Creative notes: This is the first cartoon I’ve drawn for Costa Rica that I didn’t let them kill. They didn’t try to kill it, but I told them I was doing it. I knew it would be good for them to cover an issue that occurred in Costa Rica that would be of significant interest to a lot of U.S. readers. I even promised to send it to my clients and get it some reprints here, which it did.

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Costa Rica’s Female Veep


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This cartoon was published April 27 in The Costa Rica Star.

While having a female vice president is a work of fiction and a hit TV show in the United States, it’s reality in Costa Rica (and many other nations). Epsy Campbell is the first woman of African descent elected to the vice presidency, not just in Costa Rica, but in all of Latin America. I’m sure she has a few challenges ahead of her that her predecessors never had to deal with.

From a cartoonist’s viewpoint, I really like the new administration in Costa Rica. Campbell has awesome hair to draw and President Carlos Alvarado has prominent features, including a widow’s peak. Yay!!!

I’m playing catch-up with Costa Rica cartoons, so expect another to be posted today.

Here’s the video.

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Dissing McCain


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In a White House meeting on Thursday, Trump aide Kelly Sadler reacted to news that Senator John McCain opposed Gina Haspel for CIA Director by saying, “he’s dying anyway.”

Three sources confirmed Sadler’s comment to the press. The White House has refused to deny the comment was made. They’ve also refused to discipline or fire Sadler, or even apologize for the comment. And why would they? Trump himself never apologized for saying McCain was not a war hero and that he only “likes people who weren’t captured.”

McCain opposes Haspel’s nomination for her involvement in enhanced interrogation, which is torture. McCain was tortured for over five years as a prisoner of North Vietnam. McCain has carried physical disabilities ever since his stay at the Hanoi Hilton. Because he was the son of an admiral, the communists believed it would be good public relations to release him, and McCain refused to be released without the other POWs he was held with. Today, McCain is fighting for his life from brain cancer. The White House thinks that’s funny.

I’m “friends” on social media with several Trump sycophants. Not one of them has expressed outrage or called for the White House to apologize for the comments. If you hashtag McCain’s name on Twitter, you’ll see hundreds of Trump supporters accusing McCain of treason and of helping the North Vietnamese. There’s even a hashtag for “SongbirdMcCain.”

It’s not just the wingnut crazies on the internet. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney went on Fox News and claimed torture worked on McCain and said, “that’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.'” Fox News fired McInerney as an analyst.

After Trump said McCain wasn’t a war hero during the presidential campaign, several Republicans rushed to the Arizona Senator’s defense. McCain’s best friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham tweeted at the time, “If there was ever any doubt that @realDonaldTrump should not be our commander in chief, this stupid statement should end all doubt. At the heart of @realDonaldTrump statement is a lack of respect for those who have served – a disqualifying characteristic to be president.” Today, Graham is one Trump’s favorite golf buddies, and he’s been silent over the White House attack on his friend. His former running mate Sarah Palin has expressed respect for McCain, but she hasn’t called on the White House to apologize. Other Republicans are just as silent.

And why should they call out Trump? Hell, they voted for the guy after he slurred McCain on the campaign trail. They haven’t called him out for his recent digs at McCain at his Trump Worship rallies. The environment where one would laugh and dig at a dying veteran is one created by the man in charge. Donald Trump does not respect the White House, the presidency, the American people, or our veterans. Trump received five deferments from serving in Vietnam. Four were for being a student and one was for his bone spurs. When asked which foot had the bone spurs, Trump couldn’t answer. He doesn’t know because he never had bone spurs. He had cowardice and selfishness.

For the context of this, listen to the people who know McCain and understand what the White House is doing and what they’re made of.

McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain said, “I don’t understand what kind of environment you’re working in when that would be acceptable and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job.”

Joe Biden said, “People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday.”

Steve Schmidt, who ran McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign said, “I pray a righteous rage and anger is swelling in the hearts of every decent person in this country around the desecration of our country and values by team Trump. Let us repudiate these terrible people. Let’s do it with joy and gratitude for the privilege. We should be happy that looking back from the end of our lives that we will have played a part in washing away the sewer that is this administration.” In an excellent rant on MSNBC, he said Trump was unworthy of saying McCain’s name.

Malcolm Nance, a 20-year Navy veteran, and counter-terrorism analyst said that monuments and buildings will be named after McCain, but none for Trump. Nance is wrong. There are plenty of buildings named after Trump. Of course, those are buildings Trump named himself and their primary purposes are for money laundering and meeting with Russian spies.

John McCain represents a better time in politics. He’s a man I’ve ridiculed and defended. He’s a candidate I’ve voted for and voted against. Today, we’re either sycophants washed in a cult of stupid personality or in a resistance against those putting said stupid personality over country. There is no normal anymore. There is no difference of ideas or agendas. It’s just blind obedient worship at the sacrifice of our greatest institutions.

Not just the people attacking McCain and giving him the swift-boat treatment they gave John Kerry, another veteran, but also those who refuse to criticize the White House and Donald Trump over this, I’d tell them their souls will burn in Hell. But I can’t.

They don’t have souls.

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Tips For Trump


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With the latest revelation that Trump flunky/lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen was engaging in pay for play for access to the president, comes two very important questions; Did the president know about this scheme (which is a question that keeps reoccurring over these scandals)? Did the president get any of this money?

Donald Trump is notorious for being angry when he believes people are making money off his name. He complained about fired-FBI Director James Comey making money off his book. So, how does Trump feel about Cohen accepting around $4 million from an American firm linked to a Russian oligarch (Columbus Nova), AT&T, Novartis, and Korean Aerospace Industries?

Each company issued statements that they paid Cohen for expert advice in areas where he is not an expert. Now, if they issued statements they hired him to silence porn stars, that would be believable. What’s not believable is that he was hired for advice in real estate, health care, mega business mergers, or accounting standards, which were the various the reasons the companies initially gave for paying Cohen butt-loads of money.

The money was paid to Essential Consultants, the same shell company Cohen set up in Delaware that paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels and $1.6 million to silence a Playboy bunny who was knocked up by, supposedly, a different Republican. Funny thing about the Playmate payment; the fake name on that payment, David Dennison, was the same as the one to Stormy. So, the abortion payment was actually for Trump or Cohen is too stupid and lazy to come up with additional bogus names. How about Grabby McGrabalot, Orangy McOrangeman, Shaka ShitForBrains, Lester Molester, Chester Cheeto, or Petey McPerjurer?

The corporations later issued further statements that they hired Cohen to help them understand the president, or even connect them with him. Really? You need to understand the president? Cheeseburgers and sword dances. There you go. That’ll be $400,000, please.

Is any of this illegal? You bet Trump’s chunky orange ass it’s illegal. Michael Cohen is not a registered lobbyist. This fixer needs a fixer.

What we need to watch is how Trump reacts to this. If he expresses anger about Cohen collecting money, then Trump is probably entirely ignorant over the pay-for-play scheme (which he campaigned against) or, he totally forgot about it. If Trump defends Cohen, calls it a lie or “fake news,” or blows it off, he’s guilty. Don’t forget, Trump is a guy who charges the Secret Service rental fees on golf carts when they protect him at one of his stupid courses.

Trump is cheap. He is cheap in other ways too. He is so cheap and petty, he complained on Twitter about how the Obama administration failed to secure the release of the three detainees held by North Korea. The thing is, two of those detainees weren’t arrested and detained until AFTER Trump became president. I understand Trump likes to take credit for Obama’s accomplishments, but now he’s being blamed for not doing Trump’s job? How come Obama hasn’t built the wall yet? Why did Obama let those Russians into Trump Tower? How come Obama failed to silence Stormy?

How cheap do you have to be to use these three Americans, held hostage by the most ruthless regime on the planet, for a cheap political payoff with your rabid base of sycophants?

Trump met the hostages when they landed at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:30 AM Thursday morning. He talked about the ratings. He praised Kim Jong Un and said the treatment of the prisoners he captured was “excellent” and how nice of him to let them go. Really? Excellent? Nice?

Kim Jong Un captures Americans for leverage. He is not to be thanked for releasing them. Remember Otto Warmbier? The University of Virginia student he released who was in a coma and died shortly after arriving back in the U.S.? That wasn’t excellent or nice.

And by the way, eleven Americans were released by North Korea during Obama’s presidency. Maybe Trump can convince Kim to capture and release nine more, so he can top Obama’s accomplishment. Or, he can totally erase Obama’s legacy and send the Americans back.

Considering how cheap and petty Trump is, I’m surprised he didn’t meet the detainees at the bottom of the stairs with a tip jar. Trump wants a tip? I got one for him.

Resign.

Shout out. Yesterday was Frank’s birthday. Frank hates having his birthday celebrated, so be sure to leave a comment wishing him a happy birthday and a whole lot more. Frank volunteers to find my typos and make suggestions. If I don’t take a day off, Frank doesn’t take a day off. If I post two blogs a day, Frank corrects two a day. Frank is extremely reliable, proficient, and generous. He also sends me movie recommendations and really bad jokes. He also really hates when I use the word “really.” I appreciate Frank and you should too. The fact he even wants to donate his time on my stuff makes me feel that maybe there’s something significant to what I’m doing. Thanks, Frank and happy birthday. You really, really, really are something special.

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