Dictator

Brute Of Belarus


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Alexander Lukashenko is Europe’s last dictator. He’s been president of Belarus (in case you’re a Republican, that’s in Europe) since 1994. Instead of having free elections, his nation has the the kind of strongman system favored by Donald Trump, Republicans, and MAGA terrorists. Belarus is a former Soviet satellite nation, yet maintains Soviet symbolism. Lukashenko may be hornier for Russia than Donald Trump and Republicans are.

Belarus also does not have a free press or the rights to oppose the president’s administration. Belarus is very much a wet dream for Donald Trump. Sorry if you were eating lunch when you read “Trump” with “wet dream.”

Over the weekend, Roman Protasevich, a high-profile opposition journalist to Lukashenko’s administration, was flying to Lithuania from Greece (which is also in Europe, Republicans). Unfortunately for the dissident who’s been living in exile since 2019, the flight went over Belarusian airspace. Even as the tray tables were being ordered back into the upright positions and the seat belt sign was on in preparation for the landing in Lithuania (in case you’re a Republican, that’s another country in Europe), the plane was forced to turn around.

A Belarusian fighter jet approached the jetliner and informed it there was a bomb threat on board. That was a lie. They ordered the plane to fly to Minsk (in case you’re a Republican, is in Belarus), even though its scheduled destination was actually closer. After the plane landed, five of the 126 passengers were detained. One of those was Protasevich. The other was his girlfriend (in case you’re a Republican, a girlfriend is a girl…you know, those things whose bodies you want to legislate but you yourselves can’t touch).

Passengers on the flight later told the media, not in Belarus, that Roman Protasevich was terrified throughout the entire ordeal, and thought the plane being ordered to turn around and land in Belarus was about all him. Sheesh, paranoid much? But as Kurt Cobain sang, “Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not after you.” They were after Protasevich.

Last year, Protasevich created a Telegram account that helped organize a protest against Lukashenko. Telegram is a social media app, like TikTok and Instragram, that’s popular in Europe and with Russian hookers who’ll pee on you in a Moscow hotel room for a fair price. After the mass protests, Protasevich was classified as a terrorist by the KBG. Those are the initials for Belarus’ secret intelligence agency. I told you they were horny for Soviets. Here’s a fun fact: In Belarus, only about 10 percent of the population speak Belarusian. The majority of Belarusians speak Russian.

After being captured and kidnapped, Protasevich appeared in a state-TV video explaining he had been a bad boy and is now cooperating with investigations into the protests he helped organize. He appears in the video with bruises on his face and perhaps even a broken nose. It’s reminiscent of those propaganda videos Saddam Hussein released of visibly-beaten captured UK and U.S. pilots where they confessed to committing crimes against Iraq and how their own governments were evil.

The European Union is protesting, working to prevent all air traffic in the continent from flying over Belarus, and preventing Belarusian aircraft from landing in other European nations. It sounds like Lukashenko is boxed in, but he’s not. He has one person on his side.

I’ll give you two guesses who that person is: Donald Trump took his side over U.S. intelligence and his name rhymes with “Schmootin.” In case you’re a Republican, it’s Putin.

We need to support the E.U. in this fight. Democracy is important everywhere. You can’t have a democracy without the right to protest. You don’t have the right to protest without a free press. It’s important to fight for this in other nations because there are too many people in this country who wants to kill our democracy.

There are people in this nation who want laws forbidding the press from criticizing their cult leader. Those people deny an election happened. Those people lie about democracy and accuse others of election fraud. Those people are changing election laws based on lies about election fraud. Those people attacked the Capitol Complex in Washington, D.C. trying to overturn an election. There are people in Congress who support those terrorists and don’t want their attack investigated. Before they attacked, their cult leader held a rally and encouraged them to go the Capitol and overturn the election.

The people who still support Trump, his terrorists, and his lies, want us to be more like Belarus. Belarus is a horrible place. It’s probably worse than Indiana. Don’t go to Belarus.

Democracy should be supported. We should have a free press, even when the press reports things you don’t want to hear. We should have the right to protest, even if protesters say thing you don’t want to hear. We should have legitimate elections where everyone eligible is allowed to vote, even if they don’t vote for whom you want to win. This is what’s so difficult for Republicans to understand. You don’t just support democracy until it doesn’t give you the results you wanted. You don’t just support democracy when it’s convenient for you. It’s not just about you.

If Donald Trump and his MAGA goons have their way, they’ll adopt a little Belarusian and tell us, “навошта закопваць галаву ў пясок, калі замест гэтага можна было« схавацца ў бульбу?”

In English, that’s “why ‘bury your head in the sand’ when you could ‘hide in potatoes’ instead?”

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Cheated By Democracy


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A lot of American Venezuelans voted for Donald Trump because they don’t want America to become like Venezuela, you know…where the leader refused to step down and recognize a fair election.

Sorry for the short blog. I woke to a surprise assignment today.

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White House Simulators


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“Signing an executive order, giving a speech, and barnstorming around the country is not leadership.” Is that a direct quote from Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Is it from one of the many Democrats currently running for president? Nope. It’s from Mike Pence in 2014.

Donald Trump wants to be a dictator. Do you really need examples? OK, here are just a few.

He praises dictators and attacks leaders of free nations. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Recep Erdogan, Xi Jinping, and Rodrigo Duterte are great guys. Angela Merkel, Theresa May, and Justin Trudeau are treated like U.S. adversaries. He has questioned why we need to be a part of NATO, a military alliance with our allies.

He names things after himself. There is an entire Wikipedia page devoted to things Trump has named “Trump.” Trump Tower, Trump Hotel, Trump Plaza, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Casino, Trump World Fair, Trump Castle, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Hollywood, Trump International Golf Club (17 of them), Trump the Game, Trump Style Magazine, Trump Magazine, Trump World Magazine, Trump Winery, Trump Spring Water, Trump Steaks, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump….at what point does he attempt to have an international airport named after him (if case you’re a Republican, that would be “Trump International Airport”).

He wants to punish the media, loosen up libel laws, and install a government-operated propaganda outlet. He calls news he doesn’t like “fake news” and calls the press the “enemy of the American people.”

He wants to be on Mount Rushmore and has stated so more than once. Dictators love to erect statues of himself. None of the current occupants of Mount Rushmore, Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, or Teddy Roosevelt, placed themselves up there.

He believes he’s genetically superior to everyone else. He’s compared his genes to that of a racehorse, as though he’s a better horse than anyone else. He’s got the horse’s ass part right.

He wants to punish his political enemies by siccing the Justice Department on them. He’s openly expressed this on more than one occasion. He has fired people in the Justice Department investigating him and then attempted to ruin their careers and reputations. Look at James Comey, Peter Strzok, and Andrew McCabe (fired days before he would be eligible to collect his pension).

He claims elections that don’t go his way are rigged.

He believes courts shouldn’t rule against him and it’s unfair when they do, because he’s Donald Trump.

He literally told his supporters, “Don’t believe what you see and hear.”

He lies. Dictators lie. Unlike the way politicians usually lie, dictators lie about EVERYTHING, big and small. Trump has lied about the weather. He lies about his wealth. He lies about policy. When facts are thrown at him, even from other government sources, he tells his people not to believe them. AND, his people believe him because that’s another thing about being a dictator…

…he has a cult. People who support Trump abandon previously held principles. They echo whatever line Trump says, even if it contradicts yesterday’s line. Conservatives have stopped being conservatives for Trump. The majority of them talk and defend Trump more than policy. This is not a party. It’s a cult.

He’s insecure and creates huge fabrications for his image, much like a North Korean dictator would. While they will tell their people their leader doesn’t poop and can talk to dolphins, Trump lies about his popularity, praise, success, and even his height.

The height thing is a great example of Trump behaving like a dictator. If you’re a Trump sycophant, you’re going to think this is about Trump’s height. It’s not. Other than Donald Trump, nobody cares how tall he is.

Trump is a tall guy. He’s at least six feet tall. But for some reason, he has to be 6-foot-3. When you look at photos of Trump with people who are at least 6-foot-1, like President Obama, Trump is shorter. What’s frightening about the height lie is that he has government officials issuing, not just propaganda about it, but official reports. A doctor, two actually, employed by the government has lied about his height. Even Baghdad Bob didn’t lie about Saddam Hussein’s height. Hey, we’re kicking the U.S. army’s ass, driving them into the Persian Gulf, they’re surrending by the thousands, but Saddam’s still short. Actually, Saddam Hussein was 6-foo-1, still taller than Donald Trump.

But the greatest proof Donald Trump is acting like a dictator are actions Donald Trump has described as dictatorial.

In 2014, President Barack Obama issued executive orders on, wait for it…immigration. Obama was trying to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation while providing them work permits. This is another difference between the two. Obama was trying to help people and had empathy. Trump’s wall is a hater policy meant to drive up fear and animosity with a rabid base.

Trump criticized Obama for not being able to make a deal with Congress and that his actions were unconstitutional and impeachable. Since taking office, Trump has issued executive order after executive order because he can’t get anything done with Congress except to give himself a massive tax cut.

Now, Trump wants to go farther than just issuing executive orders. Today, he plans to issue a national emergency so he can steal money designated for other programs, like disaster relief in liberal states and Puerto Rico (he plans to have a big ceremony where signs it with a Sharpie and then displays it for all to see, like a cat bringing home a dead mouse). He wants this money to build his border wall because he believes immigration is a national emergency. There is not a national emergency with immigration.

If there was a national emergency then Trump and the Republican congress would have provided funding for his racist border wall during his first two years.

It’s not a national emergency when immigration numbers keep going down every year. It’s not a national emergency because the majority of those in this nation illegally entered legally, not from crossing our border in the desert. It’s not a national emergency because the majority of drugs that enter our nation from Mexico enter through ports of entry. It’s not a national emergency when you spend months contemplating if it’s an emergency, and the funds you’ve been denied aren’t even enough to build the entire wall. It’s not a national emergency if you go to Palm Beach to play golf on the same day you declare a national emergency. It’s also not a national emergency when you’re telling your critics to “lighten up and have some fun.”

Trump’s emergency is that he broke a campaign promise. Mexico is not paying for the wall. His emergency is that he can’t negotiate with Congress and get what he wants. His emergency is that he caved to Nancy Pelosi. His emergency is that Pelosi is smarter and a better negotiator than he is. His emergency is that he doesn’t actually know how to negotiate. His emergency is that he turned down $20 billion because he didn’t want DACA to be a part of a deal, then turned down another deal last December, lost a shutdown fight, and is now signing a budget deal that’s giving him even less money. His emergency is that his pundit cabinet, consisting of Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and Rush Limbaugh don’t want him to sign a deal with Democrats without getting $5 billion for a wall. His emergency is that his supporters might see he’s not really the man he claims he is.

And he’s not even six-foot-three.

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