Editorial cartoons

A Rising Threat


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Donald Trump went on another vile bender Sunday attacking everything he perceives as a threat.

He attacked General Motors for closing a plant in a town where he told workers not to sell their homes. Can they sue him for bad real estate advice? He also attacked the local UAW president.

He went after Saturday Night Live for making fun of him after they ran a rerun over the weekend. Trump’s whiny victimization was also a rerun as he had complained before when it originally aired. He said the FEC should look into the treatment he’s receiving from comedians, tweeting, “Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia!” I had no idea that the Russians were meddling in SNL skits. They’re really getting around NYC, meeting with Trump’s campaign at Trump Tower, Paul Manafort in cigar bars, and now SNL’s writing room. Fortunately, there are not any laws mandating TV shows give equal time in their comedy treatment.

Trump, the counter-puncher, went after a dead man, accusing John McCain of leaking the Russian dossier to the press before the election and of being last in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was wrong on both counts. McCain, who was well-known as a poor student, graduated fifth from the bottom of his class. He also did not leak the Steele Report/dossier to the press or to Democrats. He gave it to the FBI after the election which is what you do when you’re informed of something that may be a threat. When Russians were contacting the Trump campaign to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton, nobody from the campaign contacted the FBI. Instead, they said, “Gimme, gimme.”

Meghan McCain defended her war hero father by tweeting at Trump, “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father.” Boom. Lindsey Graham, McCain’s supposed best friend, defended McCain’s war service while not mentioning Trump. I respect McCain while also disagreeing with him on several matters. For example, he had shitty judgment in friends.

What you wouldn’t find among his list of Sunday grievances was the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand or the movement responsible for the attack, white nationalism.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s temporary chief-of-staff because he drew the short straw, went on Fox News and told Chris Wallace that Trump is not a white supremacist, even though Wallace didn’t ask the question (there’s a reason it’s in the prepared talking points). Mulvaney asked rhetorically, “How many times do I have to say that?”

The answer to that rhetorical question is a lot. You’re going to have to defend him from being a white supremacist when he defends Nazis. When he says we should ban all Muslims. When he says Islam hates us. When he says Mexico is sending us rapists and Murderers. When he says a judge can’t preside over his trial because of his Mexican lineage. When he claims black and brown kids proven innocent of rape should still be put to death. When he’s the biggest proponent of the birther movement. When a white nationalist kills 50 Muslims after publishing a manifesto saying Trump is, “A symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” And, when he refuses to denounce white nationalism or even recognize it’s a growing threat.

You will also have to defend him from being a white supremacist when on the same day of your defense, he’s tweeting that Jeanine Pirro’s suspension should be lifted by Fox News, which came about because of her Islamophobic rant on their network.

Trump tweeted to Fox News, “Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country.” Yeah, that’s what you should tweet about the weekend after 50 Muslims are killed by one of your supporters. You should complain about political correctness which means you want more racist viewpoints expressed by the network. Trump’s tweet was something a white supremacist would tweet or post on 8chan.

It’s been more than three days since the white terrorist attack in Christchurch. Will Trump eventually denounce white nationalism? I’m not entirely sure. After he was criticized for defending the Nazis who murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville and marched around the town with tiki torches chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil,” he was forced to clarify his comments and criticize Nazis and white supremacists. According to Bob Woodward’s book, Fear, Trump told aides it was the “worst speech” and the “biggest fucking mistake” he’s ever made.

President Obama asked, probably rhetorically, “How hard can that be? Saying Nazis are bad?” Well, it’s really hard to say Nazis are bad when you’re courting them and maybe even more so when you are one of them.

Mulvaney said Trump is not a white supremacist. I’m not buying it. You’re not buying. But do you know who really isn’t buying it? White supremacists.

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Crazy Wavy 2020


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Here’s a Sunday bonus cartoon for you.

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

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

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St. Patrick’s Green New Deal


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Here’s this week’s cartoon for CNN’s weekly opinion newsletter, Provoke/Persuade.

We originally started out planning to do a cartoon on the college cheating scandal. The producer and I had a long talk about it Thursday night and we both thought it’d still be the largest issue of the week by Sunday. After seeing the rough for this cartoon, she changed her mind and thought the newsletter should have something on St. Patrick’s Day.

On Friday morning, we were still going with the St. Paddy’s toon but she said if I came up with anything on New Zealand, which happened early Friday morning our time, that I should bounce it off her. Unfortunately, everything I came up with on New Zealand was really mean. We stuck with the St. Paddy’s cartoon. She did say that it’d be hard to do something appropriate on New Zealand.

The cartoon I drew on New Zealand was not one of the ones I submitted to CNN. I didn’t get that idea until late Friday afternoon. I doubt they would have wanted it either.

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Costa Rica Catholic Church


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This cartoon was first published in The Costa Rica Star, March 8, 2019.

The Catholic Church scandal with sexual abuse has extended to Costa Rica.

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What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
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Mein Trumpf


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Love trumps hate, but Trump loves hate.

While touring a disaster area created by a tornado in Alabama, Donald Trump signed bibles. He’s never read the Bible. He wouldn’t understand the Bible. But he signed them anyway. The book Trump should be signing is Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler.

I’m sure Trump has never read Mein Kampf or any other book in his entire life, including those he had ghostwritten for him, but he understands Mein Kampf. His entire script lifts from it. He vilifies other races, talks about banning them, and uses code words his racist followers understand, like “globalists” and “invasion.”

After Nazis and white nationalists marched through Charlottesville and killed Heather Heyer, Trump said there were good people among the racists. I bet a few of them read Mein Kampf.

While on the campaign trail, Trump said Mexico was sending us rapists and murderers. He said, “Islam hates us.” He called for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims from entering our nation. He’s used the term “invasion” to describe his phony crisis and national emergency at the border. During his veto ceremony on Friday, he used it again, the same day a white nationalist, who had used “invasion” in his manifesto, killed 49 Muslims.

Trump calls for violence and then denies he has anything to do with violence from his supporters when it happens. At his rallies, he encouraged his supporters to “knock the crap out of them,” in reference to protesters. He promised to pay their legal bills.

Trump has warned us of a violent uprising from his supporters if he’s impeached or there’s an attempt to remove him from office. The day before the shootings in New Zealand, Breitbart (a racist publication) published an interview with Trump with him saying, “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough—until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.” Friday morning in Christchurch, New Zealand, it got very bad.

The White House argued that we can’t connect Trump to the terrorist, though they didn’t use the word terrorist. In the terrorist’s 74-page manifesto, he wrote that he didn’t believe in Trump on policy or as a leader but he viewed him as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

Trump later refused to use the term “terrorism” in reference to the terrorist attack, which doesn’t offend his supporters who once got upset over the word not being used by members of the Obama administration about the attack in Benghazi. Trump also refused to say that white nationalism is a growing terror threat, and described it as a “small group of people.” Just like his defense of Nazis in Charlottesville, Trump extended his defense of Nazis internationally. on Friday, Trump proved he and the white terrorists share a “common purpose.”

Trump claims there’s a crisis at the border and an invasion of immigrants. He claims Muslims entering this nation are a threat to our national security. Recently, white nationalists killed 12 Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh in 2018, six Muslims in Quebec City in 2017, nine black Christian parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, 77 people in Norway in 2011, and now 49 in Christchurch. In February, the FBI foiled a plot from a white nationalist, inspired by the Norway terrorist, who was planning to kill journalists and Democrats.

Trump invents emergencies and fails to recognize actual emergencies. If an immigrant from Latin America or a member of the Muslim community kills a U.S. citizen, Trump is quick to use it politically, even before he has any information (again, he doesn’t read). If a white nationalist or Nazi commits a terrorist attack, Trump will claim he doesn’t have enough information to comment, which is his excuse not to criticize a white terrorist.

Trump is afraid to call it a terrorist attack because he doesn’t want to offend his terrorist base. White supremacy is terrorism. Trump has defined himself as a nationalist without using the word “white,” but we know what he means. Flag-hugging Trump defends Nazis and white terrorists. Even if they don’t believe in his ability as a leader or to direct policy, white terrorists believe in Trump as a symbol. They know they have a friend in Trump. Trump, in return, knows he has their support. As Florida’s Andrew Gillum said of his gubernatorial opponent, “he may not be a racist, but the racist believes he’s a racist.” I’m not as delicate as Gillum and will say, Donald Trump is a racist.

White supremacy and white nationalism is terrorism. At what point are we going to acknowledge that Donald Trump is a terrorist?

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Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
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Trumpo Beto Veto


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Beto is in the race.

Are you excited? It seems a lot of people are despite the fact he’s sitting around five percent in the DNC polls. If you watched Beto O’Rourke yesterday, you can tell he’s excited. Beto was jumping on countertops in coffee houses and waving his arms around like he’s over-caffeinated.

Donald Trump noticed Beto’s excitement and pointed out how much he waved his arms around. Seriously. Donald Trump…talked smack…about someone else…waving their arms around. That would be like Trump criticizing someone for sexual harassment, except he’s done that and insulted people’s hair, energy, looks, for using executive orders, for not releasing their school records, for being racist, and he’s called other people liars.

Trump said, “I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?'” I think a lot of people have said the exact same thing about Trump while commenting that it looks like he’s playing an invisible accordion.

I think it’s just the way Beto acts and Trump is the crazy one.

Trump will also get to use his first presidential veto as 12 Republicans joined Democrats in the Senate yesterday to block his national emergency faux crisis. In other news, the rest of the Republican Senate are not Constitutionalists.  They’re liars.

We’ve had over 30 national emergencies declared by presidents and not one of them was to steal money from government programs for something Congress refused to fund. This is unconstitutional. But as it’s already been pointed out, Republicans don’t believe in anything anymore as they’ve all joined a cult.

Beto will rise in the polls while Republicans and Trump will drop even further. Beto waves his arms around but he’s genuine. Trump and the GOP are phonies.

Yesterday Trump tweeted one word, “veto,” which is also bizarre. Trump tweeting a single word? It was one of those instances we can be pretty sure a staffer wrote the tweet. It was spelled correctly.

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Grounded By Socialism


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A Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed in Ethiopia Sunday, killing eight Americans. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted, not to offer condolences to the victims and families, but to complain that “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly.”

Trump argued that “old and simpler is far better” than new technology being used in cockpits. He finished up by saying, “I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!”

I too wouldn’t want Einstein piloting a plane I’m in, because he’s dead. I really don’t want anyone unqualified and without experience at the helm of anything complex and dangerous where one mistake could kill thousands of people…like the presidency. Imagine having a pilot with hands too tiny, insecure that the former pilot was more popular and qualified, all while jacked up on Adderall.

Just like everything else in the world, we really don’t want Trump’s expertise on air travel. This is the guy who wanted his personal pilot of Trump Force One (yeah, that’s what they call it) to head the FAA. Currently, that position remains unfilled because, despite two years on the job, Trump hasn’t nominated anyone.

Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia was the second in five months of a Boeing 737 Max 8, the other being in Indonesia. It’s a newer aircraft and it’s very unusual for these things to go down. Tracking data and evidence from Sunday’s crash revealed parallels to the disaster five months ago in Indonesia. Pilots have been registering complaints about these planes for months.

While the rest of the world was grounding the 737, Trump and the FAA resisted. Trump was lobbied by the CEO of Boeing, Dennis Boeing (I’m assuming that’s his last name), who contributed $1 million to Trump’s inauguration (which is also under investigation because a lot of that money came from foreign sources, like Russians and disappeared).

Reportedly, Trump was resisting bipartisan calls to ground the planes because he was worried about Boeing’s stocks. He reversed course and shocked the FAA, as they thought they would make the announcement.

Boeing is an American company and the rest of the world is having a hard time trusting America right now. Nobody knows why. Ethiopia rejected requests from the U.S. for the black box from the wreckage and instead sent it to Europe to be examined.

Conservatives freaked out over the Green New Deal, claiming it would ban air travel. The Green New deal calls for building high-speed rail so air travel isn’t as necessary. But if you don’t want the big scary government sticking its nose in your business over using combustible engines, then would you want them telling you what type of Boeings you can fly in? The Green New Deal doesn’t call for taking any planes out of the sky, but Trump just did. Are we Venezuela now?

Why should we allow the government to take away our cheeseburgers while demanding how we get from point A to point B? Isn’t liberty being able to take a farting cow onto an airplane piloted by inflatable Otto from Airplane!

That is unless Otto gets that FAA job.

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