Editorial cartoons

Roughing It, Volume 32


I’m posting this on a train. Whee, trains!

I drew this batch of roughs the week before last, which feels like a year ago. Time in politics and news has a different measurement than reality.

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This is the rough for the cartoon I eventually drew for CNN. It turned into…

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…this. I like drawing Romney.

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This was before I drew the many heads on a pike cartoon which I think turned out better.

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This was the first rough I sketched out last week. I intended to do it for my clients but then I got bogged down in other stuff. I even forgot to draw the guy in the second panel as Bernie Sanders. So anyway, that round head thing in the second panel was supposed to be Bernie Sanders.

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I think this might be the plan.

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Pretty much. I was afraid this was too obvious.

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I like this format and I’ve only used it a couple times in my career. Funny thing, I never saw anyone else use it either until I used it once. Then it popped up here and there. Fuckers.

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This is the one that turned into a finished cartoon which I liked a lot. But first, I threw it at an editor. He said it was kinda dark. Because I like to screw with people, I touched it up.

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In my reply, I asked, “better?” He didn’t answer.

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I heard this from Trump supporters. What was hateful and divisive about Trump’s SOTU? This is why I feel it’s OK to make fun of Trump supporters. I totally meant to draw this cartoon but again, other shit kept getting in the way. Now its time has passed and I drew another cartoon on Rush Limbaugh a couple days ago.

Which rough or roughs do you think I should have finished and published?

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Sneaking On Pete


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Donald Trump is going to cheat in the next election. How do we know this? First off, because he’s Donald Trump and he’s a Republican. Also, he cheated last time, he’s boasted he’s going to cheat this time, he’s already doing it, and the United States Senate has given him carte blanche in lawbreaking.

Bernie Sanders is the front runner in the Democratic primary at this moment. The entire Republican plan in case he’s the nominee is to go after him for being a socialist. They’ll ignore that most democratic nations are social democracies where people are happier and instead, will use Venezuela as a comparison to his policies. Of course, they’re still going to cheat no matter who the nominee is.

But, what if Pete Buttigieg is the nominee? While Bernie is the front runner, Mayor Pete actually leads in delegates by one. Rush Limbaugh thinks all you have to do is point out he’s gay, has a husband, and will kiss his husband on a debate stage. While most Republicans may react as though voting for Buttigieg will give them cooties, the majority of Americans may not give a shit that he’s gay. How much mileage will the Trump campaign get going after a gay husband while they have a former porn star in the White House?

But like Sanders, Buttigieg gives Trump problems in that he’s an all-around decent human being.

Yeah, you can squabble about policy differences, but Pete and Bernie are genuinely good people, especially in contrast to a vile, racist, lying, stupid sack of crap like Donald Trump. Bernie has the same political stance today that he had in the 1960s. He’s a man who’s fought for civil rights and was arrested doing so. Mayor Pete is a veteran and Donald Trump is a draft dodger. The other problem with Pete for Trump is that he’s a moderate, like most Americans. The most liberal thing about Pete is that he’s in a gay marriage, and that’s not even that liberal anymore…unless you’re Rush Limbaugh. But then again, women voting is liberal to Rush Limbaugh.

Another problem for Trump is that Bernie and Pete are likable. Donald Trump is really only likable to people who think it’s OK to march with a tiki torch while chanting “Jews will not replace us.” People can relate to Bernie and Pete as people while Trump is more of a collection of vile personality traits than he is an actual person.

The Trump campaign is really going to have to make some shit up to run against Pete Buttigieg. But, fortunately for them, that’s really all they do. Maybe they can take all that crapola they gathered on Joe Biden and just insert Pete’s name. Does he have a son named Hunter? Even if they can’t find corruption on an opponent, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani strongly believe that if you scream about corruption, it deflects from their own.

I doubt Pete has any business dealings in Ukraine so don’t be surprised if Rudy breaks into his house. If Pete is the nominee, it’ll be interesting to see how low the Republicans will go. I have faith in them.

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Booty Judge


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Maybe Rush Limbaugh is conducting a social experiment to see if the world can feel sorry for a lump of crap afflicted with cancer.

During Donald Trump’s racist State of the Union address, he turned it into a game show by having his wife, Melania, place the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Rush Limbaugh’s neck. It had been recently announced that Limbaugh, a cigar smoker who denies smoking contributes to lung cancer, has lung cancer. Rush, who has a long history of racism, sexism, homophobia, and just outright hatred, was a special guest at the event along with retired 100-year-old brigadier General Charles McGee, a Tuskegee airman and veteran of three wars. Of course of the two, it was Rush leaving with the Medal of Freedom.

There’s been a lot of hatred expressed toward Rush with many liberals wishing death and suffering on the guy. But most liberals have put aside their animosity and wished him well and people who have survived cancer have said they don’t wish it on anybody. Well, Rush is testing their limits.

Rush returned to hate radio this week and he attacked Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and current presidential candidate. Rush didn’t attack his plans on healthcare, social security, foreign policy, ending government debt, immigration, etc. Nope. Instead, Rush’s focus was all on the fact that Mayor Pete is gay and he kissed his husband on a stage at a campaign event.

Buttigieg has wondered aloud in the past about how parents can explain President (sic) Trump to their children. I wonder how conservatives do that and how historians will explain it to students in the future. Rush turned it around and wondered how parents will explain Pete kissing his husband. I don’t know, Rush. How do you explain anybody kissing anybody? They’re in love? They’re together? They’re a couple? They’re married? It’s 2020 and we don’t explain this kind of stuff a lot anymore.

Rush said most Americans wouldn’t be willing to elect a gay man president. It is a legitimate question. No, not if a gay man can be a good president but if America will elect one. I like to think most Americans, especially Democrats would take at issue his experience, positions, and even his age before his sexual orientation. When I talk to fellow liberals about Buttigieg and the other candidates in the primary, him being gay rarely comes up…if ever. But then again, we’re not troglodytes like Rush Limbaugh. Even Donald Trump doesn’t think it will be that much of a factor.

But Rush didn’t just ask the question about this nation being willing to elect a gay man to the presidency. He had to go all-in with his homophobia.

Limbaugh said, “How’s this going to look, 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump.” Donald Trump is “Mr. Man?” Again, Trump supporters see Trump in a way reality doesn’t. For them, Donald Trump is the epitome of masculinity. For me, I see an obese guy wearing too much makeup who’s afraid of rain and stairs. But I digress.

Rush continued with, “There may be some Democrats who think, ‘That’s exactly what we need, Rush. Get a gay guy kissing his husband on stage, ram it down Trump’s throat, and beat him in the general election.’ Really. Have fun envisioning that.”

I think Rush may be envisioning Pete kissing his husband, Chasten, a little too much.

Rush isn’t a fan of gay marriage. In the past, he said on the subject, “Marriage is a union of a man and a woman… This is about destroying an institution.” He also said about heterosexuals, “They’re under assault. You say, ‘Heterosexuality may be 95, 98 percent of the population.’ They’re under assault by the two to five percent that are homosexual.” He once said Barney Frank “spends most of his time living around Uranus.” He’s compared homosexuality to pedophilia and beastiality.

Rush, the great defender of the sacred tradition of marriage, has been married…wait for it…four times which is one more than Donald Trump (in case you’re a Republican, Trump has been married three times). Pete Buttigieg seems to be content to destroy marriage by doing it only once. How many hetero marriages does it take to cause as much destruction as one gay marriage? Has there been a study yet?

Pete Buttigieg marrying a man doesn’t destroy the tradition of marriage any more than Rush Limbaugh having sex destroys sex, though the image in your head might.

While ranting about Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rush pronounced his name as “booty judge.” Yeah, that’s clever. It’s like Rush took a course on juvenile nicknames at Trump University. Trump himself has tweeted it as “Bootedgeedge,” which appears to be how it’s pronounced which tells me someone was writing it down for him before a rally where he mangled the pronunciation.

I don’t think Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump, who are both fans of mocking people’s appearances, should talk about booty judges, less one appears and starts judging their asses.

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Ass Man


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When William Barr says he’s not making decisions based upon Donald Trump’s tweets, don’t believe him. I don’t have faith in Trump’s personal defender disguised as our nation’s Attorney General because his own people don’t have faith in him. They know he’s kissing that ass.

Four U.S. Attorneys resigned from the Roger Stone case after the Justice Department overruled their sentencing recommendation. This is something that’s never done. So when Barr says he wasn’t influenced by Trump’s tweets, don’t believe him. His people don’t.

Barr is trying to save face after he’s had his face burrowed in Trump’s orange ass. He’s acted publicly time and time again as Trump’s Roy Cohn. Right now, Barr is only trying to stem the bleeding in his department. He has a department, courts, and an entire justice system that does not have faith in him.

When William Barr says he hasn’t been kissing that ass, don’t believe his ass-kissing lips.

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Drinks For Democrats


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I’m tired of hearing how Donald Trump is the winner from the Democratic caucus and primary (technically, there’s only been one of each so far). Maybe I’m tired of it because I’m hearing it from the left and the right and there’s some truth to it. Ugh, right?

Of course, there’s going to be a fight for the nomination. They always start off sweet and pretty to each other before they turn vicious. Last time around, there were only two viable candidates for the Democratic nomination, and the party still hasn’t gotten over that war. People are still fighting it. For a comparison, look at the GOP which had 16 candidates. It got so hostile that one candidate made fun of another’s penis size. Today, they’re all in line behind Mr. small orange penis except for Jeb Bush, who I think has more of an issue with Donald Trump than his small, teeny tiny orange penis.

But then again, Democrats are more independent-minded than Republicans. Democrats have stronger convictions while Republicans would bet their mother’s Social Security check at the dog track. Republicans will fall in line easier, even if the nominee is a Russian-backed, pussy-grabbing, racist idiot who bullies children.

I think the Democrats shouldn’t be afraid of fighting each other right now. They just need to get over it once they have a nominee. That’s something they didn’t do in 2016. If Bernie Sanders doesn’t get the nomination, then his supporters, the Bernie Bros., need to get behind the nominee this time. Though, that may be hard if the party keeps working to prevent Bernie from getting the nomination.

Bernie got more votes in Iowa but left with fewer delegates than Pete Buttigieg. Bernie won New Hampshire but won just as many delegates as, once again, Buttigieg. Every pundit on TV is telling us that Bernie is the front runner, but a weak front runner. OK, but if Bernie is a weak front runner then what does that make all the other candidates?

I agree Bernie is a weak front runner in a large field where nobody has more than 30% support. And the primary is now going to South Carolina where Bernie doesn’t have much support, but he could rebound in the next primary, which is Nevada.

Because they have the money, Bernie and Pete will be in this fight until someone has 1,991 delegates. So far, only 65 have been allotted. The fight within the party is between the moderate wing and the socialists, Bernie and Elizabeth Warren.

Bernie and Pete are both struggling with black support. Joe Biden has struggled through the first two contests but is now betting it all on South Carolina, where has strong support among African-Americans, though that has dropped. If Biden doesn’t win South Carolina, it’s over for him. But a win may give him momentum into Super Tuesday. He can still win the nomination.

Warren is actually third in the delegate count, but she came in fourth place in New Hampshire, where she should have come in at least second. If Warren can’t sell herself to her neighbors, who know her better than the rest of the nation, then how is she going to win the nomination? Spoiler alert: She doesn’t. As she’s running out of money, the next two contests may be her last.

Amy Klobuchar had a strong third-place finish in New Hampshire, coming in ahead of Warren and Biden. She’s a friendly moderate that even Republicans kinda like. And, she promises that she has strong support among the six African-Americans who live in her state of Minnesota. The strong finishes will bring in more money and keep Klobuchar in the race, even though I doubt she can win the nomination.

Michael Bloomberg is rising in the polls but nobody’s cast a vote for him yet other than write-ins. With his money, he can totally win the nomination.

Andrew Yang dropped out. Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard, Marianne Williamson, Deval Patrick, and Michael Bennett don’t stand a chance. Did you forget some of those people were candidates?

Meanwhile, Donald Trump doesn’t have any real primaries this time. He doesn’t have to debate. The only reason he’s even holding rallies right now is that they get him off. Hell, several states have even canceled their primaries, and in states that have done that like Virginia, Republicans can vote in the Democratic primary just to help mess things up even further.

But whoever wins the nomination would make a better president than Donald Trump. Yeah, even Michael Bloomberg. Hell, even Marianne Williamson and Tulsi Gabbard would make better presidents than Trump. But a rock that had been hit in the head by other rocks would make a better president than Donald Trump. That weird-looking poodle that won the Westminster Dog Show yesterday would make a better president than Donald Trump. Polls show that any Democrat will beat Trump nationally, but it’s on the state level where they will have problems.

I can only make one guarantee about the election and that is whoever wins the Democratic nomination is going to be someone you’re not going to be totally enthusiastic about. Democrats’ best hope may be that the greatest motivating factor for people to come out and vote Democratic is the prospect of four more years of Donald Trump.

Democrats and independents outnumber Republicans. They need to vote in the general election, and for whoever the nominee is, like the life of our nation depends on it, because it does.

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Shut The Tat’s Trap


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Roger Stone is the kind of guy, that when he watches Die Hard, he roots for Hans Gruber. This man is a villain who rejoices at being a villain. To him, it’s an art. For the love of God, he has a Richard Nixon tattoo on his back. And you thought a MAGA hat was a people repellant. As if just being Roger Stone wasn’t repellant enough.

Stone worked on the Nixon campaign and is considered by many to be a “dirty trickster.” He’s a liar who promotes conspiracy theories and other assorted bullshit. So naturally, he was all in on the Trump campaign. In fact, he was a lobbyist for Trump’s failed casino and encouraged him to run for president back in 1998. During the 2016 campaign, he engaged in conspiracy theories and according to two of his associates, was in communication with Julian Assange with whom he coordinated a smear campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Last year, the Mueller investigation (you remember that investigation. The one where Republicans say didn’t find anything?) charged Stone with witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of making false statements. A court found him guilty on all seven charges. Not just one or even a few of them but every single charge Mueller presented. This week, prosecutors recommended Stone serve nine years in a federal penitentiary. Guess who flipped out crying that Stone was being mistreated.

Donald Trump went on a Twitter rampage about the mistreatment Stone received. He said the investigation never should have happened. It was illegal and a witch hunt. Keep in mind, Roger Stone was found guilty on all seven counts.

The president (sic) of the United States is defending a known liar and a conman. He’s defending a sexist who was banned from CNN after calling one of their contributors an “entitled diva bitch” and said he imagined her “killing herself.” The president (sic) of the United States is defending a racist who called another CNN contributor a “stupid negro” and a “fat negro.” This is a guy who sought to hire members of the far-right, neo-fascist, Nazi-loving Proud Boys as his personal security at a Republican conference. After his arraignment, Proud Boys stood on the steps of the courthouse screaming that Stone is innocent. The president (sic) of the United States is defending a guy who threatened a witness’ dog. At this point, I’m feeling bad for Nixon that he’s associated with this guy.

Roger Stone is one of Trump’s goons. He’s a henchman. If he wasn’t headed to federal prison right now, he’d probably be in Ukraine with Rudy Giuliani creating more conspiracy theories.

But, mere hours after Trump’s free-Roger tweetstorm, where he called it a “miscarriage of justice,” a senior Justice Department official said the department would recommend a lighter sentence. What? Go light on Roger because of Trump’s Twitter tirade?

Trump says he wasn’t involved but that he could have made the Justice Department go lighter (that alone tells you this guy will never willfully give up his power). But that’s a lie as he was involved. His tweets and public comments are him getting involved. The department says they made this call before the tweetstorm, but they’re not very good at lying. Just because you do something a lot, doesn’t always mean you’re good at it.

Later yesterday afternoon, all four of the Assistant US Attorneys who were prosecuting the case withdrew from the case, with one of them leaving the Justice Department altogether. Can’t blame the guy as you can see where the department is going, what with Attorney General William Barr publicly acknowledging that he would work with Giuliani in his Ukraine conspiracy theories. Why work for the Justice Department when the AG is just another Trump goon? This morning, Trump congratulated Barr for intervening.

This is the kind of stuff people should care about. Even Republicans should care about this. This is corruption. It’s the very definition of corruption. And along with my predictions that after/if he’s reelected, that Trump will pull all U.S. troops out of the Korean peninsula, pull the U.S. out of NATO, and host Vladimir Putin in the White House, he’ll also pardon Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. Actually, those pardons will come after the election, whether he wins or not.

The judge of this case has final say on the sentencing. Let’s hope she ignores Trump and the Justice Department and gives Stone what he deserves.

Roger Stone is a dirty trickster, liar, conman, evil, and corrupt. Donald Trump is defending the guy because he is too.

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Bloomberg Get Frisky


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If Joe Biden’s opposition to busing in the 1970s hurt him in the 2020 Democratic primaries, then former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Stop-and-Frisk program should devastate him.

An audio clip surfaced of Bloomberg saying in 2015, that he deployed “all the cops in minority neighborhoods because that’s where they’ll find all the crime.”

Bloomberg went on to say, “Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops.” He said cops must be put “where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”

Then he added that the way to get guns off the street and out of kids’ hands “is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.”

Donald Trump tweeted that because of this, Bloomberg is a racist. Then he deleted the tweet, probably after realizing his base supports throwing black kids up against the wall. Hell, Donald Trump supports throwing black kids up against the wall.

Bloomberg apologized for this policy right around the same time he announced his run for the presidency. Today, Donald Trump said he’s in favor of the program for which he called Bloomberg a “TOTAL RACIST.” Yes, with all caps.

Will this hurt Bloomberg, who’s been putting hundreds of his own millions into the race? God, I hope so.

Is he a total racist? I don’t think he’s a TOTAL racist. Is Donald Trump a TOTAL racist?

OH, HELL YES. And, with all caps.

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