Election 2022

Blowing Smoke With Kari


We are accustomed to receiving election results on election night, but we are not entitled. Naturally, Republicans believe they’re entitled to everything they want. And if they don’t get what they want, they lie and whine like little babies.

Jim Jordan tweeted, “Election results should be known on election night.”
Why? You’re not entitled. In fact, official counting of votes has NEVER been completed by any state on election night. It’s never happened. David Becker, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation & Research, said it’s never happened at any point in our nation’s history. Ever, ever, ever. Never.

Taking days to learn the results of an election isn’t new. We didn’t know who won the 2000 presidential election for over a month, which was into December. Even then, we never really found out who won the most votes as it was the Supreme Court ending the Florida recount in a 5-4 decision, giving it to the…wait for it…Republican. Do you remember the GOP outrage over that? Yeah, me neither.

Before and after the governorship of Arizona was called last night for Democrat Katie Hobbs, and the senate for Democrat Mark Kelly, Republicans were griping about how long the count was taking. Hobbs defeated Kari Lake by over 20,000 votes and Kelly beat Blake Masters by over 126,000. Oddly enough, you didn’t hear these complaints concerning Lauren Boebert’s win for her Colorado congressional district, which took several days to count and handed her a victory of just a little more than 2,000 votes.

If we had stopped counting on election night in Boebert’s district, she wouldn’t be going back to Congress. Eat that, hypocrites.

Tomi Lahren tweeted, “I am utterly disgusted about whatever the hell happened in Arizona. Un-freakin-believable!!!”
Yet, she can’t tell us “what the hell happened” in Arizona. I’ll tell you what happened, Tomi. You lost. You lost because more Arizona voters voted for the Democrats than for the Republicans. That’s it.

Another right-wing goon named Brigitte Gabriel who must be important because she has a blue badge on Twitter unless she paid for it, tweeted, “Mail in voting is a crime against Democracy! Ban it!”
No, it’s NOT a crime. And there has never been a massive election fraud that’s come from mail-in voting. Fact, fat, fuckity, fact, fact.

Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted, “Our elections are the laughing stock of the world. Other countries do it in one day and count all of their ballots. They get their elections done. I don’t know why the United States can’t accomplish this in one day.”
Actually, Marjorie, there are a lot of things you don’t know. It can take up to ten days after an election in Australia to count all the votes and declare a winner. Canada was still counting votes three days after the 2021 federal election. It can take a week in the United Kingdom. And where winners are announced on election night, like France, you have to take into account that the vote count is conducted by the federal government, not local governments. Also, keep in mind that we have more people than most other countries. There are a little over 65 million people in France compared to 331 million in the United States. The number of voters in the U.S. was more than double the entire population of France.

And Marjorie, the only way our elections make us the laughingstock of the world is because some of our elections are won by ignorant stupid racist goons such as yourself. I’m mostly shocked you didn’t claim the votes were being counted by the Gazpacho Police.

Matt Schlapp, another goon with a blue badge, tweeted, “I’m awed by Katie Hobbs who managed to be in charge of AZ’s election and allowed the biggest suppression of Election Day votes while having her squad count so slowly and privately that no one has any idea what the hell just happened including reporters.”
Actually, Republicans were mostly in charge of the count in Arizona. And again, what happened was you lost.

By the way, Brian Kemp was Secretary of State for Georgia when he won the election for governor of that state. Before the election, he put over 53,000 voter registration applications on hold, with 70% of the applicants being black voters. He also purged 1.4 million voters from the state’s system, again, mostly black voters. He also resisted the federal efforts to secure state voting systems and exposed voters’ data. Did Mr. Schlapp ever express doubt over any of Kemp’s election victories? He was probably too busy schlapping his monkey over election-denying bullshit.

Here’s the problem with mail-in voting for Republicans: Mail-in voting makes it easier to vote, thus more people vote. The more people who vote, the more people who vote against Republicans. The larger the turnout, the more votes Democrats receive. That’s democracy. The Republicans have a problem with democracy.

Over the past decade, more Americans have been voting for Democrats than Republicans. Republicans have only won the popular vote once in a presidential election over the past 30 years. The Republicans’ saving grace is that we have a very flawed system that lets them retain power, and install federal judges, despite the fact most of us hate them.

It’s a lot easier for Republicans to lie, whine, cry, and scream about the system when they lose than it is to offer policies and messages that appeal to the majority of Americans. As it turns out, the majority of Americans believe in a right to choose, choose America over Russia, and don’t like election deniers and insurrectionists all that much. The people who are claiming without proof that something fraudulent happened in Arizona are the same people who supported a coup for a Russian puppet who lost the 2020 presidential election.

Kari Lake said she’d only accept the results if she won. She said that because she’s anti-democracy and pro-fascist, and she knew if every vote was counted, she would lose. It’s why Donald Trump tried to cast doubt on the 2020 election being fair months before the election. He knew he was going to lose. Let me drop a spoiler for you now. He’s going to lose again in 2024.

None of these election deniers have ever produced evidence the 2020 election was won by Donald Trump and stolen by Joe Biden. And before they claim Arizona, Nevada, or any other states’ elections were stolen, they should provide proof. You can bet that if they lose the Georgia runoff in December, they’ll cry foul without any proof there too.

One good reason to vote against a person is if they’re not mature enough to handle losing. Nobody likes losing, but you don’t have to be lying babies about it. The lack of confidence in our elections is only because we have Republican goons telling the American public they can’t trust elections.

No, it’s not elections I don’t trust. I don’t trust Republicans.

Music note: I listened to Nirvana.

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Primarying Democracy


It’s always a mixed bag from my readers anytime I criticize Democrats. Some will agree with me, most won’t, and even more will just stay silent. I don’t get a lot of shares on social media when I hit Democrats. And then Trumpers will claim the next day that I never hit Democrats, or even issue that complaint in a reply to the cartoon hitting Democrats. Seriously.

But I believe in every opinion I express. I don’t pander and I’m not partisan because principles are not partisan. It’s why I’ll never be a member of any political party because it seems somewhere along the way, no matter which party you’re in, you’re gonna have to put ethics, morals, and principles aside for a minute.

Liz Cheney is a Republican and one of the few who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. There are a few other Republicans like Cheney who don’t push Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election, like Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer, who also voted to impeach Donald Trump. Naturally, Democrats will still try to beat Meijer in the general election because he’s still a Republican after all. But, should the Democrats try to beat him in his Republican primary? Should Democrats give money to an election-denying Kool-Aid-swilling fascist Trump cultist in order to have an easier path to victory in the general election this November? It makes sense politically but it doesn’t make sense morally.

There are only ten Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. Democrats have praised them for standing up for truth and Democracy.

Democrats can’t argue for more Republicans to be like Cheney and Meijer and then pump money into their election-denying opponents’ primary campaigns. It also tells Republicans not to ever vote with them again, not to stand on principles.

Democrats have spent at least $43,885,000 on advertising campaigns in races across six states promoting MAGAt candidates against somewhat rational and reasonable Republicans (they’re still Republicans). In Michigan, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent $435,000 on ads promoting Meijer’s primary opponent to Republican voters as a candidate “handpicked by Trump to run for Congress.”

Last Tuesday, Meijer lost to John Gibbs, an election-denying MAGAt. Now, Democrat nominee Hillary Scholten will face off against the Gibbs goon in November. But what if it doesn’t work? If Democrats had lost to Meijer, then that would have been a seat occupied by a non-MAGAt Republican who supports democracy. If they lose to Gibbs, it’ll be another MAGAt in Congress pushing for fascism. Gibbs may be in Congress voting against certifying the next presidential election Donald Trump loses.

I don’t think Democrats are working with a sound strategy.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the founding executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, told Newsweek, “This choice by the DCCC to put a huge amount of money into supporting far-right candidates who support the conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election, is another egregious attack on people’s trust in our government.”

It’s unethical. It’s shady. And it’s telling those who pay attention that Democrats are just as shifty as Republicans.

It’s not just the DCCC playing these shifty hands and it’s not just happening in Congressional races. The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and the House Majority PAC have run TV spots for a bunch of election deniers.

In a report in Newsweek: Last month, the DGA and Democratic incumbent Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker dropped $35 million on ads elevating Republican state Senator Darren Bailey. In Maryland, the DGA booked almost $1.2 million of airwaves to emphasize Republican state Representative Dan Cox. The House Majority PAC also spent thousands on Chris Mathys in California and Lori Saine in Colorado, while the local chapters in Colorado put millions into highlighting Ron Hanks and Greg Lopez. Bailey, Cox, Mathys, Saine, Hanks, and Lopez have all denied the legitimacy of the last presidential election.

If you win at all costs, then you’re going to be bankrupt in victory. In this case, the Democrats will be morally bankrupt.

Music note: I listened to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers while drawing today’s 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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Sieg Heil Ohio


Question: If you believe it’s even slightly possible that someone could become America’s Hitler, then why would you want that person’s endorsement?

In 2016, JD Vance, the hedgefund author guy who wrote “Hillbilly Elegy,” texted his old college roommate telling him he thought Trump “might be America’s Hitler.” The lesser evil he envisioned was that Trump “might be a cynical asshole like Nixon,” which he wrote, “wouldn’t be that bad and might even prove useful.”

So for JD Vance, it was between the man responsible for the Holocaust and the corrupt racist antisemitic president who was forced by his own party to resign in disgrace from the presidency. JD Vance kinda got both. He got the racist antisemitic president whose own party should have forced him to resign and he got the fascist wannabe.

And whether we got Nixon or Hitler, JD Vance wanted that guy’s endorsement. He got it. The best way to get Trump’s endorsement is to kiss Trump’s ass. Since every GOP candidate was vying for Trump’s endorsement, JD Vance won the ass-kissing contest in addition to the nomination. You’re really good at ass-kissing if you can out ass-kiss the ass kissers.

JD Vance is like a lot of former Never Trumpers who attempt to whitewash their past criticisms of Trump. Marco Rubio insinuated that Donald Trump has a tiny penis. Ted Cruz called Trump a “sniveling coward” for insulting his wife and accusing his father of murder. Lindsey Graham refused to honor the pledge he took in 2016 to honor the eventual GOP nominee. All of them defended Donald Trump during BOTH impeachment trials after spending the entire Trump era attacking people for being Never Trumpers.

I know a conservative cartoonist who was a Never Trumper and posted daily his opposition to Trump’s campaign during the 2016 primaries. He was horrified that someone as vile as Trump could win his party’s nomination and vowed to never support Trump. He wrote in Ted Cruz during the general election, like that was less vile. Shortly after Trump’s regime began, this cartoonist’s posts stopped being critical of Trump and morphed into nice comments here and there until he became a full-blown Trump cultist attacking Never Trumpers. To him, being a Never Trumper was an unforgivable sin. He went back and deleted all of his anti-Trump posts as if they ever happened. Basically, he was erasing his own history which is the same thing JD Vance has done.

JD Vance tweeted a lot of bad things about Donald Trump and used words like “idiot,” “noxious” and “reprehensible” to describe him. Like the cartoonist I know, Vance has since deleted all those bad things about Trump.

So, what did Trump change about his principles for all these former Never Trumpers to become Trump cultists? Trump didn’t change anything. The former Never Trumpers either decided to abandon their principles, or the most likely thing is they realized they never actually had any.

Former Never Trumpers are cowards. They either change because they need something from Trump and his base, or they’re afraid of being on the outs with the cult.

JD Vance is now the Republican nominee for the Ohio senate race and the experts at the Institute for Politics at the University of Virginia has Ohio leaning his way. It’s possible Ohio is about to get a United States Senator who doesn’t have any principles.

If you accept the endorsement of a man you thought might become America’s Hitler, then you do not have any principles.

Music note: I don’t know what I listened to because I didn’t look. I told Siri to play something and she went for some Indian sitar music. That stuff’s in my playlist? Why? Anyway, it wasn’t too bad so I let it keep playing.

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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