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Burying The Numbers


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As the coronavirus pandemic started to take form in the United States and there were only 15 known cases, Donald Trump assured us the numbers would start going down and soon we would be at zero cases. This was one of many lies from Donald Trump and his administration about the virus.

Today, Donald Trump is telling us that the only reason we have so many cases is that we have so much testing as if testing creates cases. He says we test more than any other nation. He tells us the virus is harmless to 99 percent of those who catch it. He says we have one of the “lowest mortality rates in the world.” Each of these claims is a lie.

Donald Trump has told over 20,000 lies since becoming president (sic) and even when it comes to public safety and mortality, he continues to lie. His niece, Mary Trump, the author of the new book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” said her uncle is not able to solve the coronavirus. If Donald Trump can’t admit when he’s made mistakes or even accept scientific evidence and facts during a pandemic, then he’s not the man to solve the pandemic.

We are rapidly approaching 140,00 deaths from the coronavirus in the United States. Mary Trump picked the right title for her book. Donald Trump is the world’s most dangerous man.

Now, the White House is ordering hospitals to stop reporting key data about their patients to the Center for Disease Control and to instead feed it into a new system that will flow directly to the Health and Human Services Department, which oversees the CDC. This means the White House is engaging in a coverup of the death toll. They don’t want us to know the numbers. They’re going to be hidden away like Trump’s taxes and the results from his cognitive test.

For months, Republicans and conspiracy theorists have argued the death toll was inflated. Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis is a Trump goon, has misreported data from the state.

Florida was warned not to skip safety steps to reopen and that they should wait, and when they did reopen, to do it in phases as New York did. Ron DeSantis scoffed, attacked the press for the reporting, and boasted about how his state was doing so well and conquered the pandemic. Then, he reopened his state. Disney World Reopened. Professional Wrestling was declared an essential service. The Republican National Committee was invited to Jacksonville. Ron DeSantis took an obnoxious victory lap. National Review published an article titled, “Where does Ron DeSantis go to get his apology?”. I hope DeSantis isn’t holding his breath.

Florida was late to shut down and early to reopen. Now, Florida has the worst outbreak of coronavirus in the country. It’s one of the worst in the world. Since the beginning of July, Covid19 cases in the state have gone up nearly 60 percent. Florida has 20 percent more cases than Arizona, 70 percent more cases than Texas, and more than double the cases of California. Florida has more new cases than Europe. In case you’re a Republican, Europe is a continent. The only continent we should have more cases than is Antarctica. Despite all this, DeSantis and Republicans want every school in the state to open. And DeSantis still hasn’t issued an order mandating face masks to be worn. Seriously, there are too many stupid people in charge of important shit in this country.

Then, DeSantis blamed the media claiming they never reported on the virus during the month of May. Yeah, I totally remember a month-long coronavirus news blackout. As a member of the press, I demand an apology from Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis is a Trump acolyte. During his campaign for governor, he ran commercials showing him teaching his children how to build racist walls. He was slow to reopen because Donald Trump downplayed the virus. He was quick to reopen because Donald Trump screamed for the nation to reopen (remember when it was going to go away in spring and we could reopen by Easter?). He wanted the GOP’s convention in his state, acting as though the state scheduled to host it, North Carolina, was overreacting. Even that wrestling thing where he made it an essential business, World Wrestling Entertainment is partly-owned by the chairperson of a Trump super-PAC and former cabinet member, Linda McMahon (and huge donor to the Trump bogus charity).

DeSantis is on board with Donald Trump lying about the virus. Their lies about how bad it isn’t are just as bad as their lies to cover it up. Trump says we have the lowest mortality rate in the world when we have the 7th highest. In case you’re a Republican, there are more than seven countries on the planet and they’re all laughing at us. In fact, 120 more countries have lower mortality rates than we do. So where does Trump get off stating a lie that big? As we’ve learned over the past four years, it doesn’t matter what Trump lies about, his supporters will repeat it.

We don’t have the lowest mortality rate. We don’t have the most testing. And we haven’t had the best leaders. It was reported yesterday that Trump banned flights from Europe too late. It was too late for New York. When Trump first banned flights from China, he only banned travel for Chinese. If it was trade or passengers were American, then they could come on in as if the virus was as racist as Trump is. The virus doesn’t care who has a passport. A lot of people have forgotten about this, but when he initially banned travel from Europe, he excluded nations that had…wait for it…Trump resorts. Seriously, he was willing to let people die over his fucking pocketbook.

Now, the CDC is delaying a release on guidance for reopening schools and the White House sat on a report stating 18 states are in a coronavirus “red zone,” and recommends counties in the red zone to revert to more stringent pandemic measures like closing bars and gyms, limiting social gatherings to 10 people or fewer and requiring masks “at all times outside the home.”

After actions like that, the coronavirus deserves the title “Trump Virus.” Donald Trump has single-handedly made this virus worse. Donald Trump’s response, and lack of, has cost lives. Now he’s trying to hide deaths from the virus. When you have to lie about the numbers, you know you’ve done a lousy job. Donald Trump is the world’s most dangerous man.

DeSantis wants an apology from the media? The entire world is owed an apology from DeSantis, Donald Trump, and everyone who has ever supported these people.

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DeSantis Feeds The Children


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Will you die from the coronavirus? That may depend on whether your governor is a Democrat or a Republican.

To be fair, some Republican governors have responded to the coronavirus responsibly putting their constituents first. The governors of Ohio (Mike DeWine), Maryland(Larry Hogan), and Massachusetts (Charlie Baker) have treated this like the serious crisis it is and not as a partisan hoax created by China, Democrats, and Jim Acosta to destroy Donald Trump.

But it’s been governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo, California’s Gavin Newsome, Washington’s Jay Inslee, Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards, and Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer whose name Donald Trump can’t bother himself to learn, who has lead this nation through this crisis.

While Andrew Cuomo has been the leader for this entire nation, not just New York, delivering facts and blunt assessments of the crisis, Donald Trump has lied, vilified, and expressed more concern over his TV ratings and if he’s number one on Facebook.

Then, you have idiot Republican governors following Donald Trump’s lead. To be a leader of a state, you need to acquaint yourself with facts and not just propaganda, dogma, or partisan bullshit. In Governor Brian Kemp’s case, he waited two months before learning the fact that asymptomatic people can spread the disease which finally made him shut down Georgia. But another fact he’s had at least three years to learn is that DONALD TRUMP IS A LIAR AND AN IDIOT!!!

Sorry, I yelled.

Donald Trump is a liar, an idiot, and he doesn’t care about you or anything that isn’t Donald Trump.

But it may not matter what party your governor belongs to since there are open borders between states. People can travel to New York from Georgia, where idiot Kemp has reopened the beaches, and bring the virus with them while getting sand in your carpet (and it gets everywhere).

Instead of shutting his state down, the governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, decided all he had to do was pray that God would give Donald Trump wisdom. Again. Three years, fucko. No wisdom. There are some miracles God can’t perform. The governors in Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri have responded similarly.

Which brings us to Florida…again.

Florida is one of the states hardest hit by the coronavirus, yet it took an extremely long time for Governor Ron DeSantis to shut the state down. He wouldn’t even shut down the beaches during spring break. Today, the churches are still open and God still hasn’t given Trump wisdom.

Florida is the third most populous state in the nation with 21 million people. DeSantis has proven he’s not up this moment in history. On Thursday, he said he’s considering reopening Florida’s schools. His reasoning? The coronavirus doesn’t affect kids.

He said, “This particular pandemic is one where I don’t think nationwide, there’s been a single fatality under 25. For whatever reason, it just doesn’t seem to threaten, you know, kids.”

And he backed it up with, “I think the data on that has been 100% consistent. I’ve not seen any deviation on that.”

As a governor of a state with 21 million people, he shouldn’t make statements like “I think the data has been 100% consistent” if he can’t say that with 100% accuracy. The thing is, the virus does infect kids.

The virus does kill kids. It HAS killed kids. DeSantis should know that. And even if it doesn’t kill them, they are carriers and can spread it to other people. In Florida, at least 1,200 cases have been in the 15-24 ranges.

Part of DeSantis’ strategy, or maybe his entire strategy, is to follow Trump on this. He said he based his decision to finally shut the state down on Trump’s somber “demeanor.” Again, he had three years to learn this (longer actually but I’m being generous and spotting him a few years for his disadvantage of being a Republican). Donald Trump lies and only thinks of Donald Trump. And, he tapes his hair to his head. What does that have to do with the coronavirus? Nothing but I like reminding you that he tapes his hair to his head.

So, it may not just be Republican governors who kill you. It may be a Republican president. By the time I’m done writing today’s blog, there may be more deaths from the coronavirus than lies from Donald Trump. That’s around 19,000 and it’s a huge number. And every day during his press conferences where he doesn’t provide anything new or substantial but talks for two hours about himself, both numbers grow (but his hair doesn’t).

If you live in Florida or any southern state with a Republican governor, I’m so sorry. And if you live in the United States of America, we’re all sorry.

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The problem with electing a Trump cultist as your governor is that you’re stuck with a Trump cultist as your governor.

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was in Congress, he introduced legislation that required the Justice Department to report to Congress whenever any federal agency failed to enforce a law. This was in 2014 and a swipe at the Obama administration. It failed and he didn’t bother to reintroduce it during the Trump administration. I wonder why.

After Trump was in office and inflicting his corruption and con job on America, DeSantis voted in favor of a bill to strip all funding from the Mueller investigation. DeSantis adopted the Devin Nunes platform of protecting Donald Trump at all costs, no matter what he was accused of or how much evidence was apparent. For DeSantis, it’s Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump. He was also a member of the Fucknut Caucus, but they prefer to call it the “Freedom” Caucus.

When DeSantis ran for governor, he was endorsed by Trump and based his campaign on being the most fucknutty of all the fucknut Republicans in the primary. He ran commercials where he was teaching his children to say, “Make America great again” and building a racist wall out of lego blocks. He dressed his infant in a MAGA jumper in these commercials (which, I am assuming, was soon full of shit). He read “Art of the Deal” to his kids to prevent them from becoming intelligent adults. When asked, he couldn’t find one issue where he disagreed with Donald Trump.

Donald Trump had become a kingmaker in conservative politics, changing the Republican Party into the Donald Trump cult, and DeSantis became further proof of that after he won the primary. His credentials didn’t matter on statewide topics. All that mattered was that he burrowed deep up Donald Trump’s ass. In fact, he’s burrowed so deep up that ass, he allowed Floridians to die.

Governor (sic) Ron DeSantis refused to issue a stay-at-home order as other governors in the nation have done. Florida isn’t like Nebraska, where there are only five cases of coronavirus (detected so far). Florida isn’t even in the middle of states with verified cases. DeSantis is governor of the state with the fifth most cases. There are nearly 8,000 cases at this time and 100 deaths. Florida is the third-most populous state in the nation and it’s a contender to lead in coronavirus deaths.

Despite the rise of cases in Florida and the rest of the nation, DeSantis refused to declare a state of emergency. While all the other states with high cases of the coronavirus were implementing lockdowns, Florida went to the beach. Literally.

He refused to shut down the state as spring breakers stormed the beaches. He refused to shut down the beaches. He refused to issue a stay-at-home order, like New York and my state of Virginia have done. Here in Virginia, we have around 1,500 cases (and 34 deaths) yet our governor has taken it more seriously than Florida. Maybe that’s one reason we have fewer cases.

Why didn’t Ron DeSantis act sooner? Because he’s a Trump cultist.

It’s bad enough regular morons live and breathe everything Donald Trump says and then end up dying because they ingested fish tank cleaner after Dear Leader said something about chloride beating the virus. But a governor shouldn’t put his entire state at risk because of the stupid shit that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.

Ron DeSantis should be serving the people of Florida, not just the Trump cult less enough, one person. Of course, that one person is Donald Trump.

DeSantis finally issued a stay-at-home order. What took him so long? Donald Trump didn’t take the virus seriously so the governor of Florida didn’t take it seriously. This is not my viewpoint. DeSantis said so. He explained his order by saying, “”When you see the President up there and his demeanor the last couple of days, that’s not necessarily how he always is.” Usually, he’s just racist and stupid. Before the order, he said he was following the White House on how he should proceed with the state.

Donald Trump spent a month denying and downplaying the virus. Governors like DeSantis, like their Dear Leader, put their citizens’ lives in danger.

Donald Trump boasted about banning travel from Europe…well most of Europe. He ignored the fact that people in the U.S. can cross state lines. So while one state has a lockdown, their neighbor may not. This doesn’t stop a virus. DeSantis has been unable to see that counties also have borders that people are free to cross.

The urban areas of Florida, where people tend to be more educated and less fucknutty, issued stay-at-home orders. But because their governor is in servitude to a fucking moron, he allowed the rest of the counties to carry on as if it was business as usual, thus infecting the entire state.

Florida isn’t the only state where the governor is willing to let his citizens die because of the way Donald Trump has behaved. Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi are still running wild. The governor of Mississippi’s biggest act to fight the virus is to pray for God to give Donald Trump intelligence. The governor of Mississippi does not have any intelligence.

Like Donald Trump isn’t qualified to handle a pandemic, neither is Ron DeSantis. The Florida Governor wants to be like Donald Trump. Congratulations, Ron. You suck just as much as Donald Trump. DeSantis, like Trump, was slow to react to the virus. He would rather serve the cult than serve his citizens. He would rather you die than upset Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has proven he shouldn’t be president and Ron DeSantis has proven he shouldn’t be Florida’s governor.

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Matt Gaetz Shows His Respect


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If “if you like your doctor then you can keep your doctor” is a lie, then so is, “anybody who needs a test gets a test.” And it’s actually a more dangerous lie.

Donald Trump doesn’t know how to respond to what is now being described as an international pandemic, so he lies and gives misinformation about it. He says he’s the best to deal with it because his uncle was a “super genius” at MIT. Donald Trump couldn’t spell “MIT” if you spotted him the “M” and the “I.” He was at the CDC, Center for Disease Control, where the scientists asked him how he knew so much about the coronavirus which he either made up or they did so mockingly. It’d be like asking someone who kicks tires how they know so much about automobiles. Donald Trump couldn’t spell “CDC” if you spotted him the “C” and the “D.”

On top of all this, members of Trump’s administration and government workers who aren’t political, are being told not to cross the president (sic). People are being told not to do their jobs if it compromises Donald Trump’s ego.

And then, Donald Trump went to Mar-a-Lago to play golf.

So, is it any surprise the markets are collapsing?

Italy’s government is advising its citizens to keep a distance of three feet from each other. That’s good advice here in the United States. When you encounter a Republican, keep at least three feet away (though I’d advise much farther, like another state).

The Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) was last week which featured such high profile individuals as the anti-Greta and Ted Cruz. You can’t have an asshole convention without Ted Cruz.

Now, Cruz and Republican congressman Paul Glosar are self-quarantining after encountering an individual at CPAC who has tested positive for the coronavirus. I guess karma does exist. Who knew there’d be new reasons to avoid Ted Cruz? If this was a zombie outbreak, all of our political leaders would have been bitten by now.

Now I have to ask, was Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz also at the convention?

Gaetz had to have been there because he’s an asshole. What kind of asshole is he? During the vote to put over $8 billion into fighting the coronavirus, Gaetz wore a gas mask to mock the crisis. He eventually voted for the bill but expressed reluctance. Later, after catching grief for his frat boy antics on the floor of the House of Representatives, he tried to pretend he was serious and looking out for his safety. Now, a person from Gaetz’s Florida district has died from the coronavirus. Maybe Gaetz should attend the funeral wearing his little gas mask. He can talk to the victim’s family, while wearing the gas mask, and explain how serious he is.

I have a great idea. Let’s take all of these Republicans who attended the CPAC thingy and quarantine them…in the Trump Washington hotel.

In fact, let’s stick them in there and shut the hotel down until this pandemic passes. I’m sure Trump would take the monetary sacrifice for his nation and fellow Republicans. Right? Hello?

Now, remember, keep at least three feet away from all Republicans. For the love of God, do not shake their hands. Republican cooties are nasty. Additionally, it would be best if you don’t smell any of their bullshit either.

Republicans are contagious.

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Florida Buttman


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Is Donald Trump moving his permanent residence to Florida because of taxes, criminal investigations, or because New York hurt his feelings? Maybe a combination of all three. There are also the logistics of a former president living in a penthouse in Manhattan versus several acres of a golf resort.

If Trump wants to move where people actually like him, then he should consider Alabama and West Virginia. Of course, they like him now. Maybe after he moves in they’ll learn what New Yorkers already know. Donald Trump is a con artist and an asshole. You don’t want him.

New Yorkers are saying “good riddance” to Trump. And for Florida, it’s not like he’s bringing industry and jobs to your state. He’s just bringing his ass.

Maybe the one thing Trump doesn’t understand and no one has explained to him yet is that Florida and New York are in the same country. Extradition happens between states. So, if Trump is found guilty of crimes in New York, he will be arrested in Florida and shipped back north.

But for all the men who are competing to be “Florida Man,” they just got some very BIG competition.

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Tossers For Trump


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After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, Donald Trump went to the island and threw paper towels at the victims.

To say Donald Trump wasn’t prepared for the hurricane would be an understatement. A response wasn’t prepared until after the damage. Supplies, boats, and rescue personnel weren’t organized until after. Trump didn’t even know the people were American citizens, that he was their president, or that Puerto Rico was even an island until afterward.

During the paper towel trip, Trump berated the victims saying, “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you threw out budget a little out of whack.” He told the victims they didn’t have a real catastrophe because it wasn’t like larger hurricanes that other presidents had to deal with. Afterward, he refused to accept that the death toll is nearly 3,000. He’s lied repeatedly about how much has been appropriated and spent on the recovery. To make matters worse, he engaged in feuds with the politicians of the island, calling them “corrupt.”

As Hurricane Dorian headed for Puerto Rico this week, Trump didn’t just tweet out concern for the citizens who are still recovering from Maria. He complained about having to spend government money on the island with, “Will it ever end?” He told the people that they should be thankful for the help, “not like last time,” and continued his feud with the mayor of San Juan (if you’re a Republican, San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico), calling her “incompetent.” Then, he tweeted, “And by the way, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico!”

Puerto Rico was mostly spared and now Dorian is headed toward Florida. Did Trump start complaining about how much we may have to spend on hurricane relief for the state or start lobbing insults at the governor? Of course not.

Florida is a red state. The governor is a Republican. Trump won Florida and he’ll probably win it again as the state rejected the intelligent and eloquent Andrew Gillum for racist Ron DeSantis in 2018.

Trump praised DeSantis and even canceled a planned trip to Poland. Of course, neither Trump or DeSantis are mentioning that Trump has pulled funds away from FEMA to increase spending on punishing immigrants.

Trump likes to compare himself to President Obama, so let’s do that. When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012, President Obama didn’t complain about how much we’d have to spend on the recovery. He didn’t insult the citizens. He didn’t deny how big the storm was or how much damage was inflicted. He didn’t accuse the governor of having an eating disorder and call him a “fatty, fat, fat, fat.” Obama, like presidents before him, responded in a presidential manner. But maybe there’s something else that will drive Trump to give a presidential response to Dorian hitting Florida.

There’s more to Florida than just electoral votes or a population that’s not entirely made up of brown people. It contains two of his properties. Trump loves his properties. He mentions them every chance he gets. He visits them every chance he gets, spending over a quarter of his time as president at his golf resorts, driving on the green, cheating at golf, crashing weddings, eating chocolate cake, letting guests pose with the nuclear football, etc. Fun, fun. He’s even promoted his properties as president and has proposed his Doral club as the location for the 2020 G7 summit. He’s used the presidency to grift as much cash as he can into his resorts and hotels. It’ll be hard to do that if a hurricane wipes them out.

I’m not wishing for a hurricane to hit Florida. I’m not even hoping for a very precise strike that’ll only hit Mar-a-Lago and Trump Doral. But if it does, I’ll send paper towels.

Then, after sending paper towels, I can say, “I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Donald Trump.”

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Counting Isn’t Cheating


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Donald Trump refused to believe Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, often calling it a hoax. He claims the investigation is a “witch hunt.” He trusted Vladimir Putin’s denial over American intelligence, which is part of his government. He claimed millions voted illegally and created a sham commission, now dismantled, to investigate. He campaigned during the midterms on a caravan invasion that the Democrats created to vote in U.S. elections.

Trump called for a new election in the Arizona Senate race, claiming there was corruption. The race has now been called for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and her Republican opponent, Martha McSally has conceded.

In Georgia, where the race is still too close to call and counting continues, Trump declared Republican Brian Kemp the winner, “the transition should begin”, and “it’s time to move on.”

In the Florida recount, he claims it’s impossible to get an “honest vote count,” and that a “large number of ballots showed up out of nowhere,” and that we “must go with Election Night” numbers.

Donald Trump wants voting to stop. He wants thousands, if not millions of Americans to have their votes disenfranchised, even service members whose votes are still coming in from overseas. He believes counting every vote after he perceives his side has won, amounts to cheating and election fraud.

Donald Trump is the president of the United States of America, and he doesn’t understand how democracy works. We count votes here in the United States. Every vote should be counted. For that matter, other Republicans don’t seem to understand it either.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp worked hard to remove African Americans from the voter rolls to prevent them from voting in an election in which he was competing. Florida governor Rick Scott, has also accused the recount of being corrupt, and sent law enforcement to oversee the recount.

Scott’s state government has debunked his and Trump’s accusations of voter fraud and corruption. Sure, Broward County, where they’re still counting, is inept at handling elections, but that doesn’t make them corrupt. Republicans are afraid of voters. They’re afraid of every vote being counted. Voters should be afraid of Republicans. If they can’t win fairly, they’ll cheat. Even when the odds, numbers, and demographics are in their favor, they’ll still cheat. They’re like the New England Patriots, except really racist while cheating.

Donald Trump doesn’t understand how Democracy works. Maybe, in 2020, we can show him.

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Kanye Blows


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Whenever I come across a Trump supporter, I ask myself, “What the hell is wrong with this person?” Everything a Trump lover loves about Donald Trump is a lie. They bought a false image. Everything they claim they hate about Hillary Clinton perfectly fits Donald Trump. Everything, except for the vagina.

But, whatever is afflicting Trump sycophants has hit Kanye West with a double whammy, and then some. There’s something seriously messed up about Kanye. For this intelligent man (Yes. He is intelligent) to allow himself to be used as a prop by Donald Trump, there has to be something seriously wrong.

Yesterday, Trump entertained Kanye in the Oval Office, or maybe Kanye entertained him. Kanye talked for ten minutes and Trump didn’t speak at all. Seriously. For the first time ever, Trump was not the biggest ego sucking all the air out of the room. During Kanye’s rant, Trump had the same expression I have each time I have to watch one of his rallies.

For ten minutes, Kanye spoke without interruption about an alternate universe, Larry Hoover, growing up without a father, Superman, Saturday Night Live, Hillary’s slogan versus Trump’s slogan, his MAGA hat, the Yeezy effect, sleep deprivation, mental illness, abolishing the 13th Amendment, and hydrogen airplanes, all in one sentence.

Sitting in the Oval Office, Kanye said “bullshit” and dropped the Queen Elizabeth of all curse words, even adding the “mother” to it. He gave Trump a hug. He said the MAGA hat made him feel like Superman.

He said he couldn’t get with Hillary’s “I’m with her,” because he grew up without a father to play catch with, and Trump made him feel like a man. Sheesh. Couldn’t the guy had just found a cornfield where he could play baseball with a bunch of ghosts? It worked for Kevin Costner.

He also opened up his iPhone (I thought that stuff wasn’t allowed in the Oval) and was caught on camera typing in his password, “000000.” I’m thinking numbers in any other order would be too confusing for a Trump supporter. Hackers all over the nation immediately attacked his bank and social media accounts trying the combination “1234.” Also, since his phone was probably hacked before he finished speaking, we’re all going to see his penis by noon.

Seriously, this was extremely shameful. Instead of managing the response to Hurricane Michael, which hit the Florida panhandle Wednesday, Trump went to a rally. Yesterday, instead of dealing with the hurricane or Saudi Arabia’s murder of a journalist, he took advantage of Kanye’s mental illness for a political photo-op. That’s because Donald Trump has no shame. He is a vile, repugnant piece of human excrement. At least, we think it’s human.

Trump believes peoples are monolithic. If Kanye supports him, then that means all black people will support him. But, maybe he’s right about the monolithic thing.

If Kanye supports Trump, that means only crazy people support Trump.

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MAGA Monkey


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As the Republican nominee for Florida’s governorship, Ron DeSantis links himself to Trump as proof of his qualifications for the job. Using his children in television spots, teaching them how to build a racist wall and to say “make America great again,” you get the impression he may not be qualified to be a father.

DeSantis gushed over being endorsed by Trump, as though God himself came down from Mount Sinai to christen him. DeSantis has used his position as a congressman defending Trump on Fox News and joining other sycophants in Congress putting Trump over country by trying to derail the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling.

As Trump’s apprentice, DeSantis has figured out the racist wolf whistle and how to double down when called on it. Within 12 hours of his primary victory, DeSantis went on Fox News and said voters shouldn’t “monkey this up” by voting for his black opponent, Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum.

Even Fox News felt the need to take the extraordinary measure of issuing a rebuke later in the day that they don’t condone DeSantis’ language. Being a Trump acolyte, DeSantis refused to apologize, even if he was misinterpreted, and his campaign simply stated it was “absurd” to consider it racist. Of course, Trump sycophants also have a difficult time identifying any racism from Trump.

DeSantis is also a moderator, along with racist Virginia Senate nominee Corey Stewart, of a racist Tea Party group on Facebook. Shortly before his announcement for the governor’s race, DeSantis accepted a paid trip to attend a conference of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Palm Beach consisting of racist speakers, like Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and the founder of Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes. The Horowitz group and Proud Boys have been labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Running on a pro-Trump platform is now a requirement for Republican primaries, but it may cripple candidacies in general elections. Racism and a nationalistic platform don’t sell as well for the general public as it does Republican voters.

While Republicans say the Democrats’ only position is anti-Trump and will impeach if they gain control of Congress, a vote for the GOP is a vote against the rule of law, checks and balances, and democracy.

It’s not so much monkeys I’m worried about. It’s the knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.

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Shelters In Venice


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Warning: I’m about to do a cartoon/blog dump on you. I drew three cartoons on local subjects for three different publications the week before last, and I’m about to blog all three of them…in three separate blogs. When it rains it pours, as two of these were special requests while one is part of my regular schedule. I enjoy drawing cartoons on local subjects as they’re never on Donald Trump.

First up, I drew this for the Venice Gondolier Sun in Florida. The city of Venice had an issue with Sarasota County’s shelter situation.

I actually changed the label on “Sarasota” to “Sarasota County,” as the issue was with the county, not the city of Sarasota. Where did I put that file?

I had a day to get the cartoon approved and completed after it was commissioned. Editors love to throw short deadlines at you.

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