Gilroy Shooting

Dirty White Boy


cjones08102019

When I was working at The Free Lance-Star in 2001, I tried to get cartoons past my editors that were against profiling Muslim-Americans after 9/11. I didn’t have a lot of success. While not officially endorsing profiling, the paper didn’t rail against it. Even then, the majority of terrorist attacks on Americans were committed by white males. When I pointed out to my editors that if they wanted profiling for people who fit the description of terrorists, then each of us, as we were all white men, would be stopped, frisked, and have a very uncomfortable time going through airport screenings (though one of them may have enjoyed the in-depth searches). The attitude was that it’s worse to be murdered by an Islamic terrorist than a white terrorist. They didn’t see white terrorism as a threat to national security, even though it’s committed in greater numbers than Islamic terrorism. Each time I brought up Timothy McVeigh, they said, “Who?”

Muslims in the United States are expected to forcefully speak out and condemn Islamic extremism yet, we can’t get the president of the United States, who is a white male, to speak out against white extremism. That’s because white extremism is his base. Instead of condemning racism, the man has defended Nazis. He told us there were “very fine people” among those in Charlottesville chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” He did this despite the fact one of those Nazis killed a young woman during their little Nazi demonstration. While not describing himself as a “white” nationalist, he has stated he is a nationalist. This guy is giving dog whistles so loud that cats can hear them.

The attacks this weekend, and the one earlier in the week, isn’t just from mental illness. You can’t blame video games or heavy metal music. Two of three of the attacks from last week were inspired by white supremacists. To be more specific, they were inspired by the white nationalist president.

Donald Trump called for a “total ban” on Muslims from entering the United States “until our representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” When it comes to white guys shooting and killing brown people, Republicans have zero interest in figuring out what the hell is going on.

The killer in Dayton, while being a white male, doesn’t appear to have been motivated by white supremacy. Several media outlets, specifically conservative ones, have pointed out that he was a socialist Democrat who supported Elizabeth Warren. He wrote posts describing himself as an atheist, a “metalhead,” an anime fan, and that he was going to “burn in Hell,” and used a hashtag with “praise Satan.” He also wrote posts against gun violence while also calling to kill all fascist.

Conservatives are now using this to deflect blame from Donald Trump inspiring the killers in Gilroy and El Paso. They think pointing out that he liked Elizabeth Warren proves Trump didn’t inspire the other killers unless you now want to blame Warren for inspiring the Dayton killer. It doesn’t work because this guy was all over the place.

Firstly, you can’t be an atheist and worship Satan. That’s like saying you’re a vegetarian while eating a cheeseburger. If he didn’t put a lot of stock into his atheism then how much commitment did he put into socialism or supporting Elizabeth Warren? As you see, he did a lousy job of standing against gun violence. He wasn’t inspired by Elizabeth Warren to go on a gun rampage anymore than he was inspired by LadyBaby or anime. Damn you, Picachu!

I could be wrong here, but I don’t recall Elizabeth Warren ever calling for a ban on people who go to night clubs. She never screamed about a dubstep invasion. She never promised to build a wall to keep out people who love techno and make Moby pay for it (not a bad idea though). This guy did not write a manifesto repeating words Warren has used against the specific group of people he targetted. The killer in El Paso wrote a manifesto using the very same words against Hispanic immigrants as Donald Trump. The killer in Gilroy referred to a neo-Nazi manifesto before his attack on people who did not look like him. Just like the white guy in Pittsburgh who shot up a synagogue, these two killers were buying what Trump has been preaching.

Since the attacks in Gilroy on July 28, at least 45 people have been killed by gun violence. Over 100 have been wounded. If any one of these attacks was by a Muslim, every Republican in the United States, starting with Donald Trump would be screaming about Islamic terrorism. But with two of these killers being white nationalists and being motivated by Donald Trump, it’s tough to find a Republican blaming the source. Instead, they’ll talk about mental illness and video games. Heaven forbid they actually talk about making it harder in this country to purchase a weapon. They’d rather ban the fake guns that shoot animated zombies than the real guns that actually kill people. It’s a lot easier to get a gun in this country than an abortion. Yet, you never hear of one abortion wiping out 20 fetuses.

Donald Trump will be speaking today and I predict he will finally say something kinda, slightly, maybe negative about white supremacists. At the very least, he’ll say “hate is bad.” He sent a tweet and made comments this week expressing sorrow “thoughts and prayers,” and saying that shooting people is wrong, but there weren’t any comments on white terrorism.

Donald Trump will not condemn white terrorists because his base consists of white terrorists. Beto O’Rourke called it out for what it is and that it is terrorism inspired by Donald Trump. Beto is right and the rest of America, including Republicans, needs to call it what it is.

The irony is, Obama was accused by extreme Republicans of supporting terrorists and at times, even being a terrorist. So it’s par for the course that Republican hypocrisy extends here too because Donald Trump is the greatest recruiter of white terrorists this nation has ever seen.

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Hate And Prayers


cjones08042019

If you’re out there defending Donald Trump from accusations that he’s a racist, and you really believe he’s not racist, the feelings are not mutual because Donald Trump believes you’re a racist.

Donald Trump believes that you are so racist, that throwing out racist dog whistles so loud that cats can hear them, will strengthen your support of him. In fact, he’s counting on it. Trump’s 2020 election strategy is to win by receiving the white vote and only the white vote. With this strategy, he’s counting on white America to be as racist as he is.

Yesterday, a Trump supporter mocked the media for figuring out the “code” he uses when he attacks people of color. The code is using the word “infest.” But with a simpleton like Trump, it wasn’t a difficult code to crack.

Another code you don’t need the Enigma crackers for is his response to massacres. His response to the mass shooting in Gilroy, California that left three dead (two of them minors) and injured 12 is a perfect example. While he tweeted out condolences and “we must stop evil,” he didn’t identify the incident as terrorism or the shooter as a white supremacist (I took artistic license with that detail in the cartoon). He never does that when the shooter is white or a racist. He’s afraid of offending his base of white supremacists. Hell, the guy couldn’t even disavow David Duke. Trump has argued in the past that he didn’t identify the shooter’s beliefs and motivations because he doesn’t have all the information. It’s hard to “stop evil” when you refuse to identify it.

But, when the killer is Muslim, he’s really quick to respond without any information. He used the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016 to double-down on his call for a Muslim ban, even though the killer was born in the United States. He was quick to blame Islamic terrorists and he was right in that instance, even though the killer was a lone wolf.

When MS-13 murders someone, Trump quickly identifies them as such and uses it for his stupid, racist vanity project in the form of a border wall argument.

When a gunman killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand, it took days for Trump to issue any comment, with his first tweet casting himself as the victim. He tweeted that the media was “working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand.” What Trump failed to do was express condolences to the Muslim community or acknowledge the gunman was a fan of his. The shooter used Trump’s term “invader” to describe immigrants and wrote that Trump was a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

A guy who killed 50 Muslims believed that Donald Trump and he had a common purpose. You would think Trump would be quick to disavow such a person. But, you’d also think Trump’s supporters, his cultists, would be quick to disavow Trump’s racism instead of defending it.

Trump supporters would rather be lackeys for their dear leader than to have any independence or dignity. And, don’t expect any of them to speak out against Trump for assuming they’re as racist as he is, even if they were smart enough to detect it.

On Sunday evening, Trump was attacking black Americans through Twitter, even accusing Congressman Elijah Cummings of being a racist. He paused to comment on the shooting at Gilroy. Shortly afterward, he resumed attacking black Americans, this time calling Al Sharpton a “troublemaker” (there’s another racist codeword against blacks), a “con man” and that he “hates whites and cops.”

Al Sharpton may have issued the best retort to Trump we’ve seen all year. Sharpton said, “If he really thought I was a con man he would want me in his cabinet.”

If Trump was presidential, he would have taken at least one day off from being divisive, attacking fellow Americans, and telling his white supporters that black leaders hate them. A real president would respond to the need of unifying the nation, not engage in further divisiveness. But, it’s hard to be presidential when you’re a racist. For his supporters, it’s hard to spot racism when you’re racist.

If you are ever accused of something racist and the people currently defending Trump today start defending you, I got bad news for you. You said something racist.

Donald Trump is fostering hate in this nation and hoping the divisiveness wins him a second term. He says, “We must stop evil.” If he really wanted to stop evil, he’d submit his resignation and leave the White House.

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As I noted in a previous cartoon, these are perilous times for political cartoonists. But you can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print).I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

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