Groundhog Day

Canned Hog


The only thing that’s keeping the Trump era from being even worse is that we’re not waking up every morning to Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You, Babe.”

The Trump administration is like the movie Groundhog Day. Each day brings a repeat of something that would destroy any other politician in a more saner era, yet with Trump, we’ll wring our hands over it for a day and move on to the next outrage. Often, the next scandal occurs on the same day. It’s always stupid, racist, greedy, sexist, repeat.

One of the repeats is hypocrisy, like Trump attacking someone for sexual harassment or for having ridiculous hair. Now, after spending the last three years attacking undocumented immigrants, ripping their families apart, throwing their babies into cages, and promising to build a racist, medieval vanity project in a border wall, we discover that Trump has had dozens of illegal workers at his douchey golf resorts for decades. OK, we didn’t just learn it. We’ve known it, but now it’s out in the open, and the Trump Organization is acknowledging it.

Naturally, it’s not the clubs’ fault. It’s those damn sneaky illegals tricking the fine, respectable and upstanding executives at the Trump organization into hiring them. How are we to expect college-educated billionaire execs to outwit poor immigrants who never made it to high school?

Frankly, I find it hard to believe a guy who married two immigrants not to suspect he had dozens of undocumented employees working for him. Doesn’t he have the best brain?

Trump kicked off his campaign by screaming about Mexico sending us rapists and murderers. He’s spent the last three years warning us about MS-13 gang members. By his own irrational standards, how did he know he didn’t have any of those working for him?

In December, The New York Times reported that Trump had undocumented workers on the payroll of his Bedminster, New Jersey club. Last Sunday, The Washington Post reported that Trump’s National Golf Club in Westchester, New York fired dozens of undocumented workers who are in the country illegally. Several had already been fired from the Bedminster club.

The employees were on the payroll for years, despite the club knowing of their status. There were even instances when the club would tell some undocumented workers that they needed better papers.

As I mentioned before, the Trump Organization isn’t eating any of the blame for the firings. Instead, they’re blaming politicians. Eric Trump, the stupid one, blamed “incompetent lawmakers” and got angry at the media for covering the story. It’s not like his dad is president who has built his entire campaign and administration on hating brown people and creating lies about caravans and Mexican duct tape.

The workers were fired by being individually called into a room by an executive, who read their names off a list. That sounds like the organization knew which employees were in the nation illegally, you know because they had a list.

Great companies aren’t just built by great leadership. They also need a great workforce. People who work for good companies take pride in their job and they give their lives to it. In the case of the Trump Organization, they gave their lives to a company that didn’t appreciate them.

Starbucks closed all of their stores for half a day over a racial incident. Auto manufacturers are always recalling products, hopefully before they kill you. Even Domino’s admitted their pizza was shitty and went to work to create a brand new and improved shitty pizza. Businesses need to recognize their flaws. They would not want to hire a worker who couldn’t admit or recognize their own flaws, so why work for a company…or vote for a candidate who can’t?

It’s far-fetched that the Trump Organization didn’t know they had undocumented immigrants on their workforce. This is a company whose head made his entire political career off illegal immigration, yet they never participated in the e-verify system which certifies that a potential employee’s immigration documents are genuine. Why didn’t a company, that says it wants to do everything legally and by the book, not participate in the system? Especially this company?

While the company gives benefits like health insurance and pensions to their employees, undocumented workers were not granted these benefits. Why does someone work for you over a decade without your ever giving them benefits your company offers?

Firing the employees is understandable, but the company never should have hired them. It’s also wrong to only fire them because the press found out. If the company had half a heart, they would be offering legal assistance to each of these workers who toiled years for them. Instead, they were shit-canned without even receiving a severance.

Some employees wondered how Donald Trump could rail against immigrants from Mexico and Central America when he was so nice to them in person, often giving them generous tips. People can be a paradox, even a sub-human shitgibbon like Donald Trump. Keep in mind, Strom Thurmond slept with black women and even fathered a child with one, which had to be creating the biggest identity crisis ever.

It also shows that Donald Trump is a piece of crap. He’ll take advantage of you while attacking that you’re here.

Trump supporters argue that people who hire undocumented workers should be penalized or punished in some fashion. I agree, and we shouldn’t just allow the company to get away with blaming “incompetent lawmakers.”

We need to punish incompetent employers, incompetent presidents, and by Eric Trump’s quote, incompetent fathers.

Creative note: I didn’t want to use the word “illegal” in the label in this cartoon. The use of “Illegal” for immigrants is often debated and the only press that uses it is racist, right-wing websites that your uncle share links to. People are human, not illegals. But in this case, their status as “workers” or “employees” is illegal. So, don’t give me any shit for it. “Illegal” is a much shorter word for a label than “undocumented.” I tried to make that fit and it didn’t work.

Second creative note: As many of you know, I’m not fond of holiday-themed political cartoons, with a few exceptions. I do like Groundhog Day, depending on how it’s used. I think it’s better if you don’t even refer to the shadow. I did one last year with Trump firing the hog because he really needed to fire someone after it was denied by the White House Counsel to fire Robert Mueller.

As I mentioned last year, I have done very few Groundhog Day cartoons in my career because the holiday sneaks up on me. I usually don’t know it’s Groundhog day until it’s Groundhog Day, and I find out when I see someone else’s cartoon using it. This year, I’m a few days early. But, I looked at the date and noticed that because I’m so far ahead with the file dates for the cartoons, that my next cartoon would be dated for Groundhog Day (this cartoon). Perfect! So, it will pop up on GoComics on the actual holiday. Even better, editors will have this cartoon several days ahead so they can publish it on the holiday, that is, if they have the stones to run a cartoon criticizing Trump for firing brown people.

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Groundhog Day…Again


I’ve heard several political pundits compare the Trump era to Groundhog Day. Not the day when a rodent pops out of a hole and predicts weather. They’re comparing it to the great Bill Murray/Harold Ramis movie, Groundhog Day.

Released in 1993, Bill Murray is an egotistical weatherman stuck indefinitely in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day, where the day’s events keep repeating on a loop until the end of time or until Bill learns not to be such an asshole.

This is kind of where we are with the Trump administration. Every day repeats something extremely stupid that we’ll be forced to repeat over and over until Donald Trump learns not to be such an asshole or Robert Mueller sends him to federal prison. My money is on prison. It’s more annoying than having to wake up to “I Got You, Babe” every single morning.

Think about it. Does it feel like it’s only been a year since Trump gave his “American Carnage” speech and Sean Spicer chewed out the media for accurately reporting crowd sizes? How can one person accuse Obama of wiretapping him, defend Nazis, endorse pedophiles, and accuse an entire continent of being a shithole in a span of one year? I didn’t think it was possible for one person to tell over 2,000 lies in one year. And, you would think the guy would stop talking about Hillary Clinton after 365 days, but of course not. At some point he’s going to start writing country songs about her.

Late last night, the usual time for breaking Trump stupidity, The New York Times reported that Trump tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller last June. The only thing that stopped him was White House Counsel Don McGahn’s refusal and threat to quit if Muller was fired.

Being that they’re all chickenshits, Trump didn’t want to do the firing himself and McGahn didn’t want to refuse to Trump’s face. They each used surrogates, with McGahn being Trump’s. If McGahn didn’t do it to Trump’s face that means he used someone like Reince Priebus or Steve Bannon, which further makes them witnesses to an obstruction of justice. Ya’ll all going to prison.

Apparently, Trump cited three conflicts of interest for Mueller as the reasons for wanting him fired. None of them were good reasons. They were, he once worked at a law firm that represented Jared Kushner, he interviewed to return as the director of the FBI the day before he was appointed as the Special Counsel, and finally, he was a member of one of Trump’s golf clubs and had a dispute over membership fees.

Of course, Trump denies this happened which means it happened. Trump has complained daily about the Special Counsel, the FBI, the Justice Department, and has stated that any investigation looking into his finances will be going too far. Last June was also when the Special Counsel was just kicking in and hiring lawyers with experience in Watergate and Enron. Mueller didn’t hire any reality TV lawyers. Trump is in the deep end and he doesn’t even know how to dog paddle.

One of the many things I find amusing is that Trump’s lawyers are working overtime to prevent him from testifying to Mueller, despite their claims that Trump is a political genius.

Equally amusing is this notion that McGahn is somehow the hero of the White House protecting our nation from Trump fuckery. No, he’s not. This is the same guy who asked Sally Yates, after she warned them about Michael Flynn’s lying to the FBI, “why would the Justice Department care?” There’s also one other little nugget about Don McGahn people are overlooking. He works for Donald Trump.

Sure, he may have done what he thought was best for the nation in refusing to order the Justice Department to fire Mueller. He may have been protecting the president, White House, and Justice Department from the shit storm. Maybe he just didn’t wanna hear Kellyanne Conway defending it on TV. Or, maybe he doesn’t want to go to prison.

If Trump goes to prison, he’s not going alone. Maybe it’s something that’s not obvious to each Trump sycophant, but when Trump asks/tells them to do something, he may be asking them to jump on a grenade for him. I know these idiots worship Trump, but do they love him enough to serve time?

Also, maybe McGahn was looking for a reason to quit. He’s a lawyer who has had to hire a lawyer over Trump Fuckery and the Mueller Investigation. Who really wants a job that requires you to hire a lawyer so you don’t go to jail?

Creative notes: I had another subject mapped out in my head when this news hit. But I wanted to be one of the first to cover the story, so I pushed it aside. That also presented a problem as I had just drawn Trump in prison and inserted one of his lawyers in the cartoon. I really wanted to do something different since I was doing two cartoons in a row on the same subject.

This cartoon isn’t my normal style. It seems like something other cartoonists would think of. I like to shoot for weirder ideas. Also, I’ve drawn very few cartoons on Groundhog Day throughout my career. Part of that is, I hate holiday cartoons and cliches. Another big reason I’ve drawn so few is that Groundhog Day always sneaks up on me. Usually I’m not even aware of Groundhog Day until it is Groundhog Day. I refuse to draw a holiday cartoon that is published after the holiday (though that doesn’t stop some publishers from publishing them after).

This cartoon puts more emphasis on humor than a strong comment on Trump’s obstruction of justice. Something tells me I’ll have more opportunities.

Other creative note: I really wanted to make Phil flipping him off, but you know…newspapers.

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