Hillary So Qualified

Enabler


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Just in case anyone doesn’t believe Donald Trump is a truly horrible, hideous, impersonation of a human being, he’s taken to blaming Hillary Clinton for her husband’s infidelity. At a rally Trump accused Hillary Clinton of trying to “destroy the lives” of her husband’s accusers. “She was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler, and what she did to a lot of those women is disgraceful,” he said. Of course he didn’t offer any evidence.

Where would someone get the impression that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy the lives of her husband’s accusers? From the accusers of course.

I’m not a fan of attempting to discredit those who claim sexual harassment, abuse, and rape. I support investigating the charges. But when those making the accusations are selling books, interviews and nude layouts, well…let’s take a look at these accusers attacking Hillary.

Gennifer Flowers has made the claim that Hillary enabled Bill. Flowers definitely had an affair with Clinton but can’t offer any evidence that Hillary was aware of the affair, or attempted to destroy her. Floweres profited from the affair, selling the story to Penthouse (along with a nude pictorial) and the tabloid Star Magazine. She also did the talk show circuit, wrote an autobiography, and starred in two movies and a TV show. She even put the answering machine tapes she claimed were from Bill Clinton up for auction. So hey, it’s not like there’s anything to gain and her word should totally be trusted, right?

Kathleen Willey claims Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her and that Hillary, wait for it, enabled it. That’s a very serious charge not to be taken lightly. After the alleged assault took place Willey sent 15 letters and 12 phone messages for President Clinton requesting further contact. Since then Willey also wrote a book about her and the president. Today Willey is the paid spokeswoman of an organization formed by Trump’s close friend and political adviser, Roger Stone, called Rape Pac, but it was formerly titled “Women Against Hillary.” Willey sounds credible to me (insert eye roll).

Juanita Broaddrick claims she was raped by Clinton. Guess who she says enabled that. Guess who Broaddrick is actively campaigning for? I’ll give you a hint: He has his own helicopter with his name on it, but he doesn’t sell steaks.

Paula Jones claims Clinton sexually harassed her while he was governor of Arkansas and that Hillary enabled it. She sued Clinton over it and and eventually settled out of court, after it was dismissed when Jones failed to demonstrate any damages. Later a donor paid for her to get rhinoplasty and she posed for Penthouse Magazine. She’s a vocal supporter of Donald Trump and even took a selfie with him.

What about Monica Lewinsky. She’s not campaigning for Trump and hasn’t done any nude layouts. I haven’t seen any evidence of her campaigning against Hillary. She avoided talking about her affair with Clinton for over a decade. She actually tried to hide from the public and when she finally wrote about it, for Vanity Fair, her article was more about the aftermath of the scandal and the bullying and public shaming she received. Regarding Hillary, Lewinsky wrote “I find her impulse to blame the Woman – not only me, but herself – troubling.” That doesn’t sound so much like attempting to destroy someone as much as it is about blaming. But let’s see, sleep with a man and his wife doesn’t have nice things to say about you. Go figure. You’d think Hillary would be buying her handbags.

Being betrayed can mentally abuse a person. They may lash out and even blame themselves. For another individual, an outsider, to blame the spouse is heartless and inhumane. Attempting to benefit politically is disgusting.

I suppose if the extent of your tax plan is “I’m going to tax the rich and they’ll pay much less money” then I suppose you’re going to state a lot of crap to distract. I mean, what if someone asked Trump about something specific? Even worse, what if someone asks the Donald about his own infidelities?

The Republican War On Women continues.

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Are You Being Served?


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I drew this last night sitting in a tavern. People go out to drink, socialize, and forget work. I go out and work. That is my fun. I’m a nerd. I did have some good Mini Elvises, which are tiny cheeseburgers.

I posted this cartoon on Facebook last night with the comment “what do Bernie supports and Republicans have in common? They will both click like on this cartoon.” The like button got a lot of clicks but some people circumvented my test and clicked “haha.”

I always feel guilty when I hit Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. My usual readership gets confused and currently, they’re bickering with each other over the Democratic candidates. But I don’t really feel guilty.

Here’s the thing: I’m a liberal, yes. Very liberal. Fellow liberals tell me I’m more liberal than they are. Though I’m a liberal, I am not a Democrat. I don’t join parties. I advocate for issues, not personalities. I will take down a politician I defended yesterday. I am not a hit man and go after people because they’re fair game or they have a target on them. I go with my true feelings. My true feeling with this is “Hillary Clinton! Release your damn speeches!”

This idea was provoked out of me by fellow cartoonist Ted Rall. Ted tweeted, or Facebooked (I don’t recall which), that there are no longer any presidential candidates left who gave speeches to Wall Street, so Hillary Clinton should go ahead and release her speeches. Is that true? Trump never spoke to Wall Street? Man, if Wall Street doesn’t want to hear from the billionaire with the best words and unusually sized hands, then why is he the GOP nominee if his one specialty is being rich? I digress. For some reason reading Ted’s post made this idea pop into my head.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think there’s anything to Clinton’s emails or her speeches other than she should just release the damn speeches. Isn’t it kinda weird that no one who attended one of her speeches has come out to detail what she said? Was she paid to speak to an empty room?

If you’re old like me and non-British, you might vaguely recall the sitcom “Are You Being Served.” I totally forgot about that show until I started writing today’s blog. I figure Brits are very familiar with it despite it being off the air since 1985. Reruns of the show were shown in the U.S. on PBS, which means no conservative knows what I’m talking about. It was a very irreverent show that really pushed the boundaries. Sometimes I believe I was born in the wrong country (at least that’s what my ex used to say). It was brilliant and ran from 1972 to 1985, which I just learned from Wikipedia.

Now if you’re an American and you recall the Brit sitcom The Young Ones, then you are an old geek like me and you might want to have that looked at. There is not a cure.

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Feeling The Bern


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A lot of Bernie Sanders’ supporters are feeling a bit burned today. It’s over. Those who don’t feel burned are the ones in denial. They can take consolation that the burn they feel today is nothing compared to what Republicans are going to experience in November.

Bernie Sanders started off as a fringe candidate. I like to remind people when one of my predictions comes true, like predicting Bernie wouldn’t get the nomination (which was not a bold forecast). I’ll also point out that I was wrong at the start of Bernie’s “fringe” campaign. I drew a cartoon of Hillary’s campaign with her “Scooby Van” flush with cash, and Bernie’s campaign living in a “van by the river,” focusing on how he wouldn’t be able to raise money. Despite that cartoon being widely read at the time, and even making USA Today, talk about being wrong.

Bernie proved a lot of people wrong. Bernie Sanders set new records, and changed the landscape on fundraising. He avoided super pacs and corporate funding, with the bulk of his campaign’s support coming from individual donors. Sanders states every day that the average contribution is $27.00. That is impressive.

Bernie ran a great campaign. No other candidate drew crowds as big as Bernie’s. Donald Trump always says nobody gets them like me and Bernie. Trump, you draw good crowds but nobody gets them like Bernie. Bernie should be proud and so should his supporters.

Sanders is changing the focus of his campaign on the issues he supports being included in the Democratic Party’s platform. Those issues range from a $15.00 minimum wage, free college, and ending corporate campaign funding. The Democratic Party would be wise to include each of those issues in the platform. To be honest, if Hillary Clinton adopts his core issues she would have a better chance of implementing them than a President Sanders. Really.

Bernie is still campaigning. He’ll see his campaign all the way through California. Hillary’s campaign would be smart not to begrudge him that.

Sanders may pretend he’s still vying for the nomination, but it’s over. There is no possible path for that to happen unless a fake GOP conspiracy about Hillary actually comes true.

I am really glad Bernie Sanders ran for president. I share his views on pay, equality, race, campaign finance, and education. I’d like to see those advanced. If they poll well enough, then Hillary Clinton will push them too. That is the biggest thing about Clinton I’m not a fan of.

OK, Sanders supporters. Let me have it. You’re running out of opportunities.

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Bungling Bill


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Former president Bill Clinton is spending as much time defending his legacy as he is advocating for his wife’s presidential campaign.

During his presidency Clinton signed a crime bill. This was widely supported by Republicans and a lot of Democrats. Even Bernie Sanders voted for it and it was written by Joe Biden. It did some good things like put more police on the street and banned the manufacturing of 19 types of semi-automatic weapons. It also eliminated education grants for inmates, instituted life in prison with the three-strike rule for violent offenders, and constructed a lot of new prisons. Many people blame Clinton for the spike in incarceration rates for minorities.

Some of the people came to a rally and protested while Bill Clinton was speaking. As a few members of the Black Lives Matter movement shouted at Clinton, he argued back. He kept arguing. Then he argued some more. He even seemed to be engaging with one protester in particular. His wife the candidate, was totally out of the conversation for a while and it was just Bill Clinton engaging hecklers and defending his presidency.

There have been other times when Bill Clinton has acknowledged the sentencing structures in the bill were a mistake. Mandatory sentencing is a mistake. Those decisions should be in the hands of judges and juries who can consider the circumstances.

Hillary Clinton has to spend time discussing this bill, which was passed in 1994, six years before she entered the U.S. Senate.

There’s been a lot of talk about being presidential. Bill didn’t look very presidential arguing with protesters, but then again, he did a lot in office that wasn’t very presidential.

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Bernie’s Tokens


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I’ll catch some heat for this one. If you think the vitriol is heated between Sanders and Clinton, check out what their supporters are hurling at each other? Many are pledging they won’t support the other candidate if he or she becomes the nominee. They seriously need to calm down before we have a President Trump, President Cruz, or even a President Ryan.

Bernie Sanders promised not to go negative. A few days ago he said Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president. That’s pretty negative. On Friday he stated that she was qaulified. Where did this come from? Before all this, Clinton gave an interview where she was asked if Sanders was qualified. She never stated he was, but didn’t say he wasn’t. That ticked Sanders off.

You can hate Hillary, believe she’s the spawn of Satan, that the FBI is going to send her to prison, whatever and that’s fine. But she’s the most qualified candidate running for president. She was a United States senator twice elected for the second largest state in the country. She was Secretary of State. She’s pretty qualified. She also eventually stated that Sanders is qualified for president.

The other part of this is Sanders’ statement that you need a token to get on the Subway. What? I have never been on the NYC subway but I know they don’t use tokens. I would just assume they wouldn’t because I’ve been on the D.C. metro thousands of times and they haven’t used tokens since before 1998 when I first rode them. Hillary also had a problem swiping her card to get on the Subway. Let’s face facts here. None of the candidates are frequent users of public transportation. They probably don’t even drive themselves, except for Sanders.

I didn’t intend to throw a lot of art into this cartoon but I had to put Bernie in the foreground so the text on the tokens are readable. After I was done penciling I realized I had the stalls backwards. The entry was facing away from Sanders. I almost let it slide but it bothered me enough to know it was really gonna annoy me after it was published. There would be that one New Yorker to notice and scream at me.

Correction: I meant to double check before I published but forgot. New York is the FOURTH largest state, not the second. It goes in order of California, Texas, Florida and then New York. Florida and New York do have the same number of electoral votes.

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Losing With Grace


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Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won their respective primaries in Wisconsin. They each won by healthy margins. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both responded to their losses. Not sure if John Kasich made a statement but he’s not important anymore anyway, so nobody cares.

Clinton sent out a statement congratulating Sanders while still touting her lead. Candidates do that. They keep hope alive with their supporters.

Donald Trump issued a statement also. His was less than cordial. His read:

Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again. “Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts, and the entire party apparatus behind him. Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating with his own Super PAC’s (which is illegal) who totally control him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination away from Mr. Trump. We have total confidence that Mr. Trump will go on to win in New York, where he holds a substantial lead in all the polls, and beyond.”

Yes, I’m surprised as you. Trump knows the big word “apparatus.” 

There’s many things wrong with his statement. First he starts by bragging about himself. Then he goes into “Lyin’ Ted.” Classy. Then he accuses the guy of violating election laws before he goes back to calling him a name again, trojan horse. But you know what? He’s not entirely wrong.

The establishment is backing Cruz, the candidate who once billed himself as anti establishment. Of course, he also insulted all of New York and he’s now in that state groveling for votes and trying to sell that his “New York Values” comment meant something other than an attack on all New Yorkers (or Jews).

The establishment, talk radio guys, and the entire party’s “apparatus” are backing Cruz and trying to prevent Trump from acquiring the number of delegates he needs to secure the nomination. They don’t care if Cruz gets the delegates needed (and they probably don’t want him to either. They’re pretty confidant he can’t). The mission is to stop Trump and that’s it. When the convention rolls around they will toss Cruz aside. Ted Cruz does not know this yet as the man is not humble and is oblivious to obvious things.

I don’t expect Trump, Cruz, or even Kasich (snicker) to be the Republican nominee. They will recruit Paul Ryan, who insists he doesn’t want it like he insisted he didn’t want to be Speaker of the House.

That may not come true but I have another prediction where I’m very confidant: The next two weeks with the candidates battling in New York, the center of the media universe, is going to be a total blast for me. I wish I was there.

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