Europe Is A Hoax


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I drew this last Friday shortly after my editor approved it after viewing the rough. Usually, I create a brand new canvas and start all over. I usually open the rough to view as a guide on my other computer screen, though I may change the entire layout. I never trace a rough because that kills the spontaneity. A lot of cartoonists do trace their own outline of a cartoon and there’s nothing wrong with that. I just never liked it much. But sometimes, I’ll really like the vibe of the rough and instead of opening a new canvas, go back to the rough and draw on top of it. That’s what I did with this one.

I couldn’t recapture the faces in the new drawing the way I did in the rough…so I just kept the faces in the rough. I went back over them, altered a few features, and sharpened it up. The rest of it was redrawn and of course, I had to do the lettering all over again because the lettering in the rough is always crap.

Most of all, I had to keep the ponytail. I was thinking about the character Paul Reiser plays in the Netflex series, The Kominsky Method.

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Failed Hoax


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There was hope that Donald Trump having the coronavirus would change his messaging of the pandemic…and more importantly, change how his base behaves with it.


Donald Trump said he went to the “school of covid.” He fully understood it now…then tweeted he may be immune to it, despite testing positive and going to the hospital for three nights. He may have gone to the “real school,” but like that Ivy League school he got into, he might want to get someone else to take his tests.

If Donald Trump fully understands the coronavirus, then he fully doesn’t give a rat’s flying ass about the danger he’s posing to others. He risked lives with his joyride outside the hospital. He risked lives with his photo-ops inside the hospital. He risked lives leaving the hospital early and returning to the White House for more photo-ops and to immediately make a campaign video. Of course, all without a mask.

Soon after arriving back to the White House, he came out on the balcony, removed his face mask, labored to breathe, then gave a salute. Who was he saluting? The people on the sidewalk facing the south lawn are too far away to tell he’s saluting. So, what the hell? Go to bed, you orange goon and make sure they burn the sheets in the morning, you contagious rancid sack of walking pumpkin shi…

Anyway, now, his base is using his return to the White House to claim the illness isn’t that bad. Or, that it’s really bad but this is just how incredibly strong Donald Trump is. What a superhero. What a super spreader. How many people in the Trump orbit have tested positive now? How many will?

Trump was euphoric tweeting he feels better now than he has in the past 20 years…and his base is claiming this is “owning the libs.” Donald Trump says we shouldn’t be “scared of the virus” or let it “dominate our lives.” It’s a message to his base.

Maybe Donald Trump should message to his base that they won’t receive the same treatment he has. They won’t be placed in Walter Reed hospital. They won’t receive experimental medical treatment. They won’t receive non-stop pampering and medical attention by the world’s top doctors. They won’t have doctors also engaging in spin doctoring. They won’t have steroids to make them feel better than they did 20 years ago.

What Donald Trump needs to message to his base is to wash their hands, practice social distancing, and wear their damn mask.

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Democratic Hoaxes Kill


I have a brand new apartment and I’m in love with it. It’s the first time in nearly 20 years I’ve lived alone, and that’s something I’ve been waiting a very long time for. It’s really cool because it’s inside a very old building that you have to enter and climb stairs to get into the apartment. It’s kinda like Seinfeld’s apartment but with a fourth wall. Part of the reason I’m giving you a cartoon today is that I needed to create in the new atmosphere. Another reason I’m telling you about the new place is that I’m really hoping my new neighbors don’t hear me screaming at my television.

I talk to myself. I talk to animals. I talk to inanimate objects. And, I scream at my TV. I especially scream at it whenever a Republican is talking because when Republicans are talking Republicans are lying.

After the Coronavirus claimed its first victim in the United States, Trump and assorted goons held a press conference that probably registered a 9.8 on the Richter scale of Trump dumbassery.

The first thing I was disgusted by is that even during something serious, like a pandemic killing people, is that each speaker has to take a few moments to kiss Donald Trump’s ass. But for Mike Pence, it’s more like he takes a few moments from kissing Trump’s ass to talk about other stuff. He said that Trump closed off travel from China because of the Coronavirus and he’s the first president to do this. That was the first time I yelled at my TV in my new apartment.

Donald Trump and his Trump Turdlings have been minimizing, playing down, deflecting, and lying about this pandemic. This is a time when a leader needs credibility. Donald Trump can’t even take the time to realize the importance of being taken seriously during a crisis…which is why a president should always work to be taken seriously. While I want Trump to stop making everything about himself, it would really be nice if his underlings wouldn’t have to pause everything for moments of kissing Trump’s ass. Serious people lose their credibility with this shit, and then they’re done. You can be a highly-respected individual and professional, but after you start working for Donald Trump, I can’t trust you. The next thing you know, you’re Omarosa.

The night before at a hate rally in South Carolina (because there’s a primary in that state and there might be a second or two there when no one is mentioning Donald Trump), he claimed his political opponents were weaponizing the virus against his presidency and said, “This is their new hoax.”

Concerning people with the virus, Trump said, “Many of them are in good shape right now and they are better in going home. It’s time for all Americans to put politics aside and to come together to work for the health, safety, and security of the American people… we have to make it nonpartisan if we can.” And then someone died.

On Saturday when asked if he regretted calling it a hoax, he told the reporter her question was “dishonest.” Donald Trump, questions aren’t dishonest. It’s your answers that are lies. After telling us Friday to “put politics aside” and we have to “make it nonpartisan,” he blamed the Democrats again and said, “The hoax is on them. I’m not talking about what’s happening here. I don’t like it when they are criticizing (federal health officials), and that’s the hoax.”

He was also asked if his use of the word “hoax” could deter people from taking cautionary steps against the coronavirus. He said it would not which would be calming and reassuring if half the country didn’t eat the shit that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.

Trump has blamed his political opponents and the press for using the virus and creating a hoax to hurt him. His idiot kid has said the same thing along with several members of his administration. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was testifying before Congress about Iran when he was asked by Congressman Ted Lieu, “Do you agree with Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mulvaney that the coronavirus is the hoax of the day?” Mulvaney told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the coronavirus was the hoax of the day.

Pompeo answered, “The State Department is doing everything it can to protect American citizens around the world.” Lieu asked again, “Do you believe coronavirus is a hoax?” Pompeo deflected and said, “I’m not going to comment on what others are saying I’m just telling you what the Secretary of State is doing.”

“It’s not even a gotcha question,” Lieu continued. “Do you believe the coronavirus is a hoax?” Pompeo wormed out of it with, “It is a gotcha moment. It’s not useful.”

It wasn’t a “gotcha” question. Is it a hoax or not? Maybe someone in the administration should tell Americans the virus is NOT A HOAX. But, they can’t say anything that might disagree with Trump, even if it kills people.

Trump has called the free press “fake news.” He claimed the investigation into his collusion with Russia and the fact they supported him was a “hoax.” He claimed the impeachment was a “hoax.” Now, he’s claiming the virus is a “hoax.” Everything Trump claims is a hoax turns out to be real. This virus is real and it kills people. Donald Trump doesn’t care.

Does anyone really believe Trump would be calling these press conferences about the virus if the stock market wasn’t crashing? He’s only concerned because a faltering economy will hurt his reelection. If the economy starts to slip, Donald Trump doesn’t know how to fix it. He’s been riding on President Obama’s successes since he came into office. Just like he’s done with everything else, when it comes to the economy, Donald Trump will prove he’s unqualified for the job of president. The real credit for the great economy belongs to President Obama, because he created something so strong that even Donald Trump, with his huge tax cuts to billionaire assholes, his trade wars, his attacks on the Fed, a national debt reaching into the trillions, and a daily demonstration that he doesn’t know dick about anything, hasn’t been able to fuck up.

Donald Trump’s administration is mismanaging this crisis. Trump reported it was a female, but it was a male. And the people, the experts who are supposed to be on top of this, have to pause every two seconds to kiss Donald Trump’s ass. They have to kiss the ass of a man who doesn’t care about you. Donald Trump doesn’t care if you live or die. Nothing can stop Donald Trump from lying. Even dying Americans can’t stop him from lying.

Americans need to be able to trust and believe their president. Unfortunately for Americans, the president (sic) is Donald Trump and Donald Trump only cares about Donald Trump.

And in case my walls aren’t thick enough, I hope my new neighbors get used to hearing me scream at my TV.

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A Disgusting Hoax


While waiting to hear back from an editor today, I killed time by creating another cartoon. Apparently, I’m not allowed to sleep anymore. I’m probably going to cover this again so you’ll get a column on the topic then. I’m way too tired to kick out a column right now.

I will say this though, it’s really hard to deny paying people off when you wrote them a check…right, Donald?

I’m still waiting on that editor.

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Let’s Get Orwellian


Which is more ironic; that the guy who tried to invalidate the previous presidency with a conspiracy theory will now have his own presidency invalidated with conspiracy or, that the same guy is trying to make our nation look like something from the novel 1984, yet he’s never read a book?

This week, the National Security Adviser, Director for National Security, the Director of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI, and Director for National Intelligence spoke from the White House podium to warn us that Russia is currently attacking our nation by meddling in the upcoming midterm elections. Kirstjen Nielsen (Homeland Security) said, “Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs.”

On the same day at one of his hate rallies, Donald Trump called it all a hoax.

The White House said it was Trump’s idea for the top security officials to make this announcement, yet he wasn’t there and he later contradicted the warning. This is Orwellian.

I read 1984 in 1984. It seemed as much of a fantasy as Star Wars at the time. Now, it serves as a warning. Another good read from George Orwell is Animal Farm. I highly recommend both. Both tomes present a great illustration of the people at the top and those who follow them.

Much has been made that Trump has increased his frequency of lies. The Washington Post pointed out that in his first year in office, 2,140 false claims. In just the last six months, he has nearly doubled that total to 4,229. In June and July, he averaged sixteen false claims a day. On July 5th at a rally in Montana, the Post found 76% of Trump’s statements were lies. At his rally in Tampa this week, he told 35 lies.

What is really Orwellian is Trump telling his people not to believe what they see and hear. Truth is lies and lies are truth. Critical thinking is discouraged. People who report facts are the enemy. Conspiracy theories are now state propaganda. Big Brother has arrived.

It’s 1984, and we’re standing in the animal farm.

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