Impeachment

Quid Pro Uh-Oh


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Out of the multiple times I shouted at the TV yesterday during acting-chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney’s disaster of a press briefing yesterday was when he was answering a question about the House investigating Trump awarding the next G7 summit to himself. He said they were expecting the House to look into it because this administration has had to deal with oversight ever since the Democrats took Congress.

That is when I yelled loudest at the TV because dealing with oversight isn’t something that should have just started when the Democrats took control of Congress. The Republicans should have exercised oversight over this corrupt administration while they had Congress. If so, maybe they’d still have Congress. Instead of oversight, they spent two years bootlicking, kowtowing, ass-kissing, and being subservient sycophants engaged in cult worship. They allowed this administration to run roughshod over emoluments and provided intel over House investigations into the assistance the Trump campaign received from Vladimir Putin. They allowed and defended Donald Trump when he attacked the FBI, the CIA, the free press, and even their own members. Every Republican in Congress who allowed Donald Trump to violate his oath of office and desecrate the presidency, in turn, violated their own oaths and abandoned protecting this nation.

Now, we get to watch Trump’s butt poodles in Congress create new talking points over the fact there was definitely quid pro quo in Trump providing military aid to Ukraine. If you’re wondering if they’ll abandon their previous defense, then you haven’t been paying attention.

During Robert Mueller’s investigation over Russian interference, the talking point was “no collusion.” To use this talking point, you have to accept collusion is bad.

Then, Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he’d accept help from a foreign government if it was offered. That is welcoming collusion and Republicans were silent. There was no outrage or even disagreement. We didn’t even hear a tsk-tsk.

Then, the day after Mueller testified before Congress, believing the coast was clear to do whatever the fuck he wants, Donald Trump dangled military aid to Ukraine’s president in exchange for them investigating a political opponent.

The two defenses of this are: Trump can ask a foreign government to investigate corruption by Americans in their country (ignoring the fact he asked a foreign government to help his re-election campaign), and it’s not bad because there was no quid pro quo.

First off, even if there wasn’t a quid pro quo, it’s still illegal to ask or accept help from a foreign government in your political campaign. Fact, fact, fuckity fact. But, there was a quid pro quo.

Even if we didn’t have copies of texts between diplomats talking about the “deliverable,” which was a reference to the end result of Ukraine actually announcing the investigations, or a summary of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky where Trump brings up investigating Joe Biden and conspiracy theories of 2016, the quid pro quo is out in the open.

There is a quid pro quo in the mere fact that Donald Trump is president (sic). The president of Ukraine wouldn’t even be on the phone with Trump if he wasn’t president, less enough offering to help him with his reelection. On top of that, you have Rudy Giuliani admitting he was asking Ukraine to look into the Bidens on top of Gordon Sondland’s testimony yesterday that they were ordered to follow Giuliani, who is not elected, appointed, or working for the State Department, in dealing with Ukraine.

Yesterday, after European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland testified before Congress, Congressman Jim Jordan, who’s spent his entire tenure during the Trump administration jacketless shouting at the top of his lungs in defense of Trump, said there was no quid pro quo. Meanwhile, Mulvaney was telling the White House press corps there was a quid pro quo. Oops.

A reporter pointed out that asking Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in exchange for monetary aid (money approved and designated by Congress) was quid pro quo. Mulvaney replied that there is always politics and exchanges for foreign aid. He admitted there was a quid pro quo and they “do it all the time.”

He used foreign aid being withheld from the triangle nations in Central America as an example. In that situation, the Trump administration withheld funding from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras until they created immigration policies acceptable to Trump. Now, whether you like that or not, that is a legal quid pro quo. It’s also a shitty example that Mulvaney could only use if he’s dishonest or an idiot…or both. In that case, the quid pro quo wasn’t for personal help in a political campaign. But, I’m sure we’ll all hear more Republicans use it this week because they’re all dishonest and idiots.

Mulvaney admitting there was a quid pro quo was bad. How bad? White House lawyers issued a statement that they weren’t aware he was going to say that. Trump told the press it wasn’t accurate. Finally, Mulvaney issued a statement trying to clean it up and said he never admitted there was a quid pro quo. According to reports, Trump is upset over this but more at the media for taking Mulvaney’s words out of context. The only problem with Mulvaney’s backtrack and Trump being mad at the press is that Mick’s comments are on tape. He said it. There’s no taking it out of context. The context was trading military aid in exchange for a foreign government investigating the Bidens and debunked conspiracy theories.

This leaves Republicans, who have gone from collusion is bad to collusion is fine if there’s no quid pro quo, to trying to find a way to defend quid pro quos. Confused? Be glad you’re not a Republican. At some point, Republicans are going to give up trying to explain anything Trump does and just declare he’s king and can do anything he wants. That’s how they want it anyway.

Donald Trump broke the law. He violated his oath of office and betrayed America’s trust. He’s given us the evidence. He’s done it in front of us. And in what will probably be the last press briefing during the Trump administration, his stupid chief-of-staff admitted Donald Trump broke the law.

If Donald Trump hasn’t broken the law in this case, then what the hell is illegal?

The best example of hypocrisy here is this conversation about corruption went down while announcing Trump was awarding himself a contract that will allow him to grift the United States and other nations with the G7 Summit.

I had a Twitter conversation yesterday about how it’s hard to satirize satire, but could these criminals at least understand they’re satire?

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A Nationals Impeachment


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Washington, D.C. has not sent a baseball team to the World Series since 1933 (which they lost). In fact, the city was without a baseball team from 1971 to 2005 because their team, the Washington Senators, fled to Texas to become the Rangers. The Washington team that went to the series in 1933, also named the Senators, are now the Minnesota Twins. Today’s team going to the World Series, who may face the American League team Houston Astros who used to be in the National League, used to be the Montreal Expos. This is a lot more confusing than Trump’s impeachment because Trump committed the crime, admitted it, and he should be impeached.

By the way, Donald Trump has never thrown a first pitch as president. He refused an invite from the Nationals in his first year as prez, either because he would have been booed out of the stadium or because walking from home plate to the mound might land him in a trauma unit. Even FDR, who was in a wheelchair, threw out first pitches. He did it ten times. Hell, even Nixon threw out a first pitch. If Trump ever does throw out a first pitch, I expect him to take a golf cart to the mound.

I’m one of those people who roots for two teams. The Chicago Cubs (who have always been in Chicago and in the National League) is my team. But I was here to see the start of the Nationals franchise, have cheered for them when they haven’t been playing my Cubs, and I’ve been to several games. But, I don’t feel like I’m finally seeing my team go to the World Series after years of waiting because, again, the Cubs are my team. But I’m very happy for the Nats and I hope they win the series. I also hope they face the Yankees because that’ll make for a more exciting series and look much more dramatic in the record book years for now. Who doesn’t want to take down the Yankees? The Astros? Meh. The Nats just took down the team that’s won the second most World Series. Maybe they’ll get a shot at taking on the team that’s won the most.

It didn’t look like the Nats would even make the playoffs as they were twelve games behind in their division last May. But, baseball has a very long season. They made it to the playoffs as a wildcard where they beat the Milwaukee Brewers, who originally started in Seattle then moved to Milwaukee to replace the Braves who originally started in Boston and then landed in Atlanta. They then earned the right to play the number one seed Los Angeles Dodgers (who used to be in Brooklyn) who they beat three games to two. Then, they swept the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to none. The Nats weren’t supposed to be here, but baseball is a funny game. So is politics.

It looked like Trump wasn’t going to be impeached after the Mueller Report came out and the Justice Department twisted what was in it. Any momentum to remove this corrupt president faded. With the primary season approaching, Democrats thought it best to beat him and the Russians at the ballot box. At the very least, Donald Trump knew that working with foreign governments to win an election was wrong and illegal. That was repeated over and over throughout the Mueller investigation and the Trump team knew it too as they kept repeating the talking point “no collusion.” I mean, after two years of talking about it, the illegality of it was made clear, right?

The day after Mueller testified before Congress on his report, Donald Trump asked a foreign government to meddle in the next election. It’s like getting off on a technicality on a bank-robbing charge, so you celebrate by robbing a bank. He then hid the evidence. He used money approved by Congress to extort that foreign government to help his campaign. His administration tried to block a whistleblower report from reaching Congress. And then, Donald Trump admitted he asked a foreign government to help him and then publicly, he asked another one to help. Finally, Trump obstructed justice by denying subpoenas from Congress for documents and testimony from people in his administration. Despite all this, most Republicans claim he didn’t do anything wrong.

Democrats are not overturning an election by impeaching Donald Trump. I mean, not unless they replace him with Hillary Clinton. It’s like the argument that it’s a coup, but it can’t be a coup if Democrats replace him with Mike Pence. The election was fraudulent and Trump and his team worked to make it that way. Impeaching Trump, which is authorized by the United States Constitution, isn’t as outrageous as Russia attacking our nation by making Donald Trump president. But, if anyone is overturning an election, that person is Donald Trump for violating and betraying his oath of office. It’s not the Democratic Party or the media’s fault Donald Trump is a corrupt son of a bitch who’s used his entire time as president to divide the nation and advance his own personal agenda and enrich himself further.

Article Two, Second Four of the United States Constitution was written in preparation for a president such as Donald Trump. It says a president shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. The only missing in Article Two is a picture of Donald Trump.

I don’t know if the Nationals are going to win the World Series. I don’t know if Donald Trump will be removed from office. But I do know two things. The Washington Nationals are going to the World Series and Donald Trump is going to be impeached.

Both are well deserved.

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The Corrupt Pumpkin


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Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was forced out by Rudy Giuliani and his fellow goons, testified before Congress yesterday. She was told that Trump had lost trust in her and had wanted her out since 2018, though he extended her term to 2020 less than two months before. On the same call telling her to get on a plane to Washington immediately, she was also told she had “done nothing wrong.”

Yes, she did. She stood in the way of Trump’s corrupt henchmen pretending to seek out corruption. They were afraid she was going to stand in their way. In her prepared testimony, she said, “Although I understand that I served at the pleasure of the president, I was nevertheless incredulous that the U.S. government chose to remove an ambassador based, as best as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Clearly questionable motives.

Yovanovitch is still an employee of the State Department, though she may be fired now under false pretenses because the administration sought to block her from testifying. The House issued a subpoena for her, and obeying the law, she complied.

The senior adviser to Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, resigned this week. Two others followed. Kurt Volker, the special envoy to Ukraine, had already resigned. Yesterday, the acting head of the Department of Human Services resigned (the fourth in Trump’s first term to lead that agency). Two of Rudy’s goons were nabbed trying to flee the country. Rudy is reportedly under investigation for illegal lobbying. Donald Trump, who lost five court cases yesterday, is going to be impeached.

The State and Justice Departments are defying subpoenas as the White House is blocking all testimony that will incriminate Donald Trump, though he’s already incriminated himself by admitting he asked Ukraine to interfere in our next election.

Yesterday, he said the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said bad things about Yovanovitch. If you read the summary of the transcript, he didn’t. In fact,  Zelensky never mentioned her. Donald Trump, who tried to praise her a bit yesterday, was the only one who mentioned her and said bad things about her on that call.

Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, needs to issue subpoenas as if they’re PEZ. After all, it is the Halloween season. As the White House continues to defy subpoenas, Schiff needs to take them to court, again and again.

Eventually, he’ll catch the Great Pumpkin.

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Do For Trump


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Donald Trump is admitting he’s corrupt and he’s daring Congress to do something about it.

He’s admitted asking Ukraine to investigate a political rival. In the summary of the transcript, he’s telling the president of Ukraine to talk to his PRIVATE lawyer about investigating his political opponent and chasing down conspiracy theories. He also asked him to get together with his attorney general in regards to these political pursuits.

Last week, he publicly asked Ukraine and China to go after his political opponent. Marco Rubio said he was trolling the media, which is part of the narrative of “he didn’t actually say it” to “he was joking” to “you didn’t understand it” to “yeah, he said it, so what?”. Now we can add, “he was only trolling.” It helps his supporters ignore the fact he’s committing a crime right in front of them.

Now it’s come out he’s asked Italy, Australia, and the UK’s Boris Johnson, just two days after he became prime minister, to help him perpetuate conspiracy theories for his political benefit. Foreign policy often comes with conditions attached, but not personal ones for a leader of a Democratic nation. For Trump, our foreign policy circles around what can our friends and foes do for Donald Trump.

Asking a foreign nation to help with your political campaign, even if you don’t receive it, is illegal. That’s not debatable. This is corruption at its core. Those who can’t see that and still continue to defend Donald Trump are putting the cult before their nation.

If you’re a Trump supporter, you’re not asking what your country can do for you or even what you can do for your country. You’re asking what can you do for Donald Trump. That answer is, put him before your nation. That’s exactly what you’re doing.

If you ask what our country can do for Donald Trump, I suggest it give him an impeachment.

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Mueller Speaks


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Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally spoke and what he said without saying it is that Attorney General William Barr is a filthy, sycophantic liar helping Donald Trump engage in a PR campaign to mislead the American people.

Mueller doesn’t want to speak beyond yesterday’s quickie press conference, where he didn’t take questions, or testify before Congress. He said his testimony is in the report. Fox News and Trump cultist Sean Hannity asked, “if his testimony is in the report, then why did he speak?” My answer to Sean is, probably because the report has been misconstrued by William Barr, you sycophantic dillhole.

Mueller didn’t come out and say he disagreed with Barr, but his statements contradicted his boss (his boss until he officially resigns from the Justice Department, which he says he is now doing).

Barr said Mueller’s conclusions did not include a determination of whether Trump had committed obstruction of justice. Mueller stated, “If we had had the confidence that the president (sic) clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” They didn’t say so.

Barr said the Special Counsel’s decision not to reach any legal conclusions leave it to the AG to determine whether Trump committed a crime. Mueller alluded to Congress to make the determination and that their impeachment power is the constitutional arbiter (if you’re a Republican, “arbiter” means decision maker).

Mueller was clear in that he never intended to charge Trump because of the long-standing legal opinion of the Justice Department that a sitting president can’t be indicted. Mueller said Wednesday, “The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing. Barr claims that in private meetings with Mueller, that Mueller said he would not claim Trump would have been charged with a crime if he weren’t the president. Barr stated last month, “He made very clear several times that that was not his position.”

One of these two men, Robert Mueller or William Barr is a liar. The liar is Barr.

The liar, Donald Trump, went batshit crazy this morning, and because he’s stupid, he inadvertently admitted Russia helped him win the election. Don’t you love that?

Trump accused Mueller of being “totally conflicted” and a “true never-Trumper,” as if that’s a bad thing. You can consider me a never-ever-ever-ever-ever-times-infinity-never Trumper.

Trump tweeted that he, “Had nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected.” That’s like saying, “I had nothing to do with the Russian hookers’ golden shower” before anyone told you “hooker” was plural (if you’re a Republican, plural means more than one).

Mueller explicitly stated that Russia sought to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Trump claimed this morning that Russia didn’t want him to win and that they were trying to help Clinton. This defies not just Mueller’s statement but Vladimir Putin’s, who expressed he wanted Trump to win the election…while he was standing on the same stage with Donald Trump in Helsinki (if you’re a Republican, Helsinki is the capital of Finland).

Trump stated this morning that “impeachment” is a “dirty, filthy disgusting word.” No. what’s disgusting is the term “President Donald Trump.” No one becomes green from nauseation when hearing “impeachment.” It gives me a warm, squishy feeling that produces a glow.

Trump continues to claim he’s exonerated while Mueller stated that because of the Justice Department opinion, “Charging the president (sic) with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.” In case you’re a Republican, that is NOT an exoneration. Someone tell Hannity.

Now, Mueller wants to go home without having to answer any more questions. That’s too bad. Mueller will speak before Congress and he should. There are still answers like, why didn’t you interview Donald Trump? Why didn’t you interview Donald Trump Jr? Why aren’t Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump, and Hope Hicks in prison? Why didn’t you recommend charges like Ken Starr did to Bill Clinton? How is it even possible for someone as stupid as Donald Trump to have not killed himself yet from forgetting to breathe, let alone convince 62 million Americans to vote for his racist ass?

Mueller wants us off his lawn. I don’t see that happening any time soon. Mueller owes the American people answers for why he left us with a president who refuses to give honest answers.

Robert Meuller left an inept, racist, stupid, narcissistic, corrupt excuse for a human being as president of this nation. He doesn’t get to go home.

Mueller has ‘splainin’ to do.

Creative note: In May of 2016, I drew my first digital cartoon on my Surface Pro 4 (it was on George Zimmerman). Today, the 4 is retired and this is the very first cartoon on my new Surface Pro 6. This is kind of a big deal for me as my Surface has been, as my girlfriend puts it, an extension of myself over the past three years. I’ve drawn cartoons at home, in friends’ homes, girlfriend’s home (NOT plural), in coffee shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, and even on a train. I feel like I’m leaving behind a loyal friend. Let’s hope the new bigger, stronger, faster Surface is reliable and as good to me as the older, smaller, slower Surface. At any rate, they can both piss me off. The new one accomplished that feat within the first hour of owning it.

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Endangered Species


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Carl Bernstein, the former reporter for The Washington Post who broke the Watergate story with Bob Woodward says, “what we are watching in the Trump presidency is worse than Watergate.” The reason he believes it’s worse, and I agree, is because “the system worked in Watergate.”

Bernstein said, “The heroes of Watergate were Republicans who demanded that the president be held accountable, who demanded that he be transparent, who demanded to know what did the president know and when did he know it, and who conducted bipartisan investigation that led, in fact, to understanding and finding out what Nixon had done. Whereas the Republicans on Capitol Hill thus far, have done almost everything they can to impede and undermine legitimate investigation.”

It’s worse today, partly because, as Bernstein says, “Donald Trump is a demonstrable authoritarian in terms of his rhetoric, in terms of whipping up his base. Nixon did not do anything similar to that.” But, it’s also worse because today there are no Republican heroes.

Republicans, even the Lindsey Grahams, Jim Jordans, and Matt Gaetzs know Donald Trump is a horrible president and human being. They know he’s racist, corrupt, and stupid. They know the man is dangerous but they’d rather play into the cult base of Trump than risk the political danger of protecting their country. They’re not Americans or even Republicans first. They’re cultists.

All except Justin Amash. Amash is a Michigan Republican serving in Congress and so far, he’s the only Republican there to even suggest that Donald Trump has committed offenses that rose to the level of impeachment. His Republican colleagues unanimously praised his courage, principles, and integrity.

Just kidding.

First, Trump called him a “loser,” so congratulations to Amash for that. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said his comments were “very disturbing” and that Amash voted more with Nancy Pelosi than with him. Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, accused Amash of “parroting” Democratic talking points. Racist Republican and recipient of a Trump pardon, Dinesh D’Souza called Amash a “useful idiot for the left.”

Kentucky Republican House member Thomas Massey defended Amish’s right to diverge from his party but told a reporter, “When you quote me, just make sure people understand I disagree.”

Amash has done two things no Republican in the House has done. He says the offenses are impeachable and he read all 448 pages of the Mueller Report.

Republicans are cowards, and for that matter, so is the majority of House Democrats.

Democrats know Trump obstructed justice. They know he deserves to be impeached even though it won’t get by the Republican cowards in the Senate. But just like Republicans, they’re afraid of how it’ll affect them politically.

Amash is already facing a primary challenger and will certainly have to deal with Trump campaigning against him. Democrats are afraid impeaching Trump will hurt them politically, cost them the White House and the Senate, and maybe even lose the House. There is a serious risk that impeachment will fatigue the nation. But, maybe Democrats should overlook the politics of it and do what’s right, which would be impeaching Trump.

Donald Trump should be impeached. He is a criminal and has committed crimes that are much more heinous than lying about receiving oral sex from an intern. Democrats should make sure history books show that at least one party stood up and defended the nation. Let history document that one party had political courage.

The nation was opposed to impeaching Clinton and Republican approval dropped faster than HBO subscriptions after the series finale of Game of Thrones. Yet, in the next election, they retained the House (only by three seats), lost seats but retained the Senate if you count the vice-president’s tie-breaking vote, and won the White House. Granted, they didn’t win the popular vote and needed the Supreme Court to take the White House, but they still got it.  OK, that may not be a good example since the Democrats don’t have the Supreme Court to help steal an election.

The United Nations reported that over one million species are threatened with extinction. Typically, extinction is not something Republicans worry about unless it’s their own. The proud patriotic Republican elephant who stands for law and order, demands oversight and accountability from a president, puts our nation before Russia and their party is facing extinction and is being replaced by hyenas, jackals, slugs, butt-burrowers, and shitweasels.

We need to step back and admire them before they’re all gone. For that matter, admire political courage too…before it’s all gone.

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Impeach! Impeach! Impeach!


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There is a long list of things Donald Trump doesn’t understand. During his very first visit to the White House while he was president-elect, he asked Obama if all the West Wing staffers were staying. Obama, to his credit, did not reply, “We’re totally fucked because the nation elected an idiot.” Nope. Obama educated Trump that he had to hire an all-new staff for the West Wing to fill all 400 plus positions. Unfortunately for the nation, everyone Trump knows is an idiot, criminal, or a psychopath. Trump is all three.

Trump also did not know that he shouldn’t hire Michael Flynn. Obama gave Trump two pieces of advice. One was that North Korea would be his biggest problem (which was wrong but who could have guessed that Trump would work so hard on creating even larger problems) and do not hire Michael Flynn. Then, Trump hired Michael Flynn.

Trump doesn’t understand nuclear triad. When asked during a GOP debate in 2015 about modernizing the arsenal in the United State’s nuclear triad, he tossed out some word salad about Obama and global warming, Syria, how he opposed the war in Iraq, and that devastation is “very important to him.” Either he doesn’t know the nuclear triad is a system of being prepared to respond with nuclear missiles from land, sea, and air, or he doesn’t know triangles have three sides.

He doesn’t understand tariffs and they’ve been explained to him time and time again. He doesn’t get that tariffs are basically taxes on consumers. He claims Mexico will pay for his stupid racist border wall by his increasing tariffs on their products, not understanding that U.S. consumers will pay those higher tariffs. He also doesn’t understand that Congress appropriates spending and would be the body that decides how to spend money from increased tariffs.

And while we’re on the topic of the stupid racist border wall and funding for it, his stupid racist sycophants who started a GoFundMe to finance the wall don’t understand appropriations either. You can’t decide how money is spent that you give to the U.S. government. Congress decides. So, those GoFundMe idiots would have been giving all their money to Congress. Who controls the House? Democrats, who could have taken that money and given it to undocumented transgender atheist immigrants in need of abortions if they wanted to. That would have been a swift kick in their stupid racist crotches.

Trump doesn’t understand how people buy groceries because he thinks an ID is required. Seriously. If you can’t find any Frankenberry in your local grocery store, blame an immigrant. That’s why the caravans are coming here.

Despite this “genius” claiming to be a great negotiator, he doesn’t understand that either. Trump was given an offer on border funding and negotiated it down to where he got nothing. Usually, in a negotiation, both sides have a number and they meet somewhere in between. It would be like going to a car dealership and giving them all your money and leaving without a car. At this point, we’re lucky North Korea doesn’t own Hawaii.

He didn’t understand islands because it took a hurricane for him to discover Puerto Rico is surrounded by water.

He doesn’t understand that the highest elected official in a territory is the governor and not the president. He’s the president of Puerto Rico, but he doesn’t know it. I wish I didn’t know it.

He didn’t understand that if you stop paying people then they can’t pay their bills, which was exhibited by the month-long government shutdown. Who knew?

He doesn’t understand you’re not supposed to publicly lust after your daughter…or even privately. He should at least conceal that pervy shit instead of telling all of us that if they weren’t related that they’d be dating and that they’re both obsessed with sex. How does he know they’re both obsessed with sex? That’s a rhetorical question because I really don’t want the answer.

This is getting to be a long list so we’re gonna have to cut a LOT of stuff out, but we’ll finish with…Trump doesn’t understand impeachment.

Trump tweeted that he can’t be impeached because a president can only be impeached if he’s committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and he hasn’t been convicted of a crime. What he doesn’t get is, Congress can be the one who decides he committed a crime, such as obstruction. Also, the term “high crimes and misdemeanors” also covers the president’s misconduct, even if it doesn’t involve an actual crime. If Congress believes a president is a threat to national security but he hasn’t committed any crimes, they can impeach him. It’d be very hard, but they can do it.

Trump also said he would use the Supreme Court to stop impeachment. It doesn’t work that way. Impeachment is a political issue, not judicial. The court has ruled over a case involving an impeached judge on a lower court and decided they have no role in it. The only involvement with impeachment is the Chief Justice presiding over the Senate trial, which is after impeachment.

You would have more luck saying “Beetlejuice” three times to stop an impeachment than calling the Supreme Court. And trust me. Nobody calls Brett Kavanaugh or Clarence Thomas more than once.

All the stuff above, I have to know to be a political cartoonist (and everyone should know about lusting after your daughter. It’s wrong). Well, at least a liberal political cartoonist. The conservative ones need a lot of educating. But, don’t you think if a cartoonist has to know all this stuff then the president does too? I’m no genius. Knowing all the information above doesn’t make me smart or super informed. It’s all basic stuff I had a fair grasp of by middle school (we called them “junior highs” back then). I sucked at math but I knew history and civics. History and civics aren’t hard. All you have to do is read….ooooooooooooh. That’s the problem.

Donald Trump needs a civics lesson and I can’t think of a better education than impeaching him. If nothing else, maybe it’ll educate his stupid racist followers.

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