Jeffrey Epstein

Tinfoil Hat Club


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Here’s a quick little bonus cartoon I thought would be fun to draw. I didn’t need to draw this cartoon since I already covered the issue, but some of my clients and readers may prefer to publish and share this one. Mostly, I just wanted another shot at drawing a tinfoil hat and this time in the shape of the way I caricature Trump’s stupid combover.

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Conspiracy-Theorist-in-Chief


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You have to give Trump supporters credit in one area. They’re really consistent with being inconsistent.

The same people who were crying that Democrats were politicizing murders after the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton are silent or defending the president of the United States spreading conspiracy theories after the suicide of pedophile and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, if they’re not spreading those conspiracy theories themselves.

Republicans have been promoting conspiracy theories about the Clintons being murderers or having people killed since 1993. The “Clinton Body Count” is very popular with the sect of conservatives who don’t need evidence or logic to base an opinion. So, it was no surprise that within minutes of it being reported that Epstein had committed suicide in a federal detention center that memes accusing the Clintons of murder flooded the internet, as well as #ClintonBodyCount trending on Twitter.

For some reason, the people who couldn’t hide a consensual sex act between Bill Clinton and an intern can successfully cover-up dozens of high-profile murders. Also, one has to be a moron to first look at the Clintons as being the perpetrators of a murder disguised as a suicide of a person in the custody of Donald Trump’s Justice Department.

So of course, since only morons propagate this bullshit, Donald Trump contributed to propagating this bullshit.

Bill Clinton had very real ties to the registered sex offender billionaire, as did Donald Trump. Clinton did fly several times on Epstein’s private jet, though none of those trips appear to have been to Epstein’s notorious private island which is really popular for the Trump cult to discuss. Donald Trump also had connections, even flying on the same plane and having been accused of committing rape on a minor at an Epstein party. None of this means either of those men had Epstein killed.

Republicans have long been defending Trump’s racism and stupidity. Kellyanne Conway took to the networks to say Trump was only saying there are questions that need to be asked. OK, then. Why doesn’t he ask the people who work under him instead of retweeting a right-wing conspiracy theorist? Other conservatives have complained about the media labeling this as a conspiracy theory and that their doing so isn’t journalism. It’s funny that people who can’t identify a conspiracy theory, as this fits Webster’s definition of one, are judges of what qualifies as journalism.

Trump was a conspiracy theorist long before he ran for president. He was the biggest champion of the birther campaign, that President Obama was ineligible to be president because he was born in Kenya. He helped push a conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He has claimed climate change is a hoax created by China. He floated the idea that it wasn’t Russia hacking the DNC, but some fat guy on a bed in New Jersey. He claimed President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. He’s pushed the deep-state theories. And now, he’s pushing the theory that the Clintons killed someone his government was responsible for.

Donald Trump is irresponsible and he doesn’t care about ramifications of his tweets and words, whether it’s mass shootings or feeding distrust of the government on fucknut message boards like 8Chan, which is populated by QAnon conspiracy theorists. But, maybe Trump is actually stupid or mentally unbalanced enough to believe in these conspiracy theories. The man has access to the best information resources on the planet, and he refuses to use them, preferring the beliefs of the chemtrail crowd, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un.

Former Trump staffer and supporter Anthony Scaramucci has now endorsed there at least be a discussion of replacing Trump on the ticket. Hey, Mooch. This conspiracy, destabilizing stuff from Trump isn’t new. We’ve been saying this since he started the birther crap years ago. He’s not any more unstable today than he was in 2014. But, thanks for taking a wobbly stand after all this time.

The spreading of lies, even absurd and easily-debunked conspiracy theories smack of tinpot, fascist dictator tactics. Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, who once literally pitched a tent on property owned by Donald Trump, claimed those rebelling against him were wayward 17-year-olds, “given pills at night, hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafe”. During Arab Spring, the Egyptian government accused dissenters of being enticed by Kentucky Fried Chicken. North Korea has told their citizens that Japan literally stole time and used that argument to set their clocks back 30 minutes. Also, Kim Jong Il invented the hamburger. Putin has told the world that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan to protect itself from terrorism, a lie Trump has repeated.

People who unquestionably believe leaders are followers of a cult. While it’s nice that Scarammuci has left the cult, at least temporarily, the rest of the Republican party is still on the Kool-Aid.

For the sake of their nation, Trump supporters need to stop believing this man is anything other than an unstable, racist, sexist, lying, narcissistic idiot who shouldn’t be allowed to drive a golf cart, less enough direct a nation.

Journalists and even private individuals on social media need to practice responsibility when it comes to conspiracy theories. Wait for facts. For a president, facts should be a priority, not Twitter memes that rile up a racist, stupid base of supporters.

We’re supposed to be better than this. Start acting better than this. Be better than Donald Trump.

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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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Suicide Watch


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A suicide watch is meant to prevent a prisoner from taking his own life, not just to observe it, right?

Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was being held in the Metropolitical Correctional Center while facing federal sex trafficking charges killed himself by hanging himself Saturday morning. He was placed on suicide watch three weeks ago after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the federal prison, with marks on his neck that appeared to be self-inflicted.

The federal facility that held him is responsible for his death and they have a lot of explaining to do. How do you not keep an eye on a guy who had attempted suicide less than three weeks ago? This isn’t justice for Epstein or his victims.

Epstein should have been forced to stand trial, not allowed to decide his own fate by suicide.

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Roughing It, Volume 5


For last week’s newsletter, I eventually submitted eighteen roughly drawn cartoons. I spent that Thursday as I typically do, throwing ideas at my editor but we had to throw everything away on Friday morning and start over. Why? Alexander Acosta resigned. Yes. That was a week ago. Seems longer now, doesn’t it?

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This was drawn Thursday before Acosta resigned Friday morning (if you’re a Republican, Thursday is before Friday). I didn’t love it.

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Again, before the resignation. I kinda liked this one though it didn’t set me on fire.

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Acosta was not the only subject we were mining…until he resigned. I liked where this was going but I don’t think this cartoon captured what I was trying to get to. Mostly, I wanted to make fun of white male Trump supporters who really hate the U.S. women’s Soccer Team.

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Meh. This was OK. I’ve done something similar to it in the past. CNNrough187

I thought this was OK too. I felt this was too easy and the type of cartoon other cartoonists would be real quick to draw if they thought of it. In fact, someone may have drawn this.

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I almost did this for my syndication and then realized I didn’t like it that much. I threw it at CNN just to see if they liked it. I don’t think they did.

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I liked this one. It was also drawn before the resignation.

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I liked this one too. I probably could have added a lot more names to his list.

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I went back and threw another at them on the soccer team. I liked this one much better and I almost drew it last week…until Trump started racist tweeting.

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I have no idea where this one came from. But it later made me go down internet wormholes on the making of that old commercial.

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This is really similar to a cartoon I drew last year or the year before.

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Then, CNN picked this one. They really liked it. My editor wanted to wait until Friday morning to make the selection definite. On Friday morning, they still wanted it but asked if I could do it without the Kool-Aid guy. I was like, what? The Kool-Aid guy is the cartoon. But I tried to do something without him.

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Yeah, I just wasn’t in love with it if it didn’t have the Kool-Aid guy. I thought, damn. I’m gonna have to fight for the Kool-Aid guy. And then Acosta resigned and, nope. I wasn’t gonna have to fight for the Kool-Aid guy. It was time to throw everything away.

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I’m not too crazy about these kinds of analogies. They’re so typical of political cartoons.

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I really liked this one and later drew it for my syndication. Jim Acosta later tweeted it and didn’t tag me, which was a shame because his tweet got about a million retweets.

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R. Kelly also made news that Friday morning and I almost went with this for my syndication. What made me pick the Jim Acosta cartoon over the Kelly idea is that I felt the issue addressed in the Jim Acosta cartoon was much more important. But, this one may have been funnier. It did stick “I believe I can fly” in my head for the rest of the day.

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As soon as I sent this one, my editor said, “That’s it!” It was.

One my editor liked before he fell in love with the Kool-Aid cartoon without the Kool-Aid was my meat cartoon.

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I really liked it too and ended up doing it for my newspapers Thursday night. This was just a fun cartoon to draw. Last week, another cartoonist used the same imagery. Grrrrrrrrrrr.

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Four Pigs And An Escalator


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As federal prosecutors in New York were bringing new charges against billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, liberals were pointing out his connections to Donald Trump, excluding those with former president Bill Clinton. Conservatives were doing the same thing, except pointing out Epstein’s connections to Clinton and not those with Trump. The thing is, this is not a partisan issue. It’s an issue of rich men protecting other rich men.

One of the fine ladies who proofreads my cartoons told me, “It’s about being above the law and hurting the weak with impunity. If you’re rich enough, the laws don’t apply.” What happens to women, and in this case, underage girls doesn’t take precedence when the accused is a billionaire in the Men’s Club.

Epstein chummed around for decades with celebrities, such as Britain’s Prince Andrew and Bill Cosby, which doesn’t help his case. For decades, his penchant for young women was well known in his social circle. Bill Clinton, whom you may have heard has had his own sordid past with women, was a friend of Epstein’s. Clinton claims he never knew of Epstein’s behavior and only flew on his private jet four times. Flight records show that the number is actually over two dozen times.

His connections to Trump are less clear, but they were friends. One of Epstein’s accusers said in court documents that she was recruited to give Epstein massages while she was working at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s private golf resort in Florida. Epstein has been photographed with Trump at the resort. The resort is really popular with Chinese spies and pedophiles.

In 2002, Trump told New York Magazine that Epstein was a “terrific guy” whom he had known for 15 years. He said, “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Now, Trump says they were never friends despite calling him “terrific,” “fun to be around,” and a guy he’s known for 15 years. Trump also knew him well enough to know he likes beautiful women as much as he does and that many of them are on the “younger side.” That younger side is where the problems come in.

Epstein is a registered sex offender thanks to a plea deal he struck in Florida, but it’s that plea deal which is his other connection to Donald Trump.

Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was the lead federal prosecutor against Epstein. Thanks to meticulous reporting by The Miami Herald (because journalism is more important today than ever), we now know that Acosta was personally involved in striking a deal that saved Epstein from a trial and federal charges where he could have faced life in prison. Instead, Acosta gave him a deal where Epstein served 13 months in county jail instead of prison, and he was allowed to be picked up six days a week by his personal driver and go to work for up to 12 hours a day. Basically, for 13 months, he was forced to spend the night in jail, but not to actually have to live there.

Hundreds of underage girls were brought to Epstein by his recruiters in his sex ring to give what they were told were massages. Prosecutors did not inform the victims of the plea deal until after a judge approved it, even though federal law requires victims to be informed of major developments involving their complaints. Maybe Acosta didn’t believe a plea deal was a major development.

Last year, the Herald uncovered that Acosta was meeting personally with one of Epstein’s lawyers, who was also a former colleague of Acosta’s. You would think there would be a recusal there because of a conflict of interest.

According to a thank-you note from one of Epstein’s lawyers to Acosta, they were assured by Acosta that none of the identified individuals, potential witnesses, or potential civil claimants would be contacted over the deal. Acosta’s office also agreed to help shield the deal from public scrutiny. The lead prosecutor wrote to Epstein’s lawyers at the time, “I can file the charge in district court in Miami which will hopefully cut the press coverage significantly. Do you want to check that out?”

Do you want to check that out? They were seeking approval from the pedophile’s lawyer on how to file the charges. Now, that lead prosecutor is the nation’s Labor Secretary. This morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Senates Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for Acosta to either step down or be removed.

Donald Trump isn’t just friends with pedophiles, sex offenders, and your run-of-the-mill slimy bastards. He’s friends with people who help those slimy bastards cover their slime, which is good for Trump because he’s a degenerate himself. This is a man who’s talked about dating his daughter, has bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy,” has boasted about barging into teenage girls’ dressing rooms, and has been caught coming down an escalator commenting on a child, “I’m going to be dating her in ten years.”

Now, federal prosecutors in New York are charging Epstein for sex trafficking of minors. Hopefully, the same office will be able to go after Trump someday and they will have many options of charges because the only difference between Trump and Epstein is that Epstein got caught.

Trump found it amusing that Epstein likes them on the “younger side,” because that’s how he likes them too.

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