Joe Biden

United States Of Tara


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The right-wing media keeps saying Joe Biden said he “believes all women.” This morning on Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough repeated and attributed the quote to Biden. I’m not sure he actually ever said that because I can’t find it.

They are taking “he believes all women” from a comment he made during the Kavanaugh hearings.” What Joe Biden said was, “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real.” Let’s emphasize “you’ve got to START OFF.”

And we should start off that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, so you open your mind and listen to her. After that, you may not want to believe her anymore. And if you believe her, you should base that belief on the information available, not on your politics.

Tara Reade was Joe Biden’s staff when he was in the United States Senate. She has accused him of sexually assaulting her. The media has been slow to push the story but that’s starting to change. To Ms. Reade’s credit, she has refused to go on Fox News to be interviewed by Sean Hannity or any of the other out-of-control-frothing-at-the-mouth Trump cultists. But now, she is going on Fox to be interviewed by Chris Wallace. While Morning Joe went after Joe Biden during an interview with him this morning, they still haven’t invited Reade onto their show….while questioning why the media hasn’t had her on their shows.

While Reade hasn’t been on TV, the story has. So why is there a difference in the coverage between Reade and the accusations from Christine Blassie Ford against Brett Kavanaugh?

There was a very short window to cover the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh before he would be confirmed to sit on the Supreme Court for the next THIRTY YEARS. We still have six months before the general election where, if he wins, Joe Biden will only be guaranteed four years. Also, there’s this pandemic that’s left over 30 million Americans unemployed and over 33,000 dead and every American has been under quarantine. It’s a pretty big story. As Joe Biden would say, “It’s a big fucking deal.”

But right-wingers, Fox News, and other assorted Trump supporters want to talk about Tara Reade while ignoring Jill Harth, E. Jean Carroll, Summer Zervos, Alva Johnson, Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Lisa Boyne, Cathy Heller, Temple Taggart McDowell, Karena Virginia, Karen Johnson, Mindy McGillivray, Jennifer Murphy, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Juliett Huddy, Jessica Drake, Ninni Laaksonen, Cassandra Searles, or Ivana Trump who have all accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. Their hypocrisy disqualifies them.

Donald Trump is lying low on this, for obvious reasons, but says Joe Biden should respond to the accusations. Biden did that this morning and did a better job than Donald Trump, whose usual response is, “She wouldn’t be my first choice.”

The Trump campaign, his advocates on Fox News, and even Donald Trump Jr have taken the lead in pressing Tara Reade’s allegations. Don Jr believes Reade should be heard, but did he ever say that to his own mother who accused his father of raping her? She has since retracted that, but should he ask her about that? Maybe, he should ask his dad about “grab them by the pussy.” Maybe he should ask his dad about the affair he had with future wife number 2 while he was still married to his mother…or about the affair he had on wife number 2. I think maybe Donald Trump Jr should want to lie low on this.

While the #MeToo movement wants to hear Reade out, tit doesn’t want to enable Fox News and give Donald Trump four more years to drive this nation into the ground. As one female friend told me just this morning, “For what it’s worth, Joe Biden could steal my lunch money and punch me in the nose and I would still vote for him over Donald Trump. If I have to choose between sexual assaulters for my president, I’ll take the one who did it once in 1992 rather than our serial molester-in-chief.”

Joe Biden was not my first choice in the Democratic primary. He was around 7th or 8th and I still wouldn’t mind if he dropped out and his spot was taken by a stronger candidate…like Andrew Cuomo. But, even if Biden is guilty, I would still vote for him over Trump. There is a difference between the candidates. Joe Biden stutters and mangles sentences. Donald Trump is a serial sexual assaulter who barges in on teenage girls changing clothes and mangles the economy and the nation’s pandemic response.

Sure, let’s hear Tara Reade out. You have my ear. And even if I believe you entirely, I’m still voting for Biden over Donald Trump. I won’t be in Biden’s camp but I will vote for the lesser of two evils. I will not vote third party or refrain from voting because both acts are votes for Donald Trump.

My friend, a very strong, independent, and liberal woman is voting for Biden over Donald Trump.

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The Voting Blue No Matter Who Blues


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A friend and fellow cartoonist is having a major freakout over Joe Biden probably being the Democratic Party’s nominee. I’m using him as an example because he’s the perfect case of a liberal freakout.

My friend is being a baby over this. Sure, we should all fight for what we believe to be the best direction of our nation, but I think this guy, who is in his mid to late 50s, is being irrational and whinier than any millennial over not getting his way. The guy is creating new anti-Biden posts on Facebook on a near hourly basis. I also disagree with him on three major points: He doesn’t believe Donald Trump did anything wrong when he asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden. He believes Joe and Hunter Biden are corrupt. And quite possibly the craziest one, there’s no difference between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

While he does receive some resistance, he also has a lot of friends leaving comments who agree with him. Here’s where I disagree.

The Bernie Bros make the argument that it’ll be Democrats’ fault if Trump is reelected if they don’t make Bernie Sanders the nominee. Sure, a lot of whiners won’t vote for Biden because he’s too moderate or they believe he’s no different from Trump. But the Democratic Party can’t appease these people if they’re going to be irrational and with all due respect, stupid.

The argument here is if they don’t get what they want then they’re not going to help you, but you better give them what they want and then help them. That is, give them Bernie and then vote for Bernie against Trump, even though you feel about Bernie the way they do about Biden.

But even if you like Bernie Sanders, and I do, it’s ridiculous to believe a self-admitted socialist has a better chance of beating Donald Trump than a moderate.

I have a solution. Vote for the nominee no matter who it is. Bernie, Joe, vote blue. There is a difference between the Democratic nominee, no matter who it is, and Donald Trump.

If you don’t vote blue, then you’re allowing Trump to continue to appoint conservative fucknut judges, throw babies in jail, build a racist wall, ban Muslims from entering the nation, engage in further racist attacks and policies, build nationalism, starve poor children, destroy reproductive rights and further attack women, attack our allies, destroy NATO, hand South Korea over to North Korea while legitimizing Kim Jong Un, appease Vladimir Putin and ignore Russia’s attacks against our nation, slobber all over dictators, continue nepotism, enrich himself from the office, violate our environment while disregarding science, allow Iran to build nuclear weapons, increase the deficit while giving himself tax cuts, and install a government that serves Trump and only Trump.

And as displayed over the past two weeks while placing his ego over a pandemic hitting our nation, Donald Trump doesn’t know how to be president.

Voting for Donald Trump is voting for Kellyanne Conway, Mark Meadows, and Stephen Miller. It’s a vote to allow the worst people to run amuck over our government.

And you need to seriously ask yourself: Would you rather Ruth Bader Ginsburg be replaced by Joe Biden or Donald Trump? If you don’t think there’s a difference, then you’re dumber than I could ever give you credit for. You’re a special kind of stupid.

It doesn’t matter if the next president is Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. What matters is that Donald Trump is no longer president. This nation can’t afford another four years of this.

Get over your vanity. Get over yourself. Grow up. Stop being an idiot and vote blue no matter who.

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Conspiracy Pox


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I would really love it if Democrats would stop sounding like Donald Trump supporters.

It’s bad enough that Vladimir Putin is helping Bernie Sanders because he believes that’s the best way to help Donald Trump. It’s just as bad that Bernie Bro’s are online dicks and trolls. And then, you even have Bernie complaining about the “establishment.”

Let’s make something perfectly clear. There is no grand conspiracy to “steal” the nomination from Bernie Sanders. Before Super Tuesday, he only had 58 delegates. That’s a long way from securing the nomination. Nobody is rigging the system against Bernie. And to show you just how stupid it is to play the conspiracy game about the DNC and Bernie, Donald Trump called the endorsements from Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke a “coup” against Bernie.

Congratulations, Democratic conspiracy theorists. You’re on the same level of thinking and paranoia as Donald Trump. Voting or endorsing is not a coup. It’s democratic. It’s politics. Bernie would have to be the leader of the party and then thrown out in an illegal manner for it to be a coup. Donald Trump’s excuse for not knowing the definition of a coup is that he’s Donald Trump. If you’re a Democrat, you don’t have an excuse.

Donald Trump sandwiches his conspiracy theories about the DNC between his conspiracy theories about Ukraine election meddling and his conspiracy theories about Covid-19 being out to get him. Don’t be like Trump. You’re supposed to be better than that.

You don’t need a conspiracy to believe the majority of the party rejects a socialist who isn’t a member of the party. You don’t need a conspiracy theory that the majority doesn’t want to run a socialist against Donald Trump. You need a conspiracy theory to believe Beto O’Rourke, who is no longer in Congress, is a failed Senate candidate, and a failed presidential candidate represents the establishment.

The DNC didn’t give Joe Biden a huge win Tuesday night. Democratic voters did. If you really believe black voters, who solidly supported Joe Biden, are the establishment, then I challenge you to put that on a T-Shirt and sell it.

What happened Tuesday night may not have even been a sound rejection of Bernie Sanders as much as it was a mandate that the majority of voters are ready to move on to the nominee and start the campaign against Donald Trump. I don’t think there’s better proof of that than Elizabeth Warren coming in third in Massachusetts.

No, her constituents don’t hate her. They’re not sexist. They’re ready to move on. They saw that Warren doesn’t stand a chance to get the nomination so they put their eggs in baskets where they thought they’d be used better. Basically, her voters in her state didn’t view her as a candidate anymore. Hell, most of them would probably prefer her but she’s no longer in the game. Maybe on Tuesday, she finally got that message.

I like Bernie. I like Elizabeth. I would prefer one of them over Biden. But I get it. The party wants to move. And, you don’t have to like it. Just deal with reality. The thing is, it’s not important if Bernie, Liz or Joe is the President of the United States of America. What’s important is that Donald Trump is not. That’s the reality you need to get.

Take this from a guy who shouts at his television and talks to himself along with inanimate objects: Stop talking like you’re in the Trump cult…or I’ll call the truck and have them take you away.

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Hard Ballin’ For Biden


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I’m going to state something that will make Bernie Sanders’ supporters unhappy. What the Democrats are doing in joining together to support Joe Biden isn’t wrong. It’s not a bad thing. It’s not fixing, gaming, or corrupting the system. This is not the Democratic Party denying the nomination to Bernie. These are individual candidates. And even if Joe Biden made backroom deals with them for their endorsements, there’s nothing wrong with that if it’s all legal. It’s not corrupt. It’s politics.

That doesn’t mean you have to like it. I’m not crazy about it. But it’s smart. The GOP tried to do the same thing in 2016 to keep Donald Trump from winning the nomination and forcing all of them to join a cult. Unfortunately for Republicans, the candidates didn’t cooperate with that strategy and while they did win the White House, they lost their party and their freaking minds.

If Michael Bloomberg drops out tonight, Biden will probably win the nomination. That may be too much moderate support for Bernie to defeat, even if Elizabeth Warren drops out. Warren is hanging in there through Super Tuesday and trust me on this; She’s not taking any votes away from Joe Biden.

Also, the dropouts yesterday totally discourages voting early. I tried to vote early last week (they didn’t let me over moving snafus) and I was undecided between Warren and Sanders, But now, I’m going for Sanders even though I’d rather see Warren get it and take on Donald Trump.

I’m not excited about Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. Sure, I like their positions. I agree with Sanders a lot more. But I’m not wild about them. Quite frankly, I think they’re too old. For that matter, I think Donald Trump is too old but that’s just one of many things wrong with Donald Trump.

But, I am glad more of these people have dropped out. It wasn’t long ago when we had over 20 candidates and had two nights of debates. There are still other candidates, but they’re not important.

The dropout and resignation I’m happiest about is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews resignation as host of Hardball.

I don’t know if I ever liked Chris Matthews. But to me, he’s kind of like Joe Scarborough. He has a good show. The format is great. There are great guests. But the host is an obnoxious, pretentious fuck that isn’t the most knowledgeable source of every subject that he thinks he is. But on top of that, Matthews has been losing it for a few years now.

Hardball has been on since 1997 and yesterday, the 74-year-old Matthews abruptly resigned at the start of the show. He left his duties for Steve Kornacki (who should have probably been given the show a long time ago) to take over, who was in visible shock. Kornacki gave an unplanned tribute to Matthews and called him the “most human person he knows” because of his bluntness and honesty. But sometimes that bluntness and honestly revealed a lack of understanding and downright stupidity.

Last week, Matthews compared Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to the Nazi’s invasion of France. During an interview with Elizabeth Warren, he came off as condescending and sexist. Then, journalist Laura Bassett published an essay accusing Matthews of making multiple inappropriate comments about her appearance, which revived longstanding accusations of the man’s sexist behavior. On Friday, he confused the identities of two African-American politicians, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and Jaime R. Harrison, a Democrat running for Senate in that state.

In announcing his retirement, Matthews made it clear it’s not his choice. He said, “Obviously, it isn’t for a lack of interest in politics. Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK are never OK,” he said. “Not then, and certainly not today.” Yeah, but I don’t think there was any point between 1997 and 2020 where it was ever OK to approach a woman at work and say, “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?” According to Basset, he he told the makeup artist, “Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her.” At what point between those years was it ever OK for a TV host to joke on the air about giving Hillary Clinton a “Bill Cosby pill?” And guess what, there are reports that MSNBC has paid women not to sue over Matthews’ “comments.”

Was Matthews, who was disbelieving during his interview with Elizabeth Warren about Michael Bloomberg’s non-disclosure agreements, also the beneficiary of non-disclosure agreements? If MSNBC has paid women to be quiet to save Matthews’ ass, then it’s unethical for him as a journalist to conduct an interview on the subject without disclosing it. Even more troubling, it’s unethical for MSNBC to allow him to conduct those interviews.

Conservative writer Kathleen Parker was upset over his firing and defended Matthews by tweeting they had “flirted unabashedly for 20 years.” CNN host S.E. Cupp tweeted, “The friend’s ‘He never did it to ME’ vouch-for is meaningless, since the friend wasn’t always there, AND it discredits alleged victims.” Comedy writer Maura Quint tweeted, “Congrats! Glad that you had fun flirting with your friend! I don’t know if you know this but that doesn’t mean he had the same relationship with everyone else! I understand it’s complicated! Also, when I put my hands in front of my face, I don’t actually disappear! You’ll get it!”

MSNBC knew for months it was past time for Matthews to go, and there were discussions on moving him out after the election. But Matthews’ own actions sped up that process. And you know, the network will be better for it…eventually.

There should not be any place on any network for someone like Chris Matthews just like there shouldn’t be a place in politics for someone like Michael Bloomberg or…Donald Trump.

We deserve better. We deserve better in the area of equal and fair treatment along with better journalism. Matthews was failing with both.

Now, if he could just get Joe Scarborough to leave with him.

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Bloomy’s Slutty Slots


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Did I mention in the last blog after the debate that Michael Bloomberg had a lousy night?

It wasn’t just that Bloomberg got kicked in the teeth by Elizabeth Warren all night long, but that he wasn’t prepared at all. For example, at one point, he criticized Bernie Sanders for owning three homes despite being a socialist. At last count, Bloomberg owned at least 12 homes. In case you’re a Republican, 12 is more than three.

But it was Warren inflicting the most damage. If Bloomberg wasn’t a billionaire funding his own campaign, his campaign would be over. Bloomy didn’t just have to answer for his racist “stop and frisk” policy he enacted as mayor of New York City, but also for sexist comments he’s made at his business and for multiple non-disclosure agreements with female staffers.

Another great example of Bloomberg being unprepared was his defense of the NDAs as being for the protection of the women’s privacy. And as Warren pointed out, one of his defenses was that he’s been nice to some women. He also wasn’t prepared for Warren’s challenge to release all women from his company’s NDAs. Warren continued that challenge after the debate.

Elizabeth Warren used to teach contract law at Harvard. She crafted a release form for those who have signed NDAs with Bloomberg and his company and challenged him to sign it. She said, “”All that Mayor Bloomberg has to do is download it. I’ll text it. Sign it and then the women or men will be free to speak and tell their own stories.”

Yesterday, Bloomberg offered to release three women from their NDAs and free them to tell their sides of the story. Are these NDAs over harassment or discrimination at his company? Were they drawn up over the behavior of managers at his company or Bloomberg himself? At the debate, Bloomberg said, “None of them have accused me of doing anything, other than maybe they didn’t like a joke.”

That’s not good enough for Warren. She said, “Mike Bloomberg and his company should issue a blanket waiver so anyone who wants to come forward can come forward, with or without Bloomberg’s prior permission.” She’s right. Even the three releases he’s offered require the women to contact his company. Do those releases require other forms to sign? Do they need to sign an NDA to be released from their NDAs?

Bloomberg needs to “man-up” and offer a blanket waiver that doesn’t require those who have signed NDAs to contact or go through his company. Warren pointed out that we don’t know how many women have signed NDAs at his company. What do you want to bet it’s more than three?

At one of his racist fucknut rallies, Donald Trump said Bloomberg spent $500 million to be embarrassed by “Pocahontas.” Trump may want to pay more attention because what Warren is doing to Bloomberg is just practice for what she’ll do to him. I for one would love to see how she would respond to his racist slur while sharing a debate stage.

Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is a loser and I don’t think he’s rich enough to make Democrats forget his debate performance. He’s not rich enough to convince Democrats that we need to replace an arrogant, sexist billionaire with another arrogant, sexist billionaire.

Instead of participating in the Las Vegas debate, Bloomy should have hit the casinos. Versus his presidential campaign, he would have lost a lot less money on the slots.

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Is There A Corrupt Plan B?


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After all that, sending Rudy to Ukraine to create conspiracy theories, to accuse the Bidens of corruption, to break the law by asking a foreign nation to help you politically, to withhold taxpayer military funding from an ally at war with an enemy, to lie, obstruct Congress, to go through all that corruption, and ultimately impeachment…and the guy you did it to beat probably won’t be the nominee.

Good job, dumbass.

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North Korean Thong Attack


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Carrie Cordero, a former Justice Department and intelligence official who’s served in Republican and Democratic administrations asked the question in a PBS interview that we all need to ask.

Cordero said, “The problem has to do with whether or not he is in violation of the Constitution and of the constitutional principles of whether or not he is fulfilling the oath of office, whether or not he is abusing his constitutional authorities to conduct foreign affairs by using that access to foreign leaders to basically work in his own personal interest.”

Her question is: Is the president (sic), when he’s conducting foreign affairs, acting in the United States’ interests, or is he using that position to work in the benefit of his own personal political ambitions?

Many Trump supporters say our president should root out corruption in nations that are receiving financial aid from the United States. That’s a fair point and it’s one previous administrations have done. In fact, it’s what the Obama administration was doing when Joe Biden pressed Ukraine to get rid of a prosecutor, who was NOT investigating his son. But, why is Joe Biden, who has not been accused of doing anything illegal the focus of Trump’s pursuit of rooting out corruption in foreign nations?

Some Trump supporters argue that Joe Biden was not a candidate when Trump was asking other nations to investigate him, so that means he wasn’t a political opponent at the time. But as reported yesterday, Trump brought up Biden’s presidential prospects to China’s president Xi Jinping last June. Biden announced his presidential campaign last April. In case you’re a Republican, April comes before June. Even before Biden announced his campaign, Trump was tweeting attacks at Biden and mentioning his potential campaign. Donald Trump viewed Biden as a political opponent.

Hunter Biden is accused of leveraging his name and father’s position as vice-president to make money off foreign nations, specifically Ukraine and China. But, that’s not illegal. Even if it was illegal, it probably wouldn’t stop Trump and his children from doing the exact same thing.

Since January 2017, Eric and Don Jr. have sold more than $100 million of the family’s real estate, according to Forbes. That includes a $3.2 million deal in the Dominican Republic, despite their daddy’s pledge not to do any new foreign deals while in office. Yes, he promised that. That also hasn’t stopped the Trumps from making $41 million last year from their Washington hotel, which foreign money is pouring into on a daily basis. It hasn’t stopped them from engaging in a $1.7 billion Trump project in Indonesia which received a $500 billion infusion from a state-owned Chinese construction company. It hasn’t stopped Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, of getting a massive cash infusion from Qatar. That hasn’t stopped Ivanka from receiving trademarks for her brands in China. Yet, let’s investigate Hunter Biden.

When Eric and Don Jr. aren’t making money off the presidency in foreign countries, they like to spend their spare time attacking Hunter Biden for making money in foreign countries.

Back to the question, is Trump using the presidency to advance the nation’s interests when he talks to foreign leaders, or his own? According to new reports, Trump has asked Australia to help discredit the Mueller investigation. According to the Times of London, just two days after Boris Johnson became prime minister, Trump called him seeking help to discredit the Mueller investigation. That was just one day after his call to Ukraine where he asked that nation’s president to investigate Joe Biden. Last week, Attorney General William Barr flew to Italy to pressure that nation to help discredit the Mueller investigation. Yesterday, Trump publicly called for China to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.

The impeachment inquiry began because of Trump asking a foreign nation to help his campaign. That’s exactly what Trump did publicly yesterday. Remember that “no collusion” line? It’s the same thing he did during the 2016 campaign when he asked Russia if they were listening, to help his campaign. Later that day, they proved they were listening and started hacking Democrats.

Trump withheld foreign aid from Ukraine that was approved by a majority in both houses of Congress until that nation’s president told Trump he’d help with investigating the Bidens. If all these dealings are for the nation’s interests and not his, then why is Trump sending his personal goon/attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to harass Ukraine instead of it being an initiative of the State Department? Why did he remove the ambassador of Ukraine, a staunch advocate of ridding corruption in Ukraine, after Giuliani complained about her?

Is Trump abusing his power by threatening the whistleblower and those who helped him? Is he abusing his power by insinuating they should receive the death penalty for exposing his corruption?

Russia helped Donald Trump win the presidency. Since then, he’s forgiven them for invading Ukraine and has argued they should be allowed to rejoin the G7. He’s taken Vladimir Putin’s word over his own intelligence agencies about Russia meddling in our elections. He’s pulled us out of a nuclear treaty with Russia. He’s destroyed notes of his meetings his Putin. On top of all that, he refuses to say one negative word about the Russian president. What will China receive for digging up dirt on the Bidens? Will it end the trade war?

Yesterday, it was revealed that text messages between top diplomats and a representative for Ukraine’s government were discussions that a high profile visit for Ukraine’s president to Washington was contingent on that nation investigating Burisma, the gas company whose board Hunter Biden served on, and an investigation to prop up the conspiracy that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 election to help Hillary Clinton.

The diplomats, Special Envoy Kurt Volker, William “Bill” Taylor, the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, were the diplomats trying to get Ukraine to announce an investigation before they would receive a date on a visit to D.C. After aid to Ukraine was withheld, Taylor sent a message stating, “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” At that point, Sondland messaged, “I suggest we stop the back and forth by text.”

Taylor also wrote at one point, “Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?” From the messages, yes, it was.

This abuse of power, trading U.S. security for political favors with foreign leaders, threatening whistleblowers, and Trump’s daily corruption is OK with his cult. For them, they would be fine if Trump shot someone on 5th Avenue. But what about the rest of us?

We’ve become desensitized to Trump’s emolument violations, his sexual assaults, his vulgarity, his lies, his stupidity, his greed, and his narcissism. We kinda stopped demanding to see his taxes. But if enough time passes, will we become inoculated to this? Will we not care anymore? After Christmas, will we struggle to remember why there’s an impeachment inquiry? This is the very definition of corruption and Trump is flagrantly waving it around, daring the nation to remove him. This is a man who believes he’s above the law. These acts of corruption are enough to make Richard Nixon say, “Damn.” Seriously, we should have thrown the guy out when he suggested hosting the G7 at one of his crappy resorts.

Republicans will try to distract us at some point, but I’m not going to let it go. I hope you don’t either. Trump cultists may not deserve better but we do.

In response to Carrie Cordero’s question; Yes, Donald Trump is abusing his office and using his position for political (and financial) gain. My question is: Are we going to let him get away with it?

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Punchy Joe


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Here’s your weekly cartoon for CNN’s weekly newsletter, Provoke/Persuade. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday for the rest of your life.

There will be two Democratic debates this week on CNN, one on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. They’re being staged in Detroit. Michigan is a state Trump surprisingly won in 2016 with a huge assist from Russia. It’ll be a major battleground in 2020.

What analysists are focusing on before the debates are that on night one, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will be on the same stage. On night two, Biden’s podium will be between Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, the two candidates he’s been feuding with.

The expectation is that Warren and Sanders, the two most liberal and socialist candidates, will have to go after each other at some point. I don’t expect that yet. It’s too early. What we can expect on night one is a moderate Democrat going after both of them. We may see the socialists team up.

Biden has promised not to be as polite as he was during the first debate where Harris took him down for his stance in the 70s on mandatory busing. He’s also been at it with Booker who has demanded Biden apologize for boasting about his working relationship with segregationists in the past. Biden wasn’t ready in the last debate. Will he be ready now?

Biden is the favorite candidate at this point and leading in the polls. Even a Fox News poll has him beating Trump. But what happens when he’s on a debate stage with Trump? Personally, I’d rather see Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor, prosecute Donald Trump to his face.

Other things to look for is that Andrew Yang has been going at it with Michael Bennett. Does anyone care?

We can look at Tom Steyer. Oh, wait. He won’t be at the debate and is one more candidate we don’t need.

Will Pete Buttigieg build, fall, or continue to tread water? Will Julian Castro build on his great performance from the first debate? Will Beto finally fold and drop out?

That’s the thing to look for after the debates. After the last one, Eric Swalwell did us all a favor, and himself, and dropped out. He’s doing a great job in Congress and that’s where he should stay. But right now, there are too many candidates. I’d like to see ten of them drop out. C’mon, guys and girls. Go home.

Previously, I didn’t have a favorite. I was going back and forth between the candidates and there are several I still like. But, now I do have a favorite and its been that way for the past few weeks. My pick is Kamala Harris. I like her. She’s a fighter and Donald Trump is afraid of her. I love the job she’s performed in grilling Trump nominees from her position in the Senate. I’m not saying she’s going to win, but that she’s who I want to win. At least for now. I have the right to change my pick. But right now, Kamala is the only one I can feel any excitement for.  I think with the right campaign, she can beat Trump.

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Kamala Scorches Biden


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Here’s your weekly cartoon for CNN’s weekly newsletter, Provoke/Persuade. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday for the rest of your life.

During night two of the Democratic debates, I was going back and forth with my editor at CNN with ideas and suggestions. Just as Kamala Harris took down Joe Biden, I started sketching an idea on the exchange. Within a minute, I got an email from my editor saying we should do something on it.

I didn’t send as many roughs as last week, twenty-five, but I did send eight. Even after I had sent this idea, my editor wanted to see more but said this is probably the way to go. I sent a few more but kept returning back to this one, twisting his arm. Finally, he relented. He either realized it was the best or I was too annoying. Either way, I’m happy with the choice.

We published the newsletter early this week and started planning right after I finished last week’s cartoon. I sent a couple ideas after Wednesday night’s debate, but we really picked up steam Thursday night. It was kinda like being back in a newsroom. I was pretty hyped up. All I needed was election night pizza.

I may do another cartoon on this topic since my clients will probably want one, and I’ll write my take on the debates with that one. This cartoon is for CNN’s exclusive use.

Here’s the rough.

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Reparation Boy


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White conservatives like to get upset and pretend they’re being victimized. For these people, equal rights mean fewer rights for them. That’s their logic.

Gay pride parade? Then why don’t we have a straight pride parade? Black history month? Why can’t we have a white history month? Black president? Why can’t we have a racist president?

Now, with the talk of reparations for the descendants of slaves in the United States, white conservatives are once again getting upset. They argue that since they’ve never owned a slave and nobody alive in this nation was ever a slave, then why should there be reparations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even believes that the “original sin” of slavery has been paid off since one of our 45 presidents was black. A president he stole from and swore to fight to limit to one term.

While nobody in the United States ever owned or was a slave, the entirety of American society is descended from the slavery era, which went from 1619 to 1865. After slavery was abolished, America still persecuted black Americans. Today, black Americans make less than their white counterparts. The average household wealth for African-Americans is 1/16th of that for white families.

Today, there are Americans whose parents were denied their right to vote. Today, there are Americans still being denied their right to vote. We even have a president who practiced housing discrimination based upon applicants’ race.

And, while you argue that you never benefited from white privilege, you never had to give your white son a lecture on how to talk to a cop so he doesn’t kill you for being white in public. I could argue that I never benefited from white privilege, but my talk was how to avoid getting a ticket, not avoiding being shot.

One of my copy editors made the point to me this morning, that people argue “if it hasn’t happened to me personally, then it’s not a problem.” White conservatives believe this is a case of people wanting something for free, but it’s not free. Black Americans paid for it. They’re still paying for it. Many of these people saying “get over it” are still waving a Confederate flag and demanding that their statues not be removed.

The inability to understand that society treats people differently depending on their race is about as sound as Joe Biden’s argument that racist pro-segregation senators respected him because they never called him “boy.” Why can’t we all just get along as well as white Joe Biden did with white racists?

Biden, a liberal, is committing the same sin white conservatives commit on a daily basis. He’s having it explained to him by Cory Booker, a black man, and in return, Biden has demanded Booker apologize to him.  What’s next? Is Biden going to refer to Obama as his black friend?

The bill currently in Congress will not dole out cash to every black American if passed. It will only give a study on reparations. It’s designed to someday make the nation wake up and confront the damage inflicted upon it by slavery that lingers today. We need to move on from being a nation of sorry, not sorry.

We need a better answer than saying reparations have been made because we elected a black president when you didn’t even vote for that president yourself.

The descendants of those who profited from slavery are arguing the bill has been paid when they refuse to even look at the IOU.

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