Joe Biden

Creeper 2020


There have been times when a man has walked up behind me and started rubbing my shoulders. Is that weird? I think so. Did I enjoy it? No…well maybe a little. But still, don’t do that. Not just to me, but to anyone. While it creeped me out, that sort of behavior probably extends to intimidation when it’s done to a woman.

So, men…while we’re at it, don’t go around rubbing woman’s shoulders who did not ask you to. Also, don’t sniff their hair and kiss the top of their heads…or anywhere else. Keep your hands to yourself.

Joe Biden is facing his first of what will be many crises in his campaign for the presidency, and he’s not even in the race yet. Of course, what defines a crisis for Biden is usually just a Tuesday for Donald Trump. Yet, Democrats hold their own to a higher standard. Republicans don’t even require their people to be literate.

Former Nevada Assemblywoman, Lucy Flores, published a column Friday in The Cut accusing Biden of unwanted touching and kissing the back of her head in 2014. Just like in Casablanca, I’m shocked there’s gambling here.

Yes, there is a reason he’s lovingly referred to as “Gropey Joe.” He’s gropey. He and his defenders describe it as affection. Others have been known to describe it as “ew.”

There are miles of video footage of Biden standing behind women of all ages where he’s rubbing their shoulders and whispering in their ears. Obama once joked about it during a speech saying, “I feel more loose and relaxed than ever. Those Joe Biden shoulder massages, they’re like magic.”

In 2015, a photo went viral of Biden holding the shoulders of Stephanie Carter while her husband, Ashton, was being sworn in as Secretary of Defense. She defended Biden in a column published Sunday in Medium, describing it as a tender moment between friends. I’ll take her word for it but I try not to get that tender with my friends.

There are accusations that the more liberal segment of the Democratic Party is trying to take Biden down before he gets in. It’s been noted that Flores attended Beto O’Rourke’s official campaign announcement last Saturday. Whether the accusations are political or not, Biden still has to deal with how he handled the Clarence Thomas hearings in regards to Anita Hill’s testimony when he was chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee.

Regarding Flores and other women, Biden has denied misconduct and issued a statement saying, “not once, never, did I believe I acted inappropriately.” That right there might be the problem. If you don’t believe it’s inappropriate to rub shoulders, sniff hair, kiss heads, whisper whatever you’re whispering in the ears of women who are not your wife or girlfriend, then you don’t have a clue. If this is behavior you frequently engage in and you think it’s OK, you’re probably wondering why you’re never invited to of your friends’ parties.

Biden has not been accused of assault or of committing any crimes. He’s just been accused of being creepy. Despite the fact Donald Trump has been accused of committing crimes and has even boasted about it, Republicans are tearing into Biden. Cognitive dissonance is a rare commodity in the Republican Party. And if you are a Republican, “cognitive dissonance” means having thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes that are not consistent. One example is attacking Biden for rubbing shoulders while ignoring that Trump has boasted about groping women and barging into the dressing rooms of teenage beauty pageant contestants.

Some of Biden’s defenders describe his behavior as ageism and that he doesn’t mean any harm. He’s just being Joe. I don’t think that’s an excuse. If anything the #metoo movement should be teaching these guys, especially guys in the Democratic Party, is what’s wrong and right in how you treat women. His age is not a defense plus, it reminds us that he’s really old. It’s not a defense for Old Man Biden or Old Man Trump.

Being a creeper didn’t prevent Trump supporters from being Trump supporters…just like a lot of other stuff didn’t stop them. The creeper factor won’t be that much of an issue in the general election. It can destroy a Democrat in the primaries while it receives shrugs of indifference in the Republican primaries.

My first prediction for the upcoming campaign is that it will provide us plenty of moments when we’ll be creeped out.

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Come At Me Bro


The stupidity of Donald Trump seems to increase throughout the day, so when he starts the morning by tweeting he’ll beat up Joe Biden, “fast and hard, and crying all the way,” you know we’re in for layers on top of layers of idiocy…and maybe in trouble.

Biden made comments that if they were in high school, he’d beat the hell out of Trump for disrespecting women. Biden’s actual quote was, “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”

Trump claims Biden threatened him with physical assault. I find it scary that the president, who is faced with life and nation-altering decisions on a daily basis, can’t comprehend a simple sentence. What Biden said was not a threat. Also, being a bully, Trump missed the part where Biden’s comments were about the way he treats women. Trump didn’t have an issue with that part.

Someone that stupid is stupid enough to slam China with $60 billion worth of tariffs, thus making the stock market plunge by more than 700 points. He accomplished that feat shortly after lunch.

While announcing the tariffs, he brought along the CEO of Lockheed-Martin, who is in favor of the policy. Trump introduced Marillyn Hewson as “Maryllyn LOCKHEED.” Why did he do that? Because he can’t read the notes (DO NOT APOLOGIZE) and he’s stupid. Ms. Hewson is lucky she got out of there without an orange groping.

Later, Trump’s lead attorney, John Dowd, defending him in the Russia Investigation quit, or he resigned, or was fired. We’re not sure. At any rate, he’s out of there, probably skipping all the way. Trump wasn’t done firing for the day as he let go National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster in favor of Captain Mustache John Bolton.

Days ago, Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders both said there would not be any changes to Trump’s legal team and that H.R. McMaster wasn’t going anywhere. “Heckuva job, Brownie” continues to be the kiss of death in Republican administrations.

Hiring John Bolton to head the National Security Council is stupid. Trump once said we can’t trust anyone involved in the decision to invade Iraq, and then he hires a guy in on the decision to invade Iraq.

Bolton was previously George W. Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations for just a few months, despite once commenting, “If the U.N. Secretariat building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a lot of difference.” He was installed with a recess appointment and then resigned when the Senate returned because there wasn’t a chance in Hell he would be confirmed. Even Republicans don’t like the guy and find him too far to the right. But, he’s on Fox News and Trump loves that.

Bolton recently wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal advocating bombing North Korea. He’s also advocated military action against Iran and Cuba.

Fred Kaplan, writing for Slate, said that installing Bolton puts us on a path to war. War with whom? That’s anyone’s guess since this is Bolton and dammit, he wants us to bomb somebody. Kaplan writes, “it’s time to push the panic button.” He’s right.

The National Security Adviser’s job is to assemble the cabinet secretaries, debate options for military and foreign policy and presenting every choice and option to the president. Bolton is not a guy who tolerates opinions that differ from his. While he was under secretary of state he tried to fire two intelligence analysts who challenged his view (that was wrong) that Cuba was developing biological weapons and supplying them to rogue regimes. He also tried to prevent any information from being presented that disagreed with the findings of Iraq having chemical weapons, or that even said investigations were incomplete on the subject.

Of course, Bolton doesn’t have any actual experience with war as he dodged the Vietnam draft by joining the National Guard. I don’t begrudge anyone who joined the Guard to avoid the draft. But I do have an issue with assholes who want us to go to war as soon as they’re too old to be called to fight.

Trump once made a comment about what’s the use of having nuclear weapons if we don’t use them. Bolton, who will now have an office very close to Trump’s, will now be in his ear every day saying “what’s the use of having nuclear weapons if we don’t use them?”

It’s time to panic.

Creative notes: If you don’t get this cartoon, then you don’t watch enough TV. I had the concept for Trump with the “come at me bro” shirt before the news hit about Bolton being hired. That actually helped me write the cartoon. To be honest, I really wanted to use the phrase “come at me bro” bad enough to risk drawing something that won’t make sense to a lot of people. But, it made me laugh. Besides, I can’t recall the last time I’ve drawn a manatee, if ever.


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Good Time For A Shoulder Rub


I had a very easy time coming up with cartoon ideas last week. I don’t think I struggled for any ideas for the nine cartoons I drew (except the one I drew for The Indy because local issues are usually a little more difficult).

Tonight however I had a difficult time. I walked around my little studio all day trying to think of an idea and nothing was clicking. Around midnight I made a pot of coffee. Before I was halfway done with the first cup I got this idea.

Ah, coffee. The nectar of cartoon ideas. Of course now I’m gonna be up all night but I’ll sacrifice sleep for a cartoon idea.

I am a bit concerned this idea may not be a good one. The reader will have to know Biden is famous for his awkward shoulder rubs. Not everyone is a political geek like me.