Joe Biden

Punchy Joe


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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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Fox Smear


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Despite telling over 10,000 of them, there is truth in every one of Donald Trump’s lies.

When Trump says that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 election, that means they helped elect him. When he says he’s exonerated, that means he’s guilty as hell. When he says he’s not a racist, that means he’s a Nazi-defending, Klan-loving racist. When he says there were no golden showers with Russian hookers in Moscow, that means someone had to burn a mattress.

Trump says he’s not worried about former vice-president Joe Biden and that he’s hoping to face him in the general election. That means Trump is terrified of Biden. Maybe not the same fear of being stuck in an elevator with Maxine Waters or of finding a vegetable on his plate, but he’s having nightmares of running against the man he’s dubbed “Sleepy Joe.”

Trump says Biden is “obsessed” with him, while he’s saying “Biden, Biden, Biden” nonstop. There’s a reason he’s afraid and obsessed with Biden and that’s because new polling shows Biden will tromp all over Trump in the 2020 campaign if he’s the Democratic nominee. A new Quinnipiac University survey has Biden leading Trump nationally by 13 points. The same poll also has him losing to Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Pete Buttigieg.

The same poll finds him trailing Biden by double digits in Pennsylvania and Michigan, states where Russian troll farms were the most help in electing Trump. He’s even trailing Biden in Texas. Texas!

After being briefed on a 17-state poll conducted by his campaign pollster, Tony Fabrizio, Trump ordered his aides to lie about the poll. This is par for the course for Trump aides as they also have to say he knows the moon is not a part of Mars and that he looks good in a tux.

But lying for Trump extends far beyond those on his payroll and Russian trolls. Fox News has begun a smear campaign to take down Biden.

On Monday after John Dean testified before Congress showing similarities between the corruption of Trump with Richard Nixon, Trump attacked the former White House lawyer for Nixon by stating he was an analyst for CNN, which is not “Trump-oriented.” Let’s try to overlook the talking about himself in the third person aspect and focus on the lies in his statement. CNN is Trump oriented. Turn it on right now and you’ll see they’re reporting on Trump. But, that’s now what he meant by saying they’re not “Trump-oriented.” What he really meant was that they’re not in his corner helping him. In that regard, no news outlet is supposed to be “Trump oriented.” This isn’t China where they have state-operated news outlets. News services are supposed to be independent. Fox News, however, operates as Trump TV.

During 2016, Fox News speculated on the health of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Sean Hannity spent an entire week where he and guests analyzed out of context photos and videos of Clinton to claim she was battling chronic illness, maladies, seizures, and critical neurological conditions. I bet you didn’t know anyone on Fox could say “neurological.” The National Enquirer ran a front-page headline stating Clinton only had six months to live. Two years later, she’s still alive and in a lot better health than the National Enquirer.

Now, the Fox heads are imitating the smear campaign of 2016 for Biden. Hannity has echoed Trump’s insult for Biden, “Sleepy Joe,” which shows he’s lacking in originality and totally in Trump’s cult. Hannity barked during one broadcast, “Joe Biden’s tired. He does not have the energy for this. He’s not up to the challenge. They’re already hiding him like they hid Hillary. They don’t want him out there.” Keep in mind, Hannity supports Trump, who’s afraid of stairs, hides from all media except Fox News, and has his doctor lie about his obesity (if you’re a Republican, “obese” means fat).

Lisa Kennedy, another irresponsible Fox head had her own attacks for Biden. She suggested the Biden campaign should keep him “off the main stage” because he says “stupid things and he slurs.” Who says stupid things and slurs? She also invoked a right-wing conspiracy theory about Clinton’s overcoat, where she was wearing it during the summer to hide something, by stating, “We haven’t seen Joe a lot, maybe he has health issues, is always wearing an overcoat.” Personally, I think Biden should visit Comet Pizza wearing an overcoat just to freak out the Foxophiles.

The American Medical Association considers it unethical for physicians to speculate on public officials’ health without having personally examined them. To be fair, Sean Hannity and Lisa Kennedy, while not being physicians, have both personally stuck their heads up Trump’s ass.

In the news business, it’s considered unethical to spread baseless rumors about public figures, like when MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough speculates on Trump having dementia. To be fair, Scarborough used to have his head up Trump’s ass too. But, Fox News is not in the news business. They’re in the propaganda business where the business is speculation and lies. Sean Hannity is very proud to state that he’s NOT a journalist. I too am very proud to state that Sean Hannity is not a journalist.

These people swiftboated John Kerry. They told you Obama was born in Kenya, was on an apology tour, and supported Islamic terrorists. They’re still carrying the lie that Hillary Clinton sold uranium to Russians. Now, they’re telling us Joe Biden is “sleepy” and not in good health. They’re making hay out of Biden’s age, ignoring the fact he’s only three years older than Trump. They’re both old. Deal with it.

We are going to be overwhelmed with the lies from the right-wing, Trump cultists, Fox News, and Russian troll farms because it’s early. There are 510 days until election day.

That gives you every right to start feeling sick.

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Low IQ Dotard


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While in Japan, Donald Trump reminded us of two of the many reasons he doesn’t have the character required of an American president.

First, he engaged in politics against a political rival on foreign soil. That’s always been a no-no in American politics. You don’t go on foreign soil and attack Americans. When you go on a trip, you leave your dirty laundry at home. It’s petty, but then again, Trump is a petty human being.

This week, North Korea’s state-run media (something Trump dreams of having in the U.S. other than just Fox News), attacked Joe Biden and said he was a “fool of low IQ.” The DPRK was upset that Biden referred to Kim Jong Un as a tyrant, something Trump refuses to acknowledge anymore about a dictator who starves his own people, runs gulags, murders those he considers disloyal like his own brother, and shoots anyone who makes a run for the border. Instead of agreeing with Joe Biden that Kim is a tyrant, Trump agreed with the tyrant that Biden has a low IQ.

It took Trump two tweets because he couldn’t figure out how to spell “Biden,” but he eventually agreed with Kim that “Swampman Joe Biden has a low IQ.” He also questioned if Kim was sending him a signal. What sort of signal is he talking about? An endorsement from a dictator? Hey, it wouldn’t be his first.

For all the partisan politics of his time, Ronald Reagan never sided with Leonid Brezhnev over Walter Mondale.

While playing petty politics and yukking it up with a dictator over a political opponent is crass and pathetic, it’s not as horrifying as the second reason he gave us that he doesn’t have the temperament, brains, or loyalty required to be president. It involves a much more serious issue in which he took Kim’s word over his own national intelligence.

Last week, North Korea fired off a few ballistic missiles, an act that violates United Nations’ resolutions and even a promise Kim made to Trump. Trump’s own National Security Adviser, Captain Mustache John Bolton said he had no doubts North Korea violated UN resolutions with the missile launches. Trump didn’t just disagree with  Bolton on the violations, he disagreed that Kim fired ballistic missiles. Trump, the 10,000-liar, is claiming something didn’t happen that happened.

For months, Trump has said everything was cool between him and Kim as long as he didn’t fire any missiles or test nukes. Now that Kim is firing missiles again, the narcissism in Trump can’t admit he was wrong or that he made a mistake in trusting Kim. He would rather gaslight his own nation, disagrees with his own national intelligence, and U.S. allies just to protect his ego.

In the same tweet that attacked Biden, Trump said, “North Korea fired off some small weapons which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.” In the same sentence, he went from Kim firing off missiles to attacking Joe Biden. Trump was more interested in attacking a political opponent than protecting American interests.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders went to Japan with Trump. While not winning the Sumo trophy, she did go on Meet the Press to defend Trump’s disloyalty to his nation, our allies, and even to his own intelligence. She said, “The president’s focus in all of this process is on continuing the very good relationship that he has with Chairman Kim. And he feels good that the chairman will stay firm with the commitment that he made to the president and move towards denuclearization.

This is more gaslighting as North Korea has not made a commitment of any sort to denuclearize. The one agreement they signed doesn’t have any specifics.

Sanders argued against criticism that both summits Trump had with Kim weren’t fruitless. She said, “For a significant period of time there was no missile testing. We got hostages back home to the United States and remains of American war heroes. I don’t know how you can say that that’s nothing.” Eleven prisoners were released by North Korea during the Obama presidency without bullshit summits or ransom payments, unlike how Trump got three prisoners released. And in case Sanders hasn’t noticed, they’re firing missiles again. That would be like defending the Nazis by arguing for a significant period of time, they didn’t invade Poland.

Trump often agrees with enemies of the United States and starts to use their language and arguments. He and Vladimir Putin have the same “no collusion” stance. They both use the term “fake news.” Recently, Trump repeated Russian state propaganda that they had the right to invade Afghanistan because of terrorist attacks (which isn’t true).

Kim was testing Trump by firing ballistic missiles. Trump’s reaction tells Kim that he can do anything he wants. Why would he denuclearize if the American president won’t hold him accountable or even acknowledge his transgressions? Trump went from calling Kim “Rocket Man” to being unable to acknowledge there are any rockets.

Trump loves tyrants and dictators. He hopes to become one himself someday. Even before his kissy summit with Kim, he referred to him as a “smart cookie” for his ability to threaten and murder people to gain and retain power. He believes we should listen to Kim’s wisdom when he insults Joe Biden. He probably wants us to forget, and if you’re a Trump cultist then you have forgotten, that Kim once referred to Donald Trump as a “dotard.” That does not mean “stable genius.”

What Donald Trump did in Japan was remind us that no dotard should be president of the United States.

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Old White Guy 2020


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Among the 20 Democrats running for president (somebody please go home), we have a 37-year-old openly gay mayor; two African American senators; a 44-year-old Latino ex-Cabinet secretary; and a half-dozen women. And with the most diverse presidential field in history, the two candidates leading the 20-person field are 77-year-old Bernie Sanders and 76-year-old Joe Biden. According to the polls, one of these old white guys in his 70s will be facing off against 72-year-old white guy Donald Trump.

Oh, I’m sorry. Did I say Donald Trump is old? He’s not old because he said he’s not old. Trump stated, “I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person — I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe. I don’t know about him. I don’t know.” That’s from a mind sharp as a tack, people.

Here’s the thing. If you’re in your 70’s, you’re old. You’re way past qualifying for AARP, you get the old-people specials at Denny’s even if you’re not eating at 4:00 p.m, and you get away with saying stupid things like, “Oranges of investigations.” People are like, cut him some slack. He’s old and afraid of stairs. Trump is at the point where servants have to cut his food for him. Does Gerbers make Hamberder flavor?

And Trump is afraid of stairs or any long treks on foot. He drives his golf cart on the green because walking from the cart to the hole is hard. He wouldn’t walk with other European leaders during one summit and instead took a golf cart because walking is hard. After one long debate, he complained about how long he had to stand…which is truly difficult if you’ve never worked hard in your life.

He accused Jeb Bush of being “low energy” and Hillary Clinton of not having “stamina” for the job of president, yet you can sell ad space on the bags under his eyes.

Trump doesn’t have wit and he’s not creative. His nickname for Joe Biden is “Sleepy Joe.” He’s used “sleepy” for at least two other Joes. Trump also questioned Biden’s intelligence which was also rich. Then, Trump compared his age to Biden. Biden said if Trump is vibrant compared to him then he needs to “go home.”

Biden opened his campaign by going after Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, where Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides,” referring to both groups of protesters. The thing is, “very fine people” don’t march with people chanting “Blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

Trump is afraid of Biden because he appeals to voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, three states Trump needed help from Russians to win. Or maybe he can’t envision anyone beating him who doesn’t look like him. Maybe it’s not plausible to Trump that voters replace him with a woman, or a black woman, or a young man, or a gay young man. Maybe for Trump, the only person who can beat Trump is another old white guy.

There’s nothing wrong with being in your 70’s. I hope I get there myself. You have life left. You can be vibrant. But you’re old. Accept it. And if Trump is able to convince his followers of this lie, that he’s not old in his 70’s, that will be the result of some serious gaslighting.

But how much enthusiasm do Democrats and Independents have for two old white guys? Sure, Trump voters are enthusiastic about the racism, but for people who aren’t racist troglodytes, the only enthusiasm we have is to get rid of Trump. There’s nothing really new with Joe Biden.

But, the Nazis, white nationalists, and people who love betraying their nation to Russia are very enthusiastic for four more years of the cruelest administration in American history. So we need to get very enthusiastic about replacing Trump even if it’s with another old white guy.

Creative notes: I was really proud that last week I only had to submit two drawings before my editor selected a cartoon. This week, I sent 14. Why so many? I don’t blame CNN. I blame myself. I don’t think I was sending a lot of good ideas. Then, they picked the third cartoon I drew. I spent seven hours drawing roughs but as tiring as that can be, there is a sense of accomplishment when a cartoon is selected.

I’m going to be out of town next week when we do this, so that should be interesting.

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Riden With Biden


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Former Vice-President Joe Biden is officially in the race for president, which he has been leading in the polls for months. Some have criticized him for starting his campaign by focusing on Trump’s defense of the Nazis and white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville. How do you criticize a guy for criticizing a guy for defending and supporting Nazis? Even his campaign logo has been criticized for being goofy, which truly does fit a guy like Joe Biden. The goofy logo didn’t deter him from achieving the biggest first-day haul of the 2020 campaign, raising $6.3 million in the first 24 hours.

Biden is the candidate Trump fears the most, who responded to Biden’s criticism of him defending Nazis and reaffirming that he thought there were “fine people” on both sides. “Fine people” don’t march with Nazis. Trump, who is three years younger than Biden, also criticized him for being old.

Biden faces obstacles much tougher than a poorly designed logo that makes his name look like “Jo.” He has a long political record dating back to the 1970s to contend with. In the past, he supported a mass-incarceration crime bill that’s now harshly criticized by liberals, he was a pro-life Democrat, he was against busing, and he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But the one issue we keep hearing about is the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings that put him on the Supreme Court. Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time has been criticized for the treatment Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment, was treated during the hearings.

Biden called Hill recently to discuss her concerns. She says the call left her “dissatisfied.” She said, “I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.” Perhaps Biden may have seemed more contrite if he had expressed concern over the past 30 years for the way she felt, instead of waiting until he was gearing up a presidential campaign.

Biden refuses to apologize for the way he personally treated Hill. He told The View, “If you go back to what I said, and didn’t say, I don’t think I treated her badly.” But is that true? Biden refused to call supporting witnesses who also accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

The Washington Post writes, “Interviews with a dozen people with firsthand knowledge and a review of the written record and interviews published with participants over the past three decades reinforce that Biden failed to use the powers afforded to Senate committee chairmen to conduct a judicious and thorough inquiry into Hill’s allegations. He did not give full consideration to witnesses whose allegations seemed to corroborate her testimony or curb the attacks and innuendo leveled at her during the hearing. ”

If this was Donald Trump, the controversy would be pushed aside for the next controversy. Even though Biden is prone to gaffes, he’s probably not going to attack POWs, Gold Star families, or mock the handicapped so this controversy may stick for a while, though it’s still eight months until the first primary.

Biden is a Democrat which means the bar is higher for him. A Democrat has to account for being too touchy/feely with women by invading their personal space and rubbing their shoulders while a Republican is allowed to brag about “grabbing them by the pussy.” A Democrat needs actual policy proposals full of details while a Republican can say he’ll replace Obamacare with “something better” and we’re going to build a wall and Mexico will pay for it. A Democrat must know every detail about pending legislation and memorize the Constitution while a Republican is allowed a lifeline when asked how many branches of government there are. Democrats are attacked for conducting opposition research on their opponents while a Republican can invite Russians into his campaign headquarters. While Republicans will put an accused assaulter on the nation’s highest court, a Democrat is still facing tough questions 30 years after allowing a harsh hearing for an accuser.

We’re also in the #metoo era which means this issue won’t be let go any time soon, and it shouldn’t.

Biden is goofy, clumsy, awkward, gaffe-prone, and lousy with accepting responsibility. And if he’s the party’s nominee in 2020, I’ll be voting for him.

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Creeper 2020


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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


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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


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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.