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Trumping Lincoln


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The Republican Party is not the party of Lincoln anymore. It’s now the party of Trump. They’re not even the party of Teddy Roosevelt or Eisenhower anymore. Even the more conservative Reagan doesn’t fit today’s Republican Party. Even Richard Nixon isn’t corrupt and dishonest enough for today’s GOP.

My friend and a guy whose work I often criticize, Michael Ramirez, wrote a long, painfully-detailed column on Facebook explaining to his fans why he stands with the truth, why he refuses to carry the lie that Trump won the election, had it stolen from him, or that anyone but Trump supporters attacked our nation’s Capitol building. In the column, he writes how his party, the GOP, is on the right side of the issues and the majority of Americans are with them. He’s wrong.

Michael has been long recognized for how talented he is. He has two Pulitzer Prizes. He’s very intelligent and his column is extremely eloquent…as though he went to great lengths to be eloquent. But, no amount of brains is going to save you when you’re as hyper partisan as he is and you’re bullshitting your balls off (I am less eloquent).

If you have to explain your stance in not accepting a lie to your lying party, maybe you’re in the wrong party.

Mike swings from refusing to accept the Big Lie to using the Big Lie to justify voter suppression laws. He wrote, “We don’t need to lie or deceive ourselves to win” and follows that with, “The truth is, conservative policies work and theirs do not.”

No, conservative policies don’t work. Did that huge Trump tax cut for asshole billionaires, trust-fund babies, and corporations work? Did it reduce the deficit? Did the “trickle-down” theory put more money in the middle class’ pocket? No, it did not. How about those two tax cut for asshole billionaires to finance two wars? What about all the racist policies?

Republican policies attract Nazis and Klansmen. Mike is right to accept that it was Trump followers who attacked the Capitol but he didn’t recognize them as terrorists. When you attack a government in a bloody coup attempt to overturn an election, you’re a fucking goddamn terrorist.

The fun part of his column were the comments from his readers. Most reject that President Biden won. They reject the truth. Some argue there’s no way a failed racist stupid fast-food peddling game show host could lose an election because they saw so many pro-Trump signs in their neighborhoods. How could a guy lose an election after trashing the economy and doing nothing while watching hundreds of thousands of Americans die from a pandemic he politicized and lied about? How could Trump lose the popular vote to Joe Biden after losing it to Hillary Clinton? How could a guy who repeatedly chose Putin over America be rejected by American voters? How could an impeached president (sic) lose an election while on his way to a second impeachment? It boggles the mind.

To reject that Biden won the election is to reject democracy. Oh, Republicans love democracy until they don’t get what they want.

A majority of Republicans believe Donald Trump won the election and somehow President Biden stole it with the help of Republican leaders in states like Georgia and Arizona. The party is about to oust Liz Cheney from leadership, not because she doesn’t support Republican policies, but because she refuses to support the Big Lie.

Here’s the question for Republicans like my friend: If you don’t want to be in a cult, then why are you a Republican? It seems you would have quit when the Nazis came knocking.

Creative note: I wrote this cartoon in the middle of last week and thought my editor at CNN might like it. He loved it and approved it around 10:00 AM Friday morning. I dug it too and took my time with it. A few cartooning colleagues have patted me on the back for it which I truly appreciate it. Even though we’ve all been to the site, I used a great black-and-white photo for reference from the New York State Archives I found while doing a Google image search. This is a case where I’m really satisfied with a cartoon and will check it months down the line to see if I still like it.

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Presidents’ Day, 2021


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Abraham Lincoln was a great president. He was our best. You can pull more than just one quote from the man. Likewise with John F. Kennedy. Even Reagan, who was not a great president, left us with more than one memorable quote. There were others I couldn’t fit in here, like George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, or Lyndon Johnson.

Not every president is remembered for a quote. If you research, you’ll be able to find one from a president like Franklin Pierce, but you don’t know one off the top of your head. What I want to know is, what quote will Donald Trump be remembered for?

Will it be his “Fine people on both sides” when he praised Nazis? What about, “Shithole countries”? Maybe it’ll be when he gave terrorists a shout-out when he said, “Proud boys, stand back and stand by.” How about, “There’s my African-American”?

Or, he’ll be remembered for, “We’re gonna march down to the Capitol” which was followed by a white nationalist terrorist attack in attempt to overturn an election he lost, and install him as a dictator.

For what quote do you think Trump will be remembered? Let me know in the comments. You have a lot to choose from.

For the record, Donald Trump was impeached both times while he was still president. If you have issues with the trial in the Senate being after he left office, in which he tried to remain in through a bloody coup attempt, blame Mitch McConnell for delaying the trial until after Trump left town.

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In Cool Runnings, the movie about the Jamaican bobsled team, one character says to another, “whatever is wrong with you is no little thing.” Whatever is wrong with Donald Trump may be a mystery, but it’s definitely not a small problem.

Despite being president of the United States of America, Trump is extremely insecure. Someone didn’t love him enough as a child. What started as a whirlwind publicity tour to convince people with mediocre cognitive skills that simplicity was greatness, turned into a presidential administration. The publicity tour to promote himself continues. Trump tells us on a daily basis how great he is. But, to sell the idea that Trump is great, you gotta make up a lot of stuff.

Trump lies. That’s a well-known fact. He tells huge, preposterous whoppers that can be easily fact checked, like biggest electoral win ever, the largest crowd size, and poll numbers. Last week, he didn’t just lie about a poll, he even created one out of the figment of his tiny imagination.

Trump told the British tabloid, The Sun, “You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party, beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe.”

Trump is popular with Republicans, who are also really fond of putting babies in jail. A recent poll has him at 90% with Republicans. Trump has to create a poll to claim he’s more popular than Lincoln, as the only polling back then were election results, which Lincoln won two of (and the popular vote both times). But, Trump is probably right. Today, Republicans are not the party of Lincoln, and they would probably prefer a wannabe authoritarian presiding over a kakistocracy over a great emancipator rebuilding a democratic republic.

If you want to compare Trump’s popularity today to Lincoln’s during his time in office, you have to remember the nation was divided then too. While today, we talk about a virtual civil war between blue and red states, Lincoln’s America was in a literal civil war. Half the nation hated Lincoln if you only count white people.

It’s not surprising that Trump would compare himself to someone he doesn’t even deserve to share a sentence with. Lincoln was known as Honest Abe, where honesty, truth, and facts are never associated with Donald Trump.

The other dissonance between the two is that one was trying to save the union while the other builds himself up by tearing it apart. Trump isn’t just a divisive figure; he seeks to be divisive to throw red meat to his racist base of support. He creates problems where they don’t exist and later gives himself credit for solving them, which he doesn’t.

Trump also told The Sun that the British people love him. That claim, despite a recent poll putting his disapproval in the UK at 72%, and over 250,000 people and a giant Trump Baby blimp protesting his racist orange ass in London over the weekend. England hates Trump so much, that Green Day’s 14-year-old song American Idiot was pushed to the top of streaming charts in the UK to send Trump a message. England hates Trump so much, they’ll play Green Day.

In the future, I expect we’ll hear more comparisons between Lincoln and Trump. Lincoln was our first Republican president, and Trump may be our last.

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