Mexico

A Cave For Mexico


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Great news! Donald Trump has saved our nation from another crisis…that he created.

Trump created a crisis with North Korea by throwing childish nicknames at their ruthless dictator. After becoming BFFs with Kim Jong Un and declaring they’re “in love,” his cultist give him credit for averting a crisis in the form of nuclear war.
Trump has created a crisis on the southern border. He created a crisis when he pulled us out of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Trump created a crisis by ending DACA. Trump created a crisis with the government shutdown.
Now, just like with the government shutdown, Trump has ended a crisis by negotiating a deal that gives him nothing.
Donald Trump shut down the government while he had an offer from Democrats for funding for his racist vanity project in the form of a border wall on our border with Mexico. After a month of the shutdown, Trump negotiated a deal ending the shutdown that gave him…nothing. Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed great negotiator, negotiated himself from receiving funding to getting nothing.
Last week, Trump was being kind to outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May by saying she’s a better negotiator than he is. May is being tossed from office for being unable to negotiate a Brexit deal, but Trump was right. She’s still a better negotiator than he is.
Trump created a crisis with Mexico by threatening to levy tariffs on them, while not understanding that U.S. consumers are the ones who would pay those tariffs. Democrats, Republicans, and everyone else in the northern hemisphere with half a working brain understand that tariffs are taxes and that levying them on our largest trading partner would hurt millions of Americans. The reasoning for his tariff war with Mexico was immigration, which is an issue totally separate from trading with our Mexican friends and allies.
Trump was facing opposition not just from Democrats, but also from Republicans. He was also facing legal challenges he would likely lose. On top of all that, the damage done to American farmers and avocado eaters may have turned into a backlash even he couldn’t withstand. Trump cultists eat avocados too despite the fact their Dear Leader doesn’t eat fruits and vegetables.
Trump claimed he struck a new deal with Mexico where they promised to put more Mexican National Guard troops on their southern border to stem the flow of immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. He also claimed that the Mexican government promised to increase its purchases of U.S. agricultural goods.
Two problems with Trump’s claims. The first is, the agreement with Mexico about troops on their southern border was struck months ago, even before Trump made his tariff threats. The second problem is, the government of Mexico does not buy produce and farm equipment from us. Private businesses in Mexico buy produce and farm equipment from us. The Mexican government is not China and can’t order Mexican private businesses to increase purchases from the United States.
Donald Trump attacked those facts the same way he always does, which is to label them as “fake news.” After being debunked by the New York Times, he attacked that news outlet. Later, he was debunked by…wait for it…Mexico.
Basically, the new deal with Mexico that averted a tariff war is that Donald Trump will not make good on his tariff threat and in return, he’s to receive nothing. Other governments have learned from Nancy Pelosi and Trump’s own actions that the man talks more than he walks and he’s a pushover. Trump bullshits, flakes, and caves, and everyone knows it except his cult.
The cult will give Trump huge credit for ending a crisis that wasn’t there until he created it because he told them not to believe what the see and hear. Trump has yet to face a real crisis. The problem for our country is, when that crisis does come, the man occupying the executive branch is still liar, flake, coward, who can’t negotiate, and caves at the slightest pressure.
Donald Trump is dangerous to this nation and except his cult, everyone knows it.
Creative note:
I finished this cartoon about 10:00 a.m, and then the internet went out. I apologize for its tardiness.

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Avocado Boom Boom


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I give my conservative cartooning colleagues a lot of crap over their devotion to Trump, producing cartoons that are based on fear, hate, propaganda and conspiracy theories while being totally devoid of facts. Mostly, I give them hell for abandoning principles they held decades before Trumpism, such as patriotism, law and order, family values, democracy over fascism. But now I’ve seen at least three of them go against Trump and his tariffs.

Republicans have traditionally been against increasing tariffs, knowing that when we increase tariffs that they’re paid for by Americans. They are basically tax increases. Donald Trump continues to say the nations he raises tariffs on will pay them, which isn’t just fundamentally wrong, but a lie.

So, to those conservative Trump supporting cartoonists who have publicly expressed opposition to Trump tariffs, in all seriousness without making fun of you, kudos. Oh, and if you’re one of those conservative cartoonists, “kudos” means congratulations.

After increasing tariffs on China, Trump got into the tariff zone and is now proposing a five percent increase on tariffs on Mexico to pressure them on an unrelated issue, immigrants from Central America. The five percent increase will take effect June 10 and gradually increase to 25 unless, as the White House issued in a statement, “Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.”

A report by the right-wing group the Tax Foundation says Trump’s new tariffs will be the largest tax increase on Americans in three decades.

The study says that with the five-percent increase alone, “GDP would fall by an additional 0.50 percent ($124.82 billion), resulting in 0.33 percent lower wages and 387,041 fewer full-time equivalent jobs.”

Mexico is the United State’s biggest trading partner and is the largest market for U.S. corn and pork and supplies one out of three fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States. Yet, Trump tweeted that they are an “abuser” that takes but never gives to the U.S. In his announcement that he was running for the presidency, Trump accused Mexico of sending rapists and murderers to the U.S. Throughout the disaster of his presidency, he’s accused Mexico of sending us an “invasion” of drug dealers, cartels, human traffickers, people smugglers and immigrants.

Some U.S. business groups are considering lawsuits against the administration, questioning the legality of mixing immigration policy goals with trade retaliation.

This strategy is as useless as the proposed racist wall and monument to Trump since the majority of undocumented immigrants, drugs, and weapons enter through legal ports of entry.

U.S. farmers are already feeling the pinch of reduced sales after Trump increased tariffs on China and they retaliated. Now, the Mexican market may dry up for them as well. Will Trump throw them another bailout with money borrowed from China to pay farmers not to sell to Mexico and China?

If you are a freak over avocados, get ready to pay more. While California produces the fruit, they do so for only eight months of the year. Mexico produces avocadoes year-round, and the U.S. consumes 74% of that nation’s exported avocadoes. Mexican farmers believe we’re such devotees of the fruit, that Trump’s tariffs won’t hurt them. Apparently, avocadoes are like crack. You’ll keep purchasing for your fix no matter how high your dealer raises the price.

If China and Mexico are smart, and they are, they’ll follow Nancy Pelosi’s lead in negotiating with Trump. The man has a history of bailing on his promises and walking away from a negotiating table with significantly less than he argued for…or nothing at all.

I expect the avocadoes to blow up in Trump’s face.

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Good People


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I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Dunking DACA


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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal program initiated by President Obama that, according to White House sources, Donald Trump plans to phase out, starting today.

What DACA does is protect immigrants who were brought to this nation as children by their parents. DACA is protecting nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants. The initiative shielded young immigrants from deportation and allowed them to get two-year, renewable work permits and driver’s licenses and to more easily afford college. It meant opportunities beyond low-wage jobs where no official paperwork is filed, and a chance to climb the ladder and enter the spotlight at work as well as school.

For these people, the United States is the only home they’ve ever known. Many don’t even have memories of living in the nations where they were born. Deporting them would be placing them in a strange land that they don’t have much knowledge of, or where anything exists that could be considered a support system. We have already thrown out many of their parents, thus ripping and tearing families apart.

If we’re going to start making children liable for the actions of their parents, then I demand that Donald Trump explain why his father was attending and getting arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1927.

Perhaps Fred Trump was making connections for the future career of his son. Donald Trump has appealed, made vague references, given wolf whistles, and has made outright racists statements that feed a racist base supporting him.

Trump has questioned a judge’s eligibility to sit on a lawsuit over Trump University because he’s of Mexican lineage. He has called Mexican immigrants “racists and murderers.” He’s retweeted anti-Semitic tweets. He campaigned on building a surveillance system of mosques. He’s initiated a ban on Muslim refugees. He’s extended his bigotry to ban transgenders from the military. He pardoned a racist sheriff who was detaining people based upon their skin color. He claimed there were good people among those in Charlottesville marching with Tiki torches and chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” Last, but not least, he’s trying to build a wall on the Mexican border as a monument for the rest of the world to view American racism, xenophobia, nationalism, hatred, and fear.

Trump claims he admires the Dreamers and he loves them. Donald Trump doesn’t love anything unless it has the name “Trump” on it. Stuff like hotels, casinos, planes, Ivanka, Barron, Junior, and maybe even Eric.

Democrats, moderate, and even some conservative Republicans are opposing Trump’s move to deport 800,000 children who were brought to this nation by no choice of their own. We’re talking about 800,000 children and young adults who are making this nation stronger and who understands what it means to be an American a hell of a lot more than Donald Trump or his sycophants could ever understand. He is placing duress, conflict, and playing with the lives of these children and young adults just so he can play politics, and appeal to the Jethros and Jim-Bobs of his base.

He’s also doing this at a time when it should be the least of our concern. Thousands of immigrants make the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey their home. We need to help them help us rebuild those areas, and not line them up for deportation.

During World War II, we interned thousands of Americans just because they were of Japanese descent. That was an ugly chapter in American history which forever shames our nation for its past racism, along with slavery. With actions like ending DACA, we will forever be shamed for the Donald Trump era.

A few years ago I was talking to a young person in a bar who told me his parents brought him to this nation when he was a child. He had no memory of immigrating to the United States. He told me that this nation is all he’s ever known and that makes him like an American. I told him he was wrong. He is an American.

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Hola, Señor Trump


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Donald Trump’s campaign isn’t making any sense for one that actually wants to win the presidency. The guy is staging rallies and wasting money in places that’s either in the bag like Texas and Mississippi, or wasting it in places he has no chance of winning and where the people totally hate him like Connecticut, Washington, Maine….Mexico.

Mexico? Not New Mexico? No. Mexico. The country. Old Mexico. Trump is going to Mexico (or depending on when you read this, went to Mexico). Not sure if he’s aware that there are Mexicans in Mexico.

Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto wants to meet with both major U.S. presidential candidates. Trump has taken him up on the offer and scheduled a hastily planned meeting in Mexico City before he stages a rally later in the day in Arizona where he plans to bitch about Mexicans. For once someone’s not meeting Trump at Trump Tower.

Nieto wants to discuss issues regarding relations between our two nations. Trump wants a photo op and will probably tell Nieto that he loves “The” Mexicans and has eaten a taco bowl to prove it. Maybe his visit will be an example to Nieto of what it’s like when an undesirable person from another country crosses the border.

I predict Trump will come out of the meeting and lie and say stuff about Mexico willing to pay for his stupid wall that’s never going to happen. Shortly after these lies President Nieto will contradict everything Trump claims.

I have one suggestion for The Donald during his trip: Drink the water.

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Trump Tackles Birthright Citizenship


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What happened to Republicans being Constitutionalists? They accuse Democrats, liberals, Obama, anyone else, of tampering, defying, abusing, and violating the Constitution. Today many of the GOP candidates for president want to throw out the 14th Amendment which grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States. That means any person born in the United States, even if your parents are not U.S. citizens.

Republicans only care about the 2nd Amendment. The rest they can burn, smoke, trash, walk over, get a dirty dog and let him roll around on it, use as kitty litter, blow your nose in it, take a huge dump on it, line a bird cage, floss with it, dry your dishes with it, use as a jock strap, allow Robert Mapelthorpe to use it as a painting canvas, basically what I’m trying to say is, except for the part they interpret as a right to take automatic weapons to Wal-Mart, they don’t care about the Constitution.

Trump wants to deport those here illegally and force them to take their children with them. He’s a proud American who wants to crack down on Americans. I don’t think a President Trump will have to deport anyone because after he’s sworn into office a lot of people are going to volunteer to leave the country. Right wing prime minister candidates in Canada will propose to build a wall (crap. That’s a cartoon idea).

Other candidates have jumped on the bandwagon and they want to end birthright citizenship. Even Bobby Jindal, whose real name is actually Piyush. His name isn’t even Bobby. The guy converted to Christianity, renamed himself after a character on the Brady Bunch and has portraits commissioned of him as a white guy. But Bobby Piyush Jingleheimerschmidt, who was born six months after his parents arrived in the United States, thinks we should end birthright citizenship. I will volunteer to help him pack and ship him off to India with a note apologizing to the citizens of India (Dammit. That’s another cartoon idea).

One Republican candidate has come out and defended the 14th Amendment. How interesting is that? Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore is standing up for birthright citizenship. Unfortunately Mr. Gilmore has about as much chance as being elected president as Piyush has of having a photo-op eating curry. Jim Gilmore isn’t just not polling among potential GOP voters, the man has fewer Twitter followers than I do. Seriously. He barely has over a thousand and half of those probably mistook him for a Gilmore Girl.

I love the argument that the 14th Amendment doesn’t apply to every person born in the United States but the 2nd Amendment applies to every gun.

I’m not sure everyone will get this idea. The last time I had that concern it turned out to be a big hit. We’ll see where it goes. I did have fun drawing storks. My favorite stork cartoon is the old Warner Bros. where the stork delivers Bugs Bunny to a gorilla couple. The male gorilla is named Elvis and he’s not pleased about his new ugly baby. As soon as he sees his new son, without saying a word he runs off camera and quickly returns with a huge club. Classic stuff.