Nancy Pelosi

Facemask Losers


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi violated California state law when she went to a hair salon and at least for a minute, didn’t wear a face mask.

A video was released of her walking from one room to the other without the mask. Pelosi claims it was a setup as she called the salon, where she’s been a customer for years, and an employee told her to come in.

Pelosi is responsible for this. She should have known the state law and she should have worn a face mask for the entire visit. But that said, yeah, it was a setup. How do I know it was a setup? Because we’ve seen the video.

In fact, White House spokesgoon Kayleigh McEnany began a press briefing about the video and ran it on a loop for several minutes. The thing about this is, it shouldn’t be the White House promoting and advancing this video. It’s bad politics. What they should do is just let their conservative allies do it. Yeah, it’s still hypocritical and stupid, but at least they could have the semblance of keeping their hands clean and government employees like Kayleigh McEnany wouldn’t have to conduct herself like a goon.

But which is it? Are we supposed to be upset at someone for not wearing a mask for a minute or are we supposed to mock people who wear masks?

Look at the Republican convention. There were two nights where the Trump team created crowds, one at Fort McHenry in Baltimore and the other on the South Lawn. Not only did these two acts violate the Hatch Act and abuse public property for partisan political events, they didn’t practice social distancing. Face masks were not required. You have to remember the last time Trump put together a huge party for a political event, it killed Herman Cain, who, by the way, they failed to mention once during their four-nights of lies and bullshit.

Last week, Donald Trump mocked Joe Biden for wearing a mask. Trump said, “Did you ever see a man who likes a mask as much as him?. It gives him a feeling of security.”

Then, the guy who should be in a padded room while wearing a jacket that ties in the back said, “If I were a psychiatrist — right? I’d say, this guy’s got some big issues. Hanging down.” Hanging down? What the hell is that? Anyway…

So far in this pandemic, due to a virus Donald Trump has ignored at times and downplayed at others, has killed nearly 185,000 Americans. So, why the hell is he mocking someone for wearing a face mask which is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the White House Coronavirus Task Force?

What’s next? Making fun of people who have died from it? Calling them weak or better yet for Trump, losers?

Donald Trump is the president (sic) of the United States. Every time someone says “President Trump,” my skin crawls because it’s the most disgusting thing there is…but he is the president (sic). Yet, he can’t be presidential. He can’t exhibit leadership. Joe Biden can. Joe Biden is being presidential.

Joe Biden is demonstrating by example, showing leadership, and taking the virus seriously. Donald Trump finds that something to mock.

Donald Trump refuses to be president for the entire nation. He refuses to be a leader in the same way he refuses to be an adult, mature, responsible, accountable, or credible.

Wearing face masks saves lives. Experts predict fewer deaths and a quicker end to this pandemic if we all wore face masks. Donald Trump is politicizing it and making fun of people for wearing face masks.

Wearing a face mask is the patriotic thing to do. But then again, we all know how Donald Trump feels about patriotism.

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Ripping Trump A New One


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Last night, Donald Trump delivered the most partisan, hateful, and divisive State of the Union since the one he delivered last year.

If you didn’t watch the speech, you probably haven’t heard anyone cite anything specific he said. If you did watch the speech, you probably haven’t talked about anything he said. Instead, you’ve talked about the dis.

Before the speech, Trump pretended not to see Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stick out her hand, and he dissed her by refusing to shake it. She dissed him in her introduction but excluding the traditional “the high privilege and distinct honor” of introducing the president. After the speech, she ripped in half her advance copy of Trump’s speech.

Liberals are applauding while conservatives are upset, which is a bit surreal. How can you cry about disrespect when you support Donald Trump, a man who’s feuded with veterans, Gold Star families, women, and children. You’re really upset Nancy Pelosi disrespected the State of the Union after Donald Trump turned it into a game show? Personally, I think Pelosi gave that speech all the respect it deserved.

It was full of lies. Donald Trump tried to claim all the credit for an economy that’s been on the upswing for 11 years. He claimed he rescued the nation from an economic disaster. He lied about the number of factories he’s brought to this nation. He claimed he’s built 100 miles of his racist wall on our border with Mexico when he hasn’t built 100 feet (and no mention of Mexico paying for it). He lied about the number of jobs the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada will replace. He claimed the U.S. became the world’s number one producer of natural gas and oil during his administration, which actually occurred in 2009.

But his biggest lie was the claim of protecting preexisting conditions. At this very moment, his administration is in court trying to take that away.

In addition to the lies, Trump made it hateful. Extremely hateful. He demonized sanctuary cities and immigrants. But then, he made a game show moment of having Melania place the Presidential Medal of Freedom around the neck of Rush Limbaugh.

Trump played to his base and threw out red meat for his 2020 reelection campaign. The GOP actually chanted “four more years” at one point. And yet, Nancy was disrespectful.

Pelosi later tweeted, “The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the President and policies worthy of his office and the American people.”

When asked why she ripped the speech immediately after Trump stopped talking and in clear view of the cameras, she said, “It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.”

With all the alternative things in my imagination she could have done to that speech, she did the courteous thing.

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Blame It On Nancy


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Yesterday, A Canadian CEO blamed Donald Trump for the lives lost by Iran shooting down the Ukrainian airliner.

Iran was responding to the United States killing its top general while he was on his way to the airport in Baghdad. The general was killed after Donald Trump ordered his assassination. The CEO, Michael McCain, chief executive of Canadian food packaging company Maple Leaf Foods, says one of his colleagues lost his wife and 11-year-old son when the airliner was shot down.

Iran has taken responsibility for shooting down the plane a few hours after shooting rockets at bases in Iraq where American troops where stationed. Iran’s attack was a response to Trump’s ordered hit.

McCain, who’s probably going to incur Republican wrath for his last name alone, lashed out on Trump through Twitter, and not just his private account, but his company’s. He said the 57 Canadians killed in this strike were “collateral damage” of a “narcissist in Washington.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families.”

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said that innocent civilians died because they were caught in Trump’s “unwanted military tit for tat.”

I think they’re all correct unless Donald Trump proves them wrong and shows us the “imminent attack” the general was planning on “four embassies.” Now, Trump says that imminent attack doesn’t matter. It does. If Trump can’t prove Iran was planning an imminent attack against the United States, then he’s responsible for the deaths of 176 people (not counting all the children dying at the border, people killed by Nazis, or right-wing mass shooters).

What was Donald Trump’s reason for ordering an assassination on Iran’s highest-ranking general? It was impeachment. Donald Trump has shown his poker face and referenced impeachment while talking about assassinating the general.

While Iran is to blame for the plane being shot down, so is Donald Trump. He escalated this even before the assassination.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a deal in place that kept Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and part of that deal was that United Nations inspectors had access to their nuclear facilities? What if that deal mothballed 80% of their nuclear enrichment program? What if those aspects of the deal lasted decades and Iran was abiding by it? We had that. What sort of dumbass would ditch that? Donald Trump ditched it and increased sanctions on Iran. Now, Iran is abandoning all promises of the deal and is revving up its nuclear program again. Donald Trump says the world is a safer place. Seriously.

I’m actually surprised that Trump hasn’t felt cornered enough to blame Nancy Pelosi for the crisis in Iran. After all, he wouldn’t have ordered that hit if impeachment hadn’t passed.

Trump can’t blame Nancy, but his response to impeachment is the reason for this current crisis with Iran and why 176 people in a Ukrainian airliner are now dead. There was no “imminent attack.” There was only impeachment.

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Trump, Slow Your Roll


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When I heard Donald Trump sent Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a letter ranting about the “injustice” of his impeachment, I thought, “that’s just going to be some typical, rambling, Trump stupidity.” After I read it, I thought, “Holy fucking shitballs.”

Donald Trump is not well. I know. We always say that. But what’s really scary here is that he’s not well and the people in his administration who helped him put this airing of grievances on White House stationary are totally enabling this insanity. It’s six-pages of Trump tweets with some lawyerly clean up. You know he had help because it contains the word “egregious.”

Have you ever been drunk and angry, wanted to go tell someone off, and then for some reason you didn’t, and then the next day you think, “Thank god I didn’t do that! Whew!” Yeah, Trump probably wasn’t drunk, but he went through with it here.

Or, it’s like when you write an angry letter and you don’t send it, but it really helps to heal your soul because you got it out of your system. Yeah, well Trump sent his angry, pissy letter. And, he sent it to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on White House stationary.

Don’t take my word for it. You should check it out for yourself. Feel free to read it while sitting on a toilet because that’s probably where it was written. I think the best way to read this is annotated summary in The Washington Post by Aaron Blake. He does a great job of breaking down, pinpointing the lies, adding context, some explaining, and what’s just bat-shit crazy. See if you can pinpoint where he probably paused to flush 15 times.

Yes, he really does veer from impeachment to the Salem Witch Trials to the border wall to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to Space Force. Really. This is the president of the United States, people.

If nothing else, this letter is further evidence the man should be convicted in the Senate and removed from office, or at the very least, by the 25th Amendment.

Happy impeachment day.

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Don’t Mess With Nancy


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Reporter James Rosen played off a Republican talking point last week when he asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she “hates Donald Trump.”

Rosen is a reporter for Sinclair Broadcasting. Sinclair is a right-wing organization that owns television stations across the country. They mandate conservative op-eds and other right-wing BS to be aired on those stations. Most people who watch local news that’s owned by Sinclair, don’t know it’s owned by Sinclair or that right-wing jargon is being mandated from corporate headquarters. It’s no surprise Rosen landed there after leaving Fox News after being accused of sexual harassment and texting “inappropriate” photos to colleagues.

Pelosi had finished her press conference but turned back to address the question. She was upset. She said as a Catholic, she doesn’t hate anyone. She also said she prays for Donald Trump. I’m sure a lot of people pray for Donald Trump who aren’t really fond of the guy.

Here’s a question: Do Republicans hate Barack Obama? Republicans keep saying Democrats have been trying to impeach Trump since he “won” the election, but how many Republicans talked about impeaching President Obama? Let’s see…those who floated the idea are Representative Darrell Issa, Senator Ted Cruz, Rep. Michael Burgess, Sen. Jon Kyl, Sen. James Inhofe, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Sen. Tom Coburn, Rep. Blake Farenthold, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Allen West, and measures were passed demanding it from the Oklahoma legislature and the South Dakota Republican Party. Talk show hosts, Larry Elder and Rush Limbaugh, along with Sarah Palin, also called for impeaching Obama. The reasons vary from Benghazi, to birtherism, to the debt ceiling, to none at all.

In 2014, a YouGov poll found that 68% of Republicans were in favor of impeaching Obama while a CNN poll found the number of Republicans in favor at 57%.

So, Republicans why did you hate President Obama?

A lot of conservatives have gone off questioning Pelosi’s commitment to Catholicism. Many point out that she’s pro-choice, so that must mean she’s a bad Catholic. Of course, those same critics are in favor of the death penalty, but hypocrisy isn’t really an issue they concern themselves with.

I did a podcast last weekend where I was asked if I hated Trump. I gave the same answer I’ve given before. I don’t hate Donald Trump. I only hate President Donald Trump. If you love America, democracy, truth, the Constitution and oppose nepotism, racism, narcissism, and authoritarianism, and other assorted stupid shit, you hate President Trump too.

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A Peachy Deal


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Under federal law, whistleblower complaints in the intelligence community are to be delivered to the inspector general. The inspector general has 14 days to determine if the allegations amount to an “urgent concern,” meaning they relate to abuse, violation of federal law or executive order in regards to national intelligence involving classified information (in case you’re a Republican, you didn’t understand any of that). If the complaint meets the criteria, the inspector general is supposed to forward it to the director of national intelligence. The law says the director of national intelligence has seven days (in case you’re a Republican, seven days is a week) to forward the material to the House and Senate intelligence oversight committees. The law does not say the director can refuse or just decide it’s not warranted.

In this case of the whistleblower complaint against Trump, the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, told Congress it was credible and qualified as an “urgent concern.” The director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, decided it wasn’t credible, qualified, or urgent. He tried to trash it. The Justice Department, headed by William Barr, who’s spending $30,000 on a party at a Trump Hotel, said Maguire can lawfully keep it a secret. That’s not what the law says. The law says he’s to deliver that shit to Congress. His sycophantic ass should go to jail too.

By law, this complaint was to be delivered to Congress. Instead, it was delivered to the Justice Department and from other sources, the White House. The law was designed to protect whistleblowers and classified information. In this case, the whistleblower was not protected because his complaint was delivered to the person he was complaining about. Donald Trump said he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower and then attacked him as partisan.

If Trump doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower then how does he know he’s partisan? Has he been hanging out with Miss Cleo? If so, does she see Trump wearing orange jumpsuits? Never mind. From Googling to make sure I had her name right, I just found out she died in 2016. I’m guessing she saw the future and had a heart attack.

Now, the whistleblower report is going to Congress. Yesterday, Trump called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanting to cut a deal. According to reports, Trump said, “Hey, can we do something about this whistleblower complaint? Can we work something out?” Reportedly, Pelosi said, “Yes. You can tell your people to obey the law.”

Trump and his entire administration are arrogant. They refuse to obey the law, then seek out deals to comply a little bit. Nancy’s right. Obey the law. She has no reason to cut a deal with the “best deal-maker ever.” What sort of deal was he trying to make? Congress can talk to the whistleblower after Trump’s goons have 15 minutes with him first?

Just like in the month-long government shutdown Trump initiated where he left with nothing, and actually lost funding for his precious wall, Nancy Pelosi owns him. Trump believes he has a friend in Pelosi in regards to impeachment because she’s spent her entire time as Speaker trying to shut up and shut down her caucus on the topic. Now, Pelosi is on board.

Donald Trump is going to be impeached. Do you know how I know this? Because Nancy Pelosi is finally on board. Do you know why she’s on board? Because Donald Trump needs to be impeached.

Trump should be impeached, even if the Senate refuses to do its job and convict a corrupt president. For Andrew Johnson, the only thing he won’t have in common with Bill Clinton and Donald Trump is that he never went to a teen-slumber party with Jeffrey Epstein…I think.

Firstly, forget the Biden distraction. If what Joe Biden did in pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor was corrupt, then how is asking a foreign president for dirt on your opponent not? If you want to take Joe Biden with you as we kick Trump out of office, fine. Take him. Donald Trump is guilty. Whatever Joe Biden may or may not have done doesn’t change or justify what Trump did. Hell, you guys can impeach Biden after we elect him. I don’t care.

Even if Trump didn’t involve the nearly $400 million allocated in foreign aid to Ukraine, and only brought up investigating Joe Biden, it’s still illegal. It’s still corrupt. It’s still asking a foreign nation to investigate your political opponent. Trump said he’d welcome information provided by a foreign government. In this case, he’s banging on their door. Donald Trump has admitted he asked Ukraine about investigating Joe Biden. He admitted he broke the law.

But since the $400 million is a factor, let’s talk about it. Trump withheld the money, allocated by Congress, a week before his phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky. He asked his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to withhold it (have fun testifying, Mickey). Then, he told his staff (who should all get ready to testify as well or get fitted for orange jumpsuits) to lie about why it was being withheld. They were to tell lawmakers the delays were a part of an “interagency process” and not to give them any additional information.

Trump claimed he withheld the money because of corruption in Ukraine. Then, he said it’s because Europe and other nations aren’t contributing to Ukraine. As it turns out, that’s another Trump lie. The European Union has given Ukraine over $16.5 billion. Other EU institutions have provided more than $452 million. Germany has given over $189 million, Japan’s given over $180 million, Canada’s given over $44 million, Poland has given over $42 million, Sweden’s given over $34 million, Britain’s given over $31 million, and Switzerland has given over $29 million. Once again, Trump is full of shit. And, for Trump, he thinks corruption is the opposite of corruption.

Today, Donald Trump will release transcripts of his phone call with President Zelensky to prove he didn’t do anything wrong. This is the man who doctored a weather map with a Sharpie (Trump, not Zelensky). I’m sure they believe this transcript it totally defensible in the context it’s the only thing in the whistleblower complaint (or, it’s defensible after you take a Sharpie to it). It’s not.

We don’t even know the extent of the complaint but we do know that Rudy Giuliani, as Trump’s personal lawyer, went to Ukraine (after a short stop in Transylvania to visit family) to press them to investigate Joe Biden. Rudy claims he did this at the request of the State Department. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said he asked the State Department if they had asked Ukraine to investigate Biden, and they replied with a negative. But, if Giuliani isn’t lying (HAHAHAHAHAHA), then the State Department is engaging in corruption for Donald Trump. Which is it? That could be part of the complaint. If true, we’re gonna have a national shortage of orange jumpsuits. We’ll have to lift those tariffs on China because we don’t make those here.

Trump’s head is on Nancy’s wall and now he wants to make a deal. The problem for Donald Trump and his sycophants is, they can’t change what he did. Donald Trump violated his oath of office and committed high crimes and misdemeanors. That qualifies for impeachment.

The only deal Donald Trump should be able to make at this point is the same one Richard Nixon made. The only way for Trump not to be impeached is for him to resign and not be president. That’ll show those Democrats. Ha! Ha! Take that, losers. But then they could impeach Mike Pence and go after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo because they’re up to their nuts in this shit too.

We shouldn’t impeach Trump because we don’t like him. We shouldn’t impeach him because he’s vulgar, unpresidential, or that we don’t like his policies. We shouldn’t impeach him because we want to. We should impeach Donald Trump because we have to.

It’s an urgent concern.

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Nancy Gets Nasty


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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. She was asked about comments Donald Trump made about her during the trip, and she replied, “I don’t talk about the president while I’m out of the country. That’s my principle.” As we all know, Donald Trump doesn’t have any principles.

Trump delayed the ceremony by giving an interview to Fox News’ wingnut Laura Ingraham. He even boasted about how he was making world leaders and veterans wait on him. The President of the United States has to keep telling people, and himself how important he is.

Donald Trump is not restrained by presidential decorum while on foreign trips…or any time really. Last week in Japan, he went after Joe Biden by agreeing with a murderous dictator’s comments on the former vice-president. While in Normandy to commemorate the accomplishments and sacrifices of those who fought for their country, Trump attacked Vietnam veteran, Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient Robert Mueller by calling him a “fool.” Trump also said he didn’t fight in Vietnam because he disagreed with that war, which is exactly what you want a commander in chief to say to the men serve in our armed forces.

He also used his trip to Normandy to finally give Nancy Pelosi, the women who bests him at every turn, a nickname. He has dubbed her “Nervous Nancy.” He also said, “she’s a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.” Keep in mind, THIS guy was calling her “nasty” to Laura Ingraham. Let’s not totally overlook the fact that a Nazi defender was saying this to a Nazi supporter at a D-Day ceremony.

Trump has a thing about calling women “nasty.” During one debate with Hillary Clinton, he said she was a “nasty woman.” Before his trip to the United Kingdom this week, he called the Duchess of Sussex “nasty” because she accused him of being a misogynist (Republicans don’t get irony). He claimed he never called her “nasty” despite there being audio of it. Then, he called Pelosi “nasty” after a report came out from Politico that she told Democratic colleagues she wasn’t for impeachment, but for sending Trump to prison.

The guy who leads chants of “Lock her up” finds it “nasty” when someone says he should go to prison…you know, where many members of his inner circle are residing or headed. In addition to irony, Republicans don’t understand hypocrisy.

Trump said that if he had “made any statement about anybody” while overseas he would be criticized. That’s like predicting if you act like a dumbass then people will call you a “dumbass.” Maybe, don’t make negative statements and refrain from politics while on a foreign trip, especially one to commemorate those who fought and died for your nation.

Also, maybe don’t act like a dumbass. It’s nasty.

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Vouching For The Stable Genius


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I am very happy CNN chose this cartoon out of the ten or so ideas I had sent them. In fact, it may be the last idea I sent their way. I think the story progressed throughout the day on Friday, making the cartoon even more relevant.

I spent Thursday sitting in a hotel in Raleigh sending ideas to CNN. I had an event that night, which I was two hours late for. But, that’s OK because I like being fashionably late. After it was approved, I went to join several of my cartoonist colleagues in paying our respects to a departed cartoonist. The next morning, I drew this on the train but you probably already read that horror story in the previous blog.

I like bringing back “stable genius.” If you have to tell people you’re smart, you’re probably not. If you ask people to tell others how smart you are, people who work for you, you’re not smart. Donald Trump is neither smart, stable or a genius.

Today, Donald Trump tweeted that Kim Jong Un called Joe Biden a “low IQ individual, & worse.” We don’t have actual proof of that, but what do have is proof that Kim Jong Un called Trump a “dotard.” Trump’s IQ is so high, that he had to look up the definition of “dotard.” Spoiler alert, it doesn’t mean “stable genius.”

A genius doesn’t negotiate himself into a deal where he receives nothing, which is what Trump did with Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi has Trump’s number and she proved it during the government shutdown Trump created. Now, he’s having tantrums and saying he won’t work with Congress on anything as long as there are investigations into his corruption. What he’s saying is, he won’t work with a Congress that invokes oversight.

Trump is upset that Pelosi accused him of a coverup, something his own Justice Department has accused him of. Trump says he doesn’t do coverups, yet he’s lied about paying off pornstars and Playmates, lied and hid his negotiations to erect a Trump Tower in Moscow, lied and hid his attempt to bribe Vladimir Putin, lied about Trump University and his fake charity which he stole from, and is preventing people from testifying to Congress about a report that he claims exonerates him. On top of all this, he won’t release his taxes. But other than all that, he doesn’t do coverups.

The best Trump can do to convince people he’s stable or smart is to have other people say it, even if those people are those he pays to say it.

Be Complicit

What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
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Shake It For Trump


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Donald Trump is the boy who cried, “Infrastructure Week” as in, he never had any intention of working on infrastructure with Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The Democrats went to the White House to work with Trump on infrastructure, something he claims he’d be very good at because he lives in a structure, but instead, he used it as a ploy to explode over Congressional investigations.

Trump is refusing to work with Democrats on infrastructure or any bipartisan measures until they “get these phony investigations over with,” as he said in a Rose Garden tempter tantrum complete with pre-planned props.

Trump claims he was planning on a legitimate meeting with his Democratic colleagues until Pelosi accused him of engaging in a cover-up. He then said he “doesn’t do coverups,” as he has refused to release his taxes and continues to fight subpoenas and order underlings not to testify before Congress. Don’t get me started on that dead ferret on his head.

Donald Trump does not do infrastructure. Donald Trump does coverups.

Do you remember when Obama held the nation hostage and refused to do his job when Republicans conducted one investigation after another on Benghazi? How about when Bill Clinton was investigated repeatedly from the day he walked into the Oval Office? Donald Trump doesn’t multitask. Trump can’t even walk and chew gum at the same time.

The president is supposed to do his job, not hold the nation hostage because he’s butthurt. If you don’t want to be investigated, then don’t be a crook. Trump is upset because the Justice Department reached a deal with Congress to provide some secret material related to the Mueller Report, and a second federal judge ruled against Trump’s efforts to block Congress from gaining access to his financial information.

In Britain, protesters have decided to throw milkshakes at conservative lawmakers. It’s gotten so bad, the police have asked some McDonalds to stop selling them when conservative assholes are nearby.

If you don’t want to be investigated or covered in delicious milkshakes, don’t be a conservative asshole.

Be Complicit

What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
Whether you can help support, can’t, or just choose not to, please continue to enjoy and keep reading my work. Thank you!!! 

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Nancy Boy


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Donald Trump is a delusional person. In addition to not playing with a full deck, he’s not playing with reality. Unfortunately, he’s also president of the United States.

Trump lies. According to The Washington Post, in a span of 649 days, Trump told 6,420 lies. In the seven weeks leading up the midterm elections, Trump averaged 30 lies a day. Trump makes crazy shit up and logical people, those who don’t support Trump, debate if he knows he’s lying or if he actually believes his own bullshit.

From the largest inauguration crowd ever, to New Jersey Muslims celebrating 9/11, to Obama bugging Trump Tower, to the largest electoral victory ever, to not knowing about hush payments to porn stars, to whatever that crap was about Mexicans and duct tape he was talking about last Friday, the president of our nation is a pathological liar. The guy even hangs fake Time Magazine covers of himself and has photos doctored to make his hands appear larger and his waistline smaller. Reality said bye-bye to Trump probably around the time he started believing that dead possum on his head looks good.

Trump is so delusional, that he demanded Democrats give him money for a border wall after Republicans refused to give it to him during his first two years in office.

Of course, after claiming he’d never cave into the shutdown of his own making, there was no way he was going to be realistic after he caved into Nancy Pelosi.

Trump tweeted, “This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!”

Trump said he’d take credit for the shutdown, accepted a deal, changed his mind, shut down the government for 35 days, put hundreds of thousands of Americans deeper into debt while ruining their credit scores, then caves on the shutdown without getting a penny for his wall and signed the same deal he had rejected…so I’m missing the part where he was “taking care of” millions of people. Hell, he’s even threatening to hurt them again.

If you think Trump is delusional, his sycophantic base of MAGAheads is even worse. I was very interested in how they would respond to his capitulation to Nancy Pelosi. Of course, most of them were silent about it on Friday, choosing to spend the time complaining about the method in which Trump buddy and swinger, self-proclaimed dirty trickster, Nixon-loving, fellow liar, and all-around creepy guy Roger Stone was arrested. He should consider himself lucky the arresting agents didn’t take Trump’s advice to law enforcement to bang perps’ heads against the roof of their cars two dozen times while placing them in the back seat.

While Trump supporter Lou Dobbs was saying Trump “got whipped” and Ann Coulter was calling the president a “wimp,” there were sycophants struggling with reality.

There were those who claimed Trump was the adult in the room for ending a shutdown he created, and that he folded to help the nation he hurt. Others were claiming this was part of his game plan, like Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope strategy. Worst of all, they all still believe they’re getting their wall. Then again, they still believe Mexico is going to pay for it.

A conservative cartooning colleague of mine did a cartoon claiming Trump’s wall will only cost $5.7 billion while “Pelosi’s shutdown” costs us $6 billion. This guy actually went to college. His argument relies heavy on distortion. The $5.7 billion for the wall is a deposit, not the entire price. This guy has bought houses and cars, so he should understand that. Second, how is this Pelosi’s shutdown? He works for a big-city newspaper. Does he not read it? Did he not read Trump claiming the shutdown?

What’s even worse than the mindless MAGAheads and the dum-dum cartoonists is the entire Republican Party.

The GOP’s official Twitter account tweeted, “Democrats have held our government hostage for weeks, but thanks to President ‘s leadership, the government will reopen and federal workers will be paid in the next few days.”

They act like the Democrats refused to send him a budget, and he forced them to make one to end the shutdown. These idiots probably watched Batman and believe the Penguin (who looks a lot like Roger Stone) is the hero. Is Darth Vader the hero in Star Wars? Was Johnny in the Karate Kid the real victim of bullying? Was Hans Gruber just an innovative go-getter? Does Freddy Krueger get a bad rap? Was Minny’s chocolate-chip pie an unfair snack-attack on rich, uppity segregationists? Maybe Hannibal Lecter was just a little hungry. Norman Bates was just a boy who loved his mama.

I’ve been delusional as well. I’ve spent the past three years or so trying to show Trump MAGAhead sycophants that their president isn’t what they believe he is. That he’s a joke, a con man, a grifter, a crook, a lying racist with a severe narcissistic personality disorder, and a liar. In those three years, I haven’t changed one mind. Watching their reactions on Friday, it finally occurred to me; how can I change their minds when Trump, who proves my point every single day, can’t change them? If they’re not going to believe Trump then they’re not going to believe me.

If you’re a farmer who can’t sell his crops anymore because of Trump’s trade war, a federal worker who was just put deeper into debt and your credit score just took a huge hit, or you’re yelling for Trump to use your money to build a racist, medieval vanity project he promised Mexico would pay for, and you’re still supporting him, then I can’t help you. If nothing else, he should have lost your support the day he defended Nazis. Maybe I should stop cartooning and start selling bridges.

When reality finally hits Donald Trump, I hope it sounds a lot like the door-slam of a jail cell. As for his supporters, you wonder if 40 years later after the truth is known and undeniable, if they’re all going to be like Roger Stone with ugly tattoos on their backs.

Be Complicit

What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
Whether you can help support, can’t, or just choose not to, please continue to enjoy and keep reading my work. Thank you!!! 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

Watch me draw.