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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Diary Of A Wimpy President


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Donald Trump had a bad day.

The day started with his buddy Roger Stone being arrested and indicted, and visuals of long delays at airports because of his shutdown (LaGuardia alone had over 1,100 delays). Facing a 34% approval rating, 46% approval for impeachment, and receiving more blame for the shutdown than Democrats because he initially took credit for it (and did it before Pelosi even took power as Speaker) Trump caved. Before the working day was over, Trump got owned by Nancy Pelosi (for the second time this week) and was being called a “wimp” by Ann Coulter. After over a month of a government shutdown, the longest in history, Trump got nothing. He didn’t get his wall.

Trump announced the end of the shutdown in the Rose Garden and immediately claimed he could have declared a national emergency to get his wall. That’s like a boxer claiming he saved his best punch after losing a fight.

Trump went into a long rant, as though he could rant his way out of eating the blame for the shutdown and losing the fight. He continued his rant about how he never asked for a wall from “sea to shining sea” (which his supporters believe they were promised) and something about Mexicans and duct tape.

Trump ended up signing the same bill that was presented to him before the shutdown (which he had initially agreed to). Since Trump got nothing for his shutdown, what was the point of putting 800,000 through financial distress and trauma? What was the point of holding them hostage? What was the point of cutting off wages to additional Americans, those contracted with the government and others whose jobs rely on business from federal workers? What was the point of damaging this nation? What was the point of risking an airline disaster? Was it all for his ego? Yes. Trump puts himself before the nation.

Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn’t negotiate the border wall until the government was reopened. She got exactly what she wanted. At this point, Trump will be lucky if she lets him give a State of the Union before Congress. There were two leaders on both sides. One kept their promise and one broke his. Trump swore he wouldn’t cave, yet he caved.

Trump claimed he made a deal with Congress, which as one commentator posted on Twitter, was like a deal between the allies and Germany in the Treaty of Versailles.

Trump tried to save face by tweeting, “I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. 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!”

It was a concession by the self-proclaimed “world’s best negotiator.” Trump is not the adult in the room taking care of millions of people hurt by the shutdown. It was his shutdown. If he was truly taking care of millions of Americans, then he never would have created the shutdown. Trump can try, but he can’t spin his way out of this defeat.

The spending bill signed today is for three weeks. Though we can’t ever underestimate the stupidity of Donald Trump, I predict in three weeks he will sign another spending bill without a wall. Trump has less leverage now, as in none, than he had before the shutdown. There will not be another one. Why?

Because Trump learned that Nancy Pelosi isn’t playing with him. He learned Pelosi is smarter, more savvy, and tougher than he is. If Pelosi and Democrats didn’t cave to him during this shutdown, why would they during the next? We also learned that Donald Trump will cave. Democrats, Republicans, and even Trump himself learned he folds. Why should anyone back a guy who is going to hold hostages only to surrender without receiving anything? He didn’t even get a jet to Moscow.

I also predict we’re going to hear less about the wall. Trump is already downplaying the physical structure. I think he’s hoping people will forget it, like they forgot Mexico was supposed to pay for it. Trump won’t declare a national emergency because that’s another battle he doesn’t want to lose, but again, we can’t underestimate his stupidity.

An inside source in the White House referred to Pelosi as “President Pelosi” when telling a reporter that she runs the government now. That might be hyperbole, but nothing is going to be done over the next two years without her approval.

Anything Trump wants to accomplish now will be even harder, his polls have dropped, and he is now significantly politically weaker. He never should have created the shutdown crisis over a broken campaign promise. He couldn’t get funding for his useless, racist, medieval vanity project from Republicans, so he demanded it from Democrats. Trump is an idiot in most areas, but as a politician, he’s the king of idiots. But even Trump isn’t dumb enough to not see that he lost his ass on this on one. He lost it to a woman and a better human being.

Another woman is giving Trump the business over the shutdown, but she’s not with the Democrats. Ann Coulter loves everything hateful and conservative. She’s been one of the largest proponents for the racist wall, naturally because it’s racist. It was her criticism of Trump, along with Rush Limbaugh, that made him reverse course on the initial deal (which he signed Friday to end the shutdown) that started the shutdown. After he caved into Pelosi and Democrats for nothing in return, Coulter tweeted, “Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.”

For once, I have to agree with Ann Coulter. Lindsey Graham said during the shutdown that Trump’s presidency was basically over if he caved into the Democrats. It’s over if his base folds on him like he folded on them.

His presidency is not over. He still has the power to pardon his goons. But the Trump agenda is dead, done, gone, bye-bye. Say hello to the new boss, Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is not a wimp.

Donald Trump caves. Donald Trump is the wimp.

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Shutdown Sufferers


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Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has officially canceled Donald Trump giving a State of the Union address before Congress. She sent a letter using language Trump can understand. Reportedly, it said “nyet.”

Trump intends to continue the government shutdown indefinitely as the White House is doing a study on how much damage will be inflicted on specific programs if it continues into March. We’re not even into February yet.

Trump believes the polls will shift in his direction and the public will turn their blame and anger on the Democrats for the shutdown, despite his boast of owning it before it started. I’m not sure the public will blame the Democrats, as Trump’s poll numbers have sunk to 34% and Pelosi is right under 50%.

Keep in mind, after over a decade of Republicans gaslighting the public and casting the Speaker as the Devil incarnate from liberal San Francisco, her numbers are always low…and now she’s scoring higher than Trump. If Trump is at 34%, then where’s flaming bags of dog shit, 35%?

Trump says Pelosi is afraid of hearing the truth during the State of the Union, says the guy afraid of Michael Cohen testifying. If he was to speak the truth, I don’t think any Democrat would be afraid of hearing him say, “Thanks to me, the state of our union is a flaming bag of dog shit.”

The state of our union is a burning bag of crap because this is what happens when you elect an incompetent, stupid, idiotic, narcissist who doesn’t just put his personal interests before the nation, but also his fragile thin ego.  This idiot couldn’t get funding for his racist, medieval vanity project from Republicans, so now he’s demanding it from Democrats. And the bigger idiots, the people who voted for him, have forgotten they were promised Mexico is going to pay for the wall, and they’re now upset that Democrats won’t force them to pay for it.

Trump claims he can relate to the 800,000 federal workers who have been affected by the shutdown and are about miss their second paycheck, thus being unable to pay their bills with many facing evictions. They have larger problems to deal with than not being able to give a speech where they want.

The empathy runs through the Trump family, as Lara Trump, wife of idiot son number two, said the shutdown is a “little bit of pain” for federal workers, but future generations will “thank” them “for their sacrifice.”

I believe encouragement to “hang in there” from ivory towers will fall on deaf ears of those out on the street. Nowhere on those lists of part time jobs issued by federal agencies for furloughed workers did I see “marry rich asshole.”

Donald Trump gave in to Pelosi on the State of the Union, announcing his surrender last night on Twitter. My hope is he develops a taste for having his ass handed to him by a woman who is much smarter and more talented than he is. He’s not in Pelosi’s league.

Trump isn’t used to being told no by anyone. Perhaps hearing it now and learning to lose over stupid problems he created will teach him to accept losing in the future. Even though losing the shutdown fight will prove to everyone that Trump manufactured the crisis and wasted everyone’s time over his ego, he needs to go ahead and lose for the benefit of the nation. There are bigger problems in this nation than Trump’s bruised ego.

Hopefully, Donald Trump accepts with dignity losing in 2020, quite possibly having his ass handed to him again by a woman, but then again…I couldn’t give a flaming bag of dog shit how he feels about it.

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Cork In The Union


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Cartoonist note: If you heard the analogy in this cartoon before, it’s because I tweeted and facebooked it yesterday.

In case you haven’t noticed by now, Donald Trump is a man-baby who doesn’t just need approval (why doesn’t The New York Times like him?), he craves adoration. Every cabinet meeting begins with genuflection and the entire room surrendering their dignity.

So, the yearly State of the Union speech before both houses of Congress where the entire room applauds when you walk in and your arrival is announced as if you’re Elvis is like a day of cake, ice cream, Time Magazine covers, and hamberders to Donald Trump. Taking that away from Trump would be a dagger to his ultra-thin whiny ego. That’s exactly where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stuck it.

Citing security concerns during the Trump shutdown, Pelosi suggested that Trump postpones or cancel his speech until the government reopens. It makes sense as the speech usually starts about how strong our union is. Naturally, Donald Trump wouldn’t want to lie during a government shutdown…oh yeah. This is Donald Trump.

There is no requirement for the president to deliver his speech in person. It’s more of a tradition, like the president saluting members of the military or releasing his taxes. The requirement in the Constitution is that the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” It doesn’t even say he has to do it annually (if you’re a Republican, “annually” means once a year). The tradition of delivering it in person was started by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, which is something Trump probably does not know. It wasn’t even referred to as the “State of the Union” until 1934 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the term.

President George Washington (if you’re a Republican, that’s our first president), did deliver his speech in person, but President Thomas Jefferson ended that, considering it too “monarchical” (if you’re a Republican, that means all king-like and prancy). Every president since Wilson has given it in person at least once except Herbert Hoover (Edit: I messed up and wrote that Hoover was Wilson’s “predecessor” intending to write immediate “successor,” and I even got that wrong. Hoover was two presidents after Wilson. I messed up). The last president to deliver it by letter was President Jimmy Carter in his last year, after being defeated by Ronald Reagan.

A lot of Republicans were angered by Pelosi’s move, because it was brilliant. Until now, the only way Trump could relate to the suffering of government employees not receiving paychecks to pay their bills, feed their families, pay daycare, put gas in their cars, etc., was that he hasn’t been able to go to his swanky, private golf resort in Florida, play golf, let wedding guests pose with the nuclear football, and bilk the government for his stay. He reminds us of this almost daily since the shutdown began. Oh, the suffering. Pelosi just took away the one thing he could look forward to, other than all those hamberders.

Now, Trump has struck back. He grounded military flights for Pelosi and other members of Congress, minutes before they were to leave on a secret trip to visit troops in Afghanistan. On the same day, he allowed a military plane to fly First Lady Melania to that snobby golf resort.

Trump’s move, coming just a day after Pelosi suggested he not give the State of the Union, is petty. Pelosi’s move can actually make Trump more eager to end the shutdown since low approval numbers and starving federal workers aren’t making an impression. It was also negligent since the trip was secret and has put service members in danger that will be transporting and protecting the delegation. It also cost thousands of dollars to cancel it on such an abrupt notice.

Trump, being the petty child that he is, wrote in his letter that Pelosi was free to make her trip on a commercial flight. How nice of him to suggest the second person in line to the presidency take a commercial flight while air traffic controllers aren’t being paid and after he declassified the mission. But then again, Trump doesn’t care about endangering American lives as his “ISIS is dead” comment only triggered the terrorist organization to kill four Americans this week.

I have a suggestion to Trump. Since Pelosi can’t make the trip (and he did visit Iraq during this shutdown without flying commercial), and he hasn’t been to Afghanistan in the two years he’s been president (Obama went four times), he should take her place. He should just be sure to announce publicly when and where he’s going.

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