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Trumpy Tax Tragedy


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If you still believe Donald Trump is a genius, great businessman, great negotiator, and built a great company, you’re in a cult. ‬

The New York Times published a story this week in great detail about how Trump spent the 1980s losing over a billion dollars. According to the IRS, Donald Trump lost more money during this time than any other American. In fact, his losses accounted for one percent of all loses declared by American tax filers. Donald Trump shouldn’t have hosted The Apprentice and instead should have starred in the Biggest Loser.

Trump is a loser. The one positive a loser like Trump can take from losing a billion dollars is that he didn’t pay taxes for eight of those ten years.

If you’re a Trump sycophant, don’t worry. Trump had an explanation. He meant to do that. He explained in a Tweet that it was for “tax purposes” and was a “sport” among real estate developers. He then called the story “fake news.” So, did he lose all that money for tax purposes like he claimed or was the Times lying? It’s hard to keep his defenses straight. Also, if he’s only “showing” losses, does that mean he committed tax fraud?

There are two other interesting points in this story. All this billion dollar losing occurred while he was promoting himself as a huge success story, master of the universe, and educator on being a miser by publishing his book “Art of the Deal.” The real art of the deal was borrowing money from daddy while you’re bankrupting casinos.

The other highlight that piqued interests is that in 1989, he reported $52.9 million in interest income. Here’s why that’s interesting: The three years before this, he reported $460,566, then $5.5 million, then $11.8 million in interest. So, 52 after 11 is a huge jump in interest income (if you’re a Republican, that’s a difference of 41). So, where’d that interest come from? Public findings from New Jersey casino regulators show no evidence that he owned anything capable of generating that much interest. Nor is there any such evidence in a 1990 report, which was prepared by accountants he hired at his bankers’ request. So, where did that $52.9 million come from? Daddy? Russians? People paying him not to tell anyone they had sex?

Of course, if Trump really wants to prove this is all “fake news” and he doesn’t have anything to hide, he would release his taxes. But, he won’t do that because it’s not “fake news” and he has a LOT Of skeevy shady shit to hide.

Of course, Trump wants to change the laws that allow a free press to publish stories such as these. What he doesn’t want to change are the laws that enable people to shoot up schools.

There was another school shooting this week, this time at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Eight students were injured with Kendrick Castillo dying after lunging at one of the two shooters. Kendrick Castillo died saving lives three days before the end of the school year.

Donald Trump tweeted out condolences. Then, he went to one of his hate rallies in Panama City, Florida and laughed at a supporter’s suggestion that we start shooting immigrants at the border. Trump said, “Only in the Panhandle could you get away with saying something like that.” You can also get away with saying something like that at a Donald Trump rally. Other fun things you can get away with at a Trump rally are, heiling, goose-stepping, wearing a white sheet, waving a Swastika, punching black people, and shouting obscenities at Jim Acosta.

Donald Trump is not a genius, or a great businessman, or a great negotiator, and as evidenced from his most recent hate rally, he’s not even a decent human being. And, if you’re still a Trump supporter, neither are you.

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Anonymous Resistance


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There are two things Republicans in Congress and Trump sycophants need to give up; the fantasy there is a “deep state” within and outside the government conspiring to destroy Donald Trump, and the fantasy that Trump is anything other than a narcissistic dysfunctional human being with the intellect of a toddler who has any grasp of what it takes to be president of the United States.

Trump was still ranting, raving, and losing his mind over Bob Woodward’s upcoming book when The New York Times published an Op-Ed yesterday titled, I Am Part Of The Resistance Inside The Trump Administration.

It was an unusual move by The Times in that it was published anonymously, but with a note stating, “The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.”

The author claims that “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” He or she continues, explaining they’re not a part of the “popular resistance of the left,” and they believe in parts of the agenda and that much of it has made the nation “safer and more prosperous,” but “the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.” They intend to continue to thwart Trump’s “more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

The writer claims the successes, “effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more,” has come despite, not because of Trump’s leadership.

He or she also claims that Trump “shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.”

Trump proceeded to prove the writer’s point by calling the Op-Ed, “treason” and demanding that The Times turn the writer’s name over to the government for the sake of national security. Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the writer a coward and that the person should resign. Also, helping to prove the author’s point and in an attempt to show that someone believes in his leadership, Trump tweeted this morning, “Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ‘unwavering faith in President Trump.’ Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!”

Trump also gave a rant in front of camera’s claiming The Times was forced to apologize to their readers after he won the election for covering the campaign incorrectly (not true), that the anonymous editorial is “gutless,” his poll numbers are through the roof (if the roof is very low as his numbers are in the mid 30s), and that no one will come close to beating him in 2020. I find it amusing he’s talking about winning reelection when members of his staff are trying to remove him now. He also promised that a lot of news outlets will be out of business soon.

The one thing that is clear is there is a consistent pattern from reports in the media and books that those working with and closest to Trump do not have faith in him and believe he’s incompetent and dangerous to the nation.  To believe otherwise isn’t just partisan anymore, it’s stupid. Only the worst of us continue to support Donald Trump at this point.

As Washington engages in a parlor game of trying to guess the writer, which will probably be discovered by noon, the White House is turning the furniture upside down to discover the author. All electronic devices will be examined, staff will be grilled, and at some point, they’ll probably start demanding all their personal electronic devices and passwords to private email accounts.

There are questions. How “senior” is the writer in the Trump administration? Is he a hero or another who is complicit and will sell his soul to a dangerous human being to advance his own agenda? Should the author have provided his name, thus making the Op-Ed a public resignation letter?

What may be the most important question is; is this the beginning of the end? The writer claims members of the staff have “whispered” about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.

It is NOT the job of the White House staff to restrain the president and keep checks and balances. That is the job of the other two branches of government (if you’re a Republican, those are Congress and the Supreme Court). Congress shouldn’t confirm anyone Trump nominates to lifelong positions if his staff believes he’s incompetent and while he’s under investigation for being illegitimate.

While I am glad someone is speaking out and maybe there are a few “adults in the room,” we don’t need these people writing anonymous columns. We need them to speak and stand up publicly, and call for this illegitimate, incompetent, and dangerous man’s removal from the presidency.

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Trump Man


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I feel a little bad using “Taxman” from The Beatles for this cartoon. The Beatles were brilliant song writers (except for Ringo) and Trump is only a brilliant con man.

It’s not the first time Donald Trump had a rough week. The week after the Republican National Convention Trump squandered any momentum he may have gained by feuding with the parents of an American soldier who died in Iraq.

Last week Trump was coming off a horrible debate performance when he decided to top it with a 3:00 AM tirade on Twitter toward a former Miss Universe he once called “Miss Piggy.” Usually when one engages in such nocturnal activity it’s referred as “drunk dialing.” You never text a girl when you’re drunk, or call, or tweet. You wake up the next morning not being able to relate to anything you discovered you sent..and then you recoil in sheer terror. That’s what people tell me. But Trump doesn’t drink…or apparently snort cocaine, which leads us with the last possible theory that he’s an immature, juvenile idiot with a major self esteem problem. Instead of texting a girl at 3:00 with “show me your boobs” he tweeted to his 12 million followers that the former Miss Universe was a horrible person who had made a sex tape, which nobody has found to exist.

He spent the rest of the week complaining about his debate microphone, claiming he won the debate because Breitbart said so, speculated on Bill Clinton’s sex life, Hillary’s health and openly mocked her for having pneumonia, and even made the claim that she’s been unfaithful to her husband. Newsweek published a story accusing Trump of violating the embargo against Cuba. On top of all that, several newspapers that normally go for Republicans refused to endorse him The man is on a roll.

A few days ago a reporter for The New York Times discovered copies of Trump’s 1995 tax returns sent anonymously from someone in the Trump organization. His employees must really love him.

Usually when the press prints something from anonymous sources the reporter knows who the source is. The Times decided to publish the Trump tax story despite not knowing the source, but after talking to several tax experts who suggested that the documents were in line with accounting permissible under the federal tax code in 1995. They also talked to the accountant who confirmed he had prepared the taxes.

Another aspect to the story is that a lawyer for Trump emailed a letter to the paper threatening “prompt initiation of appropriate legal action” if the newspaper published the private documents. They refused to confirm or deny the authenticity of the documents. That makes it a story on top of the fact Trump still refuses to release his tax returns to the public. He’s still claiming he’s under audit and can’t release them during the process, which is a fat, juicy, orange lie.

What really makes it a story is that Trump has tweeted in the past complaining about people who don’t pay taxes while the government is in debt and our infrastructure is in decline. Who knew Donald Trump was in the 47% of Mitt Romney’s description of lazy slackers who feel entitled to government benefits who never pay income taxes.

What the Times discovered was that Trump had declared a $916 million loss in 1995, wiping out any federal taxes that year and setting himself up to avoid 18 years of similar obligations. What a smart businessman. I guess the rest of us are stupid suckers. Well, those who intend to vote for The Donald are.

Trump claims he knows the tax system better than anyone else, since he’s so good at taking advantage of it and making the rest of us carry the burden of funding our nation, education, infrastructure funding, our military, etc, so naturally he’s the “only” one who can fix it. I’ve heard of former burglars becoming security experts but you wouldn’t normally hire the guy to guard your house who initially broke into it and stole your stereo and ceramic Elvises collection.

A few interesting details about the song “Taxman”: George Harrison wasn’t that prolific of a songwriter at the time he wrote the tune. He discovered The Beatles were shelling out 95% of their income in taxes. Though George was the lead guitar player Paul McCartney (who was the bass player) nailed the solo on the track. The song was the opening number on their 1966 album Revolver (my favorite Beatles’ album) and the only time George had the lead tune. I’m a Beatles geek.

In 2006 Ken Cuccinelli attempted to make “Taxman” the state song of Virginia. He was a senator at the time and went on to become Attorney General and waste state resources fighting Obamacare, abortion, the University of Virginia over Climate Change. His state-song effort failed in the state senate. Fortunately he later failed as the Republican party’s gubernatorial nominee.

Republicans need to keep their hands off songs by The Beatles. You don’t see Democrats co-opting “Cat Scratch Fever.” I’m mostly surprised they didn’t go for “Happiness Is A Warm Gun.”

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Trump Veep Stakes


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The New York Times published an article last Sunday which Donald Trump describes as a hit piece. That means it’s a must-read.

Trump is upset that the article paints him as a charter member of the HeMan Women Haters Club, though it doesn’t attribute any statements to him worse than anything he’s said on tape. In fact, a great portion of the article covers his promoting women in his businesses and placing them in leadership roles.

One of the women is upset, saying her comments were taken out of context and that The Times promised it wouldn’t be a hit piece. I’m not sure of that as reporters usually don’t promise an interviewee what sort of coverage they’re going to receive. I did find it bizarre that this one subject talked about how uncomfortable Trump made her feel when they first met, and then dated him. But hey, money changes everything.

Trump is promising to sue The Times for libel. You can laugh or roll your eyes at this point. First off, he usually doesn’t follow through on a threat and second, he doesn’t have a case. The New York Times hasn’t reported anything on him that’s worse than he’s accused Bill Clinton of doing.

Trump says the report that he’s been sexist, or misogynistic are false and he’s always respected women. I don’t find the comments in the article difficult to believe as this man has been on tape before describing a women being flat-chested, how he’d like to see one on her knees, how he’d probably date his daughter, and speculating on his youngest daughter’s potential breasts when she was an infant.

Trump doesn’t make you give him a normal “ew.” When he talks about his daughters in a sexual context it’s more of an “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!” Donald Trump, what the hell is wrong with you?

There’s also a lot of talk about Trump’s Vice Presidential nominee and who it will be. We’ve been talking about that when we’re not talking about him objectifying women or impersonating his publicist to talk about his own sex life.

I would have bet my money on Trump nominating a woman. That would balance his ticket and help him run against a woman. But now that the party is fractured I believe the smart thing would be to nominate an establishment type. The type who’s educated on government, foreign policy, and basically how things work, which is all stuff Trump doesn’t have a clue on or any interest in understanding. I can’t think of any female in the GOP establishment who hasn’t said hell no to being Trump’s running mate that really fits that bill, except for one.

Jan Brewer, kinda establishment but not Washington establishment and she’s kinda stupid. There’s Sarah Palin and if there is a god he will nominate her, but she doesn’t understand how anything works either except for a GOP expense account. Carly Fiorina could be the first person ever nominated twice in one year but she’s not establishment, and again, doesn’t understand how things work. Plus, I don’t think Trump could stand to look at Fiorina on a daily basis. Michele Bachmann, no. Again, stupid. Nikki Haley would be an excellent choice as she’s smart, educated, knows how things work, the establishment loves her, even Democrats like her and she can sway Independents, and she’s pretty enough for a sexist pig. Alas, I said she’s smart which means she won’t have anything to do with the career suicide of a Trump campaign.

That leaves Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. She’s a hideous human being but she’s Washington. She’s fairly new to the establishment but she also has Tea Party support. She can rile up the base. Her downside is, she probably doesn’t really know how things work but she can probably fake it. She’s also castrated hogs, and that might discourage Trump from being around her.

Seriously, Trump probably doesn’t wanna be around a woman capable of cutting a pig’s nuts off.

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The Heart Of Trump


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Donald Trump doesn’t have to win the election to carry an exclusive title. He’s already First Jerk. Maybe First Ogre would be more appropriate. He’s proving himself to be a heartless, insecure human being. He can’t handle criticism and he insults people. He tweets with the reckless abandon of a teenage girl. I know this because I have nieces.

Trump has a routine. He says something horrible and then he claims he didn’t say it. He mentioned Megyn Kelly bleeding out of her whatever and then claims it didn’t mean what everyone knows it means. He calls Carly Fiorina ugly and says he wasn’t talking about her appearance. He makes fun of a reporter’s physical disability, physically mocking him, then says he’s misunderstood and that he was unaware the reporter was handicapped, even though he’s met the reporter and claims he has the world’s best memory.

Trump, like most of the GOP candidates, is a horrible person. He has attacked individuals, Hispanics, African Americans, Gays, Women and now the disabled. Lovely.

If Trump wants people to stop calling him out for being a jerk, then he should stop being a jerk. The same for lying. Stop lying. In general, Donald Trump should stop being an asshole.

Other non-related news:

My last cartoon got a lot of hits. My site says the it was shared on Facebook over 4,000 times and that counter isn’t accurate so it’s probably a lot more. It’s a good day when my site has 500 views. Saturday it had close to 4,000 and Sunday it had over 11,000. Twitter has been nice to me also. So to everyone who visits this site and shares my cartoons, thank you very much.

I like the cartoon. I think it’s very good. But I realize that one reason it went over so well is because it was the only cartoon on the shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. It had two days to hog the limelight all by itself. There will be a flood of them Monday which I’m looking forward to reading.

Again, Thank you.

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