No Collusion

Collusion With Duckies


cjones03152018

The House Intelligence Committee wrapped up its Russia investigation last night saying they found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that Russia didn’t even favor Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign.

Slight correction there: The Republicans on the committee found no collusion. The Democrats on the committee thought they were still investigating, and they weren’t consulted on the investigation ending or for input on the final report.

Over the years, the House Intelligence Committee was respected for its bipartisanship and the seriousness in which it took in protecting the nation. Now, it’s just a refuge for sycophants who put party and cult of personality over country. The committee has shrugged its responsibility for partisanship and a pursuit of conspiracy theories.

Representative Michael Conaway of Texas told reporters that the worst they found was “perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, and inappropriate judgment at taking meetings.” That’s an interesting verdict from the people who never asked “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

Conaway took over the leadership of the committee after chairman Devin Nunes pretended to recuse himself. Nunes was on the Trump Transition Team and was caught feeding the White House updates on the investigation and seeking their input on how to move forward or stall.

Later, the Republicans on the committee issued their memo attacking the FBI for legally acquiring a warrant to conduct a surveillance operation on a Russian spy working on the Trump campaign.

The entire agenda of the GOP on the committee was to obstruct, deflect, protect Trump, and protect Russia at the sake of national security.

Trump responded to the report with a tweet written in all caps, “THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.”

There’s about as much credibility in the GOP’s report as a diploma from Trump University. I’m just kinda surprised they didn’t take Putin’s lead and blame Jews for the hacking.

The Republicans refused to interview several players from the Trump campaign and chose not to recall witnesses like Eric Prince, who is being investigated by the Special Counsel for a trip he took to Seychelles to create a back channel to Russia.

The Republicans ignored leaders from our intelligence agencies who told them Russia was favoring Trump.  It takes a special kind of stupid not to see that Russia clearly favored Donald Trump. Usually, that sort of stupidity is only found in the Trump family, or in his cabinet.

The Republicans ignoring facts and clear logic. They do, however, plan to keep investigating the FBI “abusing” FISA warrants, which is about as real as that pizza parlor child sex slave story Russia pushed to hurt Clinton.

Thankfully, Robert Mueller’s office of Special Counsel isn’t close to being done investigating Trump, collusion, obstruction, and several other matters. Maybe it’s a good thing the House has ended their investigation as they won’t be in the way anymore, interviewing the same witnesses as the Special Counsel, and leaking what they learn from them.

You don’t need to read a tweet in all caps to know that Donald Trump is the most self-serving individual to ever hold the office of president. He should not be there.

For that matter, Devin Nunes should not be a representative in the United States Congress. Neither should Mike Conaway, Peter King, Frank LoBiondo, Tom Rooney, Michael Turner, Brad Wenstrup, Chris Stewart, Rick Crawford, Trey Gowdy, Elise Stefanik, and Will Hurd, the Republicans on the committee.

We should have representatives who protect this nation instead of traitors and thus becoming traitors themselves.

Disclaimer: I used a very similar idea two years ago on March 2, 2016. I liked the angle so I drew it again. So sue me.

Here is the video.

Please consider making a donation to keep the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. Reader contributions, small and large, really do help and are appreciated in a time of dwindling revenue for political cartoonists. You will also be supporting free speech and liberty while those in power are doing all they can to suppress it. You can also support by purchasing a signed print for $40.00. Just look at the right of this page and click the PayPal button. Thank you!

Advertisements

Trump’s Message From Parkland


cjones02202018

There are going to be howls from conservatives who find this cartoon tasteless but won’t see anything wrong with Donald Trump using the school shooting in Parkland, Florida to attack the FBI and deflect from his collusion with Russia.

Trump continues to say there’s “no collusion.” If there wasn’t any collusion then why does he feel the need to keep saying it? If this was the Princess Bride, we’d say “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.” Trump has brought much harm to this nation, and as Fezzik would say, he’s done it without much charm.

Republicans criticized Obama for politicizing mass shootings when he argued for gun control. Now, Republicans should criticize Trump for politicizing the Parkland school shooting, which he has done not for the public’s safety, but for his own political and personal ambitions. Trump’s politicization of it could be viewed as a desperate act by a desperate man or as a stupid act by a very stupid, petty, little man.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is not infallible or immune from criticism. They acknowledged they failed to investigate a tip a month before the shooting by Nikolas Cruz, who had semi-automatic weapons and publicly stated a desire to kill. This should be looked into, but politicized as a distraction from Russia and Trump, no.

Trump has decided this is an excellent new deflection from the Russia investigation. After meeting hospital workers in Florida Saturday and posing for a thumbs-up picture, Trump tweeted, “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”

This new argument is based on a belief that every FBI field office across the nation is investigating Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia. In addition to that crazy belief, Trump is blaming Obama for not doing enough to stop Russia’s meddling in our election.

Trump is incapable of acknowledging a fact, the rest of the nation was already aware of for over a year, without adding a conspiracy to it. I’m waiting for him to blame Obama for Don Jr. inviting Russians to Trump Tower. Meanwhile, Russia is still attacking our nation focused on the midterm elections this year, and Trump hasn’t enacted sanctions against Russia or even held one cabinet-level meeting on their meddling.

Trump said, “They are laughing their asses off in Moscow.” With that, I have to agree. They are laughing their asses off. They elected the least capable person any major party has ever nominated for the United States presidency. Vladimir Putin’s self-control is impressive as any other authoritarian strongman would probably be laughing uncontrollably each time he’s in Trump’s presence.

It’s outrageous that the man with access to the best intelligence sources in the world believes the FBI is incapable of investigating one case at a time. Has he never watched X Files? Out of 35,000 employees, only two of them were investigating UFOs.

It’s disgusting that he uses the deaths of 17 school shooting victims to cover his ass. As for his sycophants, it’s not just a deflection for the Trump/Russia investigation, it’s another opportunity not to talk about gun violence.

Trump has yet to even mention guns in association with the attack on the high school. Trump is a coward, and he won’t mention guns since the NRA spent over $50 million during the 2016 presidential campaign for him and other Republicans, with some of that money coming from Russia.

The school shooting was very convenient for Trump, as he could make a photo-op in Parkland, give a thumbs-up, and then spend the rest of his weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which is nearby. Perhaps he should have spent some time with the survivors of the attack.

The survivors would have told Trump a lot of stuff about guns he doesn’t want to hear, and he tends to avoid those types of rooms. But, it would have presented him with examples of bravery. Knowing Trump, he wouldn’t have recognized any of it.

If nothing else, maybe Trump could learn that when a national tragedy happens, it’s not always all about him.

Here’s the video. Please subscribe at YouTube.

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 (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude

No Collusion?


cjones01022018

Why did I draw a cartoon on New Year’s Eve? Most of my colleagues have taken the day off. I’m two days ahead, so I didn’t need to draw one. Also, my last few cartoons are on Trump, so I didn’t need another on the guy. But, I really wanted to draw Beetlejuice. Plus, just the thought of not drawing another cartoon in 2017 kinda bothered me. Look at it this way: You’re not going to see a new cartoon from me until 2018. You can laugh now.

Many people were surprised Donald Trump allowed a reporter from The New York Times to interview him without any of his handlers present. What wasn’t surprising was how many times Trump said “no collusion,” or that his mind went in several directions during the 30-minute interview.

Trump said “no collusion” sixteen times, and said the word “collusion” 23 times. Kinda like when Trump says he knows more than the generals, understands healthcare better than anyone, and is the greatest at taxes. Saying something doesn’t make it true.

Trump said it’s been proven there’s no collusion, that “virtually every Democrat” has said there is no collusion, and that the only collusion with Russia during the 2016 election was with the Democrats. Those are all lies.

Not one Democrat has said there has been no collusion between Trump and Russia. There is no evidence of any collusion between Democrats and Russia. Paying an independent source for opposition research is not collusion with Russia. And, nobody can say with certainty that there is no proof of collusion between Russia and Trump.

Before Paul Manafort was indicted or Michael Flynn pled guilty, you could have said there was nothing on either of them. Unless you work for Robert Mueller, or you are Robert Mueller, you don’t know if the Special Counsel has evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia.

But, we do know representatives from the Trump campaign were meeting with Russians and exchanging messages with WikiLeaks. They even hosted Russians in Trump Tower seeking damaging information on Hillary Clinton. That sounds like an attempt at collusion at the very least.

Collusion between Trump and Russia may never be proven. Collusion between Trump cohorts and Russia will be proven because it happened. I totally expect Trump to go from, “Michael Flynn being a great guy,” to “Michael Flynn is a proven liar.” I expect him to go from, “there was no collusion,” to “I didn’t know about that collusion.” I expect him to go from, “I am putting heavy responsibility on my son-in-law Jared Kushner” to, “I knew I never could trust that guy.” At some point, he’s going to say “Donald Trump, Jr? Never heard of him.” He has already changed his stories on why he fired James Comey and Michael Flynn.

If there really wasn’t anything to this Trump/Russia stuff, and absolutely no collusion at all, then Trump, the Republicans, and all the nimrods on Fox News wouldn’t be attacking Robert Mueller, the Justice Department, and the FBI. They wouldn’t be deflecting by talking about Hillary Clinton. The Trump team knows this: If there’s any evidence of collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice, Robert Mueller is going to find it.

And, there’s no magic phrase, chant, or whataboutism that will save Donald Trump.

Creative notes: Since this is the last cartoon and post on this website for 2017, let’s summarize a bit.

I posted 401 times this year. I’m not sure if those were all new cartoons, but it’s close. Between my syndication and commission cartoons for The Costa Rica Star and other newspapers, I drew nearly 400 cartoons in 2017. In case you’re a Republican, there are not that many days in a year.

There were over 318,000 views on this website this year, which is one thousand more than it got in 2016. That’s kinda odd because there were actually fewer visitors this year than last. Some of you guys hung around longer.

I created this website in 2013 (after I was laid off from newspaper employment and started my own syndication) and in that time I’ve posted 1,494 times. That’s a lot of cartoons.

I wish each of you a happy new year. Thank you for your support, visiting this site and reading my cartoons. I don’t know if I’ll give you 400 cartoons in 2018, but I promise you will get a lot of them.

See you on the other side.

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 (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.