Obama

Need Another Hint


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A White House ripe with dumbasses is now trying to convince us they’re stupid.

Trump’s spokes-goon, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama weren’t talking about her boss when they gave speeches denouncing nationalism, being divisive just to be divisive and to rile up your base, engaging in fabrications, chasing conspiracy theories, and that bigotry and prejudice is not part of the American creed.

Yeah, it’s a head-scratcher. Who could they be referring to? Did none of that sound familiar to Ms. Huckabee Sanders?

Last week, John McCain talked about “spurious nationalism” and again, the White House played dumb. Steve Bannon didn’t because that bitch loves him some fascist nationalism. He went after both McCain and Bush while speaking in front of very hateful audiences. He got a crowd to boo John McCain, and someone in the audience yelled: “hang him.”

Yesterday, McCain went after Trump again without naming him. The Arizona Senator, Vietnam veteran, and former prisoner of war complained about trust-fund babies who were able to avoid the draft by whining about bone spurs. Guess who got out of going to Vietnam because of bone spurs? McCain said he wasn’t talking specifically about Trump, but yeah sure. Let’s talk about someone who avoided the draft with a bone spur deferment the same week he’s in a feud with a Gold-Star widow.  I hope McCain doesn’t believe we’re that stupid. We’re not Trump voters.

Trump is really good at mouthing patriotism and support for the military until someone attached to the military hurts his feelings. This a man who is aghast that anyone would kneel during the national anthem, but will attack POWs and Gold Star families.

Trump is trying to convince us that he expressed compassion, respect, and empathy to the Gold Star widow. It’s a hard sell when he’s feuding with her. If he truly had empathy he would never have responded to her criticism, or had sent out a four-star general to engage in attacking a congresswoman over the issue. If Trump was presidential or an actual adult, he would have let it go. He definitely wouldn’t have sent out John Kelly who pushed lies about the congresswoman.

Here’s the thing, kids. If you’re attacking the widow, or the congresswoman, calling her “wacky” as Trump did, or even debasing yourself by making fun of her red cowboy hat and her fashion choices, you’re just as bad as Trump. You’re choosing an unpatriotic man-baby over people who have actually sacrificed.

Trump doesn’t know about sacrifice, but he’s really good with feuding with those who do. Trump said his sleeping around was his “own personal Vietnam.” While attacking a Gold family when he was campaigning, he said, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.” No, Donald. Other people sacrificed for you to get rich. Not you.

More people need to speak out against Trump, especially Republicans. They need to denounce his racism, bigotry, nationalism, fascism, narcissism, nepotism, immaturity, his lies, his love for conspiracies, his attacks on the First Amendment, and stick up for the little people he is attacking who have sacrificed for this nation. And if they want, they can make fun of his hair too.

And as for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who sticks up for liars, pushes lies, and tells us we shouldn’t question the lies of a four-star general. Buy yourself a hat, because you don’t have any cattle either.

Creative notes: I do miss drawing Obama. I really miss drawing Bush. But, I shouldn’t complain because this administration has given me a buffet of ugly to draw. Stephen Miller, Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, Trump himself…it’s a field day. This is my first time to caricature the Huckster, and I wouldn’t say she’s ugly, but she has a very condescending look about her.

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Trumping Obama’s Legacy


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Other than proposing to build a ridiculously expensive and stupid wall on the border with Mexico, Donald Trump hasn’t presented any original ideas of his own. His legacy will be undoing Obama’s legacy.

Trump has yet to realize the presidency is bigger than him, that he’s a public servant, president for all the people and not just his incredibly shrinking base, or that the job entails more than ego gratification.

Just as Woogie couldn’t get over Mary in There’s Something About Mary, Trump can’t get over Obama. President Obama is smarter than Trump. He’s cooler, smoother, and much more articulate. Obama had high approval ratings when he left office where Trump’s are proving historically low. Obama was well liked while Trump is less popular than gonorrhea. Which prospect sounds more enticing, eight years of Trump or wicked, burning venereal disease? Gonorrhea please, and thank you.

Trump can’t get over Obama. The guy even attacked him in front of Boy Scouts.

Trump has held a grudge against Obama before he had a reason to hate him. Trump was the biggest advocate of birtherism in this nation. Nobody campaigned harder on the racist lie that Obama was illegitimate. Obama ribbed Trump so hard at the White House Correspondents Dinner, that today Trump won’t even attend the dinner as president.

When Trump talks about enacting a new health plan, he talks more about how terrible Obamacare is than how great his own plan is. He tells us he’s just going to let Obamacare die…and then he stabs it. He’s shortening the enrollment date and cutting the advertising budget by 90%. If more people sign up for Obamacare, it’s not going to die. For Obamacare to die, it’s going to need a great big orange push. The biggest gripe he has with Obamacare is that it has Obama’s name.

Trump is ending DACA, a program that allows people to stay in this nation that were brought here, by no choice of their own, by their parents. These young people are effectively Americans. This is home to them, and they’re making this country a better place. Many are skilled and highly educated. Trump doesn’t care if he ruins lives and makes this nation weaker. Allowing them to stay was an Obama initiative, and he can’t have that.

Trump has pulled us out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and he’s reversing Obama’s climate policy. He doesn’t need to understand anything about it other than Obama got us into it.

He’s banning transgenders from serving in the military. Why? You guessed it. Obama allowed them to serve. Trump didn’t even discuss the issue with the military. He surprised them with a tweet. He talks about making our military more effective yet, he wants to kick people out we’ve spent millions of dollars training.

Now he’s trying to kill the treaty we have with Iran that prevents them from having a nuclear weapon. The Obama administration spent two years on this deal. It involves every member of the United Nations Security Council, us, Great Britain, France, China, and Russia, as well as Germany and the European Union.

The treaty with Iran prevents them from developing nuclear weapons. Republicans love to say it helps them acquire nuclear weapons. That’s an argument they haven’t explained. Iran has been in compliance with the agreement. For some reason, Republicans believe destroying a treaty that Iran is abiding by, that prevents them from acquiring nuclear weapons, will somehow make the world safer.

Trump argues that we gave Iran millions of dollars in the treaty. That’s a lie. We returned money to Iran that we froze in 1979. It’s Iran’s money.

Trump wants a better deal with Iran that was negotiated over two years between several nations, allies, and adversaries. I don’t see how that’s possible since the current treaty was negotiated by people a lot smarter than Trump and his cronies. If anything, Trump has proven that he is not a good deal-maker.

Yanking us out of the Iran treaty will betray our allies and tell our enemies that they can’t trust us. Why should North Korea even talk to us if we’re liars? How bad is it that our president is coming off as more extreme and radical than the Iranian regime?

But, forget all that. Screw the safety of the world. Forget even reading the agreement before you get rid of it. The most important thing is Trump’s ego. He’s serving a constituency of one, himself.

Obama’s legacy, lives of Dreamers, the climate, world safety, etc. Trump would rather piss on it all than having anything positive left behind by Obama. Or in his case, he’ll hire Russian hookers to do it.

Creative note: I’m not totally insane. I realize most of my clients won’t run this cartoon (if they even get it). But, I provide seven cartoons a week to them, and they can pick and choose what they want. So, occasionally they’re going to get something a little dangerous from me.

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Blaming Obama


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In the movie Step Brothers, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are two 39-year-old men with the maturity of eight-year-olds who still live at home. They ask the father for permission to convert their beds into bunk beds so they can have more space in their shared room for “activities.” The father thinks it’s a bad idea but says they’re grown men who don’t need his permission. Naturally, the bunk beds fall apart trapping one of the brothers underneath the top bunk with the other blaming the father for letting them do it.

That’s what a man-child does. He blames others for his transgressions and stupidity as he’s incapable of accepting responsibility. Donald Trump is a 70-year-old man-child who should still be living at home, not in the White House.

A political cartoonist does his or her best work when they’re angry. It’s really hard to get angry every single day. At the most, politicians just really annoy me. This time, I’m pretty pissed off.

Donald Trump has now decided his best defense against accusations that he colluded with Russia to win the presidential election is to blame his predecessor, Barack Obama. Do what now? How does this work exactly when you blame someone for something you previously said didn’t exist? This is the sort of nonsense you’d think only Kellyanne Conway could attempt to explain. But, no. There are plenty of Trump defenders who will believe anything Trumpelstiltskin says.

Every president blames his predecessor for something, especially if they’re from opposing parties. Obama often blamed Bush for the crappy economy he inherited. Usually, when a president blames a previous president, there’s at least a basis of truth to it. George W. Bush did leave Obama a shitty economy and Republicans spent eight years complaining how Obama conducted the worst recovery ever. Basically, Republicans messed everything up and bitched how the Democrat was taking too long to clean it.

Trump not only blames Obama for bad stuff, he takes credit for the good Obama did. He’s taken credit for jobs Obama has saved. He’s taken credit for the stock market which has continued its upswing that started way before Trump took office. He’s taking credit for job numbers that he once claimed were fake while he was a candidate. He’s taking credit for the current economy, even though at this very moment we’re still in Obama’s fiscal year. But when it comes to blaming, Trump doesn’t even use a grain of truth. He flat out makes shit up.

Trump accused Obama of wiretapping the phones in Trump Tower. If you’re a Trump supporter you believe that despite it being a total lie. Now Trump is blaming Obama for Russia’s hacking into our presidential election.

Obama and our intelligence networks were aware of Putin ordering his agents to corrupt our election, the attempts to destabilize our democracy, and the effort to throw the election to Donald Trump. A lot of the information remained classified until after the election, but it was public knowledge way before November what the Russians were up to. I remember this. I drew a lot of cartoons about it. I remember Donald Trump denying it was happening. 2016 was not a figment of my imagination though it was kind of a nightmare.

Obama was in a catch-22 with how to handle the situation. He could sit back and let the election play out or make big bold statements and enact sanctions. That would have had Donald Trump, who was screaming at the time that the election was “rigged,” accuse Obama of using government resources to sway the election toward Hillary Clinton.

Obama publicly told Russian President Vladimir Putin to “knock it off.” He waited until after the election to enact sanctions, shut down two Russian compounds (one in Maryland, the other in New York). He’s been fairly criticized for his handling of the situation, but I don’t think he had any winning options.

If President Obama had done more and Clinton had won the election, Trump and Republicans (some who knew of the hacking, but remained silent) would still be screaming that the Democrats stole the election. If Trump had won despite Obama’s involvement (which I think would have happened anyway because Trump voters don’t work with facts or substance), we’d still be where we are now. Now is a situation where Obama didn’t want to give the impression of messing with the election and he’s being accused by Trump of colluding with Russia. Yes, seriously.

Now keep in mind that after Trump secured the nomination, he was provided the same intelligence briefings the president was receiving. Despite this fact, Trump continued to deny there was an attempt by Russia to hack our election. He said it could be China or some fat guy sitting on his bed. A closer guess would have been a fat guy in a penthouse on 5th Avenue.

Not only was Trump aware what the Russians were doing (as we all were), he asked Russia to release Hillary Clinton’s emails. On July 26 of last year, five days AFTER the Republican convention where Trump was awarded his party’s nomination, he said “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” A few months later he went even further. In October 2016 (in case you’re a Trump voter, that’s AFTER July), Donald Trump was at a campaign event and reading leaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Campaign when he said: “I love Wikileaks.” 

Obama didn’t ask Russia to hack and release emails. Obama didn’t shout that he loved Wikileaks.

If not doing enough to stop the hacking is colluding, then egging them on, using the information, and enabling the hostile foreign power tampering with our election is definitely colluding. Denying the actions is even further collusion, which is what Trump did throughout the election and continued after he was inaugurated.

Now Trump is finally admitting that Russia hacked our election, though he’s blaming Obama. What’s really hard to understand is how can the hacking story be a “hoax” and “fake news” yet still be Obama’s fault? Trump and his supporters will try to have it both ways as it takes an actual brain to understand that strategy doesn’t work. So expect Conway to be on CNN around 9:00 a.m. to explain it for us. I have aspirin.

Here’s another piece of logic that Trump supporters won’t understand: If Obama’s inaction is proof of collusion, then Trump is guilty too. Since he has become president, Trump has denied the hacking was done by Russians and hasn’t done anything to punish Russia or to prevent future hacking attempts. According to former FBI director James Comey, Trump never asked about or discussed how to protect us in the future. He was only concerned about having the investigation into Michael Flynn dropped, the pee tapes, and for Comey and several others to make public statements that he was personally not under investigation. In addition to this, he continued to deny the hacking attempts while personally relaying classified information provided by an ally to the Russians. And yet Obama is the one who colluded with the Russians.

What’s next? Will Trump blame Obama for his two divorces and the reason why his two sons are idiots who look like Beavis and Butt-Head?

The president takes an oath where he swears he will protect us from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge we’ve been attacked, or even who our enemies are, despite being the recipient of the best intelligence network in the world.

That doesn’t just annoy me. That seriously pisses me off.

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Presidential Street Value


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The stupids and hypocrites are at it again. They’re throwing their arms in the air and getting all red ass over Obama accepting $400,000 to give a speech to a Wall Street firm. Oh my goodness and heavens to Betsy, whatever the hell that may mean.

Trevor Noah brought up a good point in that these people want the practice of former presidents accepting lucrative speaking fees to stop at Obama. You know, the black guy. It was OK for Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush Deuce, but hey, it should stop when the president with the least scandals of any administration in modern history does it….who also happens to be black.

Noah brought up another point I, and I’m sure many others, was just perplexed over. What about the current president?

Obama waited until he left office to make money off his presidential stature (which he’ll probably donate to charity). Trump was doing it before he even walked into the office and has been doing ever since God parted the clouds and stopped the rain for him to deliver his terrifying inauguration speech.

The guy has NOT put his business into a blind trust. He’s still talking to his sons about profits. He’s appointed his daughter to an unpaid job in the White House, for which I’m sure she’s worth every penny. Kellyanne Conway has gone on television to hawk Ivanka products made in China. The Trump Hotel in Washington is the most popular attraction for foreign dignitaries. His favorite golf club, Mar-a-Lago, doubled their membership fees after Trump was elected. Trump goes to this club nearly every weekend where members buy access to him, get to pose for selfies while holding the nuclear football, attend security briefings, and eat chocolate cake with the president.

On top of all that, what the hell happened to all the cash donated to the Trump inauguration? I hate to link to a Huffington Post piece, but they’ve done some real reporting on this. Did you hear about this crap? Well if you ever complained about “pay-for-play” regarding the Clintons and their foundation, then you need to sit down and listen.

The Trump inauguration was tiny compared to Obama’s. Trump’s shindig had baton twirlers, tractors, and the rock band Three Doors Down. It was also sparsely attended. Yet Trump raised more than twice what Obama did for his inauguration hoedown. Trump raised over $107 million for his party full of empty bleachers. The donations came from everywhere and the accounting has been terrible.

Venezuela’s state-owned oil company donated $500,000 to the Trump inauguration and then businessmen with ties to Venezuela got to have a meeting with Steve Bannon. That’s the part you need to pay attention to, pay-for-play screamers.

Did you see the film Hidden Figures? You should. It’s awesome and I watched it last weekend. It tells the story of Katherine Johnson and other black females who worked for NASA and helped the first American go to space. The Trump Inauguration committee listed her as donating $25,000 to the party. It’s a common name so maybe it’s not her, except the address for the donation was NASA. The real honest-to-god and she worked for NASA and became an American hero, Katherine Johnson did NOT give money to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

I really want to find out what’s going on with this all this money. I’m sure conservatives do too since they won’t tolerate any pay-for-play, right?

Basically I’m not worried about Obama making money for giving a speech. At least he uses complete sentences and didn’t use the office to make money while he was still in that office. I think while Obama gives the speech that Trump should be in the audience. He might learn something. He should be forced to buy a ticket.

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Obama’s Exit


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This is the last cartoon I’ll ever draw on Barack Obama while he’s still president. It’s kinda sad. It’s also frightening. Blood curdling terrifying even.

I intended to draw something reflective of his legacy but I wasn’t really into it. Once again I went with making an attempt at humor, and hopefully to spotlight what’s blood curdling terrifying. At least one of the aspects that’s scary of a Donald Trump presidency. There’s so many.

I still haven’t really overcome the shock that Donald Trump is going to be president. It’s not that it’s as disappointing or surreal as much as it’s just really stupid. American voters aren’t any better at hiring leaders than the San Francisco 49ers.

We’re watching a man leave the Oval Office who at his very worst, is extremely reasonable, patient, competent, intelligent, and empathetic. He’s a college professor. Enter the reality television guy who insults people on Twitter, grabs vaginas and brags about it, scams poor people with a fake university, and uses money intended for charity to purchase paintings of himself.

On top of all that Donald Trump is entering the White House with the lowest approval and confidence ratings of any incoming president, and with several investigations into his dealings with Russia. When does Trump lift the sanctions on Russia? Friday afternoon or will he bask in compliments throughout the weekend and wait to do it at 3:00 AM Monday morning? Perhaps he’ll find that phone that enables the president to text the entire nation (which Bush and Obama declined to ever use) and let us know while also pitching a fit over what Alec Baldwin does Saturday night.

Donald Trump is not prepared to be president. He was surprised he had to hire a staff for the West Wing. He fired the guy leading his transition team and started from scratch after the election. His cabinet of Billionaires hasn’t been appointed yet. His Security Council hasn’t even been selected. Some of the people he has hired are racists, white nationalists and Kellyanne Conway. We’re in deep trouble.

President Obama had a very successful presidency and leaves office with higher approval ratings than Clinton and both Bush presidencies. History will be kind to him and I’m going to start missing him around 12:01 PM Friday.

One historic aspect of Obama’s presidency is that he was successful and the two presidents that sandwich his tenure were both failures. The second failure is really going to make us long for the first one.

Good bye, President Obama and thank you for your service. You told us “yes we can.” We did and then we elected an idiot. You deserve a long break and time off from the stress of the office that added so much gray to your hair and lines to your face. I do hope Obama speaks out from time to time as we’re going to need a voice of reason through our upcoming nightmare.

And Putin? He may not literally be sitting in the Oval Office at the Resolute desk, but his puppet will be.

As for Donald Trump, I hope he likes political cartoons. I’m going to be drawing a lot of them.

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Commuting Manning


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Like most presidents before President Obama is issuing pardons and commuting sentences in his last days in office.

Obama has commuted more sentences than the last 12 presidents combined. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Out of the 1,385 since 2014 540 were serving life sentences for low-level drug offenses. As usual pardons and commutations can be controversial.

The most controversial of Obama’s commutations is the one for Chelsea Manning, an Army private convicted of leaking a large amount of diplomatic and military documents to WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange promised in the past to allow himself to be extradited to the U.S. to face charges if Manning was freed from prison. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s a man of his word. The Obama administration said that was not a factor in their decision to free Manning. I believe that as I wouldn’t trust Assange either.

The president felt her sentencing, 35 years, was too harsh and that after seven years she had served enough time. The administration compared it her case to Eric Snowden’s, who fled the country. In contrast Manning took responsibility and expressed remorse for her crime. There is no evidence that Manning’s leaks threatened American lives.  Manning’s 35-year prison sentence was the harshest ever imposed for a leak conviction.

Predictably Republicans are upset. Their first argument is that this will set a precedent that in future those who compromise national security will not face consequences. That’s a dumb argument. First off, Obama won’t be around to commute sentences. Second, who wants to face seven years in a military prison?

The United Nations special rapporteur on torture called her treatment “cruel, inhuman and degrading.” Manning is a transgender who went by Bradley at the time of conviction. She was kept in solitary confinement for the first year of her incarceration and she’s tried to kill herself twice. I don’t see how anyone can say she didn’t suffer consequences for her actions.

The hypocrisy is that those upset with Manning turn a blind eye to the Republicans use of emails leaked by WikiLeaks. They often argue that we should look at the contents of the leaks more than the fact they were leaked, or who hacked and leaked them. With that argument maybe they should look at the contents of Manning’s leaks which exposed the military for killing civilians, journalists, and the abuses of detainees by Iraqi military officers.

Manning’s conviction stands. She is guilty. It’s not a good crime. Neither is using material hacked by foreign spies so you can assume the highest office in the land. A president who is at the very least complicit with that foreign power and unable to recognize the transgression, or even criticize the foreign leader, bothers me much more than what Manning has done.

I don’t feel like my life is in any danger by what Manning revealed nor do I feel threatened by her freedom.

I can’t say the same about Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office.

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Russian To Move On


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National security is pretty important. If 16 U.S. intelligence agencies report that a foreign government attempted to manipulate our government you would think the president would take it pretty seriously. You wouldn’t expect the guy to downplay it because his fragile ego is hurt by his election victory being tainted. Or even worse, that he cooperated with the foreign government.

President Obama has laid down sanctions on Russia for the election hacking. Most Republicans are supporting the sanctions because America is usually united against all enemies. Putin has decided not to respond in kind to the sanctions and instead will wait for “President Trump” to take office. Trump, instead of taking a threat for a foreign power seriously, replied to this development with a tweet that Pootie is “very smart.” Pootie is smart. Buying a president is a wise investment. The only trouble with that is purchasing one willing to play along and whose supporters will choose partisanship over patriotism. The investment is lining the Trump staff with Friends of Putin. Pootie’s investment is paying off. If only Adolph Hitler had a Donald Trump.

In anticipation of Trump dropping the sanctions current Attorney General Loretta Lynch needs to appoint a special prosecutor now to investigate the issue. A special prosecutor won’t be beholden to the Trump administration, Congress, or public opinion. The Republicans in Congress are not going to hold Trump accountable. Lynch needs to make the move now in the best interest of our country.

Trump says he needs more information before he can believe Russia was involved. This is a man who’s skipping his security briefings so it’s not like the information isn’t there for him. It’s the equivalent of someone telling you something you don’t want to know and you stick your fingers in your ears and go “lalalalalalalalala.” Though in Trump’s case it’s probably more like “mememememememe.”

Rudy Giuliani even said that Trump needs his own intelligence people to find the answers. That’s like writing your own dictionary because you don’t like the definitions in the current one. Words like “traitor” will now mean “honorable businessman who’s mastered the art of the deal” in Trump and Rudy’s new dictionary. It’ll be the best dictionary. Is this the same sort of “intelligence” on Trump’s staff that believed Hillary Clinton was running a child-sex-slave operation out of a pizza parlor in D.C.? Maybe it’s the same folks who tell Trump China created the Global Warming hoax, Obama created ISIS, thousands of Muslim-Americans in New Jersey celebrated 9/11, or Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination (There’s a very long list of conspiracy theories Trump has pushed).

What bothers me most about Trump’s refusal to believe the CIA is that he’s the first to bite the hook with conspiracy theories. This is a man who pushed the racist birther movement for years, which he now claims he never did.

Trump claimed there was something on Obama’s birth certificate the president didn’t want us to see. He said Obama spent millions to get away from the issue. He claimed the president didn’t have a birth certificate or if he did there was something on there like the fact he was a Muslim (and then he said if you’re a Muslim you don’t change your religion). He said he had people studying Obama’s birth certificate and “they cannot believe what they’re finding” (and we never did find out what they found. This detail went away like his promise to release his tax returns). He claimed there was a tape of Obama’s grandmother admitting the president was born in Kenya. After the president’s birth certificate came out Trump claimed that “an extremely credible source” called him to tell him it was a fake, and that Obama’s mother was never in the hospital. He insinuated that the death of a Hawaii official was a murder in a cover-up of the birth certificate.

Trump pushed birtherism all the way to his presidential campaign, and then made the occasional reference to it. Somebody on the phone telling Trump about the birth certificate is a “credible source” but he can’t trust the CIA. Trump pushed this for years, lied about it and wouldn’t let it go until it could hurt his presidential campaign, and then we were all supposed to forget it ever happened. Republicans are still clinging to it. According to a new Economist/YouGov poll 52 percent of Republicans still believe President Obama was born in Kenya.

Now in regards to Russian hacking Trump says that we should move on. Seriously. Foreign spies hacked our system, may have manipulated our election, and yet we should just drop it and move on. If only Roosevelt had moved on after December 7, or Bush had moved on after 9/11. Let’s just drop it and admire Trump’s big words and flawless brain.

Lalalalalalala.

On a personal note: Everyone and their mother has complained what a crappy year 2016 was. It was in a lot of ways beyond killing your favorite celebrities. It gave us Donald Trump and that’s just about the worst thing that could even happen. I had a few personal challenges in the year but 2016 was a good year for me.

I’m still working to get by and feed myself and pay rent. Despite that I feel very fortunate about my situation. I have newspapers who carry my cartoons. I keep picking up new publications. I’ve had some really great reprints in major national newspapers, even making The Washington Post’s collection of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year. I made several international publications. My work was featured on CNN multiple times. I’ve gained more followers as an independent cartoonist than I ever did when I had a staff job. This website’s views went from 139,000 in 2015 to 313,000 in 2016. I’ve gained new readers and friends who are very supportive and they’re cheering me on. Plus, nobody can tell me what I can and can’t draw.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the past year. If you donated to support my cartooning, published one of my cartoons, left a comment, shared or clicked “like” in social media, thank you. I’m blessed with few but great friends and I often feel I don’t give as much as I get. That is an area I hope to resolve in time.
I feel I’ve done the best work of my life in 2016. 2017 looks really freaky and scary but it’s going to give me a wealth of material to work with. It won’t be dull. I hope you continue to hang on for the rest of the ride.

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