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Ask China


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OK. I’ll bite. Hey, China. Why is Donald Trump such a racist?

During yesterday’s shitshow disguised as a press conference, Trump deflected from his agenda of boasting about himself and lying about the “success story” that is his response to the coronavirus, to once again demonstrate to the nation that he is a huge racist.

I have been wondering for the past month while Donald Trump keeps comparing our nation’s testing with that of other nations. I question this like I question why everyone in his administration has to say, “Thank you for your leadership.” I also ask myself, “Is that how someone stands while wearing lifts and an adult diaper?” But The competition question came back to me yesterday as the entire conference was about comparing the United States’ numbers with those of other countries (of course, there were lies about those). I’m very happy to report that I’m not alone in asking this question. A reporter for CBS asked the question.

A White House correspondent for CBS News asked Donald Trump, “Why is this a global competition when, every day, Americans are still losing their lives?”

Trump responded to the White House correspondent with, “They’re losing their lives everywhere in the world, and maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, OK.”

Of course, Trump had to overemphasize and do that slight pause he habitually does before giving a hard pronunciation to “China.” “And maybe that’s a question you should ask…CHINA.”

Have you ever wanted to visit…CHINA? Do you know anyone from…CHINA? One of my best friends took his mom to…CHINA. Did you know the president of….CHINA…is named…XI?

If you figure out what Donald Trump’s tick is with…CHINA, let me know. But, we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about his racism, like when he keeps reminding us the coronavirus came from…CHINA.

When Donald Trump told the reporter to “ask…CHINA,” was he being a bully? Was he being sexist because the reporter is a female? Or…wait for it…was he being racist?

Was he being racist in asking the correspondent to ask…CHINA? What does China have to do with Donald Trump making it a global competition? Why should anyone ask China or any nation why Donald Trump keeps comparing our numbers to other nations…yesterday it was mostly South Korea and Germany. Hey, China…why does Donald Trump keep comparing the U.S. testing numbers with those of South Korea and Germany? It doesn’t make much sense to ask China, does it?

Oh, I get it. It does make sense in a very stupid sort of way if you’re a racist. See, I forgot to mention something. The reporter Donald Trump told to “ask China” about why he thinks it’s a global competition is…wait for it…a Chinese American. He asked her to ask China as if she has China on speed dial. Was someone in China to interrupt their dinner with, “Excuse me while I put down my egg roll and chopsticks and take this call. It’s from Weijia. My fortune cookie told me she’d call today.” Fun fact: Egg rolls and fortune cookies were invented in the United States…just like most Chinese food you order in an American restaurant. And while racism wasn’t invented in the United States or even by white people, white people like Donald Trump have perfected it.

Weijia Jiang is a White House correspondent for CBS News. She was born in Xiamen, China, and raised in West Virginia. If you’re going to stereotype her, she probably listens to bluegrass and says phrases like, “Up around the holler.” She attended the University of William and Mary and Syracuse University. Another fun fact about Jiang is…she doesn’t take much shit.

After Donald Trump told her, a Chinese-American, to ask…CHINA, she asked, “Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?” Donald Trump, got upset, not because he doesn’t know the word “specifically,” but because she asked him a “nasty” question.

That’s another tick of his. Trump insults men too. He goes off on male reporters from time to time, but he’s extra hard on female reporters. He once goaded a crowd to harass MSNBC’s Katy Tur at one of his hate rallies to the point she needed police protection to leaver the building. But he especially goes hard on female reporters who aren’t white. And when he’s upset by women, he uses the term “nasty.” He used it against Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Carmen Cruz, Mazie Hirono, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, the Prime Minister of Denmark when she wouldn’t sell him Greenland, and he used it yesterday on Weijia Jiang.

And after his testy exchange with Jiang, Donald Trump ran away like a little coward.

The people who believe Donald Trump is not a racist are the same jerks who thinks he’s a tough guy while running away from a woman’s question.

Yesterday’s exchange was reminiscent of the time he told White House correspondent April Ryan to gather together the Congressional Black Caucus and set up a meeting with Trump. April Ryan works for American Urban Radio Networks. She’s black. Donald Trump thinks all black people know each other. Maybe she can ask Colin Kaepernick to stop kneeling. Maybe April Ryan can tell Dwane Johnson we’ve had enough Fast & Furious movies. Maybe she can tell Lebron James and Stephen Curry to stop saying “nasty” thing about Trump. Maybe April can tell Samuel L. Jackson to stop saying “motherfucker” all the time like, “that’s one racist motherfucker.” She must know all of them because each of them is black, right? Racist motherfucker Donald Trump thinks so.

But since we’re now going to ask…CHINA questions that don’t have anything to do with them, let’s ask them this:

Hey….CHINA. Why is racism not a dealbreaker for Trump supporters?

I don’t know about…China, but Sam will probably tell us, “Because they’re all racist motherfuckers.”

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Bigger Than Ukraine


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I don’t believe the press is infallible. They make mistakes. Usually, when I have an issue with a LEGITIMATE news outlet (something Trump cultists can’t differentiate from propaganda sites), it’s over how, what, and how much they cover a topic. I don’t really see actual news organizations lying. That said, I believe in a free press and my confidence in them is extremely high. I trust experienced reporters because I’m very familiar with the high standards to which they hold themselves.

So, when it’s between a version offered by a reporter for National Public Radio with nearly 30 years of journalism versus a version offered by any member of the Trump administration, or any Republican for that matter, I’m going with the journalist. There is a huge difference between a journalist and a politician lying. The journalist loses her job.

I truly believe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would have difficulty finding his ass with both hands. The man is oblivious to facts and reality. Did he not think a journalist would be able to back up her story with notes? Does he not understand how email works? Did he really think it’d be believable that a world-traveled national correspondent for NPR who is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard and holds a master’s degree in European Studies from Cambridge University wouldn’t be able to find Ukraine on a map? Did he think she’d fail his little test because he tried it on Donald Trump during that entire Greenland fiasco?

Mike Pompeo agreed to do an interview with Mary Louise Kelly of NPR. She corresponded with his staff before the interview where they tried to limit her questions to Iran, but in emails between Kelly and Pompeo’s press aide, Katie Martin, Kelly made her intentions clear that she would question Pompeo on other subjects besides Iran. Martin wrote in one response, “Totally understand you want to ask other topics but just hoping . . . we can stick to that topic for a healthy portion of the interview.” That is NOT an agreement that questions on Ukraine won’t be asked or that anything is off the record.

Mike Pompeo got upset during the interview after being asked if he owed an apology to Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine that Trump ousted after Rudy Giuliani and associated goons conducted a smear campaign against that might have included stalking. He never did answer the question.

Pompeo berated her with profanity asking, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” After Pompeo stormed out, an aide asked Kelly to follow her into Pompeo’s private living room at the State Department without a recorder. Then, Pompeo ordered an aide to produce an unmarked map (why do they have those?) and proceeded to challenge Kelly to find Ukraine. I for one would LOVE to challenge every Republican fucknut to find Ukraine on an unmarked map. Hell, I’d settle for them finding Ohio.

Pompeo issued a long statement saying, “NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice. First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record. “It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency. This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration. It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity.”

He summed up with, “It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine.”

Trump later joined in by replying, “A very good question” to a tweet by conservative radio and Fox News host Mark Levin in which Levin asked, “Why does NPR still exist? We have thousands of radio stations in the U.S. Plus Satellite radio. Podcasts. Why are we paying for this big-government, Democrat Party propaganda operation.” Facts and reality have a liberal bias.

Personally, I find it very difficult to believe that not only couldn’t Kelly locate Ukraine on a map, but also landed on the wrong continent.

This is classic Trump bullying of a female and journalist. It’s what they do. They lie and then they snowflake out and get butthurt and cry after being busted in the lie. Pompeo’s statement only confirmed Kelly was telling the truth about his outrage. And it’s laughable for any member of the Trump administration, less enough one who refuses to apologize after Trump’s goons stalked one of his ambassadors, to question a journalist’s integrity.

Pompeo’s problem is that he works for the Trump administration. The only people who will believe him over Kelly are in the cult. We know who the liars are.

Anyone who believes Mike Pompeo over Mary Louise Kelly has their head up their ass.

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Cheeto Potentate


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Demagoguery comes before fascism. In case you haven’t noticed, Donald Trump has the demagoguery down.

Trump loves him some fascists. He buddies up to the authoritarian leaders of Turkey, the Philippines, Russia, China, North Korea, and even gave the monarchs of Saudi Arabia a pass over murdering a journalist who was a U.S. resident.

He’s speculated that the United States will have a president for life someday, which sounds less like speculation and more like thinking out loud.

He believes elections that don’t produce the results he wants are fraudulent. He’s claimed that counting every vote is cheating.

He’s referred to the media as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.” He’s attempted to punish journalists by stripping their White House passes. He’s said that it’s a shame people can write and publish whatever they want.

He believes he can change parts of the U.S. Constitution with an executive order.

He’s attacked the courts and said we need to do something about them. He’s accused them of being dangerous to the country.

He wants to prosecute his political enemies, pressuring the Justice Department to go after Hillary Clinton and James Comey. He’s stripped clearance from former officials who have criticized him. He’s fired people from the FBI and Justice Department who have investigated him and has called for their imprisonment.

He tells his followers not to believe everything they see and hear, and it’s working. They don’t believe facts. His sycophants debate his greatness while rarely ever talking policy, because, like their leader, they don’t know policy. When facts are pointed out to them, they say they’re lies. They attack the messenger while ignoring the message. He has a base that puts sycophancy above honesty and patriotism.

He has said he is the only one who can fix America’s problems, even stating at the Republican National Convention, “Only I can fix it.” He tells us that he’s our favorite president. During Thanksgiving, he said he was thankful for himself.

He has used the military for political propaganda, costing us millions.

Donald Trump is not a dictator, but he wants to be. We have a system of checks and balances and Trump is the test that they will work or not. There are three branches of government and one of those branches wants to go unchecked and another has been ignoring its job has spent the past two years protecting the first. Hopefully, the courts won’t protect Trump.

Voters have given the House to Democrats with a mandate. Protect us from Trump and hold him accountable. The majority of Americans don’t want to live under a dictatorship. Trump supporters dream of it.

Trump doesn’t just want to win on policy. He wants full authoritarian power without any checks and balances. He wants to rule, not govern. The warning signs are there. He’s telling us every day what he wants and what he wants to be. It’s not a mystery. When someone tells you who they are, believe them.

People say Donald Trump never really wanted to be president. That’s true. But, it doesn’t mean he never wanted to be the nation’s leader.

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Trumping The Press


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Just because I don’t draw enough Donald Trump cartoons.

The media tends to stick up for each other. When Obama tried to keep Fox News out of White House press briefings the other journalists in the White House Press Pool stood up for the Fox News reporters. Say what you will about Fox but they ARE the media (no matter how much they and their viewers complain about the media).

Tuesday Donald Trump started his Iowa press conference by throwing out Univision’s Jorge Ramos. The second question he received “why did you throw out Mr. Ramos?”.

I immediately thought “here we go again” and “I know what the press will be talking about for the next two days…and what I’m going to draw about next.”

Trump claimed he didn’t throw Ramos out though it was his bodyguard hustling him out the door with his hands on him the entire time. He also claimed he didn’t know Ramos though he stated “go back to Univision” as if it’s a town in Mexico (I stole that line from editorial cartoonist Lalo Alcarez). and he’s suing Univision for $5 million.

There’s usually different protocols for different politicians at press conferences. For Trump, he selects who can ask him a question. Before he started his press conference Ramos was asking questions pretty loudly. At a lot of press conferences that’s how it’s done. You try to shout out a question louder than other reporters and why everyone covets a front row seat. Ramos wouldn’t stop talking. Eventually Trump let Ramos back in and sparred with him over immigration for about five minutes.

Trump has extremely thin skin. He doesn’t take kindly to being asked a difficult question like “can you be more specific?” The “I’m rich” and “I’m very successful” responses don’t always satisfy a journalist’s question on something as intricate like “how are you going to build that 1,933 mile wall?” or  “how will you go about abolishing the 14th Amendment?” Them be some head scratchers. Trump doesn’t like to think too hard and scratch his head. He might mess up his comb over.

He also doesn’t think it’s fair to ask him “why do you treat women unfairly by calling them fat pigs?”. He’s been going at Fox News’ Megyn Kelly for a few weeks now. He gets angry at Fox and then Roger Ailes calls him and they mend fences and suddenly Kelly is on a surprise vacation. After she returns from vacation Trump goes off again, says she sucks and he’s doing well in polls. Ailes comes out in defense of Kelly and says Fox is doing well in ratings and they’re “Fair And Balanced” blah blah blah. Rachel Maddow is right. Watching Trump and Fox spar is like trying to choose a favorite between Godzilla and Rodan (or was it Mothra?). You know, I think Trump will win and Fox will cave. I totally expect Megyn Kelly to be on hurricane coverage in the near future.

Trump’s fight with the press goes back even farther. Do you know which media organization was not present at his press conference in Iowa? Only Iowa’s largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register. A few months ago the Register’s editorial page called on Trump to quit his presidential run. Never mind the fact that Trump says Hillary should quit, and Bush should quit, and Rubio should quit, and Paul should quit, etc. The only thing Trump wants to quit is Oreos (he hates anything that’s black and white. Ask Obama). He didn’t take kindly to that and has banned the Register’s reporters from attending his events. Someone has probably attempted to explain to him that a newspaper’s editorial page is separate from it’s news room but that might require a little more depth of understanding than Trump is capable.

My negative cartoon coverage of Trump (and their being shown on CNN) is probably why Trump doesn’t let me hang out with him. He never calls.

Here’s the first rough of the cartoon.

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I didn’t like the angle so I roughed it out again.

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This was my first idea. I’m glad I passed it over and included Trump’s treatment of the media in general, instead of just one guy.

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Access To Hillary


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I’m not a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. I do share her views on most issues and I don’t dislike her personally. It’s her style as a public servant I have issues with. I don’t think she’s honest and that doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi. I think she’d lie about what she had for breakfast. I think she’s too secretive and too controlling. Every politician attempts to control the message but they don’t literally try to corral the journalists covering them.

The other day Hillary was walking down a street and her staff had a rope the media weren’t allowed to get past, and the staffers walked the media down the street like dogs.

So maybe I don’t like her personally. I defend her from personal attacks and generally support her policies. I just want someone else to push those policies. I don’t care what’s in her emails as much as I care that she’s secretive and cagey about her emails. I don’t care that she doesn’t talk to the press (Obama doesn’t talk to the press). I care more when she does talk to the press and controls how they’re going to cover her. I don’t care about the Clinton Foundation’s fundraising. The Foundation is not Hillary Clinton.

If Hillary feels she should operate sneakily as a private citizen, Senator or Secretary of State, then how will President Hillary Clinton operate?

I don’t think Bernie Sanders can beat Hillary. Bernie is on a huge roll because he raised $15 million. That’s impressive but Hillary has raised $45 million. Bernie better have a really great strategy.

I can’t see Lincoln Chafee or Martin O’Malley beating her either (Google them if you don’t know who they are). Living in Virginia, I should be excited, interested or amused about Jim Webb running but I don’t feel anything but bewilderment.

That leaves Hillary (Since Elizabeth Warren won’t get in the race). Clinton is going to be president unless it’s proven that she’s the one who actually fired rockets into the Ambassador’s compound in Benghazi, or a dinosaur-killing-sized comet hits the planet, or she’s been writing song lyrics for Justin Bieber.

Then again, maybe one of those GOP candidates will inspire the country’s voters to thrust them into the White House. Smarter money is on the comet.

Identified The Problem


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This is America, the land of the free.  Right?  We enjoy the most press freedom in the world…..uh…not really.  A few other countries, not many, are rated at being better than we are at press freedom.  What’s going on in Ferguson might knock us further back.

Right now the First Amendment is taking a huge hit in Missouri.  Reporters and photographers are being arrested.  The press is being told where to go and where they can’t go.  The press has been tear gassed.  A no-fly zone for the media has been placed over Ferguson so news helicopters can’t cover the story.  And I believe for the very first time ever, Amnesty International has boots on the ground in the United States monitoring a situation.

The majority of Americans don’t trust the news.  But you can’t have a free country without it.  Do you want the subjects of a story dictating how the story is covered?

I think it’s bizarre that gun lovers who constantly cry for the 2nd amendment and hate big government are the first to poop on the first amendment and defend the police without question.