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Medal Of Dishonor


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When Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States, Republicans and many veterans were livid that a draft dodger was now the commander-in-chief of the nation’s military. Imagine the outrage they would have expressed if Clinton had joked about awarding himself the Medal of Honor. Imagine if Obama, who wasn’t of military age during the Vietnam War, had made similar jokes. For Donald Trump, they don’t just overlook his thinking-out-loud about awarding himself the military’s highest and most prestigious decoration; but they hand him their own medals.

During the 2016 campaign, a veteran handed Trump his Purple Heart. Instead of respectfully turning down the offer because he’s not worthy of such an honor, Trump took it and said he “always wanted” a Purple Heart. That statement shows Trump’s immaturity and flagrant disrespect for the military and its veterans. Nobody goes in wanting a Purple Heart.

On Wednesday, Trump told a group of veterans that he wanted to award himself the Medal of Honor. He said the only reason he didn’t move forward with it is that his advisers told him he didn’t qualify to receive such an award. He said, “Can I give it to myself anyway?”

If Trump wanted to win a medal for military service then maybe instead of seeking deferment after deferment for attending school and imagined bone spurs, he should have signed up for military service.

Donald Trump dishonors the military and veterans just as much as he dishonors our nation and our allies by wanting to award Vladimir Putin with a spot in the G7, the group of the world’s largest economies.

If anything, there should be talk of adding South Korea, China, India, and Brazil to the group before Russia because each of those nations has larger economies than Putin’s oligarchy.

Putin was kicked out of the group, changing it from the G8 to the G7. He wasn’t kicked out by President Obama as Trump claims. He was kicked out by the other members for his taking Crimea from Ukraine. Despite Putin not changing his tactics, attacking democratic nations’ elections, and remaining in Crimea, Trump wants to reward Putin with a spot among the world’s largest economies. Even Boris Johnson thinks it’s a bad idea. Hopefully at some point during this weekend’s summit, someone will use the word “absurd.”

Trump doesn’t just exhibit disrespect to our friends, allies, and veterans. He displays a total lack of knowing what respect is. In the process, he’s once again showing he’s Putin’s puppet. Trump may have been joking, but you can expect to hear him bring the subject up again.

If a donkey can pin the tail on itself, then a puppet can pin a medal on its string-puller. Trump couldn’t disrespect the Medal of Honor any more by pinning it on Putin than by giving it to himself.

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Moscow Mitch


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The owner of one of the online news sites who subscribes to my cartoons emailed asking if I was going to draw a cartoon about Mitch McConnell. He mentioned that “MoscowMitch” was trending on Twitter and that the Senate Majority Leader was upset over this, which meant the editor was going to run every single anti-McConnell cartoon and the least flattering photos he can find of McConnell from now on.

I was aware of the #MoscowMitch thing trending and that McConnell was unhappy over it, but I thought piling on would be too much like trolling. Then, I saw how upset Mitch was. I changed my mind. Adding to anything that might even slightly upset McConnell’s mellow has to be a good cause.

McConnell, like most politicians who aren’t Donald Trump, are usually impervious to criticism, nicknames, and satire. Ted Cruz actually enjoys being the most disliked slug that has ever oozed its way into the United States Senate, and even seems to be aware he has a very punchable face. But this time, McConnell’s feelings have been hurt, and not because he doesn’t have a punchable face like Ted. Trust me, Mitch. You do.

He’s upset at being accused of being a Russian asset. Why are people accusing him of being a spawn of Putin? Because, right after the former special counsel Robert Mueller testified that Russians were still hacking us, even “as we sit here,” McConnell single-handledly blocked stronger election security measures.

McConnell even blocked a bill that would have made it a requirement for campaigns to report to the FBI if a foreign government was trying to give them assistance. McConnell felt the bills were “partisan” and would give Democrats an advantage at the polls. He’s right in that a fair and free election would give Democrats an advantage because most Republican ideas are greedy, evil, racist, stupid, and only seem to benefit billionaires and assholes. The majority of Americans vote against Republicans like they did in 2016 and 2018. Most Americans will vote against Republicans again in 2020.

McConnell was upset because not only is #MoscowMitch trending, but so is #MoscowMitchMcTraitor. This is a guy who, after an ad referred to him as “Cocaine Mitch,” started answering his phone with that title.

McConnell even took to the Senate floor to defend himself, seemingly unaware that if you feed trolls, that like cats, they don’t go away. Mitch called his critics “hyperventilating hacks,” and compared his treatment to “modern-day McCarthyism.” McConnell said, “Over the last several days I was called unpatriotic, un-American, and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bald-faced lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir Putin.”

Yet, McConnell is blocking efforts to protect our elections from attacks by Russia because he wants to aid and abet Vladimir Putin. McConnell, like Trump, is welcoming the Russians help in 2020. It’s not like McConnell has ethics. He freaking stole a Supreme Court seat.

In 2016, Obama asked McConnell to speak out against Russia’s attack on our election so that defending the integrity of our democratic process would be bipartisan. Obama wanted Democratic and Republican leaders to stand shoulder-to-shoulder. McConnell refused because he didn’t want to discourage Putin or Americans from realizing that all the erroneous information they were being fed to help Donald Trump was created by Russian trolls. McConnell refused to defend America, just like he’s refusing to defend it now. Just like Donald Trump has refused to defend the nation he swore an oath to protect.

Trump came to McConnell’s defense while referring to himself, again, in the third person saying, “Mitch McConnell is a man that knows less about Russia and Russian interference than even Donald Trump. And I know nothing.” I’m sure we can all agree that Donald Trump “knows nothing.”

Mitch McConnel is upset people are calling him a Russia asset. If you don’t want to be accused of being a Russian asset then maybe stop acting like Vladimir Putin has a hand up your ass.

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Slingers


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The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a new report yesterday that Russia probably targeted the election systems in all 50 states in 2016, the federal government didn’t adequately warn the states, and the threat persists heading into the 2020 presidential, Senate, and Congressional campaigns.

The report states they started the meddling as early as 2014 and continued into 2017. U.S. officials believe the Russians probably scanned systems in every state, such as election-related web pages, voter ID information, election system software, and election service companies. Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security disclosed that the Russian government, including their military, had hackers target 21 states during the 2016 campaign.

During Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony this week, he described how Russia’s meddling was not a “hoax,” that the Trump campaign welcomed their interference, and that Russia was “doing it as we sit here.” Republicans on the Congressional Judiciary and Intelligence committees scoffed and downplayed Russias interference and favoritism toward Donald Trump. Republicans and Trump are more concerned about “liberal” paper straws than Russians attacking us.

The Russians are doing it now “as we sit here” and they’re doing it to help reelect Donald Trump. Trump has spent his entire presidency kowtowing to Russia and Vladimir Putin. He invited Russians into the Oval Office where he gave them classified information that was obtained by a U.S. ally. He has refused to call out or blame Putin for the interference, which is an attack on our country which he took an oath to protect. He stood next to Putin in Helsinki and took his word over that of our National Intelligence. However, he did declare that our national security has been threatened by Canadian cheese.

On the same day the report was issued, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked two election security measures that would help keep our elections free and fair. McConnell argued that the bills would give Democrats a “political benefit.” He’s right in that free and fair elections, without Russian meddling, will help the Democratic Party because more Americans vote Democratic than Republican.

A House bill passed that requires the use of paper ballots and included funding for the Election Assistance Commission. It passed in the House with only one Republican vote. McConnell argued that it was partisan. Since when did protecting the United States of America, protecting our elections, and loyalty to our nation over Russia become partisan?

McConnell and Republicans have put more than party over country. They’ve put worship of a cult leader over their country, over our country.

Another bill blocked by McConnell would have made it a requirement for candidates, campaign officials, and their family members to notify the FBI of assistance offered by a foreign government. This sounds like a no-brainer but it would obviously handicap the Trump campaign as Trump has stated recently that he’d welcome foreign assistance in the next election. He didn’t even send it in code. He flat out said it.

We need leaders in the House, Senate, and White House who will protect the nation they swore to defend. We need leaders who don’t go swinging with Putin.

Creative note: I hate to explain this but if you don’t know what Sling TV is, then maybe this cartoon doesn’t work for you. It’s basically another internet service that offers premium cable channels and it can be used on smart TVs. There are commercials where people invited by a creepy couple for “slinging” confuse the term with “swinging.” Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, married in real life, play the creepy couple shouting at neighbors, “You wanna sling tonight?” “Hey, Bruce, bring your mom.” I think they’re hilarious.

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Boris Baby


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Boris Johnson is the new prime minister of the United Kingdom and not the “United Kingston” as Ivanka Trump tweeted. The Princess of Nepotism underscores just how much we have in common with our greatest ally, and that is stupid, narcissistic, racist leadership that may destroy our countries.

And the two leaders, Trump and Johnson, have a lot in common. They were both born in New York City and wear bleached dead wombats on their heads. They’re both liars, Boris lost a newspaper job for plagiarism and even lied about Brexit which helped lead to its passing. Trump lied about Brexit too, claiming he stood in Scotland the day before Brexit predicting it would pass, but the fact is, he was in Scotland the day AFTER Brexit passed, predicting it would cause the collapse of the European Union, something he and Vladimir Putin would rejoice over.

As The Guardian compares them, “Both are loudmouthed man-children, with a history of adultery and other scandals, whose professional success is a combination of immense privilege, unscrupulous opportunism, and relentless self-promotion, all happily promoted by a complicit environment.”

Both are bigots. Just last week, Trump told black women to “Go back to where you came from.” In the past, Boris has referred to Africans as “pickaninnies” with “watermelon smiles,” to writing in a column for The Daily Telegraph that Muslim women wearing burqas look like “mailboxes,” “bank robbers” and “letter bombers.” He’s referred to gay men as “tank-topped bumboys” and female Labor MPs as “hot totties.”

Another thing they have in common is that they were both put into office by a minority of the population. Boris actually has a smaller mandate than Trump, who won roughly 46% of the popular vote, coming in behind Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes. Boris was chosen by the membership of the Conservative party, which accounts for roughly 0.2% of the British population. Boris’ electorate is actually older and whiter than Trump’s. Both men will refuse to be leaders of their entire nations and will cater to just their base, which is racist white people.

Trump ran for president promising to build a wall on the southern border and Mexico would pay for it. Boris lied with a xenophobic strategy as well during the Brexit campaign, claiming Turkey would join the European Union and become a back door for Syrian refugees to enter the UK. Then, he promised to build a wall on the French border and make Syria pay for it (I made that part up).

Both men are prone to attack the physical appearances of others despite the way they look. Trump insulted then-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s face, called Rosie O’Donnell “fat” and “ugly,” and even called a winner of his Miss Universe pageant “Miss Piggy,” despite the fact he looks like a rancid muppet. Boris once said that Vladimir Putin looked like Dobby, the house elf from Harry Potter.

It’s interesting that within another similarity, you find that one difference. Neither man would be in the top office of their respective nations today without an assist from Putin, yet Johnson will criticize Putin while Trump only lavishes worship and praise on the Russian strongman.

When Putin said, “The liberal idea had outlived its purpose,” and “the liberal idea has become obsolete.” Boris said history would prove Putin wrong. Trump, being unable to comprehend that Putin was attacking western democracies and not his Democratic Party rivals and liberals in California, rejoiced in Putin’s statement and added that Putin “congratulated” him as “every other leader of every other country” had done.

OK, that’s another difference. Boris can read and comprehend.

Before the Brexit vote, the Russian government was interfering by promoting false information on social media with Twitter bots and Russian troll farms in a similar manner in which they meddled in the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. Cambridge Analytica aided both campaigns and may have coordinated with Russia to spread their propaganda.

If there was no Russian meddling, Trump wouldn’t be in the White House and Boris wouldn’t be moving into 10 Downing Street today. Right now, Putin must be happy despite looking a lot like Dobby.

These two babies belong to Putin but its the rest of us who will have to clean up their mess.

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Wink Wink Nudge Nudge Hint Hint


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Donald Trump loves him some dictators and fascists. In fact, the highlights for him during this week’s G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan have been his dalliances with strongmen.

The U.S. government doesn’t want to sell any F-35 stealth jets to Turkey because that nation recently purchased a Russian missile system. The U.S. is concerned that using American jets with the Russian missile system will allow Moscow to gain intelligence on our aircraft. Turkey’s tyrant, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he believes Trump won’t block the sale of  the jets because of their “warm relationship.” Trump seemed to agree and said he was “looking at different solutions.” That solution will be Russia getting its hands on our stealth technology. But at least there’s a warm relationship.

Trump decided to hold off on additional tariffs with China because he loves its president for life. He also said he’d allow U.S. companies to continue to sell equipment to Huawei, overruling the U.S. Commerce Department which had banned those sales to the Chinese company. The U.S. has been in a global campaign to block Huawei from 5G communication networks, calling the company a security threat. As we all know, Trump doesn’t concern himself with U.S. security. He is a security threat.

Trump is a guy who endangers national security by ignoring his own security experts when they tell him to swap to a new phone so China can’t hack him. Trump claims he knows more about technology than anyone, yet he can’t operate an umbrella.

After sitting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’s been accused of masterminding the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump declared that no one has “pointed fingers” at the Crown Prince. That was a lie as U.S. intelligence has accused the Saudi royal of being involved in the murder. Trump believes the prince is innocent because when he asked him about the murder, he made a frowny face. Grr, murder bad. Sell us more U.S. weapon technology and we’ll continue to rent Trump Hotel rooms and buy Trump Tower apartments.

Before heading off to South Korea, Trump tweeted at North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un that he’ll be at the DMZ later if he’d like to hook up. Since Kim is the only person in North Korea with internet, he may have seen the tweet, which was like saying you’ll be in a local hotel room in his neighborhood for two hours if he’d like to swing by for a nightcap.

Trump’s best groveling and selling out of the United States was saved for Russian president Vladimir Putin. While sitting next to Putin, Trump was asked by the press if he talked to the Russian about election meddling. Jokingly, Trump leaned over to Vladimir and said, “Oh, don’t meddle in our election,” and the dictator and the wannabe dictator shared a laugh. Trump repeated the betrayal of the U.S. in Osaka that he did in Helsinki when he said, “Putin denies it.” Whether it’s a Russian attacking our democratic process or an Alabama Republican stalking teenage girls at the mall, they’re innocent in Trump’s eyes if they simply deny it.

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland that left five dead, Trump joked with Putin about “fake news.” Trump told Putin to “get rid of them” as he asked if he also had “fake news.” Putin does “get rid of them,” fake or not.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 42 journalists have been killed in Russia since Putin came to power in 1999. Of those 42 journalists, 26 have been murdered (the rest accidentally walked off the roofs of buildings or ate something that didn’t agree with them). But Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America and the defender of freedom, was able to joke about “fake news” with a man who has journalists murdered.

The security of the United States, our democratic process, and our guaranteed freedoms, like the right to free speech, does not concern Donald Trump any more than it concerns his supporters. The people who scream loudest about American freedom are the first in line to convert us to a dictatorship.

Trump basically winked at Putin when he said, “don’t meddle in our election.” When all this is said and done, I hope our justice system doesn’t put Trump in prison…WINK, WINK. NUDGE, NUDGE. HINT, HINT.

Did I say that out loud?

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Putin Summary


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I’m a cartoonist which means I don’t do math well, but I do know two plus two equals four. Here’s another equation that’s not difficult to decipher: When Donald Trump goes from “release the Mueller Report” to “don’t release it,” and his toady Attorney General William Barr won’t confirm if the White House has seen it yet, that means Trump has seen it. At the very least, someone has read the parts to him that aren’t flattering.

The Trump team is celebrating that the Mueller Report, according to Barr’s four-page memo, clears Trump of committing crimes when it comes to collusion with Russia. What they’re overlooking are the parts where Trump and his campaign was sleazy, corrupt, unethical, and disloyal to their nation. But, yay. No collusion.

Barr is still holding back from giving the report to Congress two weeks after it was turned in to the Justice Department by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Keep in mind, the Starr Report was handed over in two days. Barr is now “promising” to give it to Congress next week with heaps of redactions. If you get off on looking at sentences full of black boxes, this report is for you.

Donald Trump has falsely claimed the report exonerates him, which means his lying, stupid, simplistic, idiotic, kook-aid drinking, cultish, sycophantic followers are claiming he’s exonerated. Even Barr’s memo states the report does not totally exonerate him.

Trump doesn’t just deny his campaign colluded with Russia. He has denied many times in the past that Russia even meddled in the campaign, despite the fact every American intelligence agency had made that determination and his own campaign manager, son, and son-in-law were dancing with Russians in Trump Tower. Another person who loves to continue the lie is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tuesday, at the International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said the investigation was “complete nonsense” that had been invented by President Trump’s political enemies for “an internal audience.”

Putin also said, “It was clear for us from the start that it would end like this. A mountain gave birth to a mouse.” If Putin is correct and actually knows what he’s talking about regarding the report, that means he’s seen it too. I don’t know if unplanned Russian mountain sex produces rodents, but if anything, the entire situation is full of rats.

Neither Putin or Trump gets the irony of shouting “no collusion” while also echoing each other with the term “witch hunt,” which Putin used Tuesday while attacking the investigation.

While Barr is doing Trump’s bidding, he’s also doing Putin’s. While testifying to Congress on Tuesday, the same day Putin was talking about Mueller and polar bears (he was), Barr said, “The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation.” Yes. Trump’s handpicked Attorney General is investigating the investigation. He’s following in the footsteps of Congressional Trump poodles Lindsey Graham, Jim Jordan, and Devin Nunes and politicizing the Justice Department to go after…wait for it…Trump’s enemies. This is something Trump has been screaming for since he came into office…and promised to do as a candidate.

Our government is now going after people for investigating suspected Russian spies. The Trump administration and the Republican Party are more interested in defending and protecting Russian spies than our Democratic process. Protecting Vladimir Putin is more important than protecting Americans.

I have a spoiler for you about this investigation into malfeasance in the FISA requests and the investigation into Trump. They’re not going to find any criminal conduct. Even the Nunes Memo stated that investigators did not break the law in acquiring FISA warrants (EXONERATED!). But, the lesson here is if law enforcement agents do their jobs of protecting our nation against a corrupt president, then they will be punished for it. We’ve already seen numerous people fired for investigating Trump.

The Mueller Report says Trump didn’t break the law with collusion with Russia. It didn’t say Trump was clear on obstruction. Then, Robert Mueller turned the report in to Trump’s man who’s working with him to obstruct justice.

Vladimir Putin, who helped steal an American election and install the world’s biggest Cheeto shitgibbon dumbass into the presidency, is laughing his Vodka drinking, critic killing, Russian off ass.

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He Said He Didn’t Do It


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While still in Vietnam, Donald Trump said Kim Jong Un told him he felt bad about the death of Otto Warmbier, the American college student the North Koreans imprisoned in good health and returned to the U.S. in a coma. Kim also told Trump he wasn’t aware of the Warmbier situation until after he was returned home. Trump said he believed him. He said North Korea is a big country and Kim couldn’t be aware of everything.

The North Koreans used Warmbier for propaganda. They aired videos of him crying and asking to go home. North Korea has one TV station. Their media is government operated and is not a free press. When Otto Warmbier was used as propaganda, how could Kim Jong Un not only be aware of it but also not be the one approving the tactic?

For Donald Trump, if a friend claims innocence, or says “he didn’t do it,” then we need to believe them. He made that claim for Robert Kraft, Roy Moore, Brett Kavanaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and himself. He doesn’t do it only for those conservatives accused of sexual abuse. He does it for dictators. He said he believed Vladimir Putin’s denial over that of American intelligence that he meddled in the 2016 presidential election. He said he believed Muhammad Bin Salman’s denial of being involved in the murder of a Washington Post journalist that happened INSIDE their embassy in Turkey. Now, he says he believes Kim Jong Un.

Take note, that Trump also claimed he wasn’t aware of paying off porn stars, which has now become public that he was aware. When someone gives an unbelievable denial, Donald Trump should be an expert at recognizing lies in denials.

Also, during the summit in Hanoi, the Trump administration attempted to remove the press from an event, and not at the request of the North Koreans. We’re supposed to school them on freedom and democracy, not have them school us on propaganda.

It’s not just sickening that Trump, an American president, does this, but that so many Americans support his behavior. Do you?

Nerdy details and a bunch of roughs: After I drew a cartoon for CNN last week, I was hoping for the chance to do it again. I didn’t know it’d come the very next week. This time, I was contacted by the regular editor in charge of their Sunday opinion newsletter, Provoke & Persuade (before the first paragraph in the story, there’s a link to sign up for their weekly email. Do it). I got a little bit more than 24 hours this time too. We talked on the phone Wednesday evening and on Thursday, I sent her eight ideas. Yeah, eight.

As I do with every editor the first time I work with them on an assignment, I explain that my roughs are very rough. My editor, Pat said she liked all of them, but unlike Trump…I’m not entirely sure I can believe her. Maybe she was just being nice. I didn’t like all of them.

After I delivered the cartoon Friday afternoon, she asked me to remove one little detail before she ran it by their standards and practices department. I joked on Twitter that this was my first time to deal with a cable network’s standards and practices, but I have had to deal with it at newspapers. But with newspapers, it’s usually not a department and it’s just one editor who likes to say no a lot. In this case, after we removed the one detail, the department didn’t give us any trouble. Quite frankly, I was shocked in the first week that they didn’t ask me to draw Trump differently, like change his hair, ties, or lips.

Here are all the roughs and you can leave a comment on your favorite.

CNNrough7

This wasn’t my favorite cartoon but I do think it was the best choice for CNN. The Otto Warmbier story was getting bigger at the time it was selected and has only grown since. When they selected this cartoon, they didn’t know I was going to throw in a lot of details for each individual. I also replaced Bill O’Reilly with Putin. There were a lot of candidates. I did tell Pat that I was replacing O’Reilly with Putin, as I felt most people have probably forgotten the O’Reilly thing by now.

CNNrough4

I honestly thought they’d pick this one. Since they didn’t, I drew it for my syndication on Thursday night. You’ve already seen this finished cartoon. You may notice that as I draw many rough ideas, that the quality decreases with each cartoon. I get tired, OK?

CNNrough5

I really liked this one but I didn’t expect them to take it. I didn’t think it was the way to go for the top issue of the week. I felt the summit would take precedence. I don’t know if I’ll draw an official cartoon of this idea as I’ve already covered the subject. I like the simplicity in the drawing.

CNNrough6

I like this one a lot but I’m not sure it works. Maybe I like it because it’s a crowd scene. You know how I loves me some crowd scenes. If working for CNN becomes a regular thing, I need to work in one of my famous crowd scenes for them at some point.

CNNrough8

I like this one while also not being that crazy about it. I felt it was too obvious but I wanted to give it a shot with CNN because maybe they’d prefer something kinda obvious. But, they didn’t. I was fine with not doing this cartoon. Also, it didn’t really address the Warmbier situation as well as the one they chose. I did a cartoon similar to this before the first Trump/Kim summit.

CNNrough9

I didn’t like this one at all. Again, I was giving them something obvious, but I knew another cartoonist would draw this cartoon. I was right. I’ve seen it since I drew this rough. I’d say this was a lazy idea if I hadn’t drawn so many that day. The only excuse I have for this cliche is the change up of Kim asking for the shirt.

CNNrough10

I liked this one. I almost did it for my clients on Thursday night. I like that it shows Trump is not the great negotiator he claims he is. I did something similar with Trump’s head on Pelosi’s wall after the shutdown negotiations, but I was fine with tweaking the idea for a different outlet.

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I thought this was my last idea when I came up with it. I liked it when I thought of it and halfway through drawing it, I started to hate it. When Pat told me she liked all the ideas, I replied, “Even the Rodman one?” I’m so glad she didn’t pick this one. Why do I send editors ideas I don’t like? Scott Stantis (I think it was him), the cartoonist for The Chicago Tribune once told me he’d give an editor several pathetic, crappy, horrid ideas, and one really good one…to make him pick the good one. But, that tactic often burns the cartoonist as an editor is likely to choose one of the horrid, crappy ideas. I have been in the position before of trying to convince an editor that he doesn’t want to use something I thought up.

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After Pat chose her cartoon, I thought of this one. I didn’t intend to show it to her since she had made her choice. But, we were still emailing and I told her, “I actually came up with one more and it’s on the Mark Meadows race thing.” She asked to see it. I think she went from “oooh, I wanna see it” to “ew.” But at the end of the day, it was my very favorite. I waited another day to draw it as I wanted to tackle the summit first for my clients, but on Friday night I drew this one.

So that’s inside of the head of this cartoonist for one day. Now you may need a shower. Thank you for tolerating and patronizing my weirdness.

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