racism

Tucker’s Mellow


cjones08162019

Conservatives are going nuts defending Donald Trump’s racism. They argue that comments such as “send them back” or “infestation” aren’t racist. They sell the idea that there’s no correlation between him and mass shooters who echo his code words. They use false equivalency to deflect from Trump’s racism, like trying to tie Democrats to a mass shooter who never wrote a manifesto or made posts on social media about a political agenda as a reason for his carnage. Often as a first resort, they lie to defend Trump’s racism. But the thing is, they’re not defending Trump’s racism anymore. They’re defending racism.

Earlier this week, Tucker Carlson went on an online bender of defending racists. He got away from defending Donald Trump and started defending white supremacists. Tucker said that White Supremacy is a “hoax” and it’s “not a real problem in America.” Then, he went on vacation. But don’t worry. Fox News has other racists personalities.

When did defending white supremacists become part of the agenda?

It was reported a few days ago that the Trump administration wanted the Department of Homeland Security to put less focus on white nationalists groups that they perceive as a danger. They wanted DHS to put most of their focus on scary brown people. Do you know who commits the majority of terrorist attacks in this nation? Scary white people.

After ICE raided factories in Mississippi and little crying brown children were on the news crying for their missing parents, the White House told ICE to do more because they loved that image. Brown children crying really resonates with the Trump base, almost as much as baby jails.

It’s also been reported that Trump’s campaign believes accusations that Trump is a white supremacist will help Trump in the coming election. A majority of Americans believe Trump is a racist. Continuing to call him a white supremacist isn’t going to lower those numbers but it will convince more and more white supremacists he’s one of theirs.

After a white supremacist who wrote a manifesto praising Trump as a “beacon” killed over 50 Muslims in New Zealand, Trump said he didn’t believe white supremacy to be a threat. But he believes MS-13 is a threat.

There are around two million gang members in the United States. The only gang you hear about from Trump and Trump TV (Fox News) is MS-13. Out of those two million gang members, MS-13 only accounts for about 10,000. So why are we only hearing about MS-13? Because they’re brown.

Tucker Carlson has also championed the threat of MS-13. He would never call it a hoax. But he calls the threat of white supremacy a hoax. Tucker has claimed that anyone who calls out MS-13 is labeled as a “racist.” No, Tucker. But defending white supremacists will get you labeled as a racist.

Tucker says there aren’t enough white supremacists to fill a football stadium. He’s right, depending on the stadium. There are only about 25,000 “official” white supremacists in the U.S. Why, that’s about double the attendance of your standard Trump rally (but he did pull in 25,000 in Alabama…hmmm).  But if 25,000 aren’t a threat, then why are 10,000?

And, we’re talking about the “official” members the FBI can track. How many white supremacists are out there with violent intentions who have never been tracked? I’m sure Tucker knows a lot of white supremacists, but I doubt he knows each one personally to verify their cuddliness.

While authorities have tracked around 25,000 “official” members, around 200,000 subscribe to racist publications and websites. It’s a much bigger problem than Tucker or Trump cares to admit.

I don’t believe either Donald Trump or Tucker Carlson are white supremacists. But I do believe they’re racists supporting and enabling white supremacists and hate in general. Their agenda is hate.

Tucker has defended, enabled, and justified racism. And, if you support Donald Trump, you’re a defender of racism too.

A lot of racists are like those suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect. They’re don’t know they’re in the club. If you suffer from the TuckerTrump effect, congratulations.

You’re in the club.

Creative Note: This cartoon has now been blocked by Instagram. Go figure.

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Condemning Racism


cjones08132019

Donald Trump issued a statement denouncing hatred and white supremacy in a prepared speech written by someone else who is probably not Stephen Miller.

Trump said, “In one voice, our nation must renounce, racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.” In other news, David Duke is now celebrating Kwanza.

Donald Trump denouncing white supremacy would be like him denouncing men who assault women. Wait, he did that. It’ll be like him calling someone else “crooked.” Crap. OK, it’ll be like him calling someone else a “fat pig.” Damn. It’ll be like him going after people who insult veterans. Last try…it’ll be like him criticizing men who assault women. Shit. I tried. Anyway, the point is, I’m not buying it.

It’s kinda hard to believe you’re serious about denouncing racism when you’re the KKK’s poster boy and candidate of choice. Or, when you say a man of Mexican heritage isn’t fit to be a judge over one of your lawsuits. Or, when you refer to immigrants as an “invasion,” or “rapists and murderers,” or “animals,” or an “infestation.” It’s hard to believe you when you say there were good people marching among those chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” It’s hard to believe Trump is serious about confronting racism when he says four female representatives of color should “go back to where they came from.” I can’t take him seriously when he refers to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.”

At one of his recent hate rallies, the crowd started chanting “send her back” after he made comments about Representative Ilhan Omar, who is black and a refugee from Somalia. Trump acted surprised and claimed they didn’t get the slogan from him. He has issued similar denials about white supremacists who echo his words before their mass shootings.

The Pittsburgh shooter attacked a synagogue and used Trump’s term “globalists” for Jews and referred to immigrants as “invaders” in web posts.

The mass shooter in Gilroy referenced a white supremacist manifesto and wrote online about “hordes” of mixed-race people “overcrowding” towns.

The El Paso mass shooter used the word “invasion” or “invader” seven times in his anti-immigrant manifesto. Trump has often wailed about “migrant invasions.”

The shooter in New Zealand who killed 51 people at two mosques said Trump is a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” During his campaign, Trump called for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the country and for government surveillance of mosques.

And while it wasn’t about racism, the MAGA pipe bomber was a huge Trump fan and mailed pipe bombs to people his hero has attacked at CNN, MSNBC, and members of the Democratic Party. The guy was even tooling around in a van covered in pro-Trump propaganda emblazoned with bullseyes and conspiracy theories.

Donald Trump is a racist and he’s motivating violence from his supporters. Don’t take my word for it. Even in 2016, a Pew Research Center poll found that 54 percent believe Trump has done too little to distance himself from white nationalists groups. Other polls from 2017 through 2019 found that 54-59 percent of Americans think Trump’s decisions and behavior encourages white supremacists groups. A YouGov/HuffPost poll from last March said more Americans believe he outright supports white nationalist groups.  Trump has described himself as a nationalist.

Another disturbing factoid is that hate crimes have steadily increased since Trump started his campaign for president. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, hate crimes across the country have increased by nine percent over the last year, mostly against LGBTQ people, Jews, and people of color. A study from the University of North Texas found that “counties that had hosted a 2016 Trump campaign rally saw a 226 percent increase in reported hate crimes.” Remember, Trump recently held a rally in El Paso to highlight the “migrant invasion.”

With hate, assaults, and murders following the white-terrorists-recruiter-in-chief around, it’s no wonder Dayton and El Paso doesn’t want him to visit their communities today. Don’t be surprised to see other communities ask the Trump campaign not to hold campaign events near them during the 2020 campaign. The man is toxic.

Donald Trump continues to claim he’s the “least racist person,” something non-racists never say. I know I’m not a racist but I would never claim I’m the “least racist person” you could ever meet. I don’t feel the need to sell how non-racist I am. But then again, I wasn’t endorsed by the official newspapers of the KKK and neo-Nazis.

Donald Trump wants us to believe he’s not a racist while at the same time, he believes his supporters are racists. They’re proving him right because it’s his supporters who are shooting up Wal-Marts and garlic festivals in their quests to kill brown people. We can say the same thing about Trump that former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said about his Trump-loving Republican opponent in 2018.

It’s not that I or liberals believe Trump is a racist. It’s that the racists believe he’s a racist. I’m not buying his denouncement of racism. I bet the racists aren’t buying it either.

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Leaving The Hurd


cjones08082019

The Republican Party has been exercising racism for decades, but until now, there were always people like Will Hurd among its members, other than the black thing of course. For example, before Donald Trump came along, you could easily get a hell of a lot more than four votes from Republicans in the House of Representatives to condemn a racist comment.

The Grand Old Party has now become the party of Trump, resembling a cult more than a political party. The GOP is less a party of issues and more about the cult of a personality, a rotten, horrible, vile, stupid, racist personality. It only makes sense that the party is dead on details since they worship a man who won the presidency without any specifics to his proposals. He promised to build a wall that Mexico would pay for, without telling us how he would make Mexico pay for it. He promised to replace Obamacare with “something better.” On foreign policy, his position was that he knew more than the generals. Now, the party’s policies are Trump, Trump, and Trump. Any member who defies that will suffer the same fate as Mark Sanford.

The fear of being the next Mark Sanford, a congressman who criticized Trump and then was primaried for his crime, has cost the Republican Party the House of Representatives. Now, they have to explain Trumpism. Ask a Republican how tariffs are not taxes. Ask a Republican how Canadian cheese is a national security threat. Ask a Republican about why increasing the national debt is now a good thing. Ask a Republican how a treaty preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is bad but a treaty with North Korea that doesn’t say anything is good. Ask a Republican why we shouldn’t be concerned about Kim Jong Un testing ballistic missiles. Now, ask a Republican how racist comments are not racist comments.

Except for Will Hurd. Hurd will tell you a racist comment is a racist comment. He was one of only four representatives in the House that recognized Trump’s “Go back to where you came from” tweet was racist. Now, Hurd, who is the only Republican representing a district on the border with Mexico, will not run for re-election next year. Hurd is the only African-American member of the House. Unless another black Republican is elected in 2018, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will be the only one left in Congress.

Hurd was considered the future of the party, which has been a lie all along. He was the Republicans’ pipe dream of their future. The future of their party is not diverse when your leader attacks four female members of Congress for being minorities, talks about brown people from “shithole countries,” calls inner cities “rat-infested,” and attacks black representatives and civil rights leaders. The future of your party is not diverse when hate crimes increase upon the election of your racist leader. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader was endorsed by the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan and by the founder of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. The future of your party is not diverse when the KKK holds parades in honor of your party’s leader. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader retweets neo-Nazis. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader defends Nazis. The future of your party is not diverse when you refuse to confront your leader on any of this.

Five other Republicans have announced they will not seek re-election to the House. Currently, there are only 13 female Republicans in the House and two of them are also retiring. The GOP hopes to retake the House in 2020, but it’s an effort made even more difficult by incumbent retirements, especially from districts like Hurd’s, which went for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Hurd won re-election in 2018 by a little over 1,100 votes.

In a speech last June, Hurd said, “The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of the country. Why is that? I’ll tell you.” Then he told us.

“Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist. Don’t be a homophobe. These are basic things that we should all learn in kindergarten.”

The kindergarten president, who is now well into his 70s, still has not learned it. The Republican Party probably learned it, but they’ve chosen to abandon it. Now, when you talk to Republicans, they don’t see how telling brown people to “go back to where you came from” is racist. Their future isn’t Will Hurd. It’s defending the use of the N-word.

That’s why the future of their party does not look like Will Hurd. It looks like Donald Trump. It looks like a a bunch of white guys wearing sheets carrying tiki torches.

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Hate And Prayers


cjones08042019

If you’re out there defending Donald Trump from accusations that he’s a racist, and you really believe he’s not racist, the feelings are not mutual because Donald Trump believes you’re a racist.

Donald Trump believes that you are so racist, that throwing out racist dog whistles so loud that cats can hear them, will strengthen your support of him. In fact, he’s counting on it. Trump’s 2020 election strategy is to win by receiving the white vote and only the white vote. With this strategy, he’s counting on white America to be as racist as he is.

Yesterday, a Trump supporter mocked the media for figuring out the “code” he uses when he attacks people of color. The code is using the word “infest.” But with a simpleton like Trump, it wasn’t a difficult code to crack.

Another code you don’t need the Enigma crackers for is his response to massacres. His response to the mass shooting in Gilroy, California that left three dead (two of them minors) and injured 12 is a perfect example. While he tweeted out condolences and “we must stop evil,” he didn’t identify the incident as terrorism or the shooter as a white supremacist (I took artistic license with that detail in the cartoon). He never does that when the shooter is white or a racist. He’s afraid of offending his base of white supremacists. Hell, the guy couldn’t even disavow David Duke. Trump has argued in the past that he didn’t identify the shooter’s beliefs and motivations because he doesn’t have all the information. It’s hard to “stop evil” when you refuse to identify it.

But, when the killer is Muslim, he’s really quick to respond without any information. He used the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016 to double-down on his call for a Muslim ban, even though the killer was born in the United States. He was quick to blame Islamic terrorists and he was right in that instance, even though the killer was a lone wolf.

When MS-13 murders someone, Trump quickly identifies them as such and uses it for his stupid, racist vanity project in the form of a border wall argument.

When a gunman killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand, it took days for Trump to issue any comment, with his first tweet casting himself as the victim. He tweeted that the media was “working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand.” What Trump failed to do was express condolences to the Muslim community or acknowledge the gunman was a fan of his. The shooter used Trump’s term “invader” to describe immigrants and wrote that Trump was a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

A guy who killed 50 Muslims believed that Donald Trump and he had a common purpose. You would think Trump would be quick to disavow such a person. But, you’d also think Trump’s supporters, his cultists, would be quick to disavow Trump’s racism instead of defending it.

Trump supporters would rather be lackeys for their dear leader than to have any independence or dignity. And, don’t expect any of them to speak out against Trump for assuming they’re as racist as he is, even if they were smart enough to detect it.

On Sunday evening, Trump was attacking black Americans through Twitter, even accusing Congressman Elijah Cummings of being a racist. He paused to comment on the shooting at Gilroy. Shortly afterward, he resumed attacking black Americans, this time calling Al Sharpton a “troublemaker” (there’s another racist codeword against blacks), a “con man” and that he “hates whites and cops.”

Al Sharpton may have issued the best retort to Trump we’ve seen all year. Sharpton said, “If he really thought I was a con man he would want me in his cabinet.”

If Trump was presidential, he would have taken at least one day off from being divisive, attacking fellow Americans, and telling his white supporters that black leaders hate them. A real president would respond to the need of unifying the nation, not engage in further divisiveness. But, it’s hard to be presidential when you’re a racist. For his supporters, it’s hard to spot racism when you’re racist.

If you are ever accused of something racist and the people currently defending Trump today start defending you, I got bad news for you. You said something racist.

Donald Trump is fostering hate in this nation and hoping the divisiveness wins him a second term. He says, “We must stop evil.” If he really wanted to stop evil, he’d submit his resignation and leave the White House.

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Racist Orange Pig


cjones08032019

Republicans argue that accusing them of racism is similar to the boy who cried wolf. They accuse liberals of playing the race card against them as a cheap defense against criticism. They continue to make this argument without any hint of detecting their own hypocrisy by ignoring Donald Trump’s accusation of racism against “the Squad” and Congressman Elijah Cummings. But, if you’re a Republican, you have to ignore a lot of what Donald Trump says.

Writing for The Hill, media reporter Joe Concha argues that being accused of racism comes with the territory, and quotes Lindsey Graham who said, “Something I have learned: If you are a Republican nominee for President – or President – you will be accused of being a racist.” Concha excluded Graham’s quotes when he said during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, “Donald Trump is a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot.” For Republicans, cowardice and hypocrisy “come with the territory.”

Republicans ask, “Why are you always accusing us of being racist?” I’ll answer that with a question. Why are you always being racist?

Donald Trump isn’t just a racist. He also believes his racism should be his 2020 presidential platform. While casting the Democratic Party as the party of socialism, he and his supporters are making the Republican Party the party of racists, if they weren’t that already. In 2016, Trump supporters retweeted Russian troll farm lies that the Pope had endorsed Trump. That was false, but he did score the Nazi publication The Daily Stormer endorsement.

Trump is sore about Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings criticizing his handling of the border situation and throwing children into jail. Saturday, Fox News ran a segment attacking Cummings and his representation of Baltimore, showing the city, as their guest with ready-made video said, one of “abandoned rowhomes filled with trash, homeless addicts, empty needles” and as a place “attracting rodents and cockroaches.” An hour later, Trump echoed the dogma and said the city was “rat and rodent-infested” and a place “no human being would want to live.” This, two weeks after he told four brown, female representatives to “go back to where they came from.”

Of course, Republicans are arguing that none of this is racist, ignoring the history of using “go back where you came from” to minorities in this nation. They also seem to be unaware of Trump’s history with the word “infested” when tweeting about people of color.

Is Trump comparing people of color to disease-carrying vermin? Trump has tweeted the word “infested,” “infest,” or “infestation” eight times, five since his inauguration. Each time, he’s used it when attacking minorities.

Six days before his inauguration, Trump attacked Congressman John Lewis (who is black and a civil rights leader), and described his district as “crime-infested.” The district is 58% black.

Later that same day, Trump described all inner cities in the U.S. as “crime-infested.”

In April of 2018, Trump tweeted that sanctuary cities in California are “crime-infested and breeding.”

June 19, 2018, Trump accused Democrats of wanting illegal immigrants to “pour into and infest our country.” On June 3, he used “infestation” for MS-13.

Back in 2014, he tweeted about “Ebola infested areas of Africa” and that Americans who visit these “infested” areas would “bring the plaque back to the U.S.”

Two weeks ago during his racist tweets at the four Democratic congresswomen, he demanded that they “go back to” the “crime-infested” places from which they came.

While tweeting that he’s not a racist, Trump retweeted a British columnist who promotes the White Genocide conspiracy theory (that immigration is used solely as a mean of wiping out the white race), who used Trump’s own term while describing Baltimore as a “proper shithole.” As proven multiple times by his supporters, it’s really hard to defend a racist argument when you’re stupid.

Donald Trump is a racist. You can’t defend it. As the example above shows, who better to defend Trump from accusations of racism than white people? Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld points out the good things Trump has done for black Americans, as though having a black friend is a get out of racism jail free card. Last week, a conservative cartoonist cast one white guy telling another white guy to leave his house as the equivalent of telling four minority women to “go back to where they came from.” These people can’t think sophistically and aren’t smart enough to be pundits. Just like Donald Trump isn’t sophisticated or smart enough to be president.

I’ve been to Baltimore on multiple occasions. I don’t live that far from it. Like most major cities, there are good and bad areas. I’ve seen both in that city. I wouldn’t call it “infested” by any means, though there are a lot of crabs. But I know this. The White House is infested with racist pigs.

Creative note: Oddly enough, it’s really hard to draw a pig without it coming out cute. Friend and fellow cartoonist, Stacy Curtis, has a thing about drawing pigs with banjos. I’m sure there’s a reason why but I don’t know what it is but his artwork is amazing. I had him in mind when I was drawing this pig but I refused to look at any of his work during because that would have “infested” my drawing. I really wanted my pig to come out nasty and disgusting. Did I succeed?

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Trump Orchestrates


cjones07282019

This is a bonus cartoon which I did not need to draw. It’s dated for the 28th, and today’s the 22nd. In case you’re a Republican, I’m six days ahead. This cartoon could be outdated by the 28th…but Donald Trump is a racist so probably not.

Also, I feel guilty for doing so many cartoons on Trump’s racism but it’s a pretty big deal. I also liked this idea too much not to do it, which is why you’re getting it as a bonus. Enjoy.

Creative note: I drew this pretty quickly and at Dunkin’ Donuts. I created it so quick, that I still have half of my large frozen mocha coffee left.

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Deflection Bomb


cjones07272019

In case you haven’t noticed, Donald Trump’s racist quarrel with “the Squad” isn’t about any specific policy or government program. In fact, the majority of Trump’s attacks on the four female representatives is over stuff they never said. None of them has ever called America or Americans “garbage.” None of them has said they “hate our country” or that they’re “trying to destroy it.” If you can say anyone’s trying to destroy the country, you would point your finger at Trump. Also, overlooking the racist aspect for a moment, if Trump is on the right side of this argument, then why does he have to lie?

But, for the past week, one thing we haven’t talked about is Jeffery Epstein or the resignation of Alexander Acosta. Donald Trump will create a deflection to distract from an issue that could damage him. What’s in this Epstein case in regards to Trump that’s so bad that he deflected with racism? Or then again, Trump is so racist he doesn’t know he’s racist.

Once again, Trump has created a crisis. The man who claims he doesn’t have “a racist bone in his body” has shown the uglier side of our country as his crowd chants “send her back,” one of the oldest racist tropes in American history. Usually, this much hate leads to violence.

Another manufactured crisis of Trump’s creation is the one with Iran. Donald Trump has put that nation into a corner.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the international treaty with Iran that prevented them from constructing a nuclear weapon, arguing it will help them construct a nuclear weapon. Mostly, he just wanted to end it because it was a treaty approved by the Obama administration. In doing so, Trump has made the United States a nation that can’t be trusted when it comes to treaties. And he wonders why Iran won’t talk to us now without conditions. Usually, we’re the ones who set conditions.

Iran is now suspected of attacking at least seven oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, where an estimated 20 million barrels of crude oil, 20 percent of the world’s supply, passes through daily (if you’re a Republican, “daily” means every day).

Ports in the gulf and a major pipeline in Saudi Arabia have been targeted. Iran shot down an American drone it claims violated its airspace, In return, the U.S. took down an Iranian drone last week. Now, Iran is seizing British-flag oil tankers.

Iran claims they have the capability to shut down the gulf which would affect oil exports from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and themselves. But, that is unlikely as it would definitely lead to a conflict.

Trump has imposed the harshest sanctions in history on Iran which they consider “economic warfare.” The nation’s oil exports are down to 250,000 a day, where before the sanctions they were at two million. In case you’re not a student of history, it was crippling sanctions against Japan that led them to believe going to war with the U.S. was their only recourse.

I don’t believe Iran is going to bomb Pearl Harbor, but strangling them is making them violate the nuclear treaty, which they are still a part of with Europe, Russia, and China. It can also lead Iran to create more havoc with Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen, who are fighting Saudi Arabia and have launched attacks against their oil infrastructure and tankers. Iran’s proxies have already forced Exxon to evacuate oil fields in Iraq twice. Iran is probably more interested in sabotage than all-out war.

Iran has conditions for the U.S to meet before there can be a diplomatic solution. Trump’s condition is that Iran kisses his ass. So, this may not end well.

If a war does start because of Trump’s negligence and narcissism, his voters won’t blame or bail on him…just like they won’t if he does drop an N-bomb.

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