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Whiner-in-Chief


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You know what they say. It’s OK if a Republican does it. But, have you tried the Trump whine? Apparently, it tastes best through $15.00 straws (for a pack of ten) with Trump’s name on them, and not those paper liberal straws.

In waging a war against four Democratic congresswomen, each being a minority, Trump argues that they’re criticizing America and nobody’s going to do that “on my watch.” But, Trump criticized America on the very first day of his watch.

During his inauguration, that was not the most attended or viewed ever, he described the condition of the nation as “American carnage.”

In fact, Trump’s criticism of America goes back farther. He has said we’re a “laughingstock” and that our leaders are “stupid.” When he launched his campaign, he said the United States “is becoming a third-world country.”

He even questioned American exceptionalism, something Republicans accused Obama of not believing in. Trump said in 2013, “Other nations and other countries (sic) don’t want to hear about American exceptionalism. They’re insulted by it, and that’s what Putin was saying.”

We shouldn’t overlook his praise of Putin over Obama in his criticism of America. When told that Putin was a “killer” in 2017 during an interview with Bill O’Reilly which aired before the Super Bowl (an American tradition), Trump said, “You think our country’s so innocent?” He literally insulted America while praising and defending the Russian president who had attacked our nation.

Trump has accused the Democratic women known as The Squad of insulting the country. Going after Ilhan Omar, who is a Somali refugee and has been an American citizen longer than Melania, Trump seems a target his base will love to hit. She’s female, brown, a refugee, and Muslim. Trump has even referenced a conspiracy theory created on right-wing hate sites that she married her brother so he could enter the country. Never mind the fact that if she had a brother who needed to enter the country, he could have done so under the same laws Melania’s parents used to become citizens, which is chain migration. Republicans are idiots.

Trump accused Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was born in the Bronx, of calling Americans “garbage.” Of course, that’s a lie. She has never said any such thing but now it’s true to the Trump cultists (again, if you’re drinking the Kool-Aid, try the straws). In 2013, Trump tweeted, “If we don’t clean up OUR COUNTRY of the garbage soon, we are just going to do a death spiral!”

Trump never fails to project. Trump has a long history of insulting America. But perhaps his greatest insult is saying people should go back to where they came from if they’re not happy here. Did you hear Republicans during the Obama era? They spent the entire eight years complaining, lying, and none of them left. Rush Limbaugh even promised to bail to Costa Rica if Obamacare passed. Guess what he didn’t do. Leave! Of course, Costa Rica also has a national health care system but again, Republicans are idiots.

We have a long history of complaining in this country. Every political campaign is based on complaining about this country. No one has ever run a campaign on “It’s all awesome and I’m not going to change anything.” Everyone campaigns on changing America. Trump’s campaign slogan literally says “America is not great.” To say people should leave this country if they don’t like it is an insult to what we stand for. It’s an insult to our Constitution which guarantees the right to complain about this country. Complain away. It’s constitutionally protected. What Trump wants to make illegal is criticism of Trump.

A bigger insult along with damage to this country is basing a campaign message on hate. Telling a person of color to “go back to where you came from” is racist. It’s a failed argument to say it’s not. If you don’t believe it’s racist, go out and try it to someone’s face. In the workplace, it’s illegal (fact). Trump racist message is an insult to America.

And a bigger insult to America is voting for Trump.

Trump is a living, breathing, great big orange bag of lies and treason that’s an insult to this nation on a daily basis. He insults it and he wants to tear it down. But you know what.

Not on my watch.

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Just Peachy


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Donald Trump has spent his entire life disrespecting women, but over the past week, he’s made racism and misogyny a campaign tactic by attacking four women of color who are members of Congress. He would rather go after them than go after the other presidential candidates, Nancy Pelosi, or focus on his job. He is truly the most divisive president in American history, and he has no intention of ever acting presidential or being president for more than his base.

When I say that Donald Trump is not my president, I truly mean it. Other presidents I didn’t vote for still represented me in the way they represented the nation, even while I disagreed with them. A racist, sexist narcissist with the comprehension and reasoning abilities of a flaming bag of excrement left on a porch does not represent me. Also, Trump has no interest in being my president. He only wants to represent the racists who shout “send her back” at one of his hate rallies. These are people he calls patriots.

In the midst of all of this, you have to wonder, where is Melania? You remember Melania, right? A woman who is an immigrant. In fact, she’s been an American citizen for less time than Ilhan Omar, Trump’s favorite woman of color to attack. A brown, Muslim woman who Trump accused of marrying her brother this week. Do you remember Melania’s “Be Best” anti-bullying campaign? Yeah, me either.

For that matter, where is Ivanka? I know you remember her because she’s really quick to show up at the G20 and shoehorn herself into conversations with world leaders and allow nepotism to seat her at the big table and into photo ops. She was more than eager to skip into North Korea just so she can say she skipped into North Korea. She made sure her face was photographed in a window of Buckingham Palace. But, where is this White House champion of women empowerment?

There are reports that Melania and Ivanka advocated for Donald Trump to repudiate his crowd’s “send her back” chant. A day after kinda sorta doing that, Trump returned to embrace the racist chant and he told reporters that reports of his wife’s and daughter’s advice were “fake news.” That means it probably happened.

When Alabama wingnut and mall food court aficionado Roy Moore ran for Alabama’s senate seat, Ivanka spoke out against him for being an accused pedophile. After her dad endorsed him, she was silent. She has been silent throughout all his attacks against women and even the over 20 allegations of groping, assault, and rape against her daddy.

Since Trump became president, hate crimes have skyrocketed. Nazis have marched and killed people. Mosques have been attacked. People have been murdered in synagogues. Much of this has been done by perpetrators echoing Trump’s rhetoric. Now, he’s contributing even more to this atmosphere of hate because he thinks it’s good politics. Trump’s targets are receiving death threats. How long before someone acts on one of those threats? Meanwhile, wasn’t that a great picture of Ivanka at the palace?

Trump doesn’t care what happens to other people or this nation. He only cares about his poll numbers and ratings. Maybe he would pause for a moment if someone like Ivanka, who’s supposed to be in Washington as a presidential adviser and not just for photo ops, and who claims she’s working on women issues, would speak out against his hate campaign.

Ivanka needs to stand up and show the nation she’s not just there to be a wallflower. This is her opportunity to prove she actually has something to contribute and not just there because of nepotism. She needs to condemn her father’s rhetoric publicly.

I’m not sure she’s capable of doing that because it would require thinking on her own. At this point, all she’s proven to be about is nepotism, photo ops, and handbags.

I’m sure when Ivanka’s children and grandchildren look at her photos from her time in Washington, she’ll have answers for when they ask where each one was taken. But what will her answers be when they ask, What exactly did you do in Washington? What did you contribute? How did you serve the nation? What purpose did you serve at those big tables?

Ivanka is an unpaid adviser to the president and so far she’s proven she’s worth every penny.

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Hate Your Face


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Why in the world would you want to see what you’re going to look like when you get older decades before it happens? Trust me. You’re probably going to find out and you may not like it. I’m not liking the results I’m seeing now.

FaceApp is a photo-altering smartphone app that is a new social media trend. Everyone from your brother to celebrities you don’t care about are posting pics of what they’ll look like in the future. I don’t care what the Jonas Brothers look like now so why would I care about their faces in the future?

There may be greater concerns with the app other than how decrepit and raggly you’re going to look as an old fogey. The app is owned by a Russian company and there are concerns about how much information you’re handing over to participate in a useless online endeavor.

The Democratic National Committee, who has every right to be wary of Russians having access to their information, sent out an alert to staffers on presidential campaigns to delete the app immediately. Quite frankly, I’m tired of Russians on the internet engaging in activities that put lines on the faces of Americans.

Since Russia helped install Donald Trump into the White House, everyone who has actual concerns for this nation has aged a lot more than two and a half years. After last night’s hate rally, I feel like I’ve aged about ten.

I got lines on my face on election night in 2016 when I saw 62 million Americans vote for a stupid, narcissistic, sexist racist for president. Watching an arena engage in a racist chant last night put even more lines on it. My faith in my country is being replaced by wrinkles.

I don’t need an app to see my face age. I have a mirror for that. What I wonder about the cultists shouting, “Send her back” at the hate rally is if they own mirrors, and how are they able to look in them.

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Barr Chokes Justice


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Eric Garner’s death at the hands of New York City police was one of several fatal encounters that gave life to the Black Lives Movement. It has been five years since Garner’s death and justice still has not been served. It’s events like this that totally justifies the BLM movement and protests, such as kneeling during the national anthem.

Garner was approached by cops on Staten Island on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. One of the police officers, Daniel Pantaleo put Garner into a chokehold while other officers held him on the ground. After the chokehold was removed, he pushed Garner’s face into the ground while four officers held him down. Garner told the officers he couldn’t breath eleven times before losing consciousness. None of the officers attempted CRP on Garner at the scene. He died an hour after arriving at the hospital.

Pantaleo denied choking Garner despite there being multiple cellphone recordings of it by bystanders. NYPD policy prohibits chokeholds but despite the no-chokeholds policy, an NYC Medical Examiner and an NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau determining that a chokehold was used (and disciplinary charges recommended), an independent autopsy finding hemorrhaging around Garner’s neck, and a $5.9 million out-of-court settlement with Garner’s family, Pantaleo is still an NYPD cop and not in prison for killing Eric Garner.

Attorney General William Barr also believes there shouldn’t be charges as he has ordered the Justice Department to drop the case.

The U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said the “evidence does not support charging Police Officer Pantaleo with federal civil rights violation,” despite the evidence that Garner is no longer alive. A secret grand jury chose not to indict Pantaleo, proving the adage true that you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, but not a cop.

There was debate within the Justice Department over charging the officer, which started during the Obama administration and stretched into the Trump era of politicizing the department. I’m sure this decision weighs on Barr’s conscience about as much lying about the Mueller Report.

The cop wasn’t charged in Ferguson. The cop who killed a kid in Cleveland wasn’t charged. Now, this cop isn’t going to be charged. With decisions like this compounded by the fact we have an openly racist president, a political base cheering his racism on, and a complicit Republican Party, the Black Lives Matter movement is needed now more than ever. There are too many villains and not enough people speaking up. Now, we need heroes.

In a nation that has more outrage at a black athlete kneeling during a song than it does at police killing unarmed black men…and boys, and presidential hate rallies where the crowd chants “send her back,” it’s easy to lose faith in your country. But you have to remember that when Black Lives Matter is speaking out, that this is just as much their country as it is the Trump crowd.

Donald Trump and William Barr, and all those who follow them are working to tear this nation down by promoting hate. Where we can find faith is in the people who are fighting to save our country.

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Hanging With Kellyanne


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There is a famous quote about having conversations with people who have abandoned reason. I don’t remember it but it basically says you should abandon that conversation. It’s extremely difficult to talk to a person who has abandoned reason. Take Kellyanne Conway for instance.

When asked about Trump hijacking the Fourth of July and turning it into a military display and celebration with him in the center, she turned it on reporters by asking if they knew what the Fourth of July was about. She is the master of whataboutism, even if she doesn’t make any sense.

She screams at reporters, argues, and won’t stop barking to allow them to ask a followup question. Her abilities to reason and comprehend went buh-bye somewhere around the time she was working for Ted Cruz…or when she decided to work for Ted Cruz.

While defending Donald Trump’s racism, she attacked a reporter by asking his ethnicity (the reporter was white) and then she went on to inform us she’s descended from various European countries (shocker). Of course, none of this had anything to do with Trump’s racism and in case you haven’t noticed, nobody ever tells you to go back where you came from if you’re white.

Kellyanne cited her European heritage when nobody was asking and when it didn’t have anything to do with anything, but I want to see a DNA test because I don’t think she’s human.

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One Small Step For Haters


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Yesterday, I heard white Republicans say they didn’t find anything remotely racist about Donald Trump’s “Go back where they came from” statement. Part of their defense was that they have black friends so they, like Trump, can’t be racist.

I propose a challenge for these non-racist white Republicans with “black friends.” Go up to one of your “black friends” and say, “Go back to where you came from.” Let me know how that works out. Let me know if they remain your friends. Let me know if you acquire any injuries and the hospital where you’ll be staying where I don’t send flowers.

Now, you may not find Trump’s comments racist, but federal law does. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has written specific rules to protect people from discrimination from racist assholes like Trump supporters. On its website (scroll to Harassment Based on National Origin), the commission says, “Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person’s foreign accent or comments like, ‘Go back to where you came from.’ whether made by supervisors or co-workers.”

Since members of Congress are Donald Trump’s coworkers, he broke the law by telling four of them to “go back where they came from.” Hmmm…since Trump’s tweetstorms are part of his official duty, maybe his racism is an impeachable offense. How ’bout that.

The United States House of Representatives also finds Trump’s comments racist. Yesterday, the House passed a resolution condemning Trump’s remarks as racist. Every Democrat, a diverse caucus, voted in favor. With the exception of four, the mostly white male Republican caucus voted against. Republicans in Congress, just like Trump cultists, support racism.

If you’re curious about which elected Republicans have publicly criticized Trump’s racist tweet, or done so while also attacking Trump’s Democratic ethnic female targets, have remained quiet, or have defended his racism, The Washington Post has created a handy graphic to keep track. My representative, Rob Wittman, voted in favor of Trump’s racism yet has remained silent on the issue.

At this point, if you’re still supporting Donald Trump, it’s not despite the racism, it’s because of the racism. Congratulations.

Some of my clients may be wishing that I’d move on from this subject and do something nice, maybe something on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing which is this weekend. But then again, most of my clients should know how I work by now. I don’t do a lot of nice cartoons. This is about as close as I can get to nice.

Honestly, I’m kinda getting tired of this subject too. But what can I do about it? The president is a racist. I’m not a Republican which means I can’t ignore it.

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Party Of Racists


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When the Access Hollywood tape came out, Jason Chaffetz who was then a representative from Utah, said he couldn’t support Trump because he’d have to explain it to his daughter. Shortly after, he supported Trump. I never did hear how he explained it to his daughter.

After Trump said a judge wasn’t qualified to preside over a lawsuit about his fake university, then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan described his comments as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” As soon as Trump was elected president, Ryan promptly crawled up Trump’s racist ass.

In 2015, South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham called Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot.” Yesterday, Graham accused the people describing Trump in a similar manner of “hating America.”

Today, very few Republicans are criticizing or even commenting on Trump’s racist comments toward four minority congresswomen. Some of those who have criticized Trump had to include criticism of his victims. Of those who criticized his comments, only a couple applied the word “racist” to them. Most Republicans who have commented are trying to help Trump frame women as the face of the “socialist” Democratic Party. In doing so, they’re making the GOP the racist party.

Elected Republicans are afraid of Trump because he’s more popular with Republicans than they are. This is their fault because they’ve nurtured a racist base for decades. Now, those racist chickens are coming home to roost. The GOP is less a party of ideas, policy, and principles and more a party of Trump. The most important thing to Trump voters is Trump. The Republican Party is now a cult.

Republicans need to look at Paul Ryan because that is their future. After they or Trump is out of office, they’ll criticize him and try to sell the idea they were the adults in the room preventing things from being even worse than they are. They’ll have to convince themselves that lie is true while their party is in embers and the confidence the world had in the United States is receding faster than Trump’s hairline.

The Republican Party used to be the party of Lincoln. Over the past few decades, it’s been described as the party of Reagan. Now, it’s the party of Trump. It’s the party of racists.

I’ve spent the past three years saying that not all Trump supporters are racists, but racism is not a dealbreaker for them. But now, there are no more wolf whistles. Racism is the deal.

Donald Trump isn’t just a stupid old man who says stupid things. He says stupid racist things and he knows what he’s saying. There is now walking around or deflecting the fact that the president of the United States, even one in office by a quirk in the system, is a racist. He’s even proud that racists agree with his racist comments and he said as much yesterday.

When a reporter asked Trump if it others him that racists agree with his comments, Trump said no because many people agree with his comments. That’s what the reporter said, you idiot. Many people are racists and they agree with you. See? He’s still a stupid old man who says stupid things, but he’s also a racist.

Trump may as well had dropped an N-bomb last weekend with his “go back where they came from” comments. There is no more quibbling over his racist comments. Trump’s racism isn’t just a part of the deal you accept to support him. Racism is the entire message and appeal of Trump. He has his base because he’s a racist.

Build the wall, Muslim ban, rapists, and murderers, shithole countries, birtherism, caravan invasions, family separations, baby jails, “fine people on both sides,” attacks on black athletes and black women, retweeting Nazi’s videos, and “go back where you came from” have only built his base within the Republican Party. Quite frankly, an N-bomb wouldn’t diminish his GOP support at all.

It used to be said, “Not all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republicans.” Now, if all Republicans continue to support Donald Trump, then all Republican are racists.

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What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
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