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Mississippi White Vote


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Once upon a time in Mississippi, general elections were mere formalities. If you won your party’s primary, you won the election. That is if your party was the Democratic Party.

My career started in Mississippi and I lived there from 1990 to 1997. Once, I was present when some Democrats were on trial for something related to voting in a county supervisor primary. Two of the witnesses were Republican poll workers. When the defense attorney challenged their credibility by asking, how could they witness anything while keeping track of their own primary voters? One of the witnesses explained, “We only had two voters all day. We’re Republicans.” It wasn’t like they had a lot to do but sit at their table and watch all the people, who were their neighbors, working and voting at the Democratic table. The entire courtroom knew this.

Because Democrats had a lock on the state, that doesn’t mean it was a liberal state. If anything, it was more conservative then than it is now. Republicans started to move the state in the early 90s with the election of Kirk Fordice to the Governorship. Today, it’s a solid red state. My point is, Democrat Mike Espy is not going to win in Mississippi for the U.S. Senate Seat.

Espy’s opponent, Cindy Hyde-Smith, is the incumbent Senator, appointed to the post when Thad Cochran retired. She is a terrible candidate. She was caught on a microphone joking about attending a lynching, made another joke about voter suppression, and was photographed wearing Confederate battle garb at the home of Jefferson Davis. But, Mississippi still has the Confederate battle flag as part of the state flag.

The battle flag flag became the state flag in 1894 and was repealed in 1906, but the state ignored that and kept the flag flying for nearly a hundred years before there was a referendum to remove it in 2001. The referendum failed and the state legislature acted swiftly to make the battle flag flag the official state flag. Mississippi voters, by 64%, voted to keep a hate symbol flying.

You would think that Mississippi, which has more African-Americans per capita and more black elected officials than any other state in the nation and had 581 lynchings between 1882 and 1968, would be able to reject a horrible candidate like Hyde-Smith.

The Republican was unable to debate Espy without an advantage. The debate was sponsored by her campaign contributors, and Hyde-Smith demanded that there be no live audience or outside press in attendance. She also demanded that the candidates have access notepads during the debate. And she demanded that a planned segment in which the candidates would ask each other questions be changed, with the questions submitted beforehand and asked by the moderator. It was worse than the new rules Sarah Huckabee Sanders has for White House press briefings.

And yet, even with it scripted, she had difficulty with her apology for the lynching joke. After stumbling over the words (because reading is hard), she blamed others for “twisting” her words and “using them for nothing but political gain.” Previously, she blamed others for making something “negative” out of a lynching joke. Seriously.

Major donors, including Walmart and Leidos, are asking the Hyde-Smith campaign for their money back. The white supremacist who gave her $2,700 has not.

This looks pretty bad for Republicans. It’s shaping up to be another Alabama, where voters rejected the accused pedophile and sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Even then, the pedophile still got 49% of the vote. But, this is Mississippi, where a joke about something as horrible as lynching will not sway the majority of white voters to vote for a Democrat, and a black guy at that. Mississippi hasn’t elected a black candidate to a statewide office in the more than 140 years since Reconstruction.

There are good people in Mississippi. Some of America’s greatest writers have come from the state. There are liberals and enlightened people. Some of the most talented people I ever worked with are from Mississippi. But, they’re outnumbered.

This is the state where it took three trials to convict Byron De La Beckwith for the murder of Medgar Evers, killed Emmett Till for flirting with a white woman, and killed three Civil Rights workers for helping blacks register to vote. Their former Senator, Trent Lott, said Strom Thurmond was right with his racism. Mississippi has changed a lot since those days, but a lot hasn’t.

Mississippi is still burning and it’s going to send a racist laughing about lynchings and voter suppression to the United States Senate.

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Hiding Behind A Skirt


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During yesterday’s 80-minutes long rambling word salad of a press conference that may have actually been a public service announcement on the effects of mixing Rogaine with Diet Coke, Trump hinted that he’s open to ditching his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

In fact, there may be several Republicans kinda hoping today’s hearing with Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is convincing enough to let him go without much political damage from their base, who is adamant about his confirmation. With more women making accusations against the nominee for sexual harassment, and even being involved in something called a “train rape,” his baggage has gotten so heavy that winning his confirmation may not be much of a win in the culture war at this point.

But, under the leadership of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the party as a whole is still trying to seat him on the court. Many don’t fear a legacy of putting Justice Rape Train on the nation’s highest court with a lifetime appointment. That’s not what they fear. What they do fear is coming off as insensitive to the very credible Blasey Ford in today’s hearing.

They’re right to be afraid. With several senators promising to confirm Kavanaugh, they’ve made it clear that it doesn’t matter what Ms. Ford says, or how poorly Kavanaugh comes off. Other senators have questioned why women wait so long to report, and others asking why they would even go to a party where they would be sexually assaulted, in addition to the president saying this is just a sham with fake accusers. McConnell gave a speech where he repeated the word “smear” several times. I was waiting for him to eventually create a new term in “smeary smears.”

Not wanting a reenactment of the late Senator Howell Heflin’s question to Anita Hill in 1991 of, “Are you a scorned woman?” The Republicans don’t plan to ask Ms. Ford any questions at all. For this, they’re bringing in a woman to question Ms. Ford. And, they’ve even messed that up with McConnell referring to her as a “female assistant,” and Joe Kennedy forgetting her name.

Her name is Rachel Mitchell, and this “assistant” has nearly 30 years experience working in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona. The Republicans will be present and you’ll find them hiding behind her skirt.

The Judiciary Committee has been around for 202 years and the Republican Party has never had a woman serve on it. The Democrats currently have four, and two of them aren’t white.

Ms. Ford’s attorney sent a letter to Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman stating, “The central point is that there is no precedent for this Committee to bring in outside counsel for the sole purpose of shielding the members of the Committee from performing their responsibility to question witnesses.” He’s right. The all-white Republican men on the committee will not be doing the jobs they were elected to do tomorrow.

If the Republican men on the committee need an inspiration for courage, they can look across the aisle at their colleagues on the same committee, Dianne Feinstein, Amy Klobuchar, Mazie Hirono, and Kamala Harris.

Maybe then they can “man up.”

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Kavanaugh’s Conundrum


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Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed for the Supreme Court, where Trump’s last nominee, Neil Gorsuch also shouldn’t be currently sitting for the rest of his life.

The Republicans stole an appointment from President Barack Obama. They wouldn’t even let his nominee, Merrick Garland, a man they had previously confirmed for a lower court, on the nonsense that a president can’t appoint during an election year. Thus, they let the seat remain vacant for nearly a year on the gamble a Republican would win the presidency. Their gamble paid off. They argued that the people should decide who appoints to the Supreme Court, ignoring the fact that the people did decide in 2012. The people gave Obama four years to perform the duties of the presidency, not three.

After stealing that seat, the Republicans changed the rules from requiring 60 votes for confirmation, to 50. Now, they’re about to do it again.

Before the hearings for Kavanaugh, the Republicans withheld thousands of documents, only to dump them on the Democrats the night before the hearings and barring members of the Senate from releasing them to the public.

Kavanaugh is being cagey and refusing to answer if a president can be indicted, pardon himself, pardon his friends in exchange for their testimony, or if Roe v. Wade can be overturned. All this means is that Donald Trump got to select another judge to rule in his favor if a subpoena for his testimony lands before the highest court. It also means the Supreme Court will make abortion illegal, thus actually killing millions of women.

Perhaps the biggest reason Kavanaugh should not be confirmed is because he was nominated by Donald Trump.

Donald Trump may have broken the law to become president. He is accused of directing someone to commit a crime while he was the Republican presidential nominee. He may have colluded with Russia and have engaged in a conspiracy to steal the election. He may have paid foreign hackers to disrupt the election. All of this would make him an illegitimate president. We can’t have people appointed by Vladimir Putin.

Trump is also mentally unhinged. The people closest to Trump believe he is incapable of doing his job, and he’s a danger to the nation. His own words and tweets confirm the man is insane. I don’t believe a crazy man should be making lifetime appointments to any court, especially the Supreme Court.

America doesn’t want Kavanaugh on the Court. Only 37 percent of those polled by ABC News and The Washington Post support his confirmation. The only two nominees who have fared worse in the poll’s history are Harriet Miers (a legal counsel for the second Bush) and Robert Bork (a Reagan nominee who was so far out on the right-wing fringe, it would have been like putting Alex Jones on the Court). Both of those nominees failed. Kavanaugh should fail, but he probably won’t because we live in Crazytown.

No president should be allowed to pick their judge. The Republicans need to stop allowing Trump to turn this nation into a banana republic. A president in the last year of his term can’t nominate but an unindicted co-conspirator with major mental deficiencies can?

The only hearings we should be having at this place and time is over which federal penitentiary where Trump should be serving his sentence.

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A Blank In West Virginia


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I am no fan of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But I don’t need to lie or connect him to something horrible he has a very loose connection with to criticize the guy. I can just use his record and the positions he advocates. If nothing else, I can just point out his total appeasement to Donald Trump. At the very least, you don’t have to take a racist position to go after him.

Foremost Group is a shipping company out of New York and it was founded by James S.C. Chao, who is the father of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is the wife of McConnell. In 2014, the Ping May, a bulk carrier ship docked in Columbia loaded with coal destined for the Netherlands also contained 40 packages totaling 90 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were found in a chain locker, a forward part of the ship that contains the anchor chain when the anchor is up. Since the authorities couldn’t pin ownership of the drugs on anyone, no arrests were made or were any charges ever filed.

Mitch McConnell’s degrees of separation to this drug bust are probably less than what he has with Kevin Bacon. Despite that fact, Don Blankenship has dubbed McConnell “Cocaine Mitch.”

Don Blankenship is a crazy racist running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia. Blankenship is running an ad accusing McConnell of having “extensive” ties to China that he’s receiving millions of dollars from the “Chinese” shipping company, and uses the insult “Cocaine Mitch.” Since Blankenship says he’s trumpier than Trump, you can see where the stupid and childish nickname comes into play. And like Trump, it’s off base.

The shipping company is an American company and the “millions” he refers to is an inheritance his wife received when her mother died. And did I mention the racism?

Blankenship referred to Chao’s father as a “wealthy China-person.” In his ad, he says McConnell has created millions of jobs for “China people.”

He later defended his use of the term by saying, “We’re confused on our staff as to how it can be racist when there’s no mention of a race. There’s no race. Races are Negro, white Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian. There’s no mention of a race. I’ve never used a race word.” He equated it with “West Virginia person,” and to a reporter, a “MSNBC person,” as though West Virginian and MSNBC is a race. Though, a lot of racist Republicans may be just as hateful toward journalists as they are to people who don’t look like them.

Trying to explain why “China Person” is racist feels like a stupid endeavor. A person like Don Blankenship who professes his confusion as to how it can be racist probably would never understand.

But just as Roy Moore should have been disqualified before it was discovered he liked to pick up teenage girls at the mall when he was in his 30s, Blankenship should be discarded before you get to the racism.

In addition to the racism and stupidity, Blankenship is a convicted criminal, and he’s currently on probation. In 2010, an explosion at a West Virginia coal mine owned by Massey Energy where Blankenship was chief executive killed 29 workers. A state investigation found that Massey Energy’s negligence was the main reason for “the faulty ventilation system, the inadequate application of rock dust and the equipment failures” that caused the blast.

A federal grand jury found him guilty of conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, security fraud, and making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Facing thirty years in prison, Blankenship only served one.

You would think a guy deemed responsible for the deaths of 29 coal miners wouldn’t stand a chance of being elected to anything in West Virginia. It takes a lot of gall that he even stepped foot back in the state. Yet, some polls have Blankenship surging in the days leading up to the primary election. Blankenship is facing two mainstream Republicans, and their defeat will surely guarantee the reelection of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted opposition to Blankenship and a Nazi Republican running in Illinois (they’re always Republicans) and wrote, “no more Alabama like losses due to bad candidates. No unforced errors.” I guess he’s referring to his father’s endorsement of the Alabama pedophile.

And, what has Trump Sr. to say about Blankenship? Not surprising, the man who once praised Nazis after they killed a woman is as silent as he was about an unarmed black man stopping a white shooter.

We’ll see on Tuesday if West Virginians show us what they are, just like Alabama Republicans did with Roy Moore. Hopefully, they won’t vote for any stupid persons.

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Red Carpet Treatment


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I hate to see Al Franken resign from the United States Senate.

Franken is a champion for progressive causes and his voice is needed in the Senate, and especially on the Judiciary Committee. He’s the Senator asking questions Trump nominees don’t want to answer. Ask Jeff Sessions about his perjury. Franken has an analytical mind, which probably comes from being a writer of comedy. Humorists are good at catching irony and hypocrisy. They see holes where others don’t. You have to be smart to be a good comedic writer. You don’t have to be smart to be a Senator….or a president. At least not anymore.

During the speech announcing his resignation, Franken noted the irony of him leaving office while a man who boasted about sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and another who preyed on teenage girls is running for the Senate in Alabama.

Did I mention irony? Conservatives don’t see irony. They don’t see it in Donald Trump holding a campaign rally Friday night for a racist pedophile where he complained about protesters, and on Saturday night he’ll be attending a ceremony at a Civil Rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi. Irony.

I have heard a few Republicans complain liberals will use Franken’s resignation to occupy the moral high ground. Yes. Yes, we will.

While the Speaker of the House urged Republican Congressman Trent Franks to resign after he offered $5 million to staffers to carry his baby, by way of him sticking his little frank in them, Blake Farenthold hasn’t said anything about resigning.

Farenthold is a Republican who looks terrible in pajamas, and he used taxpayer dollars to pay off sexual harassment complaints, just like Democrat John Conyers, who is resigning. Farenthold is a member of the Tea Party. Do you remember the Tea Party’s chief concern? It was government spending. I haven’t heard too many of them scream for pajama boy’s head for spending $84,000 of their money on a sexual harassment complaint.

Franken and Conyers are out. The GOP has kicked Franks to the curb but Farenthold hangs on. During all this, the Republican president is campaigning for a racist, stupid, law-breaking pedophile and the RNC is contributing to his campaign.  The president says we can’t have another Democrat in the Senate, and he needs Roy Moore to pass his agenda.

If you need the vote from a racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, conspiracy chasing, banned from malls, law-breaking judge who’s also a pedophile to pass your agenda…there’s probably something wrong with your agenda.

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She persisted


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The U.S. Senate has a rule that senators are not allowed to criticize their colleagues by name on the senate floor. It’s a rule they usually ignore.

They ignored it when Ted Cruz called Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar (to be fair, most people ignore Ted Cruz). They ignored it when Republicans accused Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of having “crocodile tears.” They finally enforced it when a female senator read a letter from a black woman criticizing Senator and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Senator Elizabeth Warren read a 30-year-old letter from Coretta Scott King opposing Sessions when he was nominated for a judgeship by Ronald Reagan. Mitch McConnell shut her down and later said “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Those statements have now become a rallying cry. Millions of women protested Donald Trump worldwide his first weekend as president. Do you really wanna give them a new rallying cry?

Furthering their hypocrisy, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico read the same letter the next day without being interrupted.

The rule, titled Rule XIX, may be a decent rule for procedure, but should probably be put aside when the senator being criticized is a nominee for a cabinet position. It’s just an excuse to kill debate. It especially looks bad when you come off telling a female to shut up, which has never worked out for any male in the history of forever. It especially doesn’t work out when the woman is smarter than you.

If Republicans don’t like women who persist, they probably shouldn’t tell them to shut up. They’re in for a rude awakening.

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Hillary’s Supreme Court Nominee


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An open letter to the Republican members of the United States Senate:

Dear honorable senators;

You’re all idiots.

Do you honestly believe President Hillary Clinton is going to nominate someone more conservative than Merrick Garland? Oh, some of you think Ted Cruz will be the next president and will make the nomination…or Donald Trump. Do you really want to see what sort of poo flinging monkeys Donald Trump will nominate?

Ted Cruz is not going to be president. He’s not going to win your nomination and if he did he would need the votes of women and minorities and trust me. Nobody of color is going to vote for Ted Cruz. You managed to find a Hispanic that Hispanic people don’t like, but to be fair, most people don’t like Ted. And unless there’s a large Oompa Loompa demographic out there I don’t see Donald Trump winning the election.

So you’re stuck with President Hillary Clinton. If you don’t approve Garland to the Court then you’ll be facing a nomination from Clinton. You might want to go with the straight white guy while you can.

I know you’re sticking with this argument that the people need to decide. They did. They decided in 2008 and again in 2012. By the way, every poll says you need to have a vote on confirmation. You also say you want a strict Constitutionalist on the Court, which is ironic since you’re ignoring the Constitution in regards to this nominee. Can you show me where it’s written in the Constitution that the president doesn’t nominate Supreme Court justices in his last year in office? How about the part of the document that says you can avoid doing your job? I can show you where presidential terms are four years, not three.

It’s really hard to buy that your fight isn’t just partisan horse dookey. You have stated that your job is to make Obama a one-term president (which you failed), you shut down the government over trifle issues, you’ve attempted to defund Obamacare over 50 times while never passing a jobs bill, and you’ve literally passed more snowballs in the Senate than any bills that are constructive.

The real big part of this issue that certifies your idiocracy is that you’re not just facing the prospect of another Democratic administration. You’re facing the very real possibility that this entire stupid, partisan ordeal will cost you the senate. I’m sure the Democrat controlled senate will love Hillary’s Sister Souljah.

Happy legislating.

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