Sharpiegate

A Sharp Cartoon For CNN


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I was excited when my editor said he wanted me to do a Sharpiegate cartoon. I had already drawn one for you but this was giving me a second shot and at a wider audience. I felt my first cartoon on the subject was very original as nearly every cartoon I’ve seen on the subject since has been done multiple times. My first choice for this week’s CNN cartoon was soon usurped by Mike Luckovich who had a very similar idea. I tweeted to Mike, “How dare you steal my idea before you even see it.”

The approval graph doctored with a Sharpie may be the cartoon done the most. This cartoon was CNN’s favorite among the ideas I sent, and soon I saw several of the approval gags, but I felt OK since I felt I was taking it beyond that. I’m still good with it. By the time I was done with this cartoon, I felt done with Sharpiegate. Even if Trump won’t let it go, it’s time to move on. There are lingering issues from it that need to be addressed, like how he’s corrupting government agencies to deny facts while coddling his ego.

By the way, I love Sharpies and they were a primary tool for my cartoons, several shapes and sizes, until I went fully digital. I still have a drawer full of them and still use them for labeling envelopes. Now that the company has created personalized Sharpies for Trump’s use in the Oval Office (they also created them for George H.W. Bush, but those were official Camp David Sharpies) and not renouncing him for using them to sell for campaign cash (you can get five for $15.00 while non-cultists can get five at Office Depot for $3.00), I feel I need to boycott the markers.

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Goofy Science


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Fake news is not news and fake science is not science. And now, a future administration will have to repair the credibility of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration along with other scientific agencies within the government.

Science used to be non-partisan. But over the last few years, Republicans have made climate change a political issue. Somewhere along the way, facts became liberal. But even previous Republican administrations, while often quarreling with government scientists, did not blatantly try to change scientific fact, like the location of a hurricane.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about facts and he doesn’t put any priority into science. He’s a man who believes climate change is a hoax created by China. He once lied about the rain and claimed it stopped raining when he started a speech when it didn’t. He claimed the noise from windmills cause cancer.

The NOAA hasn’t had a confirmed leader since the Obama administration. On Friday, the NOAA, which oversees the National Weather Service, took the very unusual steps of issuing a statement criticizing one of their own meteorologists for contradicting Donald Trump and issuing an accurate weather report.

The NOAA isn’t backing up Trump to advance hard science, but only to coddle his ego and narcissism. Last week, Donald Trump doctored a weather map with a Sharpie after being criticized for warning Alabama about being impacted by Hurricane Dorian when that state wasn’t in its path. Trump has spent over a week defending a wrong tweet. Most people would say “oops” and move on with their lives. Trump, being a narcissist, can’t admit a little mistake. But now, this little mistake is destroying the credibility of the government’s science agencies.

First, the agency warned its scientists not issue any statements correcting or contradicting Donald Trump. After their bureau in Alabama did just that and Trump lost his shit, the NOAA backed up Trump with an official statement despite provable facts.

This isn’t the first time the Trump administration has ordered its agencies and government employees to contradict facts.

Shortly after lying about having the largest crowd size of any inauguration in U.S. history, Trump ordered the National Park Service to hunt for photographs that would support his claim. They didn’t find any.

Donald Trump created a commission to prove his claim about voter fraud. After the commission failed and disbanded, a member claimed its creation was rooted in Trump’s rage at losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

When Trump claimed Middle Easterners were part of the migrant caravans headed to the border, he tried to get government agencies to support his lie. They failed.

Trump ordered agencies to create an impression that there would be a middle-class tax cut before the midterm elections (even though Congress wasn’t in session), which he had lied about. The tax cuts never happened.

The White House press office issued a doctored video to make CNN reporter Jim Acosta appear physically abusive to a White House aide.

After Trump created a bogus story about migrant women being blindfolded and gagged by drug traffickers, a top border official went on an internal hunt for information to make the story true. He failed.

The Department of Homeland Security released a slick presentation to support Trump’s lie that 4,000 known terrorists were prevented from crossing the border with Mexico.

Donald Trump is inflicting damage to this nation that will take years to repair. Our allies can’t trust us. A new report came out this morning that the CIA snuck a spy out of Moscow out of fear Trump would disclose him to Vladimir Putin. The Justice Department has become a lackey for Trump’s crimes. The entire Republican Party in Congress has become a cult. The State Department has to explain why we can trust promises from Kim Jong Un and the Taliban. The Defense Department has to publicly support losing funding to Trump’s racist, useless border wall. The military has to justify spending money at Trump’s resorts. The White House sends out lackeys to tell us the free press is an enemy to the United States. Now, the government’s science agencies have to sell us debunked science.

The only good thing is that we still have eyes, ears, and logic on our side. Unfortunately for Trump cultists, they’ve been told not to believe what they see and hear and they’re complying.

Maybe you and I can argue over the differences between Pluto and Goofy, but we should all know the difference between being rained on and pissed on.

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As I noted in a previous cartoon, these are perilous times for political cartoonists. But you can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print).I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

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Sharpiegate


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I don’t know which surprises me more, that Donald Trump didn’t produce a map he had thrown actual spaghetti at, or that he didn’t hire hack cultist, propagandist, and conspiracy theorist Ben Garrison to draw him a new one.

In the middle of last week, there were spaghetti models showing possible tracks for Hurricane Dorian that stretched from Louisiana to New England. By Sunday, the National Weather Service was forecasting Dorian to move up the coast of Florida to the Carolinas.

Last Sunday, Trump tweeted a false claim that Alabama was at risk from Dorian. Experts pointed out he was wrong and that Alabama was NOT going to feel any impact from the hurricane. Trump got butthurt and started attacking reporters and meteorologists for pointing out his error, and for trying to provide accurate information during an impending disaster to the American public.

Wednesday, Trump tweeted out an old spaghetti model showing potential impacts to Alabama, but it was from LAST Wednesday. By Sunday, when he said Alabama was at risk, it wasn’t. Typically, when a mature adult makes a mistake like this, they own it and everyone moves on. As we’ve come to learn about Donald Trump, the president of the United States is NOT an adult and he NEVER moves on.

Yesterday in the Oval Office, Trump trotted out a graph from last week produced by the National Weather Service which someone had amateurishly extended the hurricane’s path toward Alabama. It looked almost like someone had doctored the weather map with a big Sharpie, the type a petty narcissist would use to create a giant, obnoxious signature, then display it to everyone in the room like a toddler proud to show off he finally made boom-boom in the potty by himself.

When asked later about the doctored image, Trump claimed he didn’t know who had scrawled on the map, like a baby who made a boom-boom in your hat. Sources from within the White House say an aide did it while others claim it was drawn by Trump himself.

Trump was wrong about Alabama being in danger and he won’t let it go. Now, everyone who works for him has to lie and try to make his position not sound insane. There are two reasons why he won’t let it.

The first reason is that his tweet claiming Alabama was in danger shows he was not “fully engaged” on the hurricane while he was playing golf. His tweet showed his focus was elsewhere, like the back nine. This is a man who attacked Obama for playing golf and claimed he never would as president. Instead, that’s another lie as he’s played golf at least 227 times at one of his resorts (in case you’re a Republican, 227 is more than zero). Say what you will about when Obama played golf, but he never sent out inaccurate information during a national crisis while doing so.

Another reason Trump won’t let it go is that he’s a narcissist. Narcissists can’t admit they were wrong, which is something that’s not a big deal for most people. But when a president is wrong about information during a national disaster, he may be putting lives at risk. But then again, his entire presidency has been one big campaign based on fear.

Trump has managed to make a national disaster a bigger disaster. Somewhere, George Bush’s FEMA director, Mike Brown, is saying, “Damn.”

For one thing, it’s against federal law to knowingly issue or publish any counterfeit weather forecasts that falsely represent an official forecast by government entities like the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center. The penalty may be fines and even jail time. Not that Trump will be held responsible, of course. Hell, his attorney general is shelling out $30,000 to hold a party at his hotel (and if you haven’t been invited to the Bill Barr Trump party, congratulations!).

Trump also tweeted another lie during this hurricane. He claimed he was making a federal disaster declaration for North Carolina as requested by that state’s senator, Thom Tillis. That is a lie. Only governors have the authority to request a federal disaster declaration for their state. North Carolina’s governor is a Democrat. Tillis is a Republican. Trump has managed to make a hurricane partisan, which isn’t the first time. You didn’t see Obama giving credit to a New Jersey Democratic senator for the disaster declaration during Hurricane Sandy. No. That request was made by Chris Christie, a Republican. Christie even hugged Obama.

Trump also claimed that China would pay for hurricane relief. Seriously. He believes tariffs from his trade war will be paid by China and go directly to farmers in the Carolinas. Again, seriously. Here, Trump is lying and once again demonstrating he doesn’t understand how the economy, tariffs, or government works. Americans pay tariffs in this country, not China. The president can’t decide where the money from those tariffs will be spent. That’s Congress’ job unless of course, the Supreme Court decides to just chuck out the Constitution.

People who lie can be laughable. They can also be dangerous. A person who constantly lies about the little things won’t have any qualms about the big things. And narcissists who can’t admit they made an error, made a mistake, or committed a slight boo-boo, are always wrong.

Support the cartoonist.

As I noted in a previous cartoon, these are perilous times for political cartoonists. But you can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print).I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

Watch me draw.