Statue Of Liberty

Welcoming A Crisis


Fox News and other assorted devious evil fuckers are spreading lies about immigrants crashing our southern border while carrying the coronavirus because Joe Biden invited them. They did something similar to this in 2018 when they screamed about migrant caravans being funded by George Soros. That was a hat trick for Republicans because it was a lie, anti-Semitic, and racist.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s do it.

President Joe Biden did NOT invite immigrants to come here illegally. He didn’t even invite refugees to come to our border and legally request amnesty. Despite what Republicans and other idiots are saying, those are the facts.

Speaking of facts, it is legal to come to our border and request amnesty. What Donald Trump did was bar people from being able to request amnesty and stay in our country while waiting on a hearing. So, Donald Trump forced very desperate people to sneak into our nation. Some people died attempting this. Some children died attempting this. Donald Trump has blood on his hands.

Joe Biden did NOT open borders. This is a huge lie for Republicans and they can’t stop repeating it. He has talked about pathways to citizenship but he hasn’t made that promise to people who were not in this nation.

There is not a flood of immigrants bringing covid to our nation. It’s just not happening. This is another Fox News bullshit talking point. What do they think the quarantine is for that President Biden has implemented? You can’t scream that President Biden is allowing immigrants to bring the coronavirus here then complain about detaining immigrants. You can’t have both. Pick one. By the way, migrants are being tested at a positive rate of less than six percent. That’s a lower positive rate than Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Immigration has increased since President Biden stepped into office. And yes, a lot of it has do to with there being hope in Central America that there is a friendlier administration…or at least one that’s not going to dehumanize immigrants. Rumor is, unlike the last president (sic), President Joe Biden is NOT a racist asshole. We have had a hard time hiding this fact from Central America. President Biden is a nice guy. He wears a face mask to protect others. He doesn’t demonize or demagogue people. He owns dogs. Even Republicans like him. Ask Lindsey Graham.

The majority of immigrants being detained are children who arrived at the border alone. While we can be unhappy with the way they’re being detained, and where, the situation is not equivalent to the Trump policy where they ripped families apart and threw babies into jails to sleep on floors with tinfoil blankets. It’s not like where Trump and Stephen Miller forced children, children dammit, to go to court alone and represent themselves when they don’t even speak English. The Biden policy is NOT equivalent to the Trump policy that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions laid out as one of separating families in order to deter immigration. You don’t see anyone from the Biden administration pushing a policy designed to be cruel and giggling while explaining it, as Sessions did.

There are real issues to confront with the border. There are real issues with how the Biden administration is handling it. There are real issues about the transparency of this…but Republicans would rather use lies because President Biden is actually trying to do something about it. Again, he’s a good guy.

For Republicans, the only answer to this problem would be to deny everyone who isn’t white entry into this nation and to be as cruel as possible to the ones who do slip in. You have to remember, Donald Trump didn’t just try to combat illegal immigration. He tried to eliminate legal immigration for non-white people. This is the guy who said we need more people from Norway, described nations in Africa, Central America, and Haiti as “shithole” countries. He talked about people coming over here after living in grass huts. He enacted a ban on people entering from Muslim countries.

For Republicans, the only good immigration policy is a racist policy. How racist are Republicans? The Department of Homeland Security estimates there are over ten million people in this nation illegally. The majority of them entered legally, not crossing through a desert. The majority of drugs and weapons that enter this nation come through legal checkpoints. These are facts. So, with over ten million people here illegally, why are we freaking out over 13,000 brown children at the border? In case you’re a Republican, 13,000 is less than ten million.

By the way, is Trump’s wall not working?

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Corona Closure


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I don’t have much to add to this so I’m going to give you a little treat. Someone commented under someone else’s reshare of one of my cartoons. What he did was provide a timeline of quotes by Donald Trump on the coronavirus. I loved it. I’ll reshare that here for you. Here we go.

January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”

February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

February 24: “The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

February 25: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling coronavirus.”

February 25: “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”

February 26: “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”

February 26: “We’re going very substantially down, not up.”

February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

February 28: “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”

March 2: “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”

March 2: “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”

March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”

March 5: “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”

March 5: “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”

March 6: “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”

March 6: “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”

March 6: “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”

March 6: “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”

March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine-tuned plan at the White House for our attack on coronavirus.”

March 9: “This blindsided the world.”

March 9: “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the coronavirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant.”

March 10: “It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

March 13: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

March 13: National Emergency Declaration

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Liberty Cooch


The Trump administration announced it will expand the “public charge” rule, punishing poor LEGAL immigrants by making it harder for them to obtain green cards and remain in this nation. The idea here is that only well-to-do immigrants should be allowed into this nation, and not any that may require public assistance. This flies in the face of the United States being a nation of immigrants that grants asylum to anyone seeking refugee status from political persecution, as most refugees don’t bring large bank accounts with them.

In defending this policy shift, Ken Cuccinelli the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, presented a twisted version of Emma Lazarus’s ‘The New Colossus” poem, which is displayed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Where the actual poem reads, “Give me your tired, poor and huddled masses,” The Cooch presented it as, “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” Basically, give me your white Europeans.

Cooch argued on CNN and NPR yesterday that the public charge doctrine a “140-year tradition in this country,” a “central part of our heritage as Americans.” He defended his position further by stating the poem was “referring back to people coming from Europe, where they had class-based societies, where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class.” The actual poem reads, “Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free/ The refuse of your teeming shore/ Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me/ I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

I read it more than twice and I didn’t see anything in there about coming from the “right class,” unless maybe Europeans who can’t get into country clubs are the “refuse of the teeming shore.”

In defending his position, Cuccinelli argued that the poem was about people from Europe, thus giving his game away. The policy is racist and designed to reject the kind of people Donald Trump sees as coming from “shithole countries,” nations in Africa, Central America, and Haiti.

And, once again, the Trump administration is creating policy based on conspiracy theories. This one is the “Great Replacement Theory” which is very popular amongst white nationalists. The idea behind the theory is that white people are being replaced with non-European people.

The neo-Nazis based part of their chant in Charlotteville, “Jews will not replace us,” on the theory. Tucker Carlson has been a big advocate of it on Fox News while also claiming white supremacy is a hoax. Racist Iowa congressman Steve King is a fan and has argued, “If we continue to abort our babies and import a replacement for them in the form of young violent men, we are supplanting our culture, our civilization,” and that George Soros is the perpetrator. Donald Trump, who has called for a ban on Muslims, a wall on the Mexican border, has said Mexico is sending “rapists and murderers,” and has described them as “invaders,” was identified by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue as one of the top-ten proponents of the “Great Replacement” theory on Twitter. It’s a conspiracy theory created and used by white racists.

The Trump administration is creating policies based on racism. And in Ken Cuccinelli, they have found the hitman.

Since he’s the former attorney general of Virginia, I have experience covering Cuccinelli. He was a revisionist long before he crapped on Lazarus’ poem and in 2010, he covered an exposed breast on the state seal. SMUT!!!

Cooch spent his entire time as attorney general working as a right-wing operative. He wasted his time and the state’s money defending anti-sodomy laws and prohibitions against same-sex marriage. He called on the state’s universities to remove LGBTQ people from nondiscrimination policies. He said homosexual acts are “against nature and are harmful to society.”

He wasted more money investigating climate scientists at the University of Virginia and accused them of fraud. He fought the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama era. But it’s with immigration where we see his true soul. Cooch is a racist just as much as Donald Trump.

He fought to keep undocumented immigrants from attending state universities. He wanted to repeal birthright citizenship. And, with a touch of xenophobia, tried to force employees to only speak English in the workplace.

He filed an amicus brief opposing the federal government’s lawsuit challenging an Arizona immigration enforcement statute, which was a law authorizing police in that state to check anyone’s immigration status. He tried to copy that law by authorizing Virginia’s police to check the status of anyone whom they stopped, ignoring that the General Assembly writes state laws, not the attorney general.

If you’re a person who values our nation’s freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, take comfort in the fact Cuccinelli loses most of his legal fights. The guy’s a loser and another example of Trump hiring the best people.

If you need a better idea of what kind of worm Cuccinelli is, he once compared our immigration policy to pest control, and he was a supporter of Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign (ironically enough, Cruz would be ineligible to be a citizen under Trump’s new policy).

The xenophobic racist policies of the Trump administration are anti-American. Ken Cuccinelli is anti-American. He and Trump are two white guys who should be hit by a “Great Replacement.”

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A Gas For Liberty


Donald Trump has now gassed women and children.

Sunday, as a group of migrants near the San Ysidro border crossing stormed a fence, Border Patrol agents launched tear gas into Mexico at the migrants. The fumes were carried by the wind to other migrants, some of whom were hundreds of feet away, who were not trying to enter the U.S.

Trump claimed that agents had used a “very minor form” of tear gas on the migrants. That claim was debunked by his very own commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, who agreed with CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s assertion that there is only one kind of tear gas, its “standard law enforcement,” there is no “very minor form” and it’s all the same.”

There is no tear gas for children.

This is another example of not just how horrible Donald Trump is, but also his supporters. Instead of expressing concern or condemnation after seeing images of mothers dragging children in diapers away from tear gas, they applaud and cheer.

There are still people who do not want to see this nation become one that gasses children, or tears them from their parents and throws them in cages. We are the United States, the beacon of freedom, an example to the world, and a shining city on a hill.

The Statue of Liberty shines a light for the entire world to see. But right now, nobody can see it because it’s in a cloud of tear gas.

Here’s the Black and white, because I just like it.


Be Complicit

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Another Tablet Sketch: Trump Dumps On Liberty


Preparing to draw my “official” cartoon for tomorrow that will go out to my newspaper clients, I played around again on my tablet. I don’t think I’ll send this to them, unless an editor sees it here and asks.

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Sanctuary Cities


I’m not against “sanctuary cities.” Compassion, empathy and fairness should be more common. But when someone is in this country illegally and has been convicted of felonies over seven times then a phone call from the jail or sheriff’s department can’t be made to make sure the guy is deported?

I don’t think the blame lies entirely with one department. The sanctuary cities should change their policy where those convicted of violent crimes, or had been deported in the past, don’t qualify for sanctuary. It’d be nice if we weren’t providing a safe place for someone here illegally to go out and shoot a U.S. citizen.

This is 2015. This is the internet age. We know Lindsay Lohan made a nipple slip three minutes after. We move rocks on Mars. You can get cat pictures and selfies on your phone. It seems the departments in the largest funded and technologically advanced government on the planet could make phone calls and coordinate with each other when one is about to send a potential murderer out on the street.