Trump Corruption

Sinking Like A Stone


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Yesterday was historic. We got to witness a public hearing in only the third impeachment inquiry in our nation’s history. We got to watch a president intimidate a witness while she was testifying. We may have seen a new article of impeachment created in real-time. And finally, a federal court found Trump confidant and partner-in-crime Roger Stone guilty on seven counts of witness tampering and lying to Congress.

Donald Trump and his goon, Rudy Giuliani, coordinated a smear campaign against Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before she was ousted from that position. He ever praised a Ukraine prosecutor who was considered corrupt by our nation, Europe, and even Ukraine. Yesterday, his smear campaign against Yovanovitch continued.

Donald Trump has a history of bullying women and intimidating witnesses. He’s tweeted attacks in the past against his former lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen (after he turned on him), former White House counsel Don McGhan (who witnessed several episodes of obstruction by Trump), and former FBI director James Comey who testified that Trump pushed him to drop an investigation over another partner-in-crime, Michael Flynn.

Trump said he would only watch ranking member Devin Nunes’ opening statement during yesterday’s hearing, which was kind of pointless. Nunes attempted to break committee rules by yielding his opening time to another committee member (when he’s only allowed to give that time to the Republican committee counsel). As usual, Trump was lying because he unleashed a barrage of attacks against Yovanovitch WHILE she was testifying.

He tweeted, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?” Yovanovitch was a low-level diplomatic officer stationed in Somalia early in her career. Chairman of the Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (another of Trump’s favorite victims) stopped the proceedings to address Trump’s Twitter tantrum.

He asked Yovanovitch what effect Trump’s attacks on her would have “on other witnesses’ willingness to come forward and expose wrongdoing.” She said, “It’s very intimidating. I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but the effect is to be intimidating.” In released summaries of Trump’s phone calls with the president of Ukraine, Trump said “some things will happen” to Yovanovitch.

If you think this isn’t witness tampering or intimidation, keep in mind that last year a Trump supporter mailed several pipe bombs to politicians, former government officials, and members of the media who have criticized Donald Trump. Hell, last week, someone took a knife to a Trump baby balloon. Yes, it’s witness tampering.

As if the gods agreed and wanted to make a statement, a verdict in Roger Stone’s trial was delivered in New York before the hearings in Washington were completed for the day.

A jury found Stone guilty on seven counts, including obstruction, lying to Congress, and witness tampering. He once called a potential witness and threatened to kill their dog. Roger Stone joins other Trump confidants who have been convicted or pled guilty, including Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, and “coffee boy” George Papadopoulos.

Stone can receive up to 50 years. He won’t get that much and Trump will eventually pardon him. Will Trump do the smart thing and pardon him after the 2020 election (along with Manafort) or will he attempt to fire up his base and do it sooner? His supporters do love horrible people. That’s why they’re deplorable.

Stone is going to prison for doing the same things Trump is doing today. Trump’s supporters argue he’s only expressing his opinion. But if they can say he didn’t pressure Ukraine because that nation’s president says he felt no pressure, then they need to accept that Trump is intimidating because Yovanovitch has said she feels intimidated. Logic, Republicans. Use it.

Roger Stone deserves what he’s getting. He belongs in prison. He also deserves to have his buddy there with him.

What’s more shocking here? That a guy with a Nixon tattoo on his back is going to prison for obstruction, lying, and witness tampering…or a Trump supporter is going to prison?

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Grifter Strikes Again


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During the 2016 presidential campaign, a poll showed that between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respondents believed Clinton was less honest than Trump. Believing in something doesn’t make it true. If I asked you to list lies told by Clinton, maybe you could name three. If you visit Politifact’s page listing false statements told by Clinton, you’ll find there are two pages. Wow! That’s a lot of false statements. If you visit their section listing false statements made by Donald Trump, you’ll find there are 13 pages. The Washington Post has counted over 13,000 lies told by Donald Trump just in the time that he’s been president.

Clinton’s haters used the Clinton Foundation, a charitable enterprise of the Clinton family, as evidence of her corruption. They cited donations made to it by foreign governments while she was Secretary of State. They can’t find any actual corruption, but Hillary booga, booga, booga.

Yet, the Clinton Foundation has never been cited for fraud by a court of law. It’s never been found as a slush fund or personal piggy bank for the Clinton family. It was never used as an arm of any political campaign. The facts don’t matter anyway to Trump supporters because they don’t really care about fraud, corruption, or abuse of a charity. They don’t even care if you use a charity to grift from veterans. They only pretend to care. Why do I say this? Because they don’t care that Donald Trump has done everything and more that they’ve accused Clinton of doing.

Donald Trump had (past tense people, and you’ll see why in a minute) a charity called the Trump Foundation. Trump likes to think of any money he has access to as his money. When his foundation actually donated to charitable causes, Trump would claim he made that donation even though it actually came from other people who donated to his charity. Now as president, he thinks taxpayer money is his to do with as he pleases too.

How much money did Trump personally contribute to the Trump Foundation? Since 2008, none. Trump solicited outside donations. Often, he would accept payment for appearances, like his Wrestlemania stint, by having it contributed to the foundation. That’s how you avoid payroll taxes. After it’s given to the foundation, nobody knows if it went to something charitable or to his wallet. There was really no accounting. The board of directors (which included three of his kids) did not conduct a meeting in over two decades. How much have the Clintons contributed to the charity that bears their name? Between 2001 and 2015, $23.2 million.

You may think that at least the money other people give to the Trump Foundation does go to charity. Uuuuuuuhhhhh…not always. Donald Trump has a history of using the foundation as a personal slush fund. He’s used money from it to purchase gifts for himself (as in paintings of himself and sports memorabilia), to pay off fines for his golf resorts, and to make campaign contributions (like to Pam Bondi in Florida). Washington Post reporter David Farenthold won a Pulitzer Prize detailing the corruption of the Trump Foundation.

Now, Donald Trump has been ordered by a New York state court to pay $2 million to charities for misusing his foundation for personal profit and political use. He also has to dissolve the Trump Foundation and to distribute the remaining $1.7 million to other charities that have no connection to Trump (that part’s important to make clear to him).

During the presidential campaign, Trump skipped a Republican debate and held a competing fundraising event. He claimed he was raising money for veterans. By the end of the evening, he claimed to have raised over $6 million for vets. As it turns out, even that was a lie.

Trump did raise $2.8 million but as it turns out, it wasn’t a charitable event. It was a campaign event. Some of the money did go to veterans. Where did the bulk of it go? Nobody knows. Did it go into the Trump campaign? Did it go into Trump’s pockets?

In case you’re new to this, it’s illegal for a charity to be used politically or to benefit the self-interest of its executives. In this situation, the Trump campaign was put in charge of spending for the Trump Foundation. Shocking.

This wasn’t a snafu. It wasn’t just some sloppy saccounting. It wasn’t an oops. This was deliberate and corrupt. This was Donald Trump using veterans and stealing from them.

The best part of this is that Donald Trump has admitted he used the charity politically and for personal use. He has also agreed that any charity he becomes involved with in the future will have a majority of independent directors, lawyers with expertise in nonprofit law and an accounting firm to monitor its grants and expenses. Additionally, his kids who were on the board, Donald Jr, Eric, and Ivanka, will undergo training in order to ensure they do not engage in similar improprieties. How bad is it that these adults have to take classes teaching them not to steal?

Though he admitted he used the campaign politically and as a personal slush fund, last night Trump tweeted that the suit was brought by “political hacks” and that he had given “100 percent of the funds to great charities” and had suffered “4 years of politically motivated harassment” by the attorney general’s office.  He also tweeted, “All they found was incredibly effective philanthropy and some small technical violations.” No, Donald. What they found was a lying crook who continues to lie after a settlement was reached. Putting other people’s shit into your pocket is not a “small technical violation.”

Trump also said this was one of the reasons he’s moving to Florida after he leaves the White House. Apparently, he believes Florida will allow him to be corrupt. He’s probably right.

Today, the Trump Campaign is paying the legal bills for him and his children over every suit involving his presidency. And all that money that went into his inauguration from private donors? We don’t know where it is or how it was spent. It went buh-bye.

Donald Trump is a liar, a crook, a grifter, a conman, and a thief. If you’re a Trump supporter, you either don’t know that or you don’t care. What’s most bizarre about not accepting the truth about Trump’s corruption is that the person he’s conning….is you.

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Read The Transcript


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Imagine you’re sitting on a jury and you really want the defendant to be innocent. So, when a witness gives a damaging testimony, you just decide you’re not going to listen to him. That’s Lindsey Graham.

Lindsey Graham said if there was evidence or testimony spelling out there was a quid pro quo, then it would be very concerning. So, after transcripts of witnesses’ testimony were released over the past two days, Graham said he wasn’t going to bother listening to any of it.

After a president is impeached, the Senate holds a trial to decide if the president should be removed from office. Lindsey Graham would be a juror if Trump is impeached. Lindsey has already decided Trump is innocent, or at least shouldn’t be held accountable, and won’t even bother to do his job and listen to the evidence. He won’t read the transcripts.

Donald Trump tells everyone to read the transcript of his phone call. During his Kentucky hate rally, the Trump campaign got the attendees standing behind Trump to wear T-Shirts with the slogan “Read The Transcript!”

This is a huge step forward for Trump sycophants. “Read the transcript” contains four syllables. Usually, they can’t do more than three, evidenced by “space force,” “lock her up,” “send them back,” and “build the wall.” They didn’t start a “read the transcript” chant, but I like to think if it came up, they could have powered their way through the four syllables. Or maybe it would have been like when a crowd can’t coordinate and it fails the wave.

I also think it’s nice that a Trump crowd was able to coordinate with everyone wearing white, and nobody was wearing a bedsheet or a Klan hood. Way to go!

However, Trump and his supporters are only basing their defense on T-Shirt slogans and not the transcript of his phone call. First off, if you read the “transcript” of his call, you will discover there is a quid pro quo and Trump is asking a foreign government to go after a political opponent. Everyone is focused on the quid pro quo, which is bribery and extortion, but it’s not required for Trump to be breaking the law and be deserving of impeachment. The simple act of asking a foreign government to go after his opponent should demand that Congress impeach Trump.

The other act of withholding money from Ukraine that was appropriated by Congress, and then asking that nation to help your campaign, is another offense which should require Trump’s immediate removal. And then there’s the whole obstruction thing.

The second thing about the shirts is that the wearers demanding that we “read the transcript” haven’t read the transcript. If they had, they would have “read” at the very top that it’s NOT A TRANSCRIPT!!!! No. It’s a summary. It’s edited. It’s been taken apart and put back together. It’s what the Trump administration wants us to see and even then, it’s still damaging.

If Trump supporters really want to get to the facts of the case, they’ll read the actual transcripts of the witnesses’ testimonies. Now, these are a lot longer than the summary of Trump’s phone call, and since it’s not a Trump transcript, some of the words are big. It’s not “Dick and Jane” or “Curious George,” which is more along the speed for Trump supporters. But “Curious George” would be a good start for the Trump cult, because they could use a little curiosity.

But, let’s help Trump supporters out.

See Donald. See Donald lie. See Donald ask Ukraine for stuff. See Donald break the law. See Donald talk about Donald. See Donald spin. See Donald not understand what Donald is talking about. See Donald have a temper tantrum. See Donald obstruct justice. See Donald get impeached. See Donald go to jail. See Nancy win.

Here’s the thing, Trump sycophants and assorted fucknuts: If you wanna wear a T-Shirt telling people to read, maybe you should learn to read for yourself first. But, hey. Congrats for going to a Trump rally and getting a free T-Shirt. It kinda sums up the entire Trump presidency for you.

Donald Trump was elected president and I didn’t get a wall, but I got a free T-Shirt.

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Brains Don’t Work On The Girl


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The Trump kids, much like their father, are seriously out of their element when it comes to politics and well…anything that requires comprehension, consistency, and honesty. Donald Trump’s full-grown trust-fund babies are at their best when they ignore what’s actually going on, like when Jr. and Eric tweeted denials that their father was booed at a UFC event in New York over the weekend. It’s like that episode of The Simpsons, when a crowd boos Mr. Burns. His lackey, Mr. Smithers, tells his boss they’re not saying “boo.” They’re saying “Boo-urns.”

Last week, Donald Trump Jr., with a straight face, went on Hannity and said, “I wish my name was Hunter Biden. I could go abroad, make millions off of my father’s presidency. I’d be a really rich guy! It would be incredible!” If Sean Hannity was an actual journalist, he would have reminded Donald Trump Jr. that his name is Donald Trump Jr. DJTJ was on Hannity to promote his new book, “Triggered,” which, ironically, nobody would be interested in publishing or reading if his name wasn’t Donald Trump Jr.

On October 15, Eric Trump made the claim, “When my father became commander-in-chief of this country, we got out of all international business.” There are literally buildings in other countries with the Trump name on them. In fact, every time the Trump kids go on an overseas business deal, which they still do, taxpayers have to pay a bill for their protection.

Jared, who is in charge of Trump’s impeachment defense (good luck) and argues his father-in-law hasn’t “done anything wrong,” responded to Joe Biden’s criticism of him and Ivanka having jobs in the White House. Jared said, “He’s entitled to his opinion, but a lot of the work that the President’s had me doing over the last three years has actually been cleaning up the messes that Vice President Biden left behind.” It’s funny because Jared has no idea what he’s doing and someday in the future, someone’s going to be cleaning up the messes he left behind.

Then there’s Daddy’s princess, Ivanka. She decided to defend her father from the impeachment inquiry by comparing him to Jefferson…No, not George but Thomas. She took an eloquent quote from the third president and tweeted, “‘…surrounded by enemies and spies catching and perverting every word that falls from my lips or flows from my pen, and inventing where facts fail them.’ -Thomas Jefferson’s reflections on Washington, D.C. in a letter to his daughter Martha.
Some things never change, dad!”

There are several takes you can get from them. Jefferson is on the nickel and the closest honor Trump has to that is a baby balloon of him floating around the United Kingdom. Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and Trump tweets out photoshopped pics of him placing medals on dogs. The best take from this is that Jefferson was responding to accusations he fathered a child with a slave…which he was guilty of at least six times. I don’t think the area of who Trump has slept with, or wants to sleep with, is one Ivanka should wade into. Ivanka should try to find a quote from someone defending themselves from fraudulent charges, like OJ.

Here’s the thing, pretend princess, when you Google a quote, don’t stop reading before you find the context. Perhaps, if you spent more time comprehending what you’re supposed to be doing as a “senior adviser” to the president instead of your public-image campaign of presenting yourself as the rational Trump with humility, you may accidentally stumble upon a clue.

These are just more examples of rich white people crying about how they’re constantly persecuted and life is so hard and unfair for them. If only the world would stop being mean to trust-fund babies.

But if you’re seeking a Jefferson quote, Sweatshop Barbie, I got one for you. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Towards acquiring the confidence of the people the very first measure is to satisfy them of his disinterestedness, & that he is directing their affairs with a single eye to their good, & not to build up fortunes for himself & family: & especially that the officers appointed to transact their business, are appointed because they are the fittest men, not because they are his relations. So prone are they to suspicion that where a President appoints a relation of his own, however worthy, they will believe that favor, & not merit, was the motive.”

I know it’s kinda long so I’ll directly give you the point. Nepotism is bad. Still don’t understand it? You and your idiot husband only have positions in the White House because the president is your father. If you honestly believe you’re there because of your qualifications, then you are dumber than I could ever make you out to be.

But, since you’re seeking a Jefferson quote that fits your situation, I’ll provide another for you: “If I paid you to think, you could cash your check at the penny arcade.” That’s from George.

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Butt Dial Rudy


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Where hasn’t Rudy Giuliani stuck his ass since Donald Trump became president?

While Republicans are complaining that diplomats are “unelected,” unelected Rudy Giuliani is engaging in shadow diplomacy in Ukraine and other nations while also working on his personal business deals. Is he working for the State Department or as Trump’s personal attorney? It’s confusing because he’s tried to have it both ways. He says he has attorney-client privilege because he’s Trump’s personal lawyer, but if he’s working for the Justice Department, then he doesn’t have that privilege.

It was reported Friday night that Giuliani butt-dialed an NBC News reporter on October 16 and his ass left a voicemail. What did Rudy’s ass have to say? A lot of it was incomprehensible, much like any Rudy interview, but what was made out is Rudy discussing the kingdom of Bahrain and needing a “few hundred thousand” dollars. The weird thing is…OK, weirder, is that it’s not the first time Rudy has butt-dialed a reporter. If Donald Trump was smart, and he’s not, he’d find a better lawyer or at least one who can operate a smartphone.

Trump’s other buttpoodle, William Barr, has dragged his ass all over the Justice Department like a dog on the carpet. It was revealed Friday that the Justice Department’s investigation into the Justice Department over the Russia investigation is now a criminal probe. Barr is seeking to send people to jail for the crime of investigating Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election.

Barr, Trump, and Republicans claim the department “spied” on the Trump campaign. They’ve been chasing a conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, who meddled in the election, and not in favor of Trump but of Hillary Clinton. They believe the Democratic National Committee’s server is in Ukraine. These theories have been debunked. What did happen is that Russia meddled in the election, in favor of Trump, and while neither Obama or the Justice Department spied on the Trump campaign, Russia at least attempted to. Funny how these “patriots” are all riled up about conspiracy theories and hoaxes but haven’t expressed any outrage over foreign nations attacking our country. Now, Russia and other nations hostile to us have clearance to continue attacking our nation knowing Trump’s administration will ignore them and punish those in law enforcement who try to protect our nation.

Sure, internal reviews, from police departments to the Justice Department, should always be conducted. But if we’re more concerned about punishing the people investigating foreign spies than the actual spies, something is messed up. Donald Trump, William Barr, and the entire Republican Party are punishing the FBI while protecting Russian spies. That’s a bunch of butt.

Donald Trump, with buttpoodle William Barr, has totally politicized the Justice Department. It’s not seeking justice. It’s seeking retribution for the crimes of investigating Donald Trump…or anything close to him. This is an authoritarian act.

After Trump is removed from office, we need to remove every official he’s appointed, including judges. Every appointment was made possible by Russia and Vladimir Putin and if we don’t remove them, then Putin’s ass will be staining our nation for decades to come.

Trump, Barr, and Rudy should all land in prison. Let’s just hope Rudy doesn’t butt-dial anyone with his one phone call. Hopefully, when all this is said and done, we’ll never hear from any of their asses ever again.

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Human Scum


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Lindsey Graham has been representing South Carolina in Congress since 1995, and he doesn’t want to stop. If advocating a principle, even one he used to stand by, threatens his political existence, then principles be damned.

In 2015, while running for president and describing what Trump was “selling,” Graham said, “Here’s what you’re buying: He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for.”

In 2018, after Trump attacked black athletes, Graham said, “He’s not, in my view, a racist by any stretch of the imagination. I have never heard him make a single racist statement. Not even close.” OK, so if Graham never heard him make a “single racist statement,” then why did he call him a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot?” Could it be that Lindsey Graham is a hypocrite?

I have one question for Graham: Were you wrong in 2015 or are you wrong now?

Now, with the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump gaining traction (because Trump is guilty), Graham is losing his shit defending Trump. Unable to defend against the charges, accusations, and statements by witnesses, Graham has been running to the media, crying about the process, and yesterday, he introduced a resolution condemning the impeachment inquiry. Remember, this is an inquiry. The public hearings haven’t started yet.

Less than two weeks ago after Trump betrayed our Kurdish allies in Syria, Lindsey must have found his testicles at the bottom of a mint julep because he came out (not that kind of coming out) strongly against Trump’s move. Graham called the move “irresponsible,” a “stain on America’s honor,” and the “biggest blunder of his presidency.” Graham vowed to be Trump’s “worst nightmare” and introduced legislation sanctioning Turkey for invading Syria. And then…

Then Donald Trump said, “I am the boss” and told Graham to focus on other things, like going after his accusers. Donald Trump Jr. started a social media campaign going after Lindsey, encouraging him to go after the impeachment process, and Daddy Trump summoned him to the White House.

Lickspittle Lindsey emerged from the White House saying he’s “impressed” Trump is “thinking outside the box” on Syria, removed his legislation sanctioning Turkey, marched into the Senate TV studio, and announced legislation condemning the impeachment process. Graham went from being Trump’s “worst nightmare” to his wet dream.

Graham went after the impeachment saying, “The attempted impeachment of President Trump is out of bounds,” and described it as a “Star-chamber-type inquiry, a runaround, off-script, wrong, a rogue action, very dangerous.” Then he screamed, “If we were doing this, you’d be beating the shit out of us!” Well, he must be shitless because he did do it.

Back in 1999, Lindsey was a HUGE advocate for impeaching President Bill Clinton. The Starr investigation went after Clinton on a bad land deal. Unable to find him guilty of a crime, Kenneth Starr continued his investigation until he finally found one. Clinton has been accused of everything from aggressive flirting to rape, and all they could get on the guy was a lie before a grand jury over a consensual sex act. That was enough for Lindsey to impeach. To Lindsey, lying about consensual sex is worse than holding military aid from a foreign nation in a war against Russia in exchange for political favors.

Back in 1999, Graham said, “A president’s failure to comply with subpoenas was impeachable because it “took the power from Congress.” Now, as Trump defies subpoenas,” Graham doesn’t want Congress to share power with the presidency and be one of the three branches of government. Graham only wants one branch and that limb is Trump.

Graham has been complaining about the impeachment hearings being held in private. When it was pointed out that depositions were held in private during Watergate and Whitewater, Graham said, “The inquiry itself became very public.” And so will these. But, Graham and his cohorts can’t attack the substance. They can’t defend Trump.

After House Republicans stormed a secure room where the impeachment hearings were being held on Wednesday, Graham said they were “nuts” and “that’s not the way to do it.” He must have gotten another phone call because he later tweeted, “CORRECTION … I understand their frustration and they have good reason to be upset.”

Graham even defended Trump’s use of “lynching” to describe the impeachment process and then co-opted the word for his own use.

Donald Trump called Republicans, like Mitt Romney, who aren’t loyal to him or blindly obedient, “human scum.” I think that term is more fitting for those who bail on defending their nation, abandoning law and order, wanting to take power away from Congress to serve an authoritarian president and in the process, abandoning every principle they once stood for.

1999 Lindsey Graham was on the wrong side, but he was right about subpoenas and the power of Congress. 2019 Lindsey Graham is just wrong, a hypocrite, no principles, ethics, or shame. He’s human scum.

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Phony Constitution


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When Russians and fewer than half of 2016 voters elected Donald Trump to the presidency, they elected a grifter.

Donald Trump is a conman and a thief. The Trump Organization, which he calls one of “America’s greatest companies,” is built on fraud and deceit. The man doesn’t pay back loans. He refuses to pay contractors, driving them to the point of going out of business until they settle for less pay than Trump had contractually agreed to pay them. He ran a scam university that only taught stupid people how to lose $30,000 for information they could have found in a brochure. He even steals from charity, buying himself paintings of himself and other assorted gifts. He’s so cheap, he even took $8.00 from his charity to pay for one of his idiot son’s Boy Scout dues which contradicts the Boy Scout code that teaches you to be “morally straight,” don’t steal, don’t lie, and stop putting that oily shit in your hair because it makes you look like a douchey con artist.

Trump has been grifting the American taxpayer since he won the election. He’s visited his golf resorts, as of October 13, 104 times since he was sworn into office. This has come at a cost to taxpayers of over $110,000,000. Just like Trump’s promise that he wouldn’t have time to play golf as president, this doesn’t bother his cult.

Trump is still collecting money from his businesses. He claims he put it all into a blind trust, and one can argue the two idiots in charge of his business can’t see straight when it comes to corruption, but handing it to your family is NOT a blind trust.

When people want to curry favor with Trump, they stay at his hotels and resorts. Hours before Giuliani’s two henchmen were arrested, they were dining at Trump’s Washington hotel. By the way, can’t these guys find thugs with less Russian-sounding names than Lev and Igor? Why don’t they have any arrested cronies with names like Stewart and Fletcher? Though to be fair, I’m sure there will be future arrests of guys with names like Rudy, Mick, Mike, Eric, Jared, and Donald.

Diplomats from foreign nations make sure to stay at Trump hotels, or at least book rooms there, even if they’re staying at classier hotels, which is what the Saudis do. Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt tried to purchase a mattress from Trump’s Washington hotel, which is just weird. Speaking of weird, Mike Pence stayed at Trump’s Ireland resort despite it requiring him to travel across the country to do so (maybe it was the only hotel in Ireland where women refuse to stay. That’d make sense). Trump even has the military funneling money to his resorts.

So naturally, Donald Trump really wanted to book the next G7 summit at one of his resorts in Florida, because everybody loves Miami in June. After being told by Republicans, “Dude, this is too much to defend, even for us,” Trump canceled. Did he take it in stride? Did it say, “no biggie?” Nope. He had a Trump tantrum.

While talking about Joe and Hunter Biden having the appearance of conflict, White House chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney announced the summit would be held at Trump Doral. Seriously, he didn’t detect the irony or hypocrisy. He argued that Trump did not need the branding because “Trump” is a famous name, maybe even the most famous name in the world.

It’s true, it’s a famous name, much like “Hitler.” But you don’t see any Hitler Dorals. “Herpes” is also a famous name but despite its fame, most people don’t want it. Much like herpes, Trump corruption seems to be something for which there’s no cure, though the outbreaks are much more frequent.

And while arguing that he didn’t need the exposure for his bedbug-infested resort, Trump made sure to use the full name of it in his Twitter tantrum while also boasting about the amenities. The truth is, Trump’s Miami resort is performing poorly and June, when the G7 is scheduled to happen, is a horrible time for the resort. Probably because June is bedbug season. Funny enough, most people throughout the country like to visit Florida during the winter. Go figure.

Here’s the truth for Trump supporters: Trump hosting a government event is holding foreign leaders, diplomats, and our nation hostage. It forces them to give him money, like purchasing bedbug spray in the resort’s gift shop. Trump promises that he’d hold the event at “cost,” but two things here; what is “cost” to Trump? And, it’s a Trump “promise.”

Finally, there’s a clause in the United States Constitution that’s called the “Emolument Clause.” It forbids the president from making money off his office. Really. It’s in there. It’s in Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8. It states, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” It doesn’t stop there. It also has a domestic emoluments clause (in case you’re a Republican, “domestic” means from the United States), which is in Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 7, which prohibits the president from receiving any “emolument” from the federal government or the states beyond “a Compensation” for his “Services” as chief executive. That means, every time the government is forced to spend money on one of Trump’s shitty resorts, Donald Trump is breaking the law.

Oh yeah, it just occurred to me. In case you’re a Republican, “emolument” means, from dictionary.com (I look shit up, yo), “a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.”

Donald Trump has been breaking the law since he took the oath of office. Donald Trump is a criminal. What’s his defense of this? The emolument clause doesn’t exist. Seriously.

Yesterday, during one of his word-salad, lie-filled tantrums, he said to reporters, “You people with this phony emoluments clause.” He argued it didn’t apply to him because, “If you’re rich, it doesn’t matter.” He also made up a bunch of lies about George Washington remaining in business and needing two desks during his presidency, one for business and one for presidenting.

Trump said Washington was rich and had a business. Both of these are true, but did you know that Washington only had one desk, not two as Trump claims? Where does Donald Trump get this shit? Anyway, not only did Washington just have one desk, he paid for it himself. If Donald Trump had paid for it himself, it would have come out of his Trump charity (his campaign is paying his and his kids’ legal fees).

Trump also made up lies about President Obama making money from Netflix and his new book deal while being president, despite the fact he didn’t do those deals until AFTER he was president. In case you’re a Republican, “after” means not while he was president.

Trump also argued the presidency was costing him between 2-5 billion dollars. That’s quite a range there. So which is it? Maybe he’ll show us his taxes to prove it’s not another lie. It just seems to me that the guy who doesn’t want to pay $8.00 for his kid’s Boy Scout dues would notice a missing $3 billion.

And because we’re covering Trump lies from the same tantrum, he said Doral would have been great for the G7 because it’s right next to Miami International Airport, which many people say is the biggest in the world. Well, maybe there are some dumbasses out there saying it’s the “biggest in the world.” I can think of one dumbass who said it. But, it’s not.  According to Airports Council International, it ranks at #43. It’s not even the busiest in Florida.

Back to that first lie, the Emoluments Clause is not “phony.” Neither is the Constitution. For Trump supporters who love to say they’re “constitutionalists,” this is a pretty huge slide they’re handing to Trump. How can you be a Constitutionalist when your dear leader is calling the Constitution phony?

In case you’re a Republican, there’s a lot more to the United States Constitution than the Second Amendment. Get over it.

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