Trump Rally

Plaid Shirt Guy


cjones09182018

By now, you’ve heard of Plaid Shirt Guy. Tyler Linfesty is a high school senior in Billings, Montana. He got prime seating behind Trump at his rally earlier this week, yet he’s not a supporter.

Plaid Shirt Guy was seen raising his eyebrows, grimacing, shaking his head, and at one point, widened his eyes in confusion and mouthed, “what?”

The Trump propaganda machine noticed that the kid could be seen on camera and apparently hadn’t drunk the Kool-Aid. They immediately sent a staffer to remove him from his seat and take his place (which proves the Trump campaign does pay people to cheer at his rallies).

The images of the kid went viral, and he became an internet sensation and even a hero to many.

The 17-year-old identifies as a social democrat. He and some friends wanted to see an American president in the flesh, and unfortunately for them, they got Donald Trump. I’ve seen it too, but in that instance, I removed myself from the rally.

After signing up for the rally, Linfesty said he was notified that he was selected for V.I.P. status, which meant that he would get to meet Trump and have access to premier seating. He said organizers instructed them to clap and cheer, but he couldn’t for comments he didn’t support or agree with. He didn’t realize he was so visible until friends texted him during the speech.

After being yanked, his friends were replaced too. From there, the Secret Service checked his identification and eventually told him to leave and to never come back.

My favorite thing about Mr. Linfesty is that he’s turning 18 next month and will vote in November.

Linfesty, who now has over 37,000 followers on Twitter (I’m jealous) tweeted yesterday, “is not about me. It’s about people not standing in the background letting our leadership say whatever the hell they want and getting away with it. For too long our incompetent, corrupt leaders have gone unchecked. Let’s change that.”

This 17-year-old has more sense than adults who voted for and still support Trump. He’s too smart to fall for the conman. He also knows that to make real change and to improve the country, you need to vote.

Now, he’s my hero too. Reading about so many 18-year-old voters who will be voting for the first time, now that’s something to scream for.

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A Super Bad ID


cjones08072018

Donald Trump, the man of the people who understands the working class, argued for voter IDs by saying everyone needs to show their IDs at grocery stores.

Now, since he was speaking at one of his rallies in Florida, every cashier in the Tampa region is going to have to deal with IDs being shoved in their faces by QAnon idiots each time they purchase toilet paper.

Of course, you don’t need an ID to purchase groceries. What’s obvious here is that Trump has never shopped for his own food in his entire life. As we have all come to learn, not knowing about something doesn’t stop Donald Trump from explaining how it works.

The nuclear triad, what NATO does, the three branches of government, the president of Puerto Rico, islands are surrounded by water, who fought in the War of 1812 or what year it was, the difference between HPV and HIV, invisible airplanes, the alphabet…there’s a lot of stuff Trump does not know. Now we can add grocery shopping. But, if you need someone to explain money laundering, how to steal from a charity or bust into a dressing room full of teenage girls, Trump’s your expert.

White House Spokesgoon Sarah Huckabee Sanders condescendingly explained to the press that he was talking about beer, liquor, and wine at grocery stores, and if they weren’t asking for IDs, then there was a problem with that store.

No. The problem is that you believe we’re stupid enough to buy that defense. The other problem is that we’re becoming used to this new stupidity and it’s becoming the new normal.

George H. W. Bush was once mocked and derided for being amazed at scanners in grocery stores. It perpetuated the image he was out of touch and didn’t understand the real world. That image aided in his defeat to Bill Clinton. But, President Bush wasn’t stupid. He was just out of touch.

Donald Trump is stupid. He probably still believes you need an ID at a grocery store (though he left that line out of his rally speech). I don’t know if Trump employs anyone who will correct him. The only person in the White House who can’t get fired is Ivanka, and we know she’s not going grocery shopping.

But, maybe Trump has done some of his own shopping. Because, that brain he bought was from someone named Abby Normal.

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Media Accosted


cjones08062018

Donald Trump took his traveling freak show to Tampa Tuesday night and it was a coming out party for the worst of us.

He continued his war against the media, where he’s labeled them in the past as scum, dishonest, terrible people, bad actors, liars, fake news, and even the enemy of the American people. During the presidential campaign, he would single out MSNBC’s Katy Tur at rallies to the point she would need security to get out of the building without being harmed. In case you haven’t noticed yet, Donald Trump is a bully.

Another one of his favorite targets is Jim Acosta from CNN. On Tuesday, Acosta captured footage of Trump’s supporters screaming and cursing while flipping him off. Where do these people come from? They come from 4chan (and 8chan, which I just found existed. What the Hell is 8chan? A place for those who find 4chan a little too tolerant?).

4chan is a forum where right-wingers, racists, and conspiracy theorists can gather online and combine all their horrible traits into a wonderful and colorful cornucopia of duh. They call this group QAnon.

What is QAnon? They’re following someone named “Q,” who probably doesn’t exist or is a persona of multiple people, who claims to possess a top-level security clearance and evidence of a worldwide criminal conspiracy. It’s another deep-state conspiracy. In this one, Robert Mueller isn’t really investigating Trump. He’s targeting Hillary Clinton, President Obama and other members of the “deep state” like John Podesta and John McCain. The theories for why they’re being investigated range from being the real colluders with Vladimir Putin to being involved in a global pedophile ring that includes members of Hollywood’s A-list, like Tom Hanks.

Don’t look at me like that. I didn’t make this shit up.

Furthermore, they believe many of these individuals are wearing ankle bracelets for Mueller to track them and bring them into custody after Trump gives the order.

Maybe the “Q” comes from NyQuil, and they get their beliefs after downing several bottles of the stuff.

We can laugh at these people. We can find it highly amusing, and we do, because, “Ha-ha! They’re stupid!” But, we need to recognize the real danger in this Q thing.

It wasn’t that long ago that a conspiracy theorists, who got his information from some of the same sites as the Q-balls, went on a shooting spree at a Washington, D.C. pizza shop because he believed Hillary Clinton was operating a child-sex-slave ring out of the basement. The place doesn’t even have a basement, but I hear the pizza’s not bad. Unfortunately, most conspiracy theorists prefer Papa John’s.

In late July, a shooter killed five people at a Maryland newspaper. Trump paused for a few hours before he continued attacking the press because he’s classy like that.

This is dangerous because these people follow Donald Trump. Trump engages in conspiracy theories, and he loves to feed red meat to his base. In Tampa, QAnon signs were spotted as well as people waving some with “We Are Q,” and others wearing shirts with giant Q’s. I was most impressed so many Trump supporters didn’t misspell “Q.”

Wednesday, White House Spokesgoon Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared a conspiracy theory from the official WH podium to the media. If she is a member of the order, she’s not the only famous person. Roseanne Barr and Curt Schilling are members and have tweeted support and posted videos for the group on Facebook.

Trump tells his followers that they shouldn’t listen to the media and not to believe what they see and hear. That they should only listen to him. They’re listening. He’s also riling them up.

Jim Acosta described being at Tampa’s rally as “it felt like we weren’t in America anymore.” That didn’t even look 2018 to me. It more resembled Munich in 1923.

Sean Hannity piled on and lectured Acosta on how to do journalism which must be like getting a cooking lesson from Jeffrey Dahmer. Hannity said, “I’m actually going to give your network some advice, if you have an open mind and an open heart. The people of this country are screaming at you for a reason. They don’t like your unfair, abusively biased treatment of the president of the United States.”

No, Sean. They’re screaming at him because he is doing his job. If conspiracy theorists don’t like a journalist, then good on that journalist. But, why should any journalists listen to Hannity? Hannity doesn’t listen to them. He only listens to Trump.

Hannity is a conspiracy theorist and Fox News pays him around $20 million a year to go on their network at their most valuable hour to peddle bunk, not news. Do you remember the Seth Rich story? Hannity peddled that one until the brass at Fox told him to stop. He never corrected himself or apologized. What kind of news network puts on a conspiracy theorist taking his orders from Donald Trump? Fox News, that’s who.

Instead of defending journalists, facts, and information, Hannity stood up for the conspiracy crowd. What’s worrisome, since he has a direct line to him, is when the president will start publicly peddling these theories. Run, Forrest! Run!

Trump promises he’s going to make America great again. His supporters believe this while shouting and cursing at the press. They believe they’re the ones who will make America great again while they’re flipping a journalist off for doing his job and while signing autographs and taking pictures with children.

Being a troglodyte is not how you make America great. Neither is being a willfully uninformed, stupid, conspiracy-theory believing sycophant who can’t think for himself.

If this QAnon-Hooterville consortium of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals is making America great again, I’m not seeing it.

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Face Punching Civility


cjones06302018

Sometimes an angry conservative reader will tell me that I’m adding to the discourse in American politics and society. My response to that is always, yep. It’s what political cartoonists do, even the ones you agree with. It’s not new. Thomas Nast did it back in the 1800s. But we don’t create it. We’re just riding it.

Republicans and Trump supporters, who often call liberals “snowflakes,” make themselves out to be the most persecuted and victimized people in society. They cry about all the negativity Donald Trump is receiving. They have very short memories.

During the 1990s, a millionaire newspaper owner in Pennsylvania funded investigations into President Bill Clinton’s sex life. Newt Gingrich engineered the GOP takeover of the House in 1992 on a campaign that if Democrats retained control, Clinton would swing by your house, fondle your wife, impregnate your daughter, and his wife, who didn’t know her place, would force health care upon your family. They eventually impeached Clinton because he received oral sex in the Oval Office. They had to go through two GOP speakers during the impeachment proceedings before they got one who hadn’t committed adultery. Of course, we all found out later that Republican was a pedophile.

During the Obama era, they attempted to de-legitimize him by saying he wasn’t born in this country. Ted Nugent, who Donald Trump has hosted in the White House, said Obama was a mongrel and made comments about shooting him. A congressman yelled “you lie” during a State of the Union speech. They freaked out over the president wearing a tan suit and putting mustard on a cheeseburger. They totally lost their minds when Michelle went sleeveless and said kids should eat more vegetables. You would have thought these Democrats were inviting Russians into the Oval Office and giving them classified information given to us by our Israeli allies.

During the 2016 campaign, Republicans claimed Clinton was operating a child-sex-slave ring in the basement of a Washington pizza parlor that didn’t even have a basement. They also told us Clinton was dying, yet she’s still here.

A few weeks ago at an awards show, Robert De Niro said “F Trump,” except he didn’t say “F.” He said the full word. There wasn’t any context to it. Just the “F” thing.

Last week, actor Peter Fonda surprised everyone who thought he was dead by saying Barron Trump should be taken away from his parents and put into a cage with pedophiles. Since Trump has bragged about walking in on teen girls undressing, Fonda could have just wished Barron had to go to that Washington pizza place with his dad.

Also, last week, several people within the Trump administration were either heckled, yelled at, or told to leave while out dining. For two of those, it was their own damn fault for selecting Mexican restaurants during Traumatize A Hispanic Migrant Child week.

Over the weekend, Congresswoman Maxine Waters latched onto the restaurant protests and said, “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”

De Niro’s comments were ugly. Fonda’s comments were horrible and not accepted by anyone, and it got him reported to the Secret Service. Waters’ comment, meh. I don’t really have a problem with anything Waters said, only that she said it. I don’t think I could stop myself from telling a Cabinet member the administration is killing America if I ran into one. That probably won’t happen unless they start patronizing the Wawa up the street since that’s the only place I ever go lately. It’s Hoagiefest.

Fonda should be shamed for his comments. Even before you get to the context of his statement, it was bad to bring Barron Trump into his argument. I get his point, but no.

At the very worst, Waters’ comment gave Trump and company ammunition. They were already playing the victim game over the restaurants and had even used the government positions to slander the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.

Trump attacked Waters, said she has a low IQ, and that she called for harm to Trump supporters. Then, he said she needs to be careful with what she wishes for. Basically, he’s complaining about the lack of civility, insults Waters, and lies about what she said, and then wishes harm to her. He did everything he accused Waters of doing. Can he get away with that? Yes, he can.

On the campaign trail, Trump encouraged his supporters to beat up protesters and even offered to pay their legal fees for assault. Many of them did assault protesters, though Trump never paid for their legal fees. Why should he? He doesn’t pay his own legal fees.

He said the 2nd Amendment people might have a solution to prevent a President Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court Justices.

Let’s not forget how many women Trump has attacked and all the people who he’s given juvenile nicknames to.

And then there was the time Nazis killed a woman and Trump praised them.

Instead of encouraging violence, one Congressional candidate, Greg Gianforte, physically assaulted a reporter. That Republican is now a Congressman who won by aligning himself with Trump. Donald Trump Jr. was campaigning with Gianforte last week.

The sad thing about this is the messaging from conservatives about uncivil and violent Democrats will work with Republicans. Never mind the hypocrisy. These are rules they expect you to abide, but don’t apply to them. It’s the new New.

Waters did not wish violence or harm on Trump supporters. The worst she did was to call for people to call them out, which I guess is a horrible thing for a Trump supporter. Facts are an assault on their senses and everything they stand for. Go to your crazy uncle’s most recent Facebook post and type “Snopes” and watch the reaction.

I’m not making an argument that Democrats aren’t adding to the discourse, but I will argue they’re not as bad, or ugly as Republicans.  Besides, you really don’t have to wish harm on Trump supporters. Isn’t it bad enough for them that they have to live with whatever it is that’s afflicting their brains? Plus, they’re gonna have to clean up the mess Trump leaves behind.

Who am I kidding? They’re gonna leave that for us to clean, and they’ll blame a Democrat for making it.

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The Black Friend


cjones08282017

Michael “The Black Man” is a ridiculous human being. Not so much for supporting Trump, though that’s ridiculous no matter which race you belong to.

Did you find it offensive that I referred to him as “The Black Man?” Don’t be. He has added that as part of his name. And, that’s not the most ridiculous part about the guy. It kinda makes sense to use that name if you’re a black person attending a Trump rally, because in that scenario, you are THE black man.

Republicans have a problem when it comes to race. Maybe it’s because they engage in racist policies, like preventing minorities from voting. What they like to do is give the impression that they’re receiving support from minorities, so they always find that one guy to place behind whichever Republican is speaking.

The subject of Michael “The Black Man” was being discussed between me and a few of my colleagues. One of the more conservative ones didn’t realize that “The Black Man” is the gentleman’s tag of choice. My colleague saw me use it and sarcastically said to me, “Yes, Clay. There’s only one person of color who supports Trump.” I replied, “Let’s be fair. I’m sure there are dozens.” I speak fluent sarcasm.

“Dozens” of black supporters isn’t too far off. Minorities aren’t big fans of Donald Trump. Shocking. Mr. Black Man has been lampooned on The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update special. As it turns out, the man is a nut.

This person who was sitting behind Trump at the Arizona rally kept holding a sign that said “Blacks For Trump.” He was wearing a shirt that said, “TRUMP and Republicans are not racist.”

Michael has also used the names, Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside and Mikael Israel. He once belonged to a violent black supremacist religious cult, and he runs a handful of amateur, unintelligible conspiracy websites. He has called Barack Obama “The Beast” and Hillary Clinton a Ku Klux Klan member. Oprah Winfrey, he says, is the devil. How can Oprah be the devil? She gives away cars.

He believes President Obama was endorsed by the KKK, who are actually the Cherokee. In the 1990s, he was charged, then acquitted, with conspiracy to commit two murders. He sounds like a fun guy to have at your next party. Just be warned, he may not leave.

You would think the Trump Campaign would have a better verification system for their tokens. But then again, the president doesn’t even check to make sure those tweets he keeps retweeting aren’t from White Supremacists and Nazis.

At least this time the person waving a “Blacks For Trump” sign wasn’t a white woman, as he’s had at past rallies.

I really hope that Michael “The Black Man” will eventually seek mental help. I hope the president joins him.

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Razing Arizona


cjones08252017

We have set the bar so low that after last night’s Trump rally, we’re overlooking one question that should be obvious: What the hell is Donald Trump doing campaigning for president?

During the airing of grievances at last night’s hate Festivus, Donald Trump portrayed himself as the one who has suffered the most from the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Yeah, Heather Heyer was killed by a Nazi, but did you hear how the “fake news” slandered Trump?

Looking up from that low bar, Trump was praised for being presidential Monday night when he delivered his speech on Afghanistan. The low bar is that we have become accustomed to a president who delivers a speech at a third-grade reading level.

During Monday’s speech, Trump talked about hate and that we need to heal, or was it “heel?” He pivoted Tuesday at his rally in Arizona and told us that we need to continue with the hate.

Trump went into full snowflake mode and whined about how the media mistreated him over his comments on Charlottesville. He then read his first response to Charlottesville and selectively edited out the part where he said blame belonged to “many sides,” or when he said there were good people who march with guys who shout “blood and soil” and “Jew will not replace us.”

I always wondered what sort of person falls for the Nigerian prince email scams until I saw Trump supporters defending their guy on news talk shows. I know we’re not supposed to call them stupid, but if you’re still supporting Trump at this point, you’re a dumb-ass.

Trump has faith that his supporters will not watch the news and see that he revised history, and even misquoted himself. He’s correct. His supporters get most of their news from right-wing sources, like their friends’ memes on Facebook. These are the same idjits who spent two years answering “Mexico” each time Trump asked “who’s gonna pay for the wall?” Now, they don’t recall Mexico paying for the wall as any part of that proposal while Trump stands before them now, threatening to shut down the government if Congress refuses to give him the billions needed to build it.

Trump lies and his audience buys it. He even said the crowd of protesters outside the rally was small, trusting his base to believe his words and not their lying eyes (Great. Now I just put an Eagles song in my head).

Trump spent the majority of his 75-minute speech crying about his mistreatment by the media, bragging about crowd sizes, how he’s accomplished the most of any president, attack Arizona senators Jeff Flake and John McCain (never mind that the latter is fighting for his life against brain cancer), bragged that he went to “better schools” and lives “in a bigger, more beautiful apartment” than the “elite,” talked about ditching the North American Free Trade Agreement, referred to anti-racist protesters as “thugs, and accused the media of hating our country. Of course, he gave the same tired drivel about The “failing” New York Times, The “Amazon” Washington Post, and CNN.

Trump’s speech was preceded by four other speakers (like Pence and Ben Carson) who each vouched Trump wasn’t a racist. Trump apparently found that a challenge and let out the wolf whistle about “heritage” and then subtlety hinted that he will pardon racist and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Well, about as subtle as Trump’s taste in decorating the Oval Office and his penthouse.

After his speech, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it was frightening that Trump had the nuclear codes. Pundits were questioning his sanity with one wondering if he was suffering from early stages of dementia. Trump’s supporters defended him by pointing out that he gave speeches just like this throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s not a good defense. Many of us thought he was losing his mind back then.

One small comfort to take from this rally is that Trump started to lose his crowd. They started conversations with each other while he was talking, stared at their cell phones, or left the building entirely. Hundreds of people flocked out of there like it was a Jacksonville Jaguars’ home game in the fourth quarter.

Trump’s base has been very loyal while the rest of the nation and even Republicans in Washington are bailing on him. Even with their loyalty, next time Trump might want to bring shiny objects to keep their attention.

Creative notes: I don’t even like this cartoon anymore. I started drawing around 3:00 A.M. and finished at 11:00 A.M. At this point, I never want to see it again.

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Maduro Madness


cjones08092017

Every time I see footage of Trump’s West Virginia rally from last week I think to myself, “Man, I really wanna piss those people off.”

Although Trump has a low approval rating at 33%, he still has strong ratings from his base of sycophants, like what we saw in West Virginia. The two most visible aspects that stood out to me were; they were entirely white, and they ate up every piece of bullshit Trump sold them.

Trump’s largest margin of victory came in West Virginia. His support is so strong in that state that the Democratic governor just switched to the Republican Party (let’s just forget how well Republican governors have done in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Kansas. I’m sure it’ll work this time). His supporters at that rally believe the Russia investigation is “fake news,” the Justice Department should go after Trump’s political opponents, and that the coal jobs are coming back.

Trump does not care about the well-being of the people in West Virginia. He only cares about the people in West Virginia worshiping him. It explains why he hasn’t held a rally in a blue state or even ventured west of the Mississippi river since winning the election.

Trump’s supporters are the people who fell for the con. They cheered Trump on when he said he wouldn’t have time to play golf, take vacations, or even leave the White House, like Obama did. Now that Trump is on a three-week-golf vacation, his supporters fail to note the hypocrisy. They also fail to take note of Trump’s hypocrisy from this very morning, as he tweeted that polls giving him low ratings are “fake news polling,” yet proclaimed, “Trump base is getting stronger!”, which he probably gathered from the same polls.

If you are an authoritarian shouting “I am your voice” and “I alone can solve it,” then you probably need to surround yourself with “yes” people, even if it’s thousands at a West Virginia campaign rally three years ahead of the election.

Trump loves his authoritarian buddies and is envious of their powers. All he can share with them is a base of worshipers while abusing his office for personal wealth and power.

He’s envious of Turkey’s Erdogan and his ability to destroy the opposition, including the press. He wishes all his critics would silently disappear much like Vladimir Putin’s, who accidentally contract food poisoning and trips off the roofs of tall buildings. He admires the Philippines Duterte, who can kill “bad guys,” one of which was a mayor, without the hassle of trials, courts, and juries.

President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela should be a prime candidate for Trump’s clubhouse, except he’s a socialist. Like Trump, Maduro practices nepotism (Maduro’s wife is deputy of the National Assembly and his son is Head of the Corps of Special Inspectors of the Presidency and Coordinator of the National Film School). Maduro has ruled by decree, which means he makes laws without the assembly, which Trump probably dreams of after his failed attempt at repealing Obamacare and Congress placing sanctions on Russia. Maduro is a big fan of conspiracy theories. He’s homophobic, calling opposition members “big faggots.” I don’t know why they have to be “big.” Lastly, he really likes to use the presidency to enrich himself.

While Trump claims he’s working for free, the Secret Service has to pay him rent to protect him. Also, you don’t really believe all government officials who travel with Trump stay at his resorts for free, do you? How many people have been in the foreign entourages that have stayed at Mar-a-Lago (How about that? Taking money from China.)? There were also the times Kellyanne Conway used the White House to pimp Ivanka products and plugs for Trump businesses have been posted on government websites. Let’s not overlook that Jared’s family is using his position to recruit investors in China.

As Venezuelans continue to riot against Maduro on a daily basis, he clings to power through his “rule by decree” and use of the military. The only thing stopping the guy from receiving an invitation to Bedminster are the accusations he’s a drug dealer, and the fact that he’s a socialist. Commies are bad.

If you want to be an authoritarian and get a free pass from the United States in 2017, you gotta be a capitalist.

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