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A Nobel Meltdown


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When Donald Trump boasted about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sending him a copy of a five-page letter nominating him for a Nobel Peace Prize, my first thought was; five pages explaining why Donald Trump deserves a prize for peace? It takes a lot of bullshit to fill five pages.

There are several things to take from this. First off, the Trump administration asked Abe to nominate Trump, which would totally devalue the award if Trump…HAHAHAHA…was to actually win it. Why would Abe do this? Because he’s appealing to Trump’s vanity in exchange for favorable treatment in trade negotiations and…nobody was supposed to find out for fifty years. The Nobel Committee has a rule that nominations are sealed for half a century (if you’re a Republican, that’s half of 100). The public wasn’t supposed to find out until Trump and Abe were long gone. Unfortunately for Abe, Trump has a huge, loud, gigantic of epic proportions pie hole.

Now, because of his big mouth and vanity, Trump has violated the process for the Nobel Peace Prize and he’s betrayed Abe’s trust. In addition, Shinzo is coming off as a Trump lickspittle in his home country. Trump toadies are not respected. Case in point, Mike Pence.

Nobody, well, no rational person wants to be seen as a suck-up for an international dumbass.

Trump exhibits his stupidity on a daily basis, most recently when he accused Saturday Night live of collusion because Alec Baldwin did another impression of him. Who is Saturday Night Live colluding with? Does Trump think the “Deep State” are writing their jokes?

Trump also asked, “why do Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution?” I don’t know why he capitalized “networks,” but what he did here was suggest that there be retribution. He also said, “Very unfair and should be looked into.” How exactly should it be looked into? Are we to do away with the First Amendment? As we have already learned, Trump isn’t a fan of the Constitution and he doesn’t know anything. Earlier today, he demonstrated he doesn’t know the difference between cities and states.

I think the Nobel Committee should award the Peace Prize to Alec Baldwin just for the epic meltdown we’ll get to witness from Trump. I don’t think even SNL could write a skit that would be more entertaining.

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Pro Bono Beatings


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I find that conservatives focus on the most simplistic and basic element of an issue while liberals see the larger picture.

A liberal points out that Donald Trump broke a campaign promise of Mexico paying for his border wall. They notice Trump rejected an offer of $25 billion for his border wall because it was attached to DACA guarantees (that he had stripped). They notice he rejected another offer and shut down the government (before Democrats took over Congress), hurting millions of Americans before reopening the government and getting nothing in return. They notice that the deal he finally signed gives him some money for border fencing, but much less than the offer he rejected before the shutdown. Then, he declares a national emergency, when there is not an emergency, to take money Congress has designated for other areas, like the defense department and disaster relief for California and Puerto Rico. Liberals challenge the constitutionality of Trump’s disaster relief. Conservatives who describe themselves as “Constitutionalists” get angry at people for opposing the national emergency.

A liberal believes that no company, such as Amazon, should be making $11 billion in profit while paying workers salaries that keep them on welfare. A conservative gets mad at the guy on welfare (and often while that conservative is also on welfare). A liberal points out that social welfare is only half of what the federal government spends on corporate welfare. A conservative gets mad at a single mom with food stamps while ignoring that Exxon gets $1 billion a year.

A liberal protests Trump ripping families apart, losing track of them, putting children into cages and forcing them to represent themselves in court. A conservative believes Trump is the Christian candidate.

A liberal thinks Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, and Alec Baldwin are funny. A conservative thinks the racial slur “Pocahontas” is hilarious.

A conservative will make a lot of noise about a gay, black actor they had never heard of previously who may have created a hoax about being involved in a hate crime. Yet, you’ll never hear the conservatives acknowledge the fact that hate crimes have increased during the Trump era.

If you talk to conservatives, you have noticed by now that they can’t argue for or defend Trump without bringing up Obama. One of their gripes is that Obama increased racial animosity in this nation during his two terms. Yes, racial animosity did increase during Obama’s presidency because conservatives freaked out that a black guy was in the White House. The entire Tea Party movement was a racist one. The Tea Party claimed they formed, before Obama even took office, to oppose wasteful government spending, yet were silent when George W. Bush financed two wars with tax cuts. What conservatives are doing is blaming Obama for their racism.

While blaming Obama for racial animosity, they ignore that Trump encouraged attendees at his rallies to attack protesters, promising to pay their legal fees. They ignore that Trump was endorsed by David Duke. They ignore that the Ku Klux Klan threw a parade in his honor. Most of all, they ignore that hate crimes have increased greatly during the Trump presidency.

The FBI reported last November that hate crimes increased for the third year in a row. In 2017, they rose 17 percent from 2016. Black people accounted for nearly half of hate crime victims last year, according to the F.B.I. report. Of those targeted based on religion, 58 percent were Jewish.

New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Francisco saw the highest number of hate crimes in a decade. In Los Angeles, hate crimes rose by 13 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. New York saw a 6 percent increase, Chicago saw 26 percent, and Houston saw 173 percent. While Los Angeles, New York and Chicago saw declines in crime overall, hate crimes rose.

Last year during a runoff for the U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, Republican candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith made jokes about attending lynchings. She won.

Last week, a small-town weekly newspaper in Alabama called for mass lynchings and the Ku Klux Klan to “clean up DC” writing, “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again.”

Last year, a white man in Kentucky (where the FBI says hate crimes were up 83.5 percent in 2017), shot and killed two black men in a grocery store after failing to enter a black church. Also last year, a white man killed 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue after echoing Trump’s anti-globalists rhetoric on social media.

In 2017, Nazis marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil,” ultimately killing a young woman named Heather Heyer, and Donald Trump defended them by saying there were “nice people” among the Nazis.

It’s obvious Donald Trump has emboldened racists to come out from under their hoods and make themselves heard. For them, racism is “making America great again.” They are literally parading in the streets and running over people with their cars.

You won’t hear a conservative talk about any of that, but you will hear them talk about Jussie Smollett who may have staged a hate crime against him in Chicago. It’s the police in Chicago who are charging that Smollett faked his attack, the same police who claimed police-shooting victim Laquan McDonald had attacked them with a knife before a video was released (a year later) proving they were lying.

If Smollett did fake his attack, he should be held accountable. He should be held accountable, not just for the crime but for hurting the public’s awareness of the rise in hate crimes since Donald Trump became the champion of birtherism and claimed a black president was ineligible.

If Smollett is guilty, you’re not going to hear the end of it. You won’t even hear the end of it if he’s found innocent. But regarding actual hate crimes and the increase in the Trump era, all you’re going to get from conservatives and Trump sycophants is silence.

It’ll be like a Mike Pence speech in Europe. Silence.

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Fishy Emergency


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Please forgive me for not writing a column today, but I just spent eight hours drawing fish. I’d like to take a little time this weekend away from work, so for today…you’re just getting fish from me.

Creative notes: I love drawing sharks. Also, I drew this while listening to just about every song Tom Petty ever recorded and Verbana’s album, Into The Pink….twice.

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White House Simulators


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“Signing an executive order, giving a speech, and barnstorming around the country is not leadership.” Is that a direct quote from Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Is it from one of the many Democrats currently running for president? Nope. It’s from Mike Pence in 2014.

Donald Trump wants to be a dictator. Do you really need examples? OK, here are just a few.

He praises dictators and attacks leaders of free nations. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Recep Erdogan, Xi Jinping, and Rodrigo Duterte are great guys. Angela Merkel, Theresa May, and Justin Trudeau are treated like U.S. adversaries. He has questioned why we need to be a part of NATO, a military alliance with our allies.

He names things after himself. There is an entire Wikipedia page devoted to things Trump has named “Trump.” Trump Tower, Trump Hotel, Trump Plaza, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Casino, Trump World Fair, Trump Castle, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Hollywood, Trump International Golf Club (17 of them), Trump the Game, Trump Style Magazine, Trump Magazine, Trump World Magazine, Trump Winery, Trump Spring Water, Trump Steaks, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump….at what point does he attempt to have an international airport named after him (if case you’re a Republican, that would be “Trump International Airport”).

He wants to punish the media, loosen up libel laws, and install a government-operated propaganda outlet. He calls news he doesn’t like “fake news” and calls the press the “enemy of the American people.”

He wants to be on Mount Rushmore and has stated so more than once. Dictators love to erect statues of himself. None of the current occupants of Mount Rushmore, Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, or Teddy Roosevelt, placed themselves up there.

He believes he’s genetically superior to everyone else. He’s compared his genes to that of a racehorse, as though he’s a better horse than anyone else. He’s got the horse’s ass part right.

He wants to punish his political enemies by siccing the Justice Department on them. He’s openly expressed this on more than one occasion. He has fired people in the Justice Department investigating him and then attempted to ruin their careers and reputations. Look at James Comey, Peter Strzok, and Andrew McCabe (fired days before he would be eligible to collect his pension).

He claims elections that don’t go his way are rigged.

He believes courts shouldn’t rule against him and it’s unfair when they do, because he’s Donald Trump.

He literally told his supporters, “Don’t believe what you see and hear.”

He lies. Dictators lie. Unlike the way politicians usually lie, dictators lie about EVERYTHING, big and small. Trump has lied about the weather. He lies about his wealth. He lies about policy. When facts are thrown at him, even from other government sources, he tells his people not to believe them. AND, his people believe him because that’s another thing about being a dictator…

…he has a cult. People who support Trump abandon previously held principles. They echo whatever line Trump says, even if it contradicts yesterday’s line. Conservatives have stopped being conservatives for Trump. The majority of them talk and defend Trump more than policy. This is not a party. It’s a cult.

He’s insecure and creates huge fabrications for his image, much like a North Korean dictator would. While they will tell their people their leader doesn’t poop and can talk to dolphins, Trump lies about his popularity, praise, success, and even his height.

The height thing is a great example of Trump behaving like a dictator. If you’re a Trump sycophant, you’re going to think this is about Trump’s height. It’s not. Other than Donald Trump, nobody cares how tall he is.

Trump is a tall guy. He’s at least six feet tall. But for some reason, he has to be 6-foot-3. When you look at photos of Trump with people who are at least 6-foot-1, like President Obama, Trump is shorter. What’s frightening about the height lie is that he has government officials issuing, not just propaganda about it, but official reports. A doctor, two actually, employed by the government has lied about his height. Even Baghdad Bob didn’t lie about Saddam Hussein’s height. Hey, we’re kicking the U.S. army’s ass, driving them into the Persian Gulf, they’re surrending by the thousands, but Saddam’s still short. Actually, Saddam Hussein was 6-foo-1, still taller than Donald Trump.

But the greatest proof Donald Trump is acting like a dictator are actions Donald Trump has described as dictatorial.

In 2014, President Barack Obama issued executive orders on, wait for it…immigration. Obama was trying to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation while providing them work permits. This is another difference between the two. Obama was trying to help people and had empathy. Trump’s wall is a hater policy meant to drive up fear and animosity with a rabid base.

Trump criticized Obama for not being able to make a deal with Congress and that his actions were unconstitutional and impeachable. Since taking office, Trump has issued executive order after executive order because he can’t get anything done with Congress except to give himself a massive tax cut.

Now, Trump wants to go farther than just issuing executive orders. Today, he plans to issue a national emergency so he can steal money designated for other programs, like disaster relief in liberal states and Puerto Rico (he plans to have a big ceremony where signs it with a Sharpie and then displays it for all to see, like a cat bringing home a dead mouse). He wants this money to build his border wall because he believes immigration is a national emergency. There is not a national emergency with immigration.

If there was a national emergency then Trump and the Republican congress would have provided funding for his racist border wall during his first two years.

It’s not a national emergency when immigration numbers keep going down every year. It’s not a national emergency because the majority of those in this nation illegally entered legally, not from crossing our border in the desert. It’s not a national emergency because the majority of drugs that enter our nation from Mexico enter through ports of entry. It’s not a national emergency when you spend months contemplating if it’s an emergency, and the funds you’ve been denied aren’t even enough to build the entire wall. It’s not a national emergency if you go to Palm Beach to play golf on the same day you declare a national emergency. It’s also not a national emergency when you’re telling your critics to “lighten up and have some fun.”

Trump’s emergency is that he broke a campaign promise. Mexico is not paying for the wall. His emergency is that he can’t negotiate with Congress and get what he wants. His emergency is that he caved to Nancy Pelosi. His emergency is that Pelosi is smarter and a better negotiator than he is. His emergency is that he doesn’t actually know how to negotiate. His emergency is that he turned down $20 billion because he didn’t want DACA to be a part of a deal, then turned down another deal last December, lost a shutdown fight, and is now signing a budget deal that’s giving him even less money. His emergency is that his pundit cabinet, consisting of Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and Rush Limbaugh don’t want him to sign a deal with Democrats without getting $5 billion for a wall. His emergency is that his supporters might see he’s not really the man he claims he is.

And he’s not even six-foot-three.

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The Orangeface Blues


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In Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt’s Aldo Raine leads a team of Jewish Allied soldiers killing and scalping Nazis behind enemy lines in World War II. Of course, the soldiers’ actions go against everything in the Geneva Convention as Aldo says at one point in the film to a German soldier, “You probably heard we ain’t in the prisoner-takin’ business; we in the killin’ Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'”.

However, with each massacre, the Allied soldiers leave one survivor to tell the grisly tale and help build the Basterds “inglourious” reputation. In doing so, Also leaves the surviving soldier with a memento. A memento in the form of a permanent Swastika.

Before letting one survivor go in the film, he asks if he’s going to take off his uniform. Of course the German says yes and even swears he’s going to burn it. Aldo doesn’t like that answer and replies, “You see, we like our Nazis in uniform. That way we can spot ’em just like that. But you take off that uniform, ain’t no one ever gonna know you were a Nazi. And that don’t sit well with us. So, I’m gonna give you a little something you can’t take off.”

What Aldo does is take a huge hunting knife and carves a Swastika on the German’s forehead for him to wear the rest of his life. The men in his platoon compliment that his Swastikas keep getting better and better.

Taking off the uniform is exactly what Trump supporters are going to do after he’s going to prison and the nation spends decades recovering from his fuckery. They’re going to claim they never supported him. Have you seen Omarosa Manigault on TV? She hates everything about Trump now that he’s done with her, but she’d still be working in the White House if he would have her. She took off the uniform.

The liars of the future are the liars of the present. They don’t just include the general public. They also include elected officials. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham were two of the most anti-Trump Republicans in 2015 and 2016. They warned how he would destroy the nation. Cruz called him a “sniveling coward” for picking on his wife and father. Trump called Heidi ugly in a tweet and helped the National Enquirer spread a story that Ted’s dad was a part of the plot to kill JFK. Lindsey Graham said, “You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.” Today, they’re both slobbering man servants to Trump. Lindsey Graham is helping Trump turn America into Hell.

Cruz and Graham don’t have a spine or an ounce of dignity between them, or the National Enquirer really has some good shit on them.

I know private citizens who were the same way. They swore they’d never support Trump. One conservative cartoonist even swore he’d stop sharing Breitbart links after they started supporting Trump, and right in line with a conservative’s convictions, he was true to his word for maybe three days. Today, how dare anyone criticize Trump.

All of these people are hypocrites. When the elected lickspittles decry Trump, we’ll have a public record of their groveling. But what about the private Trump brownnoser? Just like it pisses me off when someone accuses me of not being a Cubs fan until they won the World Series, it’s going to make me livid if they think I ever supported Donald Trump. How will we be able to tell the lying toadies apart from those of us who genuinely fought for our nation to protect it from Trump? It’s not like we can go around today and start carving Trump Swastikas into their foreheads. I checked.

We have to carve it into our memories. It’s easy enough with family members. It’ll be harder with friends and even tougher with casual acquaintances. But just as much as we can’t let them get away with lies today, we can’t let them do it in the future. And keep in mind, even when they do come around, they’re still the type of people who will put a psychopathic traitor before their nation. They’re still going to be racist assholes.

Just like Ralph Northam’s blackface yearbook photo came back to haunt him, we have to let their orangeface history haunt Trump’s sycophants.

For the Deplorable Basterds, we have to make orangeface really hard to wash off.

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Partisan Groping


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As if it wasn’t bad enough for Virginia and the state Democrats with two of the top three elected officials revealed to have worn “blackface” in the past, the other one of the three has been accused of sexual assault and now rape.

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was a rock star until a few days ago. On the day it was revealed by a right-wing website that Governor Ralph Northam had worn blackface while in medical school, Democrats were looking at Fairfax as though he was their savior. He’s young, talented, and would be the state’s second black governor after Douglas Wilder. If Fairfax took over Northam’s governorship, he’d be able to succeed himself in a state that only allows one term for governors. Democrats were tweeting and hashtagging “ImWithJustinFairfax.”

And then it all went away, thanks to the same website that exposed the blackface governor. Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault. The accusation is that he forced a woman to perform oral sex on him during the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston. Fairfax claimed there was no corroboration to the story and that The Washington Post had even refused to publish it due to lack of support. Then, a second woman came forward and accused Fairfax of raping her when they both attended Duke University in 2000.

The second woman does have corroboration, and as it turns out, so does the first.

Republicans are jumping all over this, not so much as a call for justice and for what is right, but more as a partisan tool. They’re calling on Democrats to accept the women’s stories since in the past, Democrats have done the same for Republicans’ accusers (and there’s a lot of those). I had one conservative nitwit attack me last week on social media, accusing me of being a racist for not supporting Fairfax’s first accuser, ignoring the fact I wasn’t disregarding her allegations and that the alleged victim and perpetrator are both black.

Here’s the thing though; Democrats are buying these allegations. state and national Democrats are calling for Fairfax to resign. Even Fairfax has called for an investigation, which is something Brett Kavanaugh refused to do. Republicans only called for an investigation after they were pressured by just one of their colleagues, and only gave the FBI a week to work with…and even then, all but one Senate Republican voted to give a lifetime appointment to Kavanaugh, even the Senator who requested the investigation.

When multiple women accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of pedophilia, he stayed on the ballot. Most Republicans continued to defend him. Donald Trump defended him with, “well he said he didn’t do it.” Roy Moore barely lost the election. Al Franken resigned from the Senate for pretending to grope a woman. PRETENDING!

The two women who have accused Fairfax are credible. They definitely should be heard and the charges should be investigated. I don’t think they’re lying. I also don’t believe that each of the 22 women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, ranging from assault, to harassment, to rape, are lying either.

If you believe two women accusing a Democrat, then wouldn’t you have to believe 22 who are accusing a Republican? How about believing the 22 after the Republican admits it?

Maybe Donald Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” and “they let you do it when you’re famous” was just locker room talk. We’re all familiar with how adolescent boys boast about their sex lives, and we all know the president of the United States is an adolescent. He’s also boasted about barging in on teenage girls undressing who were competing in his pedo beauty pageants. He likes them young. You haven’t heard him talk about his daughter’s body since she turned 37.

With Trump’s own admission and there being accusers, it’s hard to say that each of the 22 women are lying. One of them is an ex wife.

Justin Fairfax needs to resign. I believe the two women. Democrats are right in calling for his resignation. If you’re a Republican, you have no right to call for his resignation unless you’re also calling for Trump’s. You’re not doing that though, so shut up.

The #MeToo movement is not partisan. You’re not really getting it if you believe all Democratic accusers but say it’s OK when a Republican does it.

Frank

I get a lot of compliments on the blog. Some people tell me they like them better than the cartoons, which isn’t what I’m going for, but OK. While this production receives praise, a lot of credit should go to Frank.

Frank, who is based in California, has been proofing the columns for a couple of years, I think. I lose track of time. It takes a lot of work to help make me look good. Frank starts each column by receiving a notficiation in email, AFTER it’s been published. Then, he uses a couple of different programs (maybe more) to weed through it. He sends the suggestions on changes to me, some I make and others I ignore. The process takes a lot of time and Frank puts a lot of focus and professionalism into the work. If he ran an errand before the blog was published, he’d email and tell me he’d be away for a while. He’s really good at changing my “weres” into “was” and “who is” into “whose.” Frank never tried to rewrite the columns or inject his own personal bias into the changes. He never made a demand.

Frank did all of this on a volunteer basis. He started by pointing out corrections in the comments and would tell me to delete the comment after I saw it, then offered to email if he saw anything. Eventually, he offered to go through each and every blog as they were published. It all came about naturally and it wasn’t awkward at all or imposing (there was an editor in the past, where it was very imposing and kinda got stalkery). Frank was very generous to do this and a total breath of fresh air. I was very comfortable working with him.

I knew Frank wouldn’t do it forever because at some point he’d have to get tired of it, or eventually realize he has better things to do with his time than clean up after a sloppy cartoonist in Virginia. He is an older gentleman and retired. Frank decided that yesterday was as good of a time as any to call it quits, and has retired from being my copy editor. I totally understand and I can’t blame him. He has totally earned a break from this goofiness. Since Frank did this on a volunteer basis, I wanted him to leave when he made that decision. I never wanted this to be a burden for him, though at times I am sure it was.

Frank has become a friend over the past couple of years. We share jokes and recommened movies on Amazon Prime. He’s been very supportive and encouraging to what I do. On most days, I don’t even reply to his emails about changes. I just make the changes. He hasn’t received enough credit and appreciation for everything he’s given to me…and to you.

I’m very grateful and fortunate to have had Frank’s services and friendship for as long as I did. Thank you, Frank. I wish you the best of luck and happiness in all your endeavors. I hope you enjoy life. I’m sure you will be in touch. Try not to grimace too much in the future as you read the blog.

That last part was for Frank and you, dear reader.

Thank you, Frank, for catching all the goobs.

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Trump Tax Scam


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If you voted for Donald Trump and you’re paying more in taxes this year than you did under Obama, it’s because you voted for Donald Trump. Welcome to MAGA.

Donald Trump’s biggest achievement in the two years since he started destroying America was giving himself a massive tax cut. It wasn’t a wall on our southern border paid for by Mexico. It wasn’t repealing Obamacare. It wasn’t even “locking her up.” It was giving himself a tax cut.

Trump claimed that the tax cut wouldn’t benefit him at all. Of course, like all things Trump has ever said, that was a lie. We knew it was a lie when he said it but that didn’t stop him from repeating it again and again. It didn’t stop Trump sycophants from saying “it won’t benefit him because he said so.” Tax experts estimate that Trump will personally save $15 million a year from these tax cuts. Jared Kushner will save around $12 million. Several members of his cabinet are expected to save $4.5 million each, including Betsy DeVos, Linda McMahon, Steve Baby Fishmouth Mnuchin, and Wilbur Ross, all rich assholes.

When I mentioned tax experts, I wasn’t talking about Ivanka Trump. When the tax legislation was being debated in late 2017, Ivanka went out and told everyone how they’ll see the gains in April 2018 and also be able to file their taxes on a postcard.

Ivanka Trump, Daddy’s little princess, has obviously never ever, ever, ever filed her own taxes in her entire ain’t-you-special sweet little life. You don’t need to be a tax expert to know that the taxes you file are for the previous year. Hence, 2018 filings would be for 2017. The tax cuts for assholes bill passed in December 2017 (in case you’re a Republican, December is the last month of the year. It’s when you’re hearing all that Christmas music and eating all that ham). That means none of it would affect you until 2018. Thus, if you’re a Trump supporter, you won’t be horrified until you start filing in 2019, and most likely NOT on a postcard.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, horrified is exactly how many Trump supporters are reacting. Many have already filed their taxes to discover they’re actually paying back now when under Obama, they got refunds. My own horror won’t happen until April 14th, because I procrastinate with everything.

The thing is the Republicans removed a lot of deductions, like for state and local taxes for people like you and me. Why? Because they don’t care about people like you and me. If you’re a Trump supporter, you’re probably not a rich asshole. You’re just a regular asshole…who’s going to be paying more in taxes now.

A lot of MAGA hat shitheads went on Twitter to express their dismay and outrage. Who could have predicted that voting for a rich, selfish, narcissistic asshole would only work out for rich, selfish, narcissistic assholes? For Trump to win them back, he’s going to have to do something extra racist. How about a talking border wall that screams racial epithets? “Well, I’m paying $4,000 more in taxes now, but the wall’s gonna scream ‘beaner,’ so I’m good. Trump 2020!”

In case racial insults don’t make the pain go away from paying these taxes, there are always payday loans, which Trump and the Republican Congress also removed restrictions from, so predatory lending can be even easier now.

In 2009 during his State of the Union address, President Obama was talking about healthcare reform and that it wouldn’t insure people in the nation illegally. It was kinda stupid that he even had to debunk a ridiculous right-wing rumor. Nevertheless, Republican Joe Wilson shouted, “You lie!” Of course, the only liar was Joe Wilson, who is still in Congress…lying about shit.

That’s exactly how Republicans are. They scream “liar” at the guy telling the truth and trying to help Americans and applaud and worship the lying fucker who’s fucking them over.

That’s MAGA.

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