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Dear Leaders and Generals


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On Sunday, North Korea detonated its largest nuclear weapon to date, with an explosion five times greater than any of their previous tests. It’s no longer a question if the rogue regime has a weapon capable of destroying a large city, but if and when they can miniaturize one and place it inside a missile, and how far that missile can reach.

After North Korea seemed to back down from their threat of firing a missile toward Guam, Trump and his surrogates credited his “fire and fury” comments. Trump went on to say that maybe North Korea was “starting to respect us.” North Korea responded by firing a missile over Japan. Trump responded to that test by saying, “talking is not the answer.” And now, Kim Jong Un has detonated his largest weapon to date.

Trump’s response to this? Taking to Twitter, of course, and going after…our allies. Trump criticized South Korea’s approach to the North as “appeasement.” He is also threatening to end trade with any nation that deals with North Korea.

Apparently, Trump has instructed his advisers to prepare to withdraw from a free-trade agreement we have with South Korea. His threat to end trade with nations that do business with North Korea would include China, Russia, and India, among others.

Meanwhile, his tweeting might be as nerve wracking internationally as Kim Jong Un’s nuclear hobby. David Straub, a former State Department official who dealt with both Koreas, said: “They (South Korea) think they’re dealing with an unreasonable partner and complaining about it isn’t going to help — in fact, it might make it worse.” Straub also said, “Opinion polls show South Koreans have one of the lowest rates of regard for Trump in the world, and they don’t consider him to be a reasonable person. In fact, they worry he’s kind of nuts, but they still want the alliance.”

South Korea isn’t alone in thinking Trump is nuts and unreasonable. Michael Hayden, a retired Air Force general and former head of the National Security Agency and the CIA said, “You gotta watch the tweets.” On CNN he said, “I think we had an unforced error over the weekend when we brought up the free trade agreement with our South Korea friends on whom we have to cooperate. . . . It’s wrong on the merits, and it’s certainly not integrated into a broader approach to northeast Asia.”

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said, “We need to be working hand in hand with South Korea, and with Japan. Why we would want to show divisions with South Korea makes no sense at all.”

Of course, none of it makes sense. In the past, Trump described Kim Jong Un as a “smart cookie,” and on the campaign trail, he said he’d be “honored” to meet with Kim and have a burger with him. Going after the South only encourages Kim to continue actions that will put further distance between us and our allies.

If Trump’s tweets and saber-rattling rhetoric has been a test to see if they’d intimidate North Korea, we can now consider those tests as failed.

Trump claimed he knew more than the generals, and he could handle basically every problem better than Obama. He’s proven the direct opposite, which isn’t a surprise. He needs to work with his generals and try to find real solutions. His tweeting isn’t just endangering his presidency, it’s endangering South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

When are we supposed to start all that winning we’ll eventually get tired of? If “talking is not the answer,” then the first to shut up should be Donald Trump.

Creative note: I reserve the right to break my cartooning rules. One of the more recent ones has been to refrain from using the Twitter logo. It’s been used to the point of overkill by my colleagues. It’s as bad as using the “MAGA” caps. They were fun at first, but not after two years of campaigning. It’s time to find new metaphors…and then maybe going back to them occasionally. For me, a great time is a Sunday night when  I can’t get all the cylinders in my brain working.

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Tweeter In Chief


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There’s often been complaints that bills before Congress are too complicated and lengthy to read, often consisting of thousands of pages. We won’t have that issue anymore as now they’ll be no longer than 140 characters. The cartoon above falls under that number.

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, future White House counselor, and present henchman (henchwoman? Henchperson?) said on The Rachel Maddow Show a few nights ago that Trump is not using Twitter to set policy. Being that she works for Donald Trump, of course that’s a lie.

She also said that when Trump tweeted about expanding our nuclear capability he wasn’t referring to building up our arsenal. The very next day he said that we needed to increase our arsenal.

Trump tweeted “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” Coming to “senses” and “Trump” are not two things you expect with our president-elect (I’m getting a little better each time I type that title for Trump. I’m not throwing up as much in my mouth as I was before). Having bigger guns will make your adversaries want smaller guns? Is this the sort of advice he’s getting from his foreign policy adviser? You know, that guy who believed Hillary Clinton was selling child sex slaves out of a pizza parlor.

Trump later told Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “Let it be an arms race … we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” Is it time for all of us to crawl underneath our school desks again?

Trump loves Tweeting (which is ironic because he hates the company). He’d say it’s very “precedential.” He’ll retweet tweets from conservative teenagers who hate CNN, white supremacists, and Swastikas. He’ll take to the platform to express rage at Broadway plays, Alec Baldwin and Saturday Night Live, people who question the extent of his election victory, whether he could have beaten Obama, whether Bill Clinton called him or he called Clinton, to tell China to keep a drone they stole, etc., etc. He’ll also tweet agreements with Vladimir Putin, to claim there’s no Russian connection with his election victory, and to congratulate himself for predicting terrorist attacks.

The man handles Twitter like a very unstable person. Usually those people only have about seven followers. Donald Trump has 18 million. That puts him right between Coldplay and Ashton Kutcher. I only have a little over three thousand. C’mon people. Step it up.

The biggest concern coming from Trump’s tweets, which are often full of typos (people who don’t read don’t make good spellers), is that it shows he has a short attention span and that he’s a total narcissist. Can that short attention span combined with his narcissism contribute to how he’ll defend our nation? What will the man consider a threat? North Korea aiming nukes at Seoul or an unflattering political cartoon that gives him a rectum for lips?

I think they should construct the buttons to order a nuclear strike very complicated for tiny fingers. They could also combine them with a lot of big words. Trump will never figure them out.

Creative note: I might be the only cartoonist in the nation who has not done a cartoon of the presidential seal combined with the Twitter logo. You’re welcome.

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Trumping, Tweeting, Trolling


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A lot of people are upset that Trump haters are protesting the election. When I say “a lot of people” I’m talking about Republicans. They point out that this is a democracy and Democrats should accept the results of a fair election.

The problem with that is we are a democracy and our Constitution, for now, allows protests (and political cartoons that point out that Donald Trump is a racist). The other problem is that our election wasn’t really fair.

Donald Trump was elected with fewer votes than Hillary Clinton which is the second times this has happened since 2000, both times putting the Republican candidate into office. Trump was also supported by a foreign government who was hacking into his opponent’s email system and displaying their internal messages for all the world to see. Some of the messages were suspected to be doctored. Another assist for Trump came from the FBI which might be the final straw that convinced nimrods to mark the ballot for Trump.

The big issue with the Russians and the FBI is that both were apparently communicating with the Trump campaign. How fair of a system is that?

Before the election Trump claimed the electoral system was rigged. He complained about the electoral college and said he might refuse to accept the results if he won. That shows even he was surprised he won. What does he think of that rigged system now?

So while there are protests against Trump there are supporters of his attacking and intimidating African-Americans, Muslims, and Latinos. It’s not just happening in our streets. It’s happening in our schools. Children are being intimidated for the color of their skin by other children whose parents are doing a bang-up job raising little racist bastards. Trump tweeted out that complaint about protesters “Incited” by the media while ignoring his own inciting. He later tweeted support to the protesters and how wonderful it was they can express themselves. I’m thinking his team returned his Twitter account to him a bit too soon. If the guy’s Twitter account makes blood spill what’s he going to do when he gets the nuclear codes?

I wasn’t sure how this cartoon would work with posting a photo in it. I did it a year ago, or maybe two years, for a cartoon I drew for The Daily Dot. I remember thinking that turned out really well though I can’t remember what it was. I could look in my files but, eh. I’m lazy.

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Commander In Tweet, Cartoon For The Daily Dot


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This week’s exclusive cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I drew a couple roughs for this idea. Here’s the first one.

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I was sitting in a lobby while I drew these. I was able to take a photo of the roughs and sent them to my editor. Other people in the lobby were probably thinking I was a freak for taking photos of my lap.

This phone booth version was actually drawn first. While I was drawing it I kinda figured it wouldn’t work because there aren’t really any phone booths anymore. My editor at The Dot, Fernando Alfonso, agreed. He also suggested several labels for the birds.

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