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Pervy Politics


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I’m old enough to remember when Republicans wrote bathroom laws to protect our children from sexual predators.

Now, the same people who go into full-blown snowflake meltdown when there’s not a Christmas design on their Starbucks coffee cup are perfectly fine with sticking a pedophile in the Senate. It’s OK because he’s accepted Jesus. There is still some coffee outrage over this Roy Moore scandal. Keurig stopped advertising on Sean Hannity’s fake news show because he kinda endorsed Republican pedophilia. Republicans have responded by destroying their Keurig coffee machine.

People are destroying coffee machines that cost anywhere from $100 to $300. Why don’t you just protest by mailing an envelope full of cash to Keurig? That makes about as much sense. By the way, did you know the coffee pods those machines use are not biodegradable and environmentalists hate them? Yeah, you conservatives can’t win for nothing. Being stupid hurts.

A fifth woman revealed yesterday that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her. The mainstream Republican Party and even Ted Cruz are now all calling for Moore to drop out of the race. Alabama Republicans, on the other hand, are standing by their man.

Republican logic has been all over the place with this issue.

Evangelicals have spent the past four decades calling themselves the “moral majority,” yet, over 80% of them voted for the orange pussy grabber for president. Republicans impeached Bill Clinton over consensual sex and had to go through three Speakers of the House to do it, as the first two of those turds had sex scandals. And, we found out years later the third one was a pedophile.

Part of the GOP defense of Moore is to talk about other sex scandals, from Clinton to Harvey Weinstein, to Louis C.K. Hell, some are even griping about Joe Biden’s shoulder massages.

Five women have accused Moore of dating teenage girls and of sexual assault. The accusers are backed up by over 30 sources. Others have come out to say it was well-known at the time that Mr. Moore dated teenage girls while he was in his early thirties. The guy would hang out at the mall and high school football games. Eventually, he got banned from the mall for being a Creepy McCreeperson and a stranger danger. Moore has defended himself with the lame excuses that he didn’t “generally” date teenage girls, and that he never dated one without their mother’s permission. He says he doesn’t remember the new accuser or the restaurant where he attacked her, yet she provided her high school yearbook he signed where he also included the name of the restaurant. But, Moore’s supporters don’t believe any of that.

What they do believe, without any evidence, is that The Washington Post paid these women to come forward and it’s all financed by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. They wonder why these women, who are being publicly shamed by Breitbart and in their communities, being chased into hiding, and who Moore is threatening to sue, didn’t make their revelations sooner.

For what it’s worth, adults don’t sign high school yearbooks unless they’re teachers. I know I haven’t signed one since I left high school. Hell, I didn’t sign that many when I was in school. I wasn’t really popular.

During the recent campaign for Virginia’s governor, the Republican candidate Ed Gillespie ran a lot of race-baiting commercials. Along with those, he ran one accusing Democrat Ralph Northam of being in favor of restoring rights to pedophiles. One person was busted for child pornography right after his rights were restored, and Gillespie’s campaign used that to paint Northam, a pediatrician, as a friend to pedophiles as if he was driving the van with free candy. Voters saw through the lie and made Northam our next governor.

Meanwhile, in Alabama, Republicans are telling people to vote for the pedophile. And, there’s a chance the pedophile might win.

I’m really glad I live in Virginia and not Alabama.

Creative Notes: I took longer than I wanted to with this cartoon. I started around 3:00 AM. I didn’t like the lettering so I redid it. Then I didn’t like the elephants, so I drew them over. Then, I still didn’t like the lettering so I did that again. And then, I realized I still hated the elephants, so I drew them again. And then, I hated some of the colors, so I redid that…and then, the sun came out and eventually 10:00 AM rolled around.

I make it sound like I have high standards but it’s probably more like an obsessive-compulsive disorder…and a lot of coffee.

Speaking of coffee, there’s a Keurig in my house and I had never tried it. All the talk yesterday got my curiosity up, so housemate’s girlfriend showed me how to use it. It was delicious. I didn’t try one as a lame way of sticking it to conservatives. I really wanted to try one. By the way, did you know that Keurig is the most hated thing in Washington state? I think it has to do with being environmental and snooty about their coffee, and not because the people of Washington love pedophiles.

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Hate With Mr. Ed


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The majority of Virginians do not want Republican Ed Gillespie as their governor and yet, he may become their governor.

Currently, he’s barely trailing in the polls and is within the margin of error. If Democrats and Independents don’t get out and vote this coming Tuesday, the man running a fear campaign about Latino gangs, sanctuary cities, Confederate statues, and the heritage of white people will win the governor’s race.

This race isn’t just important for Virginia. It’s important nationally. We can’t give the Trump administration any momentum with a victory in the Old Dominion. Do you want to wake up Wednesday morning to see a tweet from Donald Trump bragging about how this is a victory for him and the Trump agenda. Do you want to hear Trump using our state to compliment himself? I don’t.

Russians haven’t needed to run hate ads in Virginia that would manipulate the outcome and divide the electorate. Mr. Ed has been more than willing to do it for them.

Vote Tuesday. Vote against hate. Vote against Trump. Vote against Nazis.

Creative notes: This is my last cartoon on the race before the election. This cartoon’s file date is November 5th (when it will appear on sites like GoComics), and the election is on the 7th.

I used the “white women” line from Blazing Saddles two years ago in a cartoon. I was curious, and funny thing, that cartoon was dated November 5th, 2015. That’s a little spooky.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Wolves In Virginia


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There’s this website I just found out about that posts conservative cartoons. Good for them. More sites need to post cartoons, liberal and conservative, though this one doesn’t seem to pay for them. I found out because they posted my last cartoon on the Virginia governor’s race. And, with my cartoon they wrote, “and from liberal, and perhaps desperate Clay Jones in Virginia.” Nice. Now, where do I send the bill?

And, you know what? I am desperate. I’m desperate that we don’t give the governorship to a corporate lobbyist for Enron who’s catering to the fuckers who chanted “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace” in Charlottesville. I don’t want the guy catering to the bastard who killed a girl in that city during their little “save our racists statues” rally.

Gillespie is exaggerating the numbers on MS-13 members in the state. He’s accusing his opponent, Democrat Ralph Northam, of being in favor of Sanctuary cities, though there aren’t any in Virginia. He’s promising to save “our” statues and preserve “our” heritage. Whose statues? Whose heritage? Does the potential governor want state laws telling cities and counties what they can and can’t do with their monuments?

This week, Gillespie is running an ad accusing Northam of being in favor of restoring voting and gun rights to convicted pedophiles.

Sure, the governor, along with Northam’s support, restored those rights to convicted felons whose sentences were complete in real-time, as well as those of tens of thousands of ex-convicts, some of whom had served their terms years or decades ago.

One guy who was convicted in 2001 was busted last December for possession of child pornography. As it turns out, his voting and gun-owning rights were restored for six weeks. So, this means Northam wants to arm pedophiles, give them voting rights, and sit them on juries? There were no elections during the 41 days he had his voting rights. He would have needed a judge’s approval to purchase a gun. And, he did not have enough time to be summoned and serve on a jury. That ad is in the vein of the Willie Horton ads.

Gillespie is OK with being dishonest and seeking support from the worst of our society. It’s working. The candidates are tied in most polls, but one has Gillespie seven points ahead. The Richmond Times-Dispatch just endorsed Gillespie.

It can’t be taken for granted the Democrat will win in a blue state. You can’t sit at home and hope the liberals in Fairfax do the heavy lifting. On November 7, my Virginian readers need to get off their asses and vote. It’s really important.

Creative note: This is a bonus cartoon as most of my clients won’t run a cartoon on a Virginia issue. Though, The Oxford Eagle in Mississippi ran my last cartoon on this issue. So, you never can tell. You’re still going to receive a new cartoon from me tomorrow morning.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Hate In The Old Dominion


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There are only two governor races this November, New Jersey and Virginia. The Democrats have a lock on New Jersey, but the one in Virginia is a contest.

Virginia went blue for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Donald Trump still polls very low in the state. However, the state is not a solidly blue state. It’s purple.

Republican Ed Gillespie is running against Democrat Ralph Northam. Currently, both U.S. Senate seats, the governor and the lieutenant governor are all Democrats. They will most likely outspend the Republicans, but money doesn’t always mean victory. Gillespie is a very dangerous candidate.

Gillespie is a tireless campaigner, hitting every county, and his volunteers have knocked on over a million doors. But, what hurts the Democrats the most is that they are lazy voters in off-year elections.

Mark Warner is a very popular senator. He had high approval ratings as governor. In 2014, every poll had him leading Gillespie by double digits in his bid to win re-election to the Senate. He only won by eight-tenths of a percentage point. This wasn’t due to voters being unhappy with Warner as much as it was to Gillespie knowing how to campaign, and that a lot of Democrats stayed home. They can’t afford to stay home this November.

Gillespie is not running away from Donald Trump, but he’s also not campaigning as a Trump guy. While Mike Pence has campaigned for him, you won’t see Trump in Virginia before election day. While he’s talking about the economy and promising tax cuts, his commercials have mostly been about the dangers of brown people in Virginia. He’s running a campaign based on fear and hate. That tactic has never failed to pull Republicans to the polls.

He’s railing against immigration and scaring people on the threat of MS-13, which is active in Northern Virginia but will probably scare well in Caroline County. He’s also running against sanctuary cities and claiming Northam is in favor of them, despite the fact there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia. That threat is about as real as the war on Christmas. But, boogie men scare Republicans.

While the suburbs of D.C. in Northern Virginia, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Roanoke, and my town of Fredericksburg will vote blue, the rural areas can push Gillespie over the top if Democrats stay home. They can’t take this race for granted. At this time, Gillespie has overcome a 13-point deficit to lead Northam by one point.

Though Gillespie may be silent on Trump, you can be sure Cheeto-in-Chief will claim a victory here as his own and say it’s a referendum. Do you really want to hear him and his sycophants crow about taking a state that voted for Hillary Clinton? I don’t.

Gillespie has been a political operative for George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. Most of his experience has been as a lobbyist. His clients have included Anthem, AT&T, Bank of America, Microsoft (each company having state contracts in Virginia), and Enron. While Enron was defrauding employees and shareholders billions in pensions and stock prices, the company gave Gillespie’s lobbying firm over a million dollars to lobby the Department of Energy and the president to resist efforts to re-regulate the western electricity market during the California Electricity Crisis.

Gillespie has made millions from lobbying. He’ll work on issues that favor those corporations if he wins the governorship. You can bet after he’s governor that he’ll resume lobbying and collect money from those firms. His interests are not our interests, unless you’re really excited about helping this millionaire become a billionaire.

Gillespie’s interests have always been with big corporations, even those who commit fraud. What would make anyone think he cares about the poor or middle class?

We can’t give Donald Trump another ally who wants to erase democracy and install fascism. We can’t award a man for running a campaign based on hate and fear. You can’t stay home.

You need to get out and vote on November 7, and show Trump and his sycophants that Virginia says no to his agenda, racism, nationalism, and fascism. We need to tell Trump Virginia is for lovers and not the haters.

Creative note: Yeah, I was gonna take Saturday night off. But, I’ve been wanting to cover the race in Virginia. I probably will again before election day. I have finished up earlier than usual tonight, and I still plan to watch a movie and eat some ice cream. There’s also an unopened can of Pringles calling my name. Since I am more than one day ahead with cartoons, I’m definitely taking off next Saturday. Probably.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

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Robert Lee is an announcer for ESPN. He’s also Asian-American. So what, right? Mr. Lee was scheduled to cover the season opener for the University of Virginia’s football team as they take on William & Mary. The brain trust at ESPN was afraid that people would connect Robert Lee, the announcer, with Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and make a bunch of stupid jokes about it. So, they have taken him off the broadcast. In case you don’t know this, UVA is in Charlottesville.

As cities throughout the nation attempt to dismantle or hide Civil War monuments that were originally erected in defiance of Jim Crow and Civil Rights laws, conservatives are in a massive whining collective over political correctness.

For starters, this is not about political correctness. Political correctness isn’t so much about politics as it is about not being a jerk. It is considerate not to tell racist jokes or call your left-wing friends “libtard.” ESPN wasn’t being PC by removing Lee from the broadcast. They were being corporate scaredy cats. Dealing with newspapers on a daily basis, I’m very familiar with companies being afraid of any negative backlash. They often believe the best way to avoid criticism is by not saying anything at all. ESPN wasn’t practicing liberalism as much as they’re practicing caution…and to a fault, I might add.

My first thought about this stupid little controversy was, “who’s gonna notice and make the connection from Robert Lee to Robert E. Lee?” My second thought was, “it’s UVA vs. William & Mary. No one’s even going to watch that game.”

I don’t think many people would really make the connection. Most people probably don’t realize that Joey and Chandler on Friends are played by two actors both named “Matt.” Though I must confess, when I was a child I thought Jerry Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis was the same person. I believed an annoying comedian was also a rockabilly pedophile. Today, you can be forgiven if you confuse Seth Rogen with Jonah Hill or Michael Cera with Jesse Eisenberg. Seriously, we don’t need all four of those actors. But, I digress.

On top of all that, who in the world would make stupid idiotic jokes about it? This is where ESPN might have a point. Have you seen Breitbart? Have you seen the memes your stupid conservative friends pass off as humor on Facebook? One of my conservative colleagues started making the connection to Brenda Lee, the legendary country singer. Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk, hyuk. That’s just golden material right there.

ESPN asked Lee if he wanted to switch. They were looking out for him and he agreed. Honestly, nobody would have noticed. You probably have never heard of Mr. Lee and had zero intentions of watching that football game as it’s not Alabama vs. LSU. The irony here is that while ESPN was trying to avoid a hoopla, they instead created one.

We would never have heard of this issue if it wasn’t leaked to Clay Travis (don’t confuse us Clays), a conservative sports guy I never heard of before who works for Outkick The Coverage, a program I never heard of before. According to what I read at USA Today (I’m not giving links to that paper because they won’t publish cartoons that’s not sold by one of my competitors), Travis likes to attack ESPN…a lot. He attacks them for liberal bias which is something I’ve never really detected from the network. Which side do liberals pick when the Yankees play the Red Sox? I mean, I’m a Chicago Cubs fan despite the owners of that team supporting Donald Trump. And, I have never met a Dallas Cowboys fan who likes Jerry Jones.

The main reason this has become a story is that conservatives love to play the victim. Somehow moving Lee the announcer from the UVA game to another is an attack on hypersenstive conservatives. Mr. Travis got a coveted guest spot on Tucker Carlson’s News For Assholes program at Fox News to bitch about it.

The best part about this was all the jokes on Twitter. Some asked if there was a Civil War general named “Joe Buck,” in hopes of having him removed from calling games. Of course, that joke really only works if you don’t think about it. Joe Buck would have to be calling every game from a city with a Civil War monument that shared his name where a race riot had recently occurred. See? I overthought it. None of my friends will tell me jokes anymore. It’s sad.

While ESPN was trying to protect Mr. Lee and his career from stupid people, Mr. Travis decided he didn’t care and just shat all over it. Aren’t there daily sports stories to talk about? Cleveland and Boston just made a huge trade in the NBA and last night, a Dodger’s pitcher pitched nine no-hit innings just to lose the game in the tenth inning. But hey, let’s talk about the Lee guy, Mr. Travis. While you’re at it, change your first name. I really don’t wanna be confused with you. I don’t want to see what freaky fetish shit you get in the mail.

This entire ordeal should be an example to corporate America that being chicken shits can get you shit on.

By the way, I have praised Charlottesville here before. In addition to being a very cool little city, it’s also a great place to watch a football game. The Center for Politics at UVA has had me down as a speaker several times, and once they gave me tickets to a UVA game. It was a great atmosphere despite it being a crappy game. UVA lost to Duke. Do you know how bad your team must be to lose to Duke in football? Really, really bad.

On another note: You should subscribe to the Center For Politics’ weekly email. It’s awesome if you’re a political geek who gets into the nuts and bolts of politics. It’s very wonkish and analytical. Smart people produce it.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

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Haters Storm C’ville


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Rational people can disagree and debate whether monuments to the Confederacy should be removed. You may align yourself on the side of keeping the memorials, but do you want to stay at the party when the Klan shows up?

Conservatives don’t seem to express any discomfort being on the same side as the Ku Klux Klan. They’re all for preserving memorials, hating big government, affirmative action, voting for Donald Trump, etc.

The city council in Charlottesville, Virginia voted to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. On Saturday, the Klan showed up.

Charlottesville is a beautiful and funky little city. It’s home to the University of Virginia and a vibrant, liberal creative environment (kinda like Austin and other college towns, such as Athens, Georgia). The city was home to two United States presidents, including Thomas Jefferson whose home, Monticello, is a huge tourist attraction (he also founded UVA). UVA is also home to the Center for Politics, which has a really cool newsletter that every political geek should subscribe to. The Dave Matthews Band is from Charlottesville.

One thing Charlottesville is not home to is the KKK. The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which turned up in C’ville on Saturday is from North Carolina.

About 30 members of the hate group were escorted to and from the rally by police in riot gear. When has the police ever escorted Black Lives Matter as they protested? The KKK was outnumbered by a counterprotest. More than 100 officers of the state, county, and university assisted city police to keeping the calm, and protect the Klan.

After the rally ended, wearing riot gear and gas masks, the police declared the counterprotesters “an unlawful assembly” and used gas canisters to compel them to leave the area. 22 people were arrested (three people ended up in the hospital).

The Klan isn’t local to C’ville, but many of the counterprotesters were, and they let the hate group know they’re not welcome in their city or the state of Virginia for that matter.

Robert E. Lee fought for the Confederacy and the right for white people to own black people, but I don’t think he would want to be associated with the KKK. I know Thomas Jefferson wouldn’t appreciate their presence in his city.

Virginia is my adopted home state and I’m proud so many showed up to counter the Klan and let them know they’re not welcome here. Virginia is moving forward (we didn’t vote for Trump). The KKK is stuck in the past constantly relitigating the Civil War and making excuses for why it was fought.

This faction of the KKK should go back to North Carolina. I’m sure there are memorials down there they can defend. If nothing else, they can police the bathrooms.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $50 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Someone Let A Cartoonist Into A Trump Rally


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Yesterday I attended Donald Trump’s rally in Fredericksburg, Virginia, my hometown.

The Trump campaign announced the event on Thursday and I immediately went online to get a couple of tickets. I also applied for press credentials but for some reason they denied me. They didn’t like my “Naked Trump” cartoons? It was OK not receiving press credentials as I wanted to mingle among the freaks, I mean, Trump supporters. The first thing you want to do when going into a snake pit, a lions den, or a giant flaming outhouse, is bring a friend.

So I asked a friend, then another friend, then another friend, and then another friend. I couldn’t understand why none of my friends wanted to go. I put out a feeler to my friends on Facebook. None of them wanted to go but some had really good excuses, like they had to stay home and manscape that day. Several people who fled the city said they would have gone with me if they were in town. It’s like I sent out invitations to visit a leper colony.

Finally a friend wanted to go, but it was more like I was leaving him a ticket which meant I was still going alone. Then, someone I had asked previously changed her mind and we went together.  And it was perfect as not only is she one of my favorite people, but I got to go to a Trump rally with a liberal Jew named Hilary.

We expected to have a lot of fun and unleash our sarcasm and mockery. Hilary wanted to used a pseudonym. We didn’t intend to cheer, boo, or protest. We wanted the experience. We wanted to give the Trump fans respect. We also didn’t want to go in announcing we were not voting for Trump.

The line was pretty long and it was in the heat. We didn’t see many signs or screaming people at the beginning. There were some individuals collecting signatures to steal your social security and the Trump team was recruiting volunteers while people sweated in line. Then the salesmen came.

The people selling Trump schwag were not with the Trump campaign. If we were smart we would have bought umbrellas and written Trump on them. We would have made a killing.

The people were very nice. Well, nice for hating Hillary Clinton and President Obama. They were talking about their views in line, like Clinton should be in prison, Black Lives Matter is a bunch of racists, and Northern Virginia will go for Trump. What?

We didn’t see any protesters until we left and they were a small group down the street. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a photo of them as were moving and they were standing by a stop light at an intersection. We did see a lot of man buns. What’s up with man buns? When is that going away?

We ran into a few people we knew, who were Trump people. We took photos of those in shirts and outfits we found interesting and I asked permission each time. Everyone said yes. They were proud.

None of them could give us a good reason they were supporting Trump. All we heard was that he’s rich, successful, going to make American great again, and that Hillary Clinton is a liar and should be in prison.

The Expo Center, where the event was staged, can hold 3,400 people according to its website. To be honest, it was about half full. Security staff said 3,600 people were admitted and hundreds more were outside (and when we left there were people still in line). There weren’t any chairs except for a few to the side for the elderly and handicapped. Many people chose to sit on the floor and we joined them for a while as we got tired of standing around for several hours. I was surprised the campaign wasn’t selling pins, buttons, shirts, inside. There were two vendors selling BBQ sandwiches, pretzels, chips, candy, and soda.

Everyone we encountered was friendly and though we rolled our eyes a bit at what they said, and found some of it hateful, we didn’t find it an atmosphere with negative energy…and then Trump came out. The mood changed really quickly.

Remember the third Indiana Jones movie where he and his dad end up at a Nazi book burning in Berlin? I’m not saying it was that hateful but it did come to mind when the “lock her up” and “build a wall” chants started.

Trump, who many in the crowd described to us a genius, came out and said to the Fredericksburg crowd “So Fairfax, on Nov. 8, you’ve got to get out and vote.” At least he didn’t think he was in Michigan, which is where the campaign had put Fredericksburg a few days before.

He told the seven black people in attendance that he wants the GOP to be home for black voters again. He complained about Obama’s “ransom” to Iran, “Crooked Hillary,” and that Tim Kaine was never popular as governor which I found interesting since Kaine was elected to the senate afterward. Currently with Kaine on Clinton’s ticket, Virginia is giving them a double digit lead over Trump in the polls. Which polls? All of them.

And then we left. After about five minutes of Trump barking and the crowd sounding kinda like a Nuremberg rally, we knew we didn’t fit in and it was time to go.

I spent the rest of the feeling dejected, disappointed, and kinda nasty. Hilary wanted to go home and soak her entire body in sanitizer. Trump is going to lose this election by astronomical numbers. The problem is that those people at the rally will still be around hating. And they’re in my community.

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She was very happy.

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Five bucks for a button. I think the hats were $20 and these entrepreneurs were selling them from a car which allowed for a quick escape each time security came around.

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I actually know this kid. He was a student of mine ten years ago when I taught a summer class at a local elementary. I didn’t realize it was him until after I took the photo and he called me out. Hi, Colin. Good to see you again. You grew up.

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This very pretty girl really hates Hillary Clinton.

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This gentlemen was serenading the line with a tune about freedom, eagles, and waving flags. He as playing a Fender. Geeks like me notice things like that.

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These very young ladies really want a president with balls. I hope they didn’t see those statues.

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This was near the stage and yet they were able to pop a squat.

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Others chose to lean against the wall. As I said before, there weren’t any seats.

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The media pit. The journalists at the right end of the first table are from my former newspaper, The Free Lance-Star. That’s Jeff Branscome seated and Suzanne Carr (exceptional photographer) standing. I totally forgot the name of the other reporter as he was hired after I was laid off. I couldn’t find Hallie Jackson from MSNBC so I didn’t do any stalking.

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I did find Betsy. I asked to take her photo and she insisted I be included. This is the first photo I’ve posted of myself in a few years. I’m really anti-selfies. It’s not a selfie if someone else takes it. If 3,600 people got into the event, then Betsy was photographed 3,600 times. She even took a pic with FLS photog Peter Cihelka. I didn’t get Betsy’s number but I think Pete might have.

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Hilary took this photo. These shorts were really tight. Be glad we did not take a photo from the front. OK, this is the only person who wasn’t asked if we could take his photo.

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Another Clinton fan.

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The campaign was handing out these signs. The idea is everyone will wave them and it’ll be seen on the news stations. We took one but after a couple minutes we had to give it back as our hands were burning.

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I could not get a good pic of Trump (can anyone?) and Hilary captured this one. As you may see, we got teleprompter Trump.

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Here’s another photo taken by Hilary. Now if anyone wants to argue crowd size, here’s proof. This was not taken before Trump started speaking. This was taken WHILE Trump was speaking. You could have had a basketball game simultaneously. Half empty building yet there were still people in line. Trump spoke for about 40 minutes and I hope everyone waiting outside got to see him for a second. See how much empathy I have? I hope the hateful got to see their fascist hero.

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