Women

Just Peachy


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Donald Trump has spent his entire life disrespecting women, but over the past week, he’s made racism and misogyny a campaign tactic by attacking four women of color who are members of Congress. He would rather go after them than go after the other presidential candidates, Nancy Pelosi, or focus on his job. He is truly the most divisive president in American history, and he has no intention of ever acting presidential or being president for more than his base.

When I say that Donald Trump is not my president, I truly mean it. Other presidents I didn’t vote for still represented me in the way they represented the nation, even while I disagreed with them. A racist, sexist narcissist with the comprehension and reasoning abilities of a flaming bag of excrement left on a porch does not represent me. Also, Trump has no interest in being my president. He only wants to represent the racists who shout “send her back” at one of his hate rallies. These are people he calls patriots.

In the midst of all of this, you have to wonder, where is Melania? You remember Melania, right? A woman who is an immigrant. In fact, she’s been an American citizen for less time than Ilhan Omar, Trump’s favorite woman of color to attack. A brown, Muslim woman who Trump accused of marrying her brother this week. Do you remember Melania’s “Be Best” anti-bullying campaign? Yeah, me either.

For that matter, where is Ivanka? I know you remember her because she’s really quick to show up at the G20 and shoehorn herself into conversations with world leaders and allow nepotism to seat her at the big table and into photo ops. She was more than eager to skip into North Korea just so she can say she skipped into North Korea. She made sure her face was photographed in a window of Buckingham Palace. But, where is this White House champion of women empowerment?

There are reports that Melania and Ivanka advocated for Donald Trump to repudiate his crowd’s “send her back” chant. A day after kinda sorta doing that, Trump returned to embrace the racist chant and he told reporters that reports of his wife’s and daughter’s advice were “fake news.” That means it probably happened.

When Alabama wingnut and mall food court aficionado Roy Moore ran for Alabama’s senate seat, Ivanka spoke out against him for being an accused pedophile. After her dad endorsed him, she was silent. She has been silent throughout all his attacks against women and even the over 20 allegations of groping, assault, and rape against her daddy.

Since Trump became president, hate crimes have skyrocketed. Nazis have marched and killed people. Mosques have been attacked. People have been murdered in synagogues. Much of this has been done by perpetrators echoing Trump’s rhetoric. Now, he’s contributing even more to this atmosphere of hate because he thinks it’s good politics. Trump’s targets are receiving death threats. How long before someone acts on one of those threats? Meanwhile, wasn’t that a great picture of Ivanka at the palace?

Trump doesn’t care what happens to other people or this nation. He only cares about his poll numbers and ratings. Maybe he would pause for a moment if someone like Ivanka, who’s supposed to be in Washington as a presidential adviser and not just for photo ops, and who claims she’s working on women issues, would speak out against his hate campaign.

Ivanka needs to stand up and show the nation she’s not just there to be a wallflower. This is her opportunity to prove she actually has something to contribute and not just there because of nepotism. She needs to condemn her father’s rhetoric publicly.

I’m not sure she’s capable of doing that because it would require thinking on her own. At this point, all she’s proven to be about is nepotism, photo ops, and handbags.

I’m sure when Ivanka’s children and grandchildren look at her photos from her time in Washington, she’ll have answers for when they ask where each one was taken. But what will her answers be when they ask, What exactly did you do in Washington? What did you contribute? How did you serve the nation? What purpose did you serve at those big tables?

Ivanka is an unpaid adviser to the president and so far she’s proven she’s worth every penny.

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Greetings For The 116th


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Yesterday was a historic day for Congress.

Nancy Pelosi became the first person elected as Speaker after leaving the position since Sam Rayburn in 1955. She remains the only women ever elected to the position.

There were several other historic achievements for women with the 116th Congress.

We saw the swearing-in of the first Native American women elected to Congress, Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Muslim women elected to Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, and the youngest member ever elected, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Cortez has become the Right’s favorite new symbol of scary women. Google “Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Brietbart” and see what comes up. They’re obsessing about her almost as much as they are about black crime.

Yesterday, Republicans groaned and booed her when she cast her vote for Pelosi. She was the only person they booed for voting. Republicans also released a video of her dancing with friends from her college days. Nothing salacious, evil, or malicious about the dancing, as they were doing a play on The Breakfast Club. But for some reason, this is a scandal for the GOP. If Footloose Kevin Bacon becomes a transexual and runs for Congress, they will totally flip out.

Mike Pence, a man afraid to be alone in a room with a woman who is not his wife, got a little thrill when he not only had to swear women in with a Quran but also the first openly bisexual woman elected to Congress. Kyrsten Sinema chose to be sworn in on a law book instead of the Bible. Pence probably experiences as much discomfort with the Constitution as he does with the Quran and “nasty” women capable of having their own thoughts.

The Women’s March in 2017 continued into the halls of Congress yesterday, and Republicans are petrified. They don’t know how to gerrymander the women vote.

More people are voting for Democrats now than for Republicans. In 2016 and 2018, the majority of the nation voted against Donald Trump. Despite controlling the Senate, more people voted for Democratic candidates. Women aren’t just voting and getting more involved with activism, they’re running for office. Cortez, an educated, socialist, woman who is not white represents everything they fear. The future.

I personally believe we need to keep electing more women, non-whites, and people with different religious beliefs to positions of power. We are a diverse nation. Our government should represent that.

Yesterday presented us with two contrasting images. One was of the most diverse Congress in history being sworn in. The other was Donald Trump surrounded by a bunch of old bald white guys griping about immigrants.

Guess which one represents your future.

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Silence Breaking New Year


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Yesterday, I summarized the dumpster fire that was 2017. Today, I’m focusing on the largest positive to come from the last year, and it’s a shattering one. Shattering for Republicans.

I personally wanted Time Magazine to select Colin Kaepernick as their Person of the Year just to spite Trump. The Twitter tirade would have been glorious. But the magazine made the correct pick in selecting the “silence breakers.”

Time focused on women who came forward who were sexually harassed, assaulted, or both by powerful men in politics, entertainment, business, and journalism. That is just a part of the power women exerted in 2017. Women were a force to be reckoned with in 2017, and they delivered results. I expect them to grow louder and more powerful in 2018, and I think it’s the best thing we have going for our nation right now.

There will be midterm elections in 2018 for seats in the House and Senate. Traditionally, the president’s party loses seats and often control of Congress. Democrats may not take control of either chamber of Congress, and may even lose a seat or two in the Senate, but they’re definitely gaining seats in the House. Donald Trump is the least popular president in American history and a tidal wave is coming. A very pissed-off tidal wave.

Trump’s cabinet selections left Congressional vacancies in Montana, Georgia, Kansas, and South Carolina. It also left a vacancy in the Senate in Alabama. Naturally, these were Republican seats which should have been safe for their party. Republicans did win each of the elections for the House but only by narrow results, sometimes by single digit numbers which were much less than the previous Republicans had won.

Alabama was a different story with Democrats taking the seat. Granted, the Republican nominee was an accused pedophile who should have been rejected even before the accusations came to light. He was a lousy candidate who was kicked off the state Supreme Court TWICE, believed in conspiracy theories, wasn’t aware of current issues, exhibited bigotry, waved a gun at a rally, couldn’t ride a horse, and he still hasn’t conceded. However, it’s still huge that Alabama is sending a Democrat to the United States Senate. This is a state where Trump has his highest approval rating, and the state still ignored his endorsement of the accused pedophile.

It wasn’t just women who put a Democrat in Alabama’s Senate seat, it was black women. Does anyone else think it’s ironic that the horse was female?

Republicans are in trouble. There are 23 GOP-held seats that were won by Hillary Clinton. There are 17 additional seats Trump won with less than 50 percent. While some of these contain entrenched incumbents, there are more than 24 opportunities for Democratic Party gains, which is the number the party needs to win control of the House. I hope the Democrats take the House because it will be fun watching Trump deal with Nancy Pelosi.

Voter turnout, especially among Democrats, is usually lower in non-presidential years. That hasn’t been the case so far. Left-leaning voters, and people generally sick of Trump are voting, particularly women. Usually, only Republicans who watch Fox News are in a constant state of being pissed off.

Women’s impact was felt in the elections for Virginia’s governorship and General Assembly. Many experts predicted we’d have a Republican governor. Instead, Democrat Ralph Northam won with 53% and Democrats also took the offices of Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General. Even more surprising, Republicans lost 15 seats, and possibly a 16th depending upon the results of an upcoming court case and potential coin toss.

Eight of those seats were held by Republican male incumbents, and they were knocked out by female candidates. The odds are always against challengers to unseat incumbents, but this is an even more amazing accomplishment in districts gerrymandered in favor of Republicans.

Democrats won 61 percent of the women vote, and in New Jersey (which voted on the same night), women gave Democrats 55 percent of theirs. Republicans, y’all in trouble.

The year kicked off with a Women’s March held the weekend after Trump’s inauguration, meant to send a message to Trump and his administration that women’s rights are human rights. It was reported that at least 408 marches were held in the United States and 168 in 81 other nations with over five million people attending.

Donald Trump does not like women. He is threatened by them. He takes a different tack and tone when it comes to attacking them, especially if they’re minorities.

Trump is decades beyond becoming an enlightened individual. If the guy was ever going to gain maturity it probably would have happened before he spent $85,000 calling for the death penalty of five innocent black and Latino Harlem teenagers in 1989.

I don’t expect Trump to start acting presidential over the next eleven months. I don’t expect him to stop attacking women and minorities. I don’t expect him to stop being a racist dumbass on a Twitter rampage. I do expect women to remain outraged for the next eleven months.

I’ve already joined them.

Creative note: This is a really simple cartoon. The Old Man New Year/Baby New Year cliché is one I use almost every year. I don’t mind this cliché because you can always put a spin on it. This cartoon is either going to go over really well or with a big thud. A lot of people may just go “meh.” But, since this was really simple for me and I have a few other ideas and subjects I want to hit this week, you’re getting another cartoon later today.

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