Xi Jinping

Fascist On Ice


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Read my editor’s blog if you want a real blog on this one.

My editor told me he wanted something on the Olympics last Thursday and gave me free rein over the angle and even the subject within the Olympics. There’s a lot to choose from, but nothing really clicked. There were a couple of decent ideas but we didn’t get there, so we started again Friday morning.

On Friday morning, I drew my cartoon for my newspaper clients and then had breakfast. While having breakfast, I saw a news report about Putin and Xi hanging out the day before the opening ceremony and…ding. I got my idea.

I think I sent two ideas, but I knew this was the one and it was.

The one thing I didn’t want to do was use a sports analogy and be boring. I also didn’t want to draw a cartoon that said nothing except covid is at the Olympics. I hate those things. Didn’t we just do a bunch of those for the Tokyo games?

I actually haven’t followed the Olympics at all since I landed in Las Vegas. I’ll catch up when I get home Wednesday.

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China Called


Donald Trump said, “China called.” Did they, Donald? Did they really call right when you needed a face-saving measure after saying you had regrets about starting a trade war with them? Sure they did. How convenient was that?

In the past, if Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, the second Bush, or Obama said, “China called,” you’d be like, “what’d they say”? With Trump, you’re like, “Did they?” At this rate, the current president of the United States has less credibility than the president of the Hair Club for Men because A.) the Hair Club guy’s claims are more believable than any of Trump’s claims and B.) his hair looks better.

That’s the current state we’re in. We can’t trust even the most minuscule comments from the president of the United States. Even his most innocuous (if you’re a Republican, “innocuous” means not important) statements and claims can’t be trusted unless they’re backed with video proof and witnesses who don’t work for him. Why? We don’t even have to go that far back for examples. Let’s just use some from last weekend’s G7 summit.

Our first example comes from Trump admitting to a reporter that he had regrets over the trade war with China. Later, the White House tried to clean it up by saying he regretted not raising the tariffs higher. That would be like after sticking your penis into a beehive, regretting there weren’t more bees.

Our second example is from Trump skipping the climate meeting before the close of the G7. Stephanie Grisham, the new and improved HuckaSans who at least doesn’t appear to have applied her makeup with a paint blaster, said he skipped the meeting because he had scheduled bilateral talks with Germany and India. When asked about the meeting, Trump said, “We’re having it in a little while,” after it had already happened. To make matters worse, photos of the meeting emerged that showed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the meeting along with Trump’s empty chair. Not only did Trump lie, but his representatives, who work for the United States of America, lied. So where was Trump? He was probably having “executive time” to see how much praise he was receiving from the Fox News propaganda machine. Or, maybe he was busy not being on the phone not talking to China.

Example number three: Trump claimed Putin outsmarted President Obama, which is why the Russian leader was kicked out of the G7. Nope and nope. He did not outsmart Obama in taking Crimea from Ukraine. Fact: If you’re a Republican, Crimea is a part of Ukraine, not the United States. Putin did not take Crimea from President Obama. Another fact: President Obama did not kick Putin out. The rest of the G7 kicked Putin out. In case you’re a Republican, President Obama was not President of the G7. But, it is true that world leaders like President Obama more than they like Donald Trump so he probably does have more influence. One reason they probably like President Obama more than they like Donald Trump is that President Obama never lied about stupid shit that was easily proven false, like…

Example number four. Donald Trump claimed Melania was chummy with Kim Jong Un. Trump said, “The first lady has gotten to know Kim Jong Un, and I think she would agree with me he is a man with a country (true) that has tremendous potential.” As it turns out, she was not present for any of Trump’s three love fests with Kim and there is no evidence she has ever spoken to him. And, if she had, I seriously doubt she speaks Korean. Sure, there are translators but how well can you know a person after three interpreted conversations? The new and improved HuckaSans swooped in to save the day and scoff at the press with, “President (sic) Trump confides in his wife (when they’re not in their separate bedrooms) on many issues including the detailed elements of his strong relationship with Chairman (sic) Kim.”

Based on that logic, I met Arnold Schwarzenneger once. He said hi. I said hi back. He’s short, even with the cowboy boots he was wearing. We took a picture. Now, you know Arnold Schwarzenneger too. Though in all honesty, he’s never written me a beautiful love letter, or any love letters.

If anything, the only world leader Melania has any desires to get chummy with is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I hear she’s learning to speak Canadian.

Lie five: Trump said we gave Iran $150 billion. The fact is, it’s closer to $56 billion and we didn’t give it to them. It was their money that had been frozen in the United States.

Lie six: Trump said the Iran deal (that he pulled us out of) is “almost expiring if you think about it.” Trump should stop trying to think. Some provisions of the deal were written to expire in the next 10 to 15 years, but the deal as a whole was written to continue in perpetuity (if you’re a Republican, “perpetuity” means forever like).

Lie seven: Trump said “we’ve been losing $180 billion a year for many years” in our trade deficit with the European Union. It has not been at one consistent number for “many” years. It was $114 billion in 2018, $101 in 2017, and $93 billion in 2016.

Lie eight: Trump said China had been “taking” $500 billion from the U.S. for “many, many years” and “every single year.” That was just in case “many, many” don’t cover “every single.” The truth here is, China does not “take” money from the U.S, which most economists reject. The trade deficit with China has NEVER been $500 billion. Never.

Lie nine: Trump said, “We have billions and billions coming in” and “The United States which has never collected 10 cents from China, will in a fairly short period of time be over $100 billion in tariffs.” We’ve had tariffs on China for more than two centuries, so yeah…we’ve taken more than 10 cents from China. Americans make the tariff payments, not China.

Lie ten: Trump claimed Asian-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever. Actually, the rate last July is higher than it was in President Obama’s last month.

Lie eleven: Trump claimed we’re not the top energy producer in the world and said, “I’ve made that wealth come alive.” Uh, I know he hates hearing the name “Obama,” but we became the top energy producer in the world in 2012. In case you’re a Republican, the man in the Oval Office during in 2012 was…wait for it…President Obama.

Lie twelve: Trump claimed he’s done “environmental impact statements.” The only environmental statement he’s ever made was that climate change is a hoax created by China.

Lie thirteen (I’m getting a cramp): Trump claimed his property, Doonbeg in Ireland (not to be confused with “Douchebag”), is part of the United Kingdom. In case you’re a Republican or Donald Trump, Ireland is NOT a part of the United Kingdom.

Lie fourteen: Trump claimed being president will cost him between three to five billion dollars. We haven’t seen his taxes but Forbes estimates his wealth at three billion and his claim of losing that much money “absurd.” Trump is trying to get our pity so he can grift the entire G7 next year by hosting it at one of his shitty golf resorts in Florida with the excuse “it’s near an airport.” It’s also near a McDonald’s which I’m afraid will be a major contributing factor.

Lie fifteen: Trump said he never asked about dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes. Here’s the fact: Trump lies. If it leaks out of the White House that he said something stupid, moronic, idiotic, and oftentimes, racist, and then he denies ever saying it, it means he said it. What will happen is this; he denied it. His supporters will support his denial and tell the press he’d never say something so idiotic. Then, Trump will mistakenly admit he said it and try to explain how it makes sense. Then, his supporters will say he was only joking before coming back to, “Yeah, that makes sense. He’s a genius. I hate Mexicans.”

As for that phone call, Labor Secretary Steve Baby Fishmouth Mnuchin danced around whether there had been any actual phone calls. When asked, China’s Foreign Ministry said, “we called who now?”

Basically, if Trump wasn’t lying about the phone call then it would be the only thing he said that was true during his entire G7 adventure. Next time, can we send the Hair Club guy?

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Bang Bang Babies


Several world leaders have already had the displeasure of meeting with Donald Trump. I feel especially bad for China’s president, Xi Jinping, as that poor bastard has to meet with Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea.

For years the world has been afraid of an ill-tempered, irrational, immature tyrant with ridiculous hair who has nuclear weapons. Now there are two of them.

While conservatives, liberals, and member of the press alike are waving their pom-poms cheering Trump’s missile strike against Syria, it should truly scare the living hell out of all of us.

Trump chooses to be motivated by pictures of dead babies, and emotionless toward others. If he can be moved to enact the U.S. military by pictures on CNN (or in his case, Fox News), my god, what will he do if something bad gets exposed in North Korea? If Kim attacks a Kentucky Fried Chicken we’re going to war.

Creating a few potholes in a runway in Syria will only move Assad to kill more of his own people. He won’t attack the United States. Kim Jong Un kills his own people just because it’s Tuesday. The North Koreans have cultivated an environment where families turn on each other for survival. Kim will not kill his own people to send us a message as we already got that message. He’s usually content with exploding nukes in his own nation and shooting missiles into the Sea of Japan. If Trump bombs one of his runways then Kim will want to make a bolder statement.

We don’t understand Kim Jong Un. We don’t understand Donald Trump. That’s because we’re not three-years-old. Are they teething or need to poop? Who knows why they’re cranky.

The only way to get to North Korea is through China, literally and figuratively. We need diplomacy to make that journey. Unfortunately our diplomatic measures are led by Donald Trump.

That’s truly worth crying about.

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