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Trump and the Courts

Update 12/11/20 5:30pm: The Supreme Court just dismissed the Texas lawsuit. Good for them.

President Trump has been losing his lawsuits to overturn the election results. One last try is a desperate suit by the embattled Texas Attorney General, joined by Republican states and, as I’m posting this, 126 Republican congressmen. The Supreme Court is expected to decline to hear this latest atrocious lawsuit very soon, and that is the reason for my cartoon today – I’m anticipating a reasonable response from the Supreme Court.

I was flipping through my oldies and I found this SCOTUS gavel cartoon I drew back in 2000, showing Al Gore taking it on the head when the Supreme Court intervened to decide the election for George W. Bush. It seems like an appropriate image for today, presuming the court doesn’t make electoral trouble again.

Today I put Trump into that twenty year old drawing.  Here’s the sketch.


I like drawing losers getting bashed with the gavel – sometimes the losers are sympathetic. Here is the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down gay marriage back in 2009.

Here are the four, gavel waving conservative justices of the Supreme Court, back in 2013, when I thought they were about to ban gay marriage again – they surprised me and did the right thing that time.

We can’t ever be sure that the courts will do the right thing, but most of the time they do. Gotta hope for the best.

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This week we heard the news that the Attorney General in New York is filing a suit to have the National Rifle Association (NRA) dissolved because of massive self-dealing by the people who ran the non-profit, who lived crazy, lavish lifestyles on the money they stole from the organization. Here’s my cartoon …

You’re getting a special, advance look at this one. I finished it late on Friday afternoon. They way newspapers work, posting a new cartoon late on Friday means it will be old by the time that editors come back to work after the weekend on Monday, and it is unlikely to get printed. I’ll be posting this one on Sunday for the editors who come in early to put together their Monday editions, and it won’t be too old for the editors who don’t come in to work until Monday for the Tuesday editions. (I know – boring cartoonist wonk talk. Thanks to my brilliant, cartoonist son, Michael, for this excellent gag.)

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Here are some of my favorite cartoons by the other CagleCartoonists about the thieves who run the N.R.A.

Dave Whamond

Dave Granlund

Adam Zyglis

Bill Day


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TRUE Stupid Stuff 2!

Here’s another new batch of my old TRUE cartoons from the 1990’s – at least the ones that look like they could still be true. This is from a batch about government.

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This is my first Stormy Daniels cartoon. Somehow I think there will be more to come.

I thought it would be a funny caricature to chop off most of her face, because it is her big, pointy chin and thin, straight lips that are distinctive. I could have done the caricature with no face at all, since her colossal boobs are all she needs for a caricature. I’ve noticed that other cartoonists give Stormy a breast reduction in their drawings – an unusual situation for cartoonists who typically exaggerate features. I also liked the idea of a composition where the top/right half of the image is empty.

We have lots more great Stormy Daniels cartoons on! Come look!

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Bill O’Reilly and Fox News Analysts

Here’s Bill O’Reilly and those sexy, Fox New analysts. I drew this one last week and I haven’t been very good about posting these – sorry. I’m working on a new O”Reilly cartoon now that we have the news that O’Reilly got the boot today. Keep your eyes peeled for that one!

Here are a few of my recent O’Reilly favorites by our other cartoonists … I thought this first one by Adam Zyglis would be a Yahtzee – but no …

This John Darkow cartoon made me laugh, and I like his O’Reilly caricature …

Here’s my buddy Steve Sack!

And my buddy Sean Delonas seems to have enjoyed rendering this one …


Better Not Insult Adam and Eve

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Egyptian Cartoonist Doaa El Adl of the Al-Masry Al-Toum newspaper.

It didn’t take long for the new Islamist government in Egypt to start acting like other nutty Islamic regimes when it comes to cartoons.  The latest wacko religious intolerance comes in response to the cartoon below, by Egyptian editorial cartoonist Doaa El Adl.

The cartoon, published on her newspapers online site, shows an Egyptian man with angel wings lecturing Adam and Eve.  The three are on a cloud beneath the infamous forbidden fruit tree.  The man is telling Adam and Eve that they would never have been expelled from heaven if they had simply voted in favor of the draft constitution in the recent Egyptian referendum.  Some of the supporters of the referendum were quoted as saying a “yes vote” guarantees one a spot in heaven, while a “no vote” guarantees one a spot in hell.  Neither Adam nor Eve in Doaa’s cartoon is uttering a word. In short, the cartoon is critical of Egyptians who have recently politicized religion.

The cartoonist is being sued by Egypt’s new Secretary General for the Defense of Freedoms, Khaled El Masry; he claims that the cartoon insults Adam, who is considered a prophet in the Muslim religion.  Egypt’s Attorney General has ordered an investigation.

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This is the offending cartoon. The angel who appears to be a typical Egyptian man, is telling Adam and Eve that they would never have been expelled from heaven if they had simply voted in favor of the draft constitution in the recent Egyptian referendum.

I met Doaa El Adl at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention a couple of years ago in Florida, shortly after the revolution in Egypt.  She was the only woman cartoonist in a large group of Arab cartoonists sent by the US State Department to visit their colleagues in the USA.  In our conversations she was beaming with pride and optimism about Egypt’s revolution and her high hopes and expectations about Egypt’s future.

In Egypt, editorial cartoonists are especially important.  There are lots of popular, thriving, competing newspapers in Egypt, and most of them run their editorial cartoon in color on the front page. The editorial cartoonists are the most important voices in each newspaper, and clearly, the most threatening voices to Islamic-extremist politicians. I doubt that Doaa is being sued because of insulting Adam, rather she is being sued to chill her voice, and make it costly to be a cartoonist who is critical of Egypt’s new religious junta.

This is a shame.  Doaa is talented, brave and eager to seek a better future for Egypt – just what Egypt needs right now.  Read more about her case on the Cartoonists Rights Network site.