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Olive America's Going on Safari | Original Cartoon by Jeff Koterba "Farewell to a Mutual Friend" Tribute to Jim Fowler, Omaha World Herald, NE
Going on Safari

Greetings progressives and cartoon lovers! I'm dropping this note to say I'm going on safari for a while ... not actually traveling to Africa (Covid!) but metaphorically speaking. New adventures are calling and there's only so much time in the day, week etc. I don't know how long I'll be traversing my symbolic Serengeti, but if you follow me on social media or subscribe to my Sunday newsletter you'll be the first to know about…

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This Week in Cartoons on CartoonState.com Sunday Feb 21, 2021
This Week in Cartoons – Cancun Cruz, Mars Rover and All the Rest!

Come for the cartoons, stay for the commentary! It's been another memorable week in political cartoons, from #CancunCruz and his poor Texans to the historic landing of the Mars Rover. Enjoy this collection of more than three dozen political cartoons by my favorite cartoonists from my subscription service and ones I follow on Twitter who've given re-post permission. And if you want to see even more cartoons from the week check out my Mitch McTurtle…

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Rush Limbaugh's Toxic Legacy in Cartoons
Decades of Cartoons Define Rush Limbaugh’s Toxic Legacy

This fascinating collection of nearly 50 Rush Limbaugh cartoons (from the archives of my subscription service going back to 2003) is part stroll down memory lane, but mostly a jarring recap of the controversial radio host's impact on American culture and conservative politics. Limbaugh, the original bigoted conspiracy theorist, was the precursor to Donald Trump. I posited this week that the quick chorus of goodbye and good riddance that emerged upon news of Limbaugh's death will…

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Rush Limbaugh by Randall Enos, Easton, CT
Limbaugh’s Goodbye and Good Riddance Will Be Trump’s One Day Too

If there's any doubt about how contemporaries will view the life and impact of Donald Trump, look no farther than how voices large and small weighed in on news of Rush Limbaugh's death this week. The conservative media blowhard lost his battle with cancer at age 70 on Wednesday, and within minutes love poured in from the extremist right, but was quickly doused by those who loathed the controversial radio host. Views expressed on social…

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Ted Cruz Ditches Texans for Cancun Vacation | Wolverpeen Cartoon by Billy Leake on Twitter @idrawfunstuff
Cruz Ditches Frozen Texans for Cancun Vacation – Is Now a Good Time To Break Out the Ted-With-Penis-Hands Cartoon?

This is a rhetorical question. Of course it's the perfect time to feature this delightful (and layered) cartoon by illustrator Billy Leake that I've been saving for just such a moment. And I suspect cartoonists are hard at work today parodying Senator Ted Cruz's (R-TX) escape to an all-inclusive Mexican resort while his constituents freeze and starve back home -- which I'll dutifully collect in my usual weekend roundup of the week's political cartoons. I…

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This Week in Political Cartoons - Mitch McTurtle Edition!
This Week in Political Cartoons – Mitch McTurtle Edition!

#MitchMcConnell, #MoscowMitch ... let's add #MitchMcTurtle to the many names of Senate Minority (that feels so good to type) Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), shall we? Enjoy this Mitchy collection of a dozen political cartoons from the week and a few from the archives! All artists are from my subscription service or those I follow on Twitter who offer re-posting permission to this blog.   [caption id="attachment_2268" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Profile in Cowardice by Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com…

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Trump Extinction by Osama Hajjaj, Jordan
From The Big Lie to The Big Reveal – Three Big Impeachment Wins for Progressives

Now that everyone's simmered down and weighing in on Saturday's impeachment verdict, I'd like to point out that progressives are actually the true winners from last week's political drama. Let's take a pause from the whining and bitching to consider these three key gains as fallout from the trial. Trump has been neutered, rendered ineffectual from public life and politics that matter [caption id="attachment_2242" align="alignright" width="272"] Trump Opened America's Pandora Box by Peter Kuper, PoliticalCartoons.com[/caption]…

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This Week in Political Cartoons - The Complete Impeachment 2021 Edition
This Week in Political Cartoons – The Complete 2021 Impeachment Edition

Curating this fabulous edition of political cartoons from Impeachment 2021 week kept me sane! Enjoy this updated collection of 66 Impeachment-themed political cartoons (on 3 pages) from all my favorite subscription cartoonists and satirists from Twitter who've given re-post permission!   [caption id="attachment_2217" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Small Hands Trump by Bart van Leeuwen, PoliticalCartoons.com @BartOedipoes[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_2229" align="aligncenter" width="724"] The Movement Has Just Begun by John Buss @repeat1968[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2255" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Senator…

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A Rebuttal for THIS by Pat Byrnes, PoliticalCartoons.com
Court of Public Opinion Will Convict Trump, Not Flaccid Senators

We should expect nothing less, and yet why are we still surprised when the bulk of limp and floppy Republicans show their true colors? Yesterday's opening arguments in Donald Trump's second impeachment trial -- devoted purely to the procedural question of whether the Senate has constitutional authority to try him -- perfectly foreshadowed that cowardly Republican Senators lack the character, fortitude and cajones to do the right thing. No amount of sound legal arguments, emotional…

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Republicans Created A Monster by Bob Englehart, PoliticalCartoons.com
It’s Official — The GOP is now the Party of QAnon and Space Lasers, Fighting Baby-Eating Pedophiles

A new poll shows Republican voters prefer Marjorie Taylor Greene over Liz Cheney by a wide margin -- poll conducted before Greene's denouncement of conspiracy theories today (and getting booted from two House committees) It's been quite the 24-hour whirlwind inside the House of Representatives, which culminated in a party-line vote today to strip MTG (Marjorie Taylor Greene) of two committee assignments due to her incendiary remarks, videos and social media posts espousing violence against other…

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Coronavirus Groundhog 2021 by Rick McKee, CagleCartoons.com | Groundhog Flu 2018 by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
Two Groundhogs, Two Forecasts — My Bet’s On Staten Island Chuck!

Improving virus and economy plus tons of political schadenfreude point to a brighter future Who knew the nation had more than one marmot meteorologist? While Punxsutawney Phil always steals the spotlight on Groundhog Day, there's a rival rodent in New York City called Staten Island Chuck, who's actually a better predictor of winter forecasts and hasn't gotten his due props. [caption id="attachment_1336" align="alignright" width="465"] Where's your dang mask? by John Darkow, Columbia Missourian[/caption] In a live-streamed,…

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Super Villain Josh Hawley confused why people don't like him after inciting insurrection. Cartoon "Josh Hawley" by Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com
Super Villain Josh Hawley Doesn’t Know Why People Don’t Like Him. Seriously.

Seditious traitor Josh Hawley took to the gossip rag New York Post yesterday, to complain his free speech is being muzzled and people don't like him after he instigated the January 6 Capitol riot. No, this is not a Fark headline. He is that clueless, or more likely just pretending to be. Hawley, a Republican Senator from Missouri, has been roundly thrashed for his role in the storming of the Capitol by MAGA insurrectionists three…

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Even More Bernie Memes from the Jan 20, 2021 Inauguration
Even More Bernie Memes (Yes, It’s Still a Thing) Including Tattoos!

It's week two of the Biden administration and Bernie Memes are still around! This can only mean one thing -- that the nation is stable because the adults are back in charge. Raise your hand if you've noticed a less-frenzied new cycle since Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took office six days ago. Like others I'm now seeing a personal news feed somewhat reminiscent of the pre-Trump terror era, a al late 2014. (Yes, we…

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Trump leaves Biden a note by John Darkow, Columbia Missourian
Leaked! Trump’s Note to Biden Asks for Pardon, Disses MyPillow Guy and Coach Bill Belichick

A super duper secret source within the White House has confirmed the contents of the presidential note Donald Trump left for Joe Biden in the Resolute Desk -- and it was penned in Sharpie. Biden confirmed on Inauguration Day that Trump had indeed left the personal note, but would not reveal its contents out of respect for Trump's privacy. Biden called it "a very generous letter," while a Trump aid told CNN it was written on Trump's…

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Twitter Gets Emotional During Biden-Harris Inauguration Jan. 20, 2021
Tears, Cheers and Jeers – Twitter Gets Emotional During Inauguration

As a new era dawned during the Biden-Harris inauguration, Twitter got emotional and emptied stockpiles of Kleenex. Tears for the joyful, cheers for the ceremony, and jeers for the departing were common themes. The following is a snapshot in time of random and high profile Twitter expressions within a few hours of today's inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. [caption id="attachment_870" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Twitter throws shade at the outgoing 45th president[/caption]…

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Happy Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021!
Happy Inauguration Day! Let’s Celebrate with Some Cartoons!

It's been a l-o-n-g four years and most of us made it -- we're finally here! Today's the day we replace a terrible president with a true leader, a wholeheartedly decent man who will help America reclaim its soul. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office at 12 noon today, formally ushering out the end of an error (not a typo). Donald Trump's four-year reign of terror and…

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Trump's Four Years Chronicled by Political Cartoonist Stephane Peray
One Last Laugh at a Terrible President Through the Eyes of a French Cartoonist

Political cartoonist Stephane Peray offers hysterical chronicle of Donald Trump's reign of terror and idiocy. While no one in their right mind (save scholars and historians) will want to revisit the Trump years, this recap of the outgoing president's cringe-worthy and blessedly short era is so worth visiting. The talent and side-splitting humor of political cartoonist Stephane "Stephff" Peray perfectly captured the insanity of our unhinged U.S. president like no other. And the fact that…

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Cuban American Artist Edel Rodriguez's Minimalist Rage Defined the Era of Trump
A Tribute to Edel Rodriguez, Whose Trumprageous Art Defined an Era and Gave Us Hope

In a fitting end to the Trump era, artist Edel Rodriguez closes out his nemesis's presidency with one last magazine cover -- a tattered and torn American flag at half staff, that perfectly sums up not just the failed MAGA coup, but the last four years. The cover image, which appears on today's issue of The New Yorker, is titled "After the Insurrection." Rodriguez, who as a teenager fled with his family to the U.S.…

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Oh My Pillow Guy How Do You Sleep at Night After Pushing Martial Law
Oh MyPillow Guy, How Do You Sleep at Night After Pushing Martial Law?

Probably on an adjustable interlocking-foam-filled premium pillow is my guess, but also maybe fitfully, because the MAGA coup failed and the only recourse left is martial law. Obviously. In fact so clear is this strategy to save MAGAworld from Joe Biden and the Libs, that MyPillow Guy Mike Lindell briefed Donald Trump about this very thing yesterday at the White House. We have Washington Post staff photographer Jabin Botsford and his telephoto lens to thank for…

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Why did Fox just reveal Biden's location the night before his inauguration?
Why Did Fox Just Reveal Biden’s Location for Inaugural Eve?

Do we need to ask why Fox News is the only media outlet to manufacture a fake news story so it can reveal Joe Biden's whereabouts the night before the inauguration? This is not a rhetorical question. In a non-bylined pretend story posted over night, Fox's website leads a "Live Update" section with a headline announcing where President Elect Biden and his wife will be staying the night before his inauguration. A total of three…

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Les Deplorables by R.J. Matson, CQ Roll Call
Inside Job – MAGA Leader Says GOP Reps Biggs, Brooks and Gosar Helped Plan Insurrection

As Republicans grapple with purging their own deplorables, three new GOPers are identified as helping to plan the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. All three are House Congressional Republicans -- two from Arizona: Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, and Mo Brooks from Alabama. The Washington Post reports today that all three lawmakers have been named as complicit in last week's deadly riot in a now-deleted Twitter video (that still lives here) made by a…

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Orignal Cartoon - Trump departure by Tom Janssen, The Netherlands
Melania’s Feelings Are Hurt, Twitter Says I Really Don’t Care Do U?

After five days of silence Melania Trump issued a whiney, plagiarized statement about the January 6 Capitol riot, ignoring her husband's role as ring leader and saying people are being mean to her. Twitter yawned and said, I really don't care do U? Yesterday's tone-deaf statement, heavily plagiarized from one of her earlier speeches, completely misjudges the mood of the country. Shocker. The not-for-much-longer First Lady condemned last week's violence without addressing its cause (her…

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All the Best Political Cartoons from a Horrendous and Monumental Week
All the Best Political Cartoons from a Horrendous and Monumental Week

I don't normally submit a post with my round-ups of the week's best political cartoons, but this is an exceptional week -- and not in a good way aside from Democrats capturing two Georgia Senate seats. Due to the sheer number of monumental events we witnessed as a nation this week, political cartoonists worked overtime producing an unprecedented number of illustrations serving as commentary on the week. I culled very few from my subscription service…

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Who will be Washington's Top Assling After Trump's Eviction, Josh Hawley or Ted Cruz?
Who Will Be Washington’s Top Jackass After Trump’s Eviction?

With only 12 days until Donald Trump's eviction (unless he's impeached first) one big question is who will replace him as Washington's Top Assling when he's gone? Yes I am binging The New Kingdom while watching Democracy burn, and also noticing Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz are locked in a tight race to carry the mantle as Top Turd. Trump, Hawley and Cruz are now all pariahs, all given ownership to Wedneday's Insurrection…

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MAGA Rioters wanted by D.C. Police as "Persons of Interest"
In Ultimate Darwinian Move, MAGA Insurgents Help Police ID Them by Shunning Masks, Posting to Social Media

Twenty-four hours after storming the Capitol in Trump's failed coup, MAGA foot soldiers are being identified for their crimes by citizen sleuths based on a growing collection of photos from the insurgency. The Metro Police of Washington D.C. is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for anyone who can help ID "persons of interest" on its website and/or tips which will lead to the arrest and indictment of yesterday's anarchists. Four people died after…

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Democracy's Return to Flight by Jeff Koterba, CagleCartoons.com
Unhinged Trump Incites D.C. Coup, Then Tries to Un-Do it by Tweet

WTF just happened today? I have changed the headline to this story three times already. First I was writing about Merrick Garland being Joe Biden's pick for Attorney General. Then I was linking that tidbit to Mitch McConnell's Senate floor speech, one of the finest of his careers I posit, one that left liberals especially grateful for  his rebuking Donald Trump's insane quest to overturn November's election. McConnell, I duly note, is now outgoing Majority…

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Donald Trump wants to escape Biden's Inauguration at Scotland gold club, but Scotland says no
Scotland Foils Trump’s Inauguration Escape Plan, Says No Can Do (Covid, Remember?)

Despite Donald Trump's bluster about "fighting like hell" to keep the presidency, he was planning an escape to Scotland just one day before his term ends. Except the First Minister of Scotland says Um, no, that's not happening. A Scottish newspaper reported Sunday that U.S. military flight preparations were being made at Scotland's Prestwick airport, near Trump's Turnberry golf club, that indicate "Trump is going to be somewhere for an extended period,” the paper quoted a source as…

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Find Me Votes by Ed Wexler, CagleCartoons.com
Buckle Up Kids, Democracy’s In for a Bumpy Ride!

An increasingly desperate, delusional and dumb-as-duck president kicks off historic week in Washington with criminal phone call caught on tape. Oh God, it's only Monday. With 16 days to go until his ouster, Donald Trump once again stars in a sh*t show of his own making, a penultimate, Red Wedding episode that will end predictably but not without substantial carnage. Episode "Criminal Call" began yesterday when The Washington Post reported on a (even by Dotard…

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No Magazine Covers for You! by Olive America
No Magazine Covers for Melania — Gee I Wonder Why?

One of Donald Trump's many grievances this past week is that leading U.S. fashion magazines haven't put Melania on any of their covers while she's been First Lady. Breitbart News pointed this out a twitter post last Friday and Trump re-tweeted it, adding that Melania was the "greatest of all time" First Ladies and the fashion press were "elitist snobs" for snubbing her. I would like to point out that Melanie did grace one style…

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Donald Trump Pardons Charles Kushner
Sex, Lies and Videotape — Inside the Pardon of Charles Kushner

Raise your hand if you'd like to know a little more about convicted felon and just-pardoned father of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. I thought so. Once upon a time Charles Kushner, 66, served 14 months in a federal prison for tax evasion, making illegal campaign donations and witness tampering -- and not your every day, garden variety type of witness tampering either. This witness tampering included Kushner hiring a hooker to have sex with his brother-in-law,…

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All I Want for Christmas Is for My Pillow Guy to Go Away, by Olive America
All I Want for Christmas Is for My Pillow Guy to Go Away

To be clear, I'm not wishing the My Pillow Guy ill, I just want him off my f*cking television. Is that asking too much? Mike Lindell a.k.a. the My Pillow Guy, is everywhere and I can't escape him. His ads promising the best night's sleep of your life on his lumpy bumpy pillows overrun cable TV like Corona at the White House. I'm a channel flicker and usually work to the din of CNN, MSNBC…

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Santa and fog by Dave Granlund, PoliticalCartoons.com
Confirmed! Dr. Fauci Vaccinated Santa!

The country's top infectious disease expert and National Treasure Dr. Anthony Fauci has confirmed he personally just gave Santa Claus the Coronavirus vaccine! And while we don't know Santa's precise age or whether he has any co-morbidities (my money is on Type II diabetes) his status as an essential worker no doubt qualified him for the vaccine -- and just in the "Nick" of time for Santa's Christmas Eve sleigh ride and gift-delivering tour. Dr.…

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Trump Biggest Loser by Rick McKee, Counterpoint, and Sarah Palin in Marilyn pose by Riber Hansson, Sydsvenskan, Sweden
Will Trump Reboot The Apprentice, Fizzle Like Sarah Palin or Both?

These burning questions were hotly debated yesterday on MSNBC in the wake of new reporting by The Daily Beast that Donald Trump has been thinking about resurrecting his former NBC hit TV series The Apprentice or The Celebrity Apprentice in his post-presidency. TDB reports: In the past two weeks, the people familiar with the matter note, Trump has casually slipped into conversation lines such as, “How would you like to see The Apprentice come back?” and…

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Pompeo Party Fail by Olive America, Original Pompeo Sketch by Arcadio Esquivel, Costa Rica
Pompeo Party Fail – No-Shows, Cancellation and Quarantine Mark Superspreader Events

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan invited 900 guests to an indoor Superspreader Christmas party this week, but fewer than 70 people actually showed up. That included Pompeo himself who was mysteriously AWOL for the event. But then we learned why yesterday, when it was revealed Pompeo had been exposed to Covid. The State Department was elusive about where and how Pompeo became exposed, saying only that he had tested negative and was quarantining.…

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Is there a dick in the house? by Olive America
Is There a Dick in the House?

Let me answer that -- most definitely. And by Dick, I'm referring to Wall Street Journal editorial writer Joseph Epstein, whose op-ed piece from yesterday disparaged soon-to-be First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for using the title "Dr." even though she doesn't deliver babies. (She has a Doctorate in Education.) The piece, titled "Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.,"  which first appeared online Friday night, has not gone…

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Two magazines and Supreme Court hand Trump triple loss
Biden Wins Again and Again and Again as Trump Piles up Triple Loss in 24 Hours

Two magazines and Supreme Court hand Trump triple loss in 45's most terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 24 hours to date This Biden winning again business never gets old. And neither does the flip side of saying Trump loses again. Whether its a Supreme Court smackdown or an internationally recognized magazine branding Trump a loser, the schadenfreude just keeps coming. This particularly tough week for Donald Trump ended with a triple whammy in his loser…

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Typhoid Rudy and Sidekick Jenna Now Spreading Bullshit and Covid
Typhoid Rudy and Sidekick Jenna Now Spreading Bullshit AND Covid!

Axios's Jonathan Swan has the savory scoop of the day in reporting that Trump fraud-fighting attorney and sidekick to Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, has tested positive for Covid-19. This comes one day after Giuliani, 76, was hospitalized with Covid at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C. Ellis was last seen giving Rudy the literal stink-eye during a voter fraud hearing last week in Michigan, after the microphone picked up a couple of Rudy's farts. The…

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Hall of Shame for Pardoned General Mike Flynn
Hall of Shame: Pardoned Criminal General Mike Flynn Wants Martial Law and New Election

Recently pardoned criminal and Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, echoed calls for Donald Trump to declare martial law and hold a new election this week, by retweeting the absurd credo of an Ohio-based Neo-conservative group. The fringe political group “We The People Convention” took out a full-page ad in the Washington Times on Tuesday, urging Trump to “immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal…

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Trump Regime Ends
The Great Unf*cking of America Begins

Donald Trump caves to bi-partisan pressure, lets Biden's transition begin After two weeks of trying to steal the election from Joe Biden, worst-president-of-all-time Donald Trump caved to bi-partisan pressure and grudgingly allowed Emily Murphy, his head of U.S. General Services Administration, to grant government access and funding necessary for Biden's transition. Yesterday Murphy, a MAGA foot solider and "Karen" of the highest order, finally did her fucking job and authorized the transition after a more…

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Donald Trump Described as Liar, Charlatan, Ignorant and Ass
He Who Must Not Be Named

Soon-to-be-ex and worst-president-of-all-time does not deserve title of office he defiles I am seeing a growing number of media pundits refuse to use the political office title in front of Donald Trump's name. This is a not-so-subtle acknowledgement that he's un-deserving of the office he has defiled since he was accidentally elected in 2016. Add me to the list. A popular substitute is the number "45" because he is our 45th president -- and mercilessly…

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Lord of the Rigged Elections by Stephane Peray, Thailand
Good News! Poll Shows Only One-Third of Voters Believe Election Was Stolen

Monmouth University poll shows most voters (even some in MAGA Country) don't believe the election was rigged A new Monmouth University Poll out today shows 60% of its respondents believe Joe Biden won the election fair and square. It's worth noting that Trump received 47.3 % of the popular vote to Biden's 51%, so that 60% contains 13% of MAGA voters who have not bought Trump's election fraud bullshit. I find this data to be…

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Fake Covid Real Voter Fraud in MAGA Country
MAGA Country in the Upside Down

South Dakota Covid patients deny they have Covid even as they gasp for breath South Dakota ER Nurse Jodi Doering is still making news after tweeting earlier this week about her hospital experience with multiple Covid patients denying the virus is real, even as they gasp for breath and lie intubated. She said they scream at her that Joe Biden is going to ruin the country, demand "magic medicine" and question why she wears PPE,…

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Trump Shit Show is Cancelled!
Trump Shit Show is Cancelled!

Voters overwhelmingly decline to renew the reality horror show for another season The Nielsen ratings are in and viewers overwhelmingly decided not to renew the Trump Shit Show for another season! Just 64 days remain of this dark-comedy-horror-reality program, because its loser cast of grifters, sycophants and foot soldiers are being evicted from The People's House.  This will happen whether TheDonald concedes or not. Battleground state margins are too big to be overturned by recounts…

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Olive is the founder and editor of Cartoon State, a progressive blog that explores the drollery of U.S. politics in the age of Trumpism.