While everyone is focused on President Trump’s porn star escapades, EPA head Scott Pruitt is hard at work dismantling the health of the environment and human beings. Pruitt has built himself a secure little fortress, complete with a biometric door lock on his office, a soundproof communications booth with two-foot thick concrete and of course a seat in the first class cabin because it is away from those pesky American citizens who he finds so threatening.
As students and families head to Washington, D.C. and other cities across the country for the March for Our Lives, President Trump has a few choice words for the marchers. Trump seemed truly shocked by the horrific violence of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting. For a fleeting instant, talked sensible gun regulation, background checks and even made Dianne Feinstein beam gleefully. This time, the president was going to Make Things Happen! Then he met with the NRA.
Now that Rex Tillerson is out of the way, it looks like the scary fun is really going to begin. While Tillerson was happily gutting the State Department, his relationship with President Trump was deteriorating for a variety of reasons. Chief among them seemed to be that Ol’ Oilhound Rex wasn’t sufficiently “America First.”
When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he said, “I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people.” Apparently, he meant to say the most “shady and corrupt” judging by the state of his administration. Nearly every day brings a new story of self-dealing, lies and corruption.
It has been a stunning couple of weeks since the latest horrible outbreak of gun violence. After the brave students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida began their immediate activism, the conversation has changed. I’m surprisingly still optimistic one week after my previous cartoon.
After the horrific school shooting in Florida there may some be glimmers of hope. When bright, media-savvy high schoolers become politically active en masse, there is reason to hope. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are making an incredible impact on the media landscape, let’s hope they have a similar impact on legislation.
The Trump White House recently released their fantastical budget plan— fantastically cruel and fantastically phony at the same time. There is basically zero chance the Trump budget will be adopted in its current form, particularly because Congress just passed and the president signed a two-year budget deal.
A little over a year into President Trump’s first term of mayhem, most people seem to understand that there will be no “pivot” or “becoming president” for the unstable Tweeter-in-Chief. He is able to read from a teleprompter without shouting out racial slurs, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, when Stephen Miller writes your speech, you still sound like a crazy man.
February 8th is shaping up to be a big day in Congress. That is the day the United States’ short-term funding legislation expires. It’s also the day that DACA is fixed, disaster aid is arranged, military spending is worked out and a long-term budget agreement is finished. (If you’re reading this in the dystopian future, Feb. 8th is about three weeks away from now.)