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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Democrats must shed their apathy, get off the sidelines and vote out Trump loyalists

"The Big Lie" is from cartoonist Bill Day, who lampoons the false and misleading statements that have defined the presidency of Donald J. Trump, including his repeated claim there was "no collusion" with the Russians before the 2016 election, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Find more cartoons at Cagle.com
Bob Englehart, onetime cartoonist for the Hartford Courant, shows a Trump supporter handing out "VOTE DEMOCRAT" fliers because "I just love America more!" than "I love Trump."



HACKENSACK, N.J. -- My mail-in ballot for the Nov. 6 midterm elections for Congress has arrived, and I'll be voting a straight Democratic line.

My hope -- and the hope of millions of other Americans -- is that we can swing control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to the Democratic Party, and start fixing all the damage to our democracy and the division we've seen since President Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.

"Since the beginning of the Trump administration, it seems there has been a new crisis roiling our nation nearly every day," Columnist Michelle Alexander writes in today's New York Times: 
"A new, jaw-dropping allegation of corruption, a new wave of repression at the border, another nod to white nationalism or blatant misogyny, another attack on basic civil rights, freedom of the press or truth itself.
"Invariably, these disturbing events are punctuated by Trump's predictable yet repugnant Twitter rants."

This is the illustration that ran with The Times' investigation, "The Plot to Subvert an Election." 

'The Russia story so far'

Last week, The Times published "The Plot to Subvert an Election," an investigation that unravels "the Russia story so far."

"For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack -- hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies -- and President Trump's claims that it's all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means."

"The Russians carried out a landmark intervention that will be examined for decades to come," The Times said: 
"Acting on the personal animus of" Russian President Vladimir V. Putin..., "well-connected Russians worked aggressively to recruit or influence people inside the Trump campaign.
"And there is a plausible case that ... Putin succeeded in delivering the presidency to his admirer ... Trump, though it cannot be proved or disapproved."

Wear a wire?

The Times followed with another bombshell, reporting that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the special counsel's investigation, suggested last year that he should secretly record Trump to expose the administration's chaos, and discussed invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president from office.

Predictably, Rosenstein denied the story, and competing newspapers quoted sources who claimed he was being sarcastic.

Lampooning President Trump's lack of empathy for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. cartoonist Bruce Plante of the Tulsa World has the insensitive lout telling two people in water up to their neck in the Carolinas to "have a good time."
Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Daily Star examines how men on a U.S. Senate committee are treating Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accuses Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers. "Why should we believe any woman?" one says. "Why ruin a good man?" says another. "Speed it up," says a third. "We're on a schedule."

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