From cartoonist Clay Jones about ‘The Endorsement’s in the Bag,’ Sarah Palin suffering a minor stroke during her Trump endorsement, and not going for the obvious as a cartoonist
Oh happy day! Sarah Palin’s back. Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for president today. The only way life could get better for a political cartoonist would be if Trump makes her his veep pick while ditching Melania and proposing to her.
Palin chose between Trump and Ted Cruz. Even if you’re choosing between those two for your vote, you’re a special kind of stupid. She endorsed Cruz for his Senate run, and he was very saddened not to get her support this time as he wouldn’t be required to go duck hunting with camo makeup on his face like he had to do for the endorsement of those Duck Dynasty lunatics.
It was Trump’s second endorsement of the day. Earlier in the day, he picked up the endorsement from John Wayne’s family. Trump talked about how John Wayne, from Iowa, displayed toughness and a manly swagger (I made that up, but it’s the gist of what he said). John Wayne, real name “Marion,” served World War II on a movie set. He never shot at anyone nor was he shot at. He wasn’t even a real cowboy, but he was a white supremacist. So I’m sure the endorsement from his family is really going to cement that conservative Iowa vote. At least he didn’t do a Michele Bachmann and confuse John Wayne with the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, though perhaps with relatives still available, they can endorse Ted Cruz.
Palin showed up at a Trump event and gave a speech that totally wowed the crowd. Wowed or confused them. It was hard to tell, but they were really quiet. There’s speculation that a large percentage of the crowd were college kids forced to attend while pledging a fraternity.
During her speech Sarah uttered such brilliants Palinisms as status quo slurping off the gravy train, safety nets into hammocks, “rock ‘n’ rollers and holy rollers” make the world go round, Right-wingin’, bitter-clingin’, proud clingers of our guns, our God, and our religions and our Constitution, wearing political correctness like a suicide vest, drill baby drill, squirmishes, yelling Allah Akbar, no more pussyfooting around, and can I get a hallelujah for the main thing.
So after hearing her speech, we’re pretty sure she either endorsed Trump or suffered a tiny stroke.
Any time I say something even the slightest bit critical of Palin, right wingers really come after me. It’s always amusing to be insulted by people who share Palin’s clarity and intellect. At least I think they’re insulting me. Again, it’s hard to tell exactly if they’re making a point or if they too are suffering from tiny strokes.
I was going with another idea, but I tweeted out the caption of this cartoon just on a lark and without any intention of it being my cartoon. Then I started to like it, and when I went to delete the post on Facebook, it had over 30 likes and a bunch of comments, so I let it stay. People told me it should be my cartoon, so it’s my cartoon. I don’t like to reveal my idea before I draw it (a few of my colleagues show roughs before they publish their cartoons). I prefer the reader to experience the writing, punch line, viewpoint, etc, in the cartoon for the first time when they’re reading it.
I also had two other ideas for different subjects when the Palin news broke. I had to go with a Palin/Trump cartoon.
Here’s my first idea, which I killed because it’s obvious. The New York Daily News used the same theme.