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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 Comandante Trump, El Jefe, the gringo strongman!

That’s the image our current Commander-in-Chief seems to be cultivating. He has surrounded himself with generals, he cavalierly threatens war with all “bad hombres,” he is drastically bulking up military spending and he imperiously slaps foreign leaders, whole ethnic groups, and entire nations with demeaning tweets and public rants. Posing as Patton-on-the-Potomac, President Donald Trump is out to “Make America Feared Again.”

How is that working out? Look south, to Mexico. Our bellicose president has repeatedly blasted Mexicans again and again as marauding thieves, murderers and rapists. Adding injury to insult, the smirking Trump pledged that he would immediately seal off Mexico by building a 1,800-mile-long, 30-foot high wall — which he described as “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful.” But the big man and his big wall are crumbling in the face of reality. Start with the cost: $21.6 billion! The congressional leaders of Trump’s own party couldn’t choke down a number that big, so the interim budget agreement they passed in April provided exactly zero dollars to start building his wall.

Then there’s the reality of illegal entry into our country. First, two-thirds of undocumented people living here enter legally, zipping through customs with a valid visa. Then, when their visa expires, they just stay here. No wall will affect this big majority of immigrants — they would literally walk through or fly over Trump’s massive monument to futility. Second, these days, most people crossing the Mexican border illegally are not Mexicans, but El Salvadorans, Hondurans, Guatemalans and other Central Americans, many of which are children fleeing gangs that are routinely kidnapping, raping and murdering kids. Furthermore, the fastest growth in illegal immigration is not from Latinos, but people from Asian nations.

As President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico, the problem that world powers have when they pick fights with seemingly powerless countries is that even small dogs have sharp teeth. His scheme for a wall is collapsing because some two-thirds of the U.S. public simply aren’t buying that boondoggle and most people think it is just plain stupid. But Mexicans are the ones blunting Trump’s other major attack on them — an attempt to slap a 20-percent border tax on Mexican products shipped into the U.S.

“Nobody knows more about trade than me,” The Donald crowed during his presidential run. Narcissistic hyperbole aside, it turns out that Mexican farmers do know a lot more about corn than he does. And they also know that a lot of U.S.-Mexico trade consists of corn.

Until NAFTA, Mexico was a corn exporter. But grain trading giants such as Cargill wrote provisions into NAFTA to rig the rules so they could grab Mexico’s corn market. They drove hundreds of thousands of Mexican producers out of business and Mexico — where corn originated — dependent on imports from the U.S.

But now, Mexicans are turning that imported corn into a political weapon against Trump’s trade bluster. Rather than buy from the U.S., they’re negotiating to import corn from Brazil, and even more significant, they’re planning to invest in their own farmers to make Mexico self-sufficient again in this important crop.

Mexico’s counter-offensive has caused apoplexy among congressional Republicans from the U.S. Corn Belt. About 75 percent of Iowa’s corn, for example, goes to Mexico, and losing that market would devastate Iowa’s economy.

So, the “little dog” bit Trump on the rump, and the “big dog” has now backed away from his border-tax idea — having learned that even farmers know more about trade than he does. Far from making America feared, much less “great” — Trump’s foolish belligerence is making him a global laughingstock.

To find out more about Jim Hightower, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at www.creators.com.

 

 

51 Responses to Trumpty Dumpty: He’s Off The Wall

    • I keep forgetting. You need a third grade education to get Colbert. I guess the seven years you spend in second grade didn’t prepare you for the real world.

        • Sorry Ray, but Colbert was nothing better than a has been and now is even less. His ratings are poor and it’s only because Soros pays big dollars to sponsor him, does he stay on.
          Have you seen the foreign cartoons showing obozo bowing over and unzipping the Arab leader’s pants. Hmm, wonder what the next frame shows.

      • Poor fire, Colbert was never entertaining. Soros pays for his show or else he’d be like 1000 former Dem office holders – unemployed! Oh, I forgot, make than 1001, I neglected to count HilLIARy.

    • Imagine being so inarticulate and having such loathsome politics that you are incapable of communicating except via poorly-made memes made by Nazis.

      • Don’t even respond the that cretin who, when his avatar was his picture, is as dumb as he looks. That was the shortest distance from the eyebrows to a hairline I ever saw. His claim to intelligence was that he played football in high school. Teachers can tell you a lot about high school football players.

        • Boy you low information Dems just don’t get do you? President Trump got $1.5 billion to start the wall (yup, it’s in the budget) and this wasn’t even his budget. The first budget that any new president gets is from the former president. Thus, President Trump bamboozled $1.5 B for the wall. He also got $5 billion more for defense than what could have been expected. obozo had an agreement that any money given to defense would be matched, dollar-for-dollar with welfare money. Well, it seems that the Dems caved in on the $1.5 B for the wall and for $5 B extra for defense. So why didn’t the FAKE MSM inform you sheep of this? So go ahead and laugh. I know President Trump is.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner.

          • So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner. Less than 1 in 20 posts accurate! Ha, HA

          • Anyway. So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner. Ha, HA

          • Gosh. So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner. < 5% accurate!

          • So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Imagine being so crazy that you come back, month after month, to argue with a script that doesn’t even change its response. Holy crap.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner.
            What’s crazy is your accuracy rate of only 1 out of 20 statements being accurate! Why bother!

          • So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner.
            I think it’s hilarious that you keep changing your moniker, yet you haven’t improved your accuracy rate.

          • So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner.
            Change your name all you wish, but you’re still tallying inaccurate posts!

          • Uh huh. So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner.

          • So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner.
            Nope, no gold stars, just an accuracy rating of <5%! Less than one out of 20!

          • So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner.

            I just love seeing you get your butt kicked by so many other posters. But then again, you’re so easy pickings. With <5% of your statements being accurate, it's a wonder you even keep posting.

          • So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner.

          • Uh huh. So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

    • That was a given long before the election. I genuinely now believe he’s having a mental break and one of these days real soon they’ll need to remove him with a straitjacket

    • Just as monstrous sociopaths are born all the time, stupid people are born all the time. We just should be smarter than to elect them to public office,

  1. Trump has not only fallen off the wall, but he has more egg on his face than before. Making a fool of himself at the expense of the Russians(in the Oval Office no less).The photo-op, with Trump grinning like a simpleton, is being plastered all over media platforms, in Russia and on Twitter, and the WH is furious that they were tricked. DUH!

    • Poor AofP, as usual you are lacking in truth. So how come President Trump got $1.5 billion in obozo’s budget for the wall? And how did he get $5 billion extra for the military than obozo wanted? The first budget for any new president is really the budget from the outgoing president. Thus, for President Trump to sneak this by the Dems shows how low information you sheep are.
      And your comments about laughing at President Trump are not accurate. And don’t forget all the laughs at obozo bowing to the crotch of the arab leaders. Boy did that get the foreign press a good hoot. Some cartoons even showed obozo pulling on the arab leader’s zipper! Gee, I wonder what they implied that obozo was going to do after he pulled down their zipper? Ha, ha, ha.

        • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner. <10% accurate!

          • Uh huh. So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner. <5% accurate!

          • Yeah man. So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

          • Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of lies and earner of the title “usually inaccurate”: this message was automatically generated because you expressed interest in purchasing a Donald J. Trump presidential banner. <10% Correct and sinking fast!

          • Wow. So no link, huh. I just got voted Most Accurate And Best Poster and given six gold stars.

  2. Go, Mexico, buy corn from Brazil. It is time we show these gov’mint hating rural states that they need to get smart.

  3. Trump claim knowledge greater then the experts but Facts are facts and you can’t just make them up like Trump does.

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