Checking for Monsters

Illustration by Scott Shields
Written by T. LeMonde

With tales of mansion sex parties and recorded testimonies detailing personal exploits floating around, it becomes increasingly evident that the gap between “sex offender” and “politician” isn’t as wide as one would hope. In fact, the two groups are practically hugging.

After being accused by upwards of 30 victims, and charged with four counts of unlawful sex with minors and one count of molestation, philanthropist and international sex ring aficionado, Jeffrey Epstein, pleaded guilty to two charges of soliciting prostitution. Although he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, he only served 13, during which he spent his time travelling between a private wing of the Palm Beach County stockade and his personal office.

Now, I’m no lawyer or judge – or sex offender for that matter – so take what I’m about to say with a grain of salt, but that all sounds pretty fucked up.

So how did such a sick man get such a sweet deal?

On one hot Miami morn in 2008, after perusing the 53 page indictment, current U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney of South Florida at the time, met with Epstein’s crack team of lawyers to work out a plea deal. Unlike most other Epstein related meetings, this one had a ‘no girls allowed’ policy, and therefore, no victims were present at the time. This group of like-minded individuals concocted a non-prosecution agreement which gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity to all federal criminal charges, halting any investigation into their extra-curricular activities.

But how could a group so knowledgeable in U.S. law not realize that they’d be breaking the law by keeping the deal a secret from Epstein’s many victims?

After a ten year battle, federal judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled that Acosta and his team had violated the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act. It is currently unknown whether the case against Jeffrey Epstein will, or can, be re-opened, but the backlash against Alex Acosta is palpable. In early February, a misconduct investigation was opened by the Office of Responsibility, and many are asking for his resignation and for him to testify before Congress.

White Supremacy and the ‘Okay’ Sign

Illustration by Ryan Little
Written by Ryan Little

The ‘okay’ sign is a fairly nondescript, unoffensive, everyday thing that people will do to show a simple ‘okay’. It’s an agreement, so in normal circumstances it might not be odd to see a white supremacist throwing up the hand-sign to mean just that. Just ‘okay’.

Unfortunately, we live in hell-world, and circumstances can never be normal.

In 2017, 4chan, more specifically its /pol/ board, proliferated a ‘joke’ that the hand-sign is a symbol of white supremacy, flooding social media with this messaging to the point where it began to get picked up by major news outlets and ethics watchdogs. Unsurprisingly, actual white supremacists, like Richard Spencer and Milo Yiannopoulos and David Duke, were pictured soon after flashing the ‘okay’ sign at talks and rallies in which they blatantly pushed their racist and stupid vomit into the mouths of those already deafened by the loads of shit pouring into their ears. The perpetrator of the Christchurch terrorist attack, who killed 49 innocent people and praised President Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose”, flashed the sign during his arraignment for press cameras;

when do things stop being a joke?

 

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Gag Orders

Illustration by Scott Shields on January 26th, 2017
Written by T. LeMonde

“They’re comfortable, but don’t have much support”, he giggled.

Through the flurry of signed executive orders at the start of his term, Trump took the time to issue a media blackout of many agencies, most notably the Environmental Protection Agency and United States Department of Agriculture. Although this is common practice during an administration’s transition period, in hopes of making any changes smoother and keeping confusion to a bare minimum, it could also be considered a very theatrical foreshadowing of how issues pertaining to climate change would be handled by the incoming Government.

Due to public outcry, the administration rescinded the gag orders on January 25th of 2017.

In a game of basketball between the White House and Mother Nature, this could definitely be seen as a point for the latter. But by introducing climate change skeptics and deniers such as Scott Pruitt and Doug Ericksen to top positions within the EPA, the game had been sufficiently rigged and the point was moot.

Birds of a Feather

Illustration by Scott Shields
Written by T. LeMonde

Fictitious narratives are currently trending.

On the day Donald Trump swore into presidency, Trump le Monde swore into existence.  Greeted by an equal amount of applause and concern for the future, it was evident that the next few years would be fruitful, and the adventures plentiful. Sadly, this great ship was not as resilient as it once believed, and found itself sinking into the sea of obscurity after only twelve weeks.

But we’re back, baby!

Through the surrounding waves of anger, condescension and calls of impeachment, we emerge; ready for what the future has to offer!

With an ever growing team of illustrators and writers, we hope to bring you a wide variety of perspectives, not just on American politics, but global politics in this time of Trump. So, to those that are still following this blog, thank you. To those of you who are just discovering this blog, welcome, and brace yourselves.

These seas are treacherous.