A Cartoonist – Ben Garrison had his invitation to the White House recalled after one of his cartoons was “labeled anti-Semitic,” Politico reported.
Administration official tells me that Garrison “is no longer attending” Thursday summit. https://t.co/Em1oJtP8Dh
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 10, 2019
On July 5th, Garrison posted the invitation to the Social Media Summit on Twitter, thanking Donald Trump.
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) July 5, 2019
The cartoon in question that led to him being disinvited to the White House is this one, which features George Soros pulling the strings of two high-ranking military officials, and in the shadow a hand with the nametag “Rothschilds” can be seen pulling Soros’ strings.
On his website, Ben Garrison said that it wasn’t anti-Semitic to critique Soros or the Rothschilds and that it had been done before.
He even shared a message from Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski, the Grand Rabbi of Koblentz, in which the Rabbi expressed support for Garrison and said that the flak he was getting was unjustified.
“I just wanted to congratulate you on your invitation to the White House. As a proud American and a practitioner of Judaism who tries to take my faith seriously, I want to encourage you to keep up the good fight and not worry when heretics call your art “anti-Semitic”. Judaism is a religion, not a race and evil heretics like Soros and the secularist Rothschild bankers have nothing to do with my community of faith. The Left is trying to separate us, but what unites us as Americans is our freedom and liberty, and I fully support your First Amendment Rights, and I happen to agree with a lot of what you have to say.
Please send warmest regards to our great President!”
Previously, Garrison made a cartoon showing “The Big Club,” famously cited by comedian George Carlin, who said that “It’s a Big Club. And YOU ain’t in it! You and I are not in the big club….”
Regardless, going against the narrative in recent months has shown detrimental to numerous specifically right-wing speakers, influencers, artists and personalities.
It is either being anti-Semitic or practicing “hate speech” against the LGBT community and saying that one was censored meant the censored individual was “playing the victim card.”
Some people on Twitter immediately accused Ben Garrison of practicing anti-Semitism and following the footsteps of anti-Semites and Neo-Nazis who earlier defaced his work.
Ok, taking it back. Sad to see a person who used to whine about being targeted by antisemites and neo-Nazis for defacing his artwork – now practicing the same vile Antisemitism. @GrrrGraphics, shame on you. https://t.co/6O4M3VZkQ7
— Ido Daniel (@IdoDaniel) July 9, 2019
Others even drew connections with “white supremacist Richard Spencer,” who also lives in Whitefish, Montana, where Garrison currently resides in.
Garrison moved to Whitefish, Montona which, despite having only 7,500 people its been in the news as the home to the 2 person electric company given the contract to rebuild Puerto Rico, disgraced Secretary Zinke, and the adopted home of white supremacists like Richard Spencer
— Robert (@robertbenda) July 9, 2019
Garrison issued a statement on July 10th, which reads:
“Yesterday I had a discussion with the White House and we came to the conclusion that my presence at the Social Media Summit would be a media distraction from the President’s message. They were nice about it, but naturally, I’m disappointed.”
“… It is obvious to anyone with common sense that I am not anti-Semitic. I have received many emails of support from my Jewish friends. I’m not anti-Semitic merely because the ADL says I am.”
Official Statement from Ben Garrison on the White House Social Media Summit pic.twitter.com/4UVbpi0uRK
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) July 10, 2019
Attorney Robert Barnes pitched in, saying that it would be ironic to sue the Anti-Defamation League for defamation of character.
It will be ironic to have to sue the "Anti-Defamation League" for…defamation. (ADL covered up racism previously when it suited their allies). Yet, they continue to libel @GrrrGraphics with a fake cartoon falsely ascribed to him. Retract, or get sued @ADL https://t.co/azzFDlUyZv
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) July 10, 2019
Scott Adams suggested that it would be a good idea to make a “What the hell were you thinking?” clarification of the Rothschild comic.
It might help to do a “What the hell were you thinking?” clarification on your Rothschild comic.
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) July 10, 2019
To which Ben Garrison had the following to say:
“Don’t play the Left’s game
If you criticize Soros/ Rothschild you’re anti-Semitic
If you criticize Obama, you’re racist
If you criticize Hillary Warren, You’re misogynist
If you criticize Open borders, You’re a xenophobe
If you criticize Climate change, You’re anti-science”
Others immediately called him a “blatant racist” and not “just an anti-Semite.”
here’s just one example. So, again, as a Jew myself, I want to say don’t focus just on his rank anti-Semitism. He’s racist against so many others. pic.twitter.com/yNfKzSx580
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) July 10, 2019
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