Donald Trump likes to whine about the poor racists who get kicked off of social media for posting hateful, harmful posts and memes, calling it oppression and a violation of free speech. It begs the question: who would defend such people and what kind of president would suggest forcing privately-owned companies to spread their propaganda.
Man who drew a cartoon the @ADL calls “blatantly anti-Semitic” says he was invited to the White House for a social media summit https://t.co/Fzckv4rJbD https://t.co/nmH1zyCV7C pic.twitter.com/hvz4BpLNVt
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 6, 2019
Those people he’s defending are his friends and supporters, which tells us all we need to know about the current president. Not only has Trump invited Steve Bannon to work in the White House, as well as Ted Nugent, who made veiled threats against President Obama and called him “a mongrel,” now cartoonist and alt-right darling Ben Garrison announced on Saturday that he’s been invited to the White House, as well.
Wired reports that:
‘In Garrison’s work, “social justice warriors” are pudgy, pink-haired, and squalling; mainstream media outlets are metaphorical trash cans and dinosaurs; Islam is a murderous wolf devouring politically correct sheep. Hillary Clinton’s a corrupt witch, and President Trump is muscular, square-jawed, and beige, with flowing yellow hair. Garrison’s work appears regularly on Alex Jones’ Infowars.’
"Line Dancing" New #BenGarrison #cartoon #Trump #KimJongUn #NorthKorea #DMZVisit Take away Obama’s Peace Prize and give it to Trump. Read the Great post at https://t.co/zTQrxl9bfm pic.twitter.com/3mLEfg1PcN
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) July 1, 2019
Garrison, like Trump, likes to give interviews complaining about the oppression of the white man. For some time, he convinced his followers that liberals had called an art galley and reported him as a Nazi and a murderer. As it turns out, it was actually “hyper-conservative 4chan trolls and actual neo-Nazis” who made the call. They feel Garrison hasn’t gone far enough in his work to criticize minorities and there is evidence that they have manipulated some of work with the help of Russian trolls to make them worse than they are.
However, Garrison’s work is bad enough on its own. One of his cartoons featured Trump’s former national security advisor, H. R. McMaster, as a puppet of wealthy Jewish liberals like George Soros. Trump and McMaster famously clashed and Bannon often criticized him.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that:
‘Prominent alt lite blogger and radio host Mike Cernovich is spearheading an alt right and alt lite crusade against U.S. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, including using social media to attack General McMaster and creating a website seemingly designed to spread negative information and disinformation about the Trump administration official. Cernovich allegedly even commissioned a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon to use as part of his campaign against McMaster.’
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) July 2, 2019
Garrison’s most disgusting works, however, are not limited to McMaster, but also contains racist images of Michelle Obama, disparaging memes about the late Senator John McCain, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Heavy describes some of Garrison’s more controversial works by saying:
‘The ‘politically incorrect’ cartoons that aren’t published directly on grrgraphics.com include a depiction of “Potty John,” or Senator John McCain, drawn as a port-o-potty set in front of McCain’s grave marker. An explanation, which is included in the email, reads, “McCain is a traitor and having to watch the media and our Political elites calling him a “hero” and praising him during the state funeral was maddening. To counter this, I drew the “Johnny Potty” cartoon.”
‘Other ‘politically incorrect’ cartoons include a caricature of a frowning, muscle-bound Michelle Obama side by side with a slim, smiling Melania Trump (the caption reads “Make the First Lady Great Again”) and a depiction of a “European vacation” where European capitals have been dominated by Muslim terrorists.’
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) July 5, 2019