Cartoonist Ben Garrison Disinvited From White House Summit After Cries Of Anti-Semitism

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Conservative political cartoonist Ben Garrison has been disinvited from a White House Social Media Summit on Thursday over cries of anti-Semitism, according to Politico Playbook

THE WHITE HOUSE told us last night that Ben Garrison, the cartoonist who drew this cartoon that has been widely labeled anti-Semitic, will no longer be attending the administration’s social media summit. As of Tuesday morning, Garrison was invited — he posted the invite he got on Twitter — and people in the administration were privately defending the invitation.

OF COURSE, it doesn’t take much to see why the cartoon is considered anti-Semitic. It shows the Rothschilds — a Jewish family — controlling George Soros, another Jew, on puppet strings, who, in return, has David Petraeus and H.R. McMaster wearing military garb, attached to puppet strings. Jews controlling the strings of government is a decades old anti-Semitic meme.

BUT IT DID TAKE ALL DAY to get the White House to engage on this subject. At first, they responded to questions about Garrison by offering a boilerplate statement saying that President DONALD TRUMP “wants to engage directly” with people who have experienced social media bias. But they wouldn’t say if and why he was invited, punting on the guest list. –Politico Playbook

The move comes after several prominent liberal pundits such as CNN‘s Jake Tapper and former Clinton campaign aide Yashar Ali brought to light a cartoon which was labeled Anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

Garrison issued a statement on Wednesday, which reads in part: “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 commnon 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.” 

Garrison notes that the ADL contines to “commit libel against me by having an altered cartoon on their site. It features a cartoon with the face of an offensive Jewish stereotype pasted over my cartoon. My signature remains on that cartoon and they are holding it up as an example of my anti-Semitism.” 

Attorney Robert Barnes is on the case:

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