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).
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
Ben Garrison, who drew this cartoon, will be a guest at the White House on Thursday for the social media summit.
It’s important to note the name in the upper right hand corner. The Rothschilds have been the subject of Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories for centuries. pic.twitter.com/fgp4ZPn8GA
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 9, 2019
When reached for comment, Garrison’s team said they would provide a statement later in the day.
Donald Trump is now censoring his own base https://t.co/mPGidpjShK
— Virginia Dare (@vdare) July 10, 2019