Ben Garrison

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Ben Garrison
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ResidenceLakeside, Montana
EducationAngelo State University
OccupationPolitical cartoonist
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Tina Norton[1][2]

Ben Garrison is an American political cartoonist and artist.[3] He is a self-described libertarian,[4] and his cartoons often portray conservative figures and right wing politicians such as President Donald Trump.[3][5] In a 2015 interview with Breitbart News, he said he did not support any presidential candidate in the 2016 election, but said he admires Trump for "shaking up the neocon-controlled Republican Party."[6] He lives in Lakeside, Montana.


Garrison attended Angelo State University in the 1970s. He graduated magna cum laude from Angelo State in 1979, where he majored in art.[7]


Garrison originally wanted to pursue a career in the fine arts, but later began working as a graphic artist at the San Angelo Standard-Times instead, where his first editorial cartoon was published in 1980.[8] He only began making political cartoons after the financial crisis of 2007–2008,[9] which prompted him to resume drawing after a 20-year hiatus.[8]


In 2010, Garrison uploaded a cartoon to the Internet depicting the Eye of Providence kicking members of the public with its legs, which correspond to both the Democratic and Republican parties. Subsequently, an internet troll on 4chan posted an edited version of the cartoon in which the Eye of Providence has been replaced by an antisemitic caricature of a Jewish man ("Happy Merchant" by A. Wyatt Mann). Many other Internet trolls later edited some of Garrison's other cartoons in a similar fashion, and he has since been called the "most trolled cartoonist in the world."[10][11][12] Garrison's name and identity are often linked to white supremacy and anti-Semitism,[13] leading to his inclusion in a list, from which he has since been removed, of alleged Ku Klux Klan members leaked by Anonymous.[14][15]

In May 2016, a cartoon of Garrison's comparing Michelle Obama and Melania Trump drew national attention.[16][17] The cartoon showed a "scowling, masculine and dowdy" Obama contrasted against a smiling and feminine Trump, with the caption "Make The First Lady Great Again!".[18]

The Anti-Defamation League found Garrison's 2017 cartoon depicting a withered green hand, coming out of a coat sleeve labeled "Rothschilds" with a yellow-triangle cufflink, as puppet master to George Soros who in turn controls puppets H. R. McMaster and David Petraeus, to be anti-Semitic.[19]

In July 2018, former Texas congressman and presidential candidate, Ron Paul, tweeted a comic attributed to Ben Garrison that depicted racial stereotypes assaulting Uncle Sam.[20] However, the comic was found to not be Garrison's, instead someone imitating his style.


  1. ^ "About Us".
  2. ^ "Tina Norton".
  3. ^ a b Lanier, Amanda (25 June 2016). "Lakeside cartoonist a player on the political world stage". Daily Inter Lake.
  4. ^ "The Alt-Right Found Its Favorite Cartoonist—and Almost Ruined His Life". WIRED. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  5. ^ Edroso, Roy (28 November 2016). "A Return to Normalization: Rightbloggers Help Numb the Nation to Trump". Village Voice.
  6. ^ Provenzano, Brianna (14 May 2016). "The Internet Is Freaking Out About This Antifeminist Political Cartoon". Mic.
  7. ^ "About". Ben Garrison's website. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  8. ^ a b Hill, Rob (30 September 2016). "The "Rogue Cartoonist" Ben Garrison on What it's Like to be a Political Cartoonist During the Presidential Election". Life & News. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  9. ^ Sunderland, Mitchell (14 March 2016). "The Anti-Vaxx Conspiracy Theorist Whose Cartoons Have Entranced Kylie Jenner". Broadly. Vice.
  10. ^ Blumenstein, David (2 June 2015). "The Internet's Most Trolled Cartoonist". The Nib.
  11. ^ Jones, Kate Davis (10 July 2015). "How to Fight Trolls Online". Vice.
  12. ^ Ellis, Emma Grey (2017-06-19). "The Alt-Right Found Its Favorite Cartoonist—and Almost Ruined His Life". Wired.
  13. ^ Ohlheiser, Abby; Ohlheiser, Abby (5 November 2015). "Anonymous's KKK 'leak' targets the elusive online world of white nationalism". Washington Post.
  14. ^ Hoffman, Meredith (5 November 2015). "The Anonymous Leak of Supposed KKK Names Is Actually Kind of Lame". Vice.
  15. ^ "95 Hacktivist Attacks Over 9 Years: What Motivates Anonymous?". Vocativ. 24 November 2015.
  16. ^ Wade, Lisa (23 May 2016). "Is Michelle Obama Jealous of Melania Trump?". Pacific Standard.
  17. ^ Cesca, Bob (18 May 2016). "No limits to Alex Jones' hatred and insanity: The right-wing conspiracy psycho thinks Michelle Obama killed Joan Rivers". Salon.
  18. ^ D’Oyley, Demetria Lucas (16 May 2016). "Racist Michelle Obama Cartoon Is Just Another Example of Conservatives' Blatant Hypocrisy". The Root.
  19. ^ "Anti-Semitism Used in Attack Against National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster". ADL Blog. 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  20. ^ Birnbaum, Emily (July 2, 2018). "Ron Paul tweets racist cartoon, faces backlash". The Hill. Retrieved July 2, 2018.

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