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Ben Garrison

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Ben Garrison is an American editorial cartoonist from Montana. His stated goal is "to help raise awareness of the drift toward tyranny".[1] Garrison is a self-described libertarian, though his cartoons tend to contain a strong paleoconservative streak as well. He believes in numerous conspiracy theories and much pseudoscience.


In keeping with his libertarian ideals, of the 2016 United States presidential candidates (on the right, of course), he has said that Rand Paul was the "perfect candidate",[2] although since Paul's departure Garrison has expressed support for Donald Trump.

As with all political cartoonists, it is very easy to tell who Garrison is sympathetic towards in his cartoons, as they will likely be the only ones who aren't drawn really really ugly. Der Trumpenführer in particular is not surprisingly depicted very positively (bold, handsome, even bulky) in many of his illustrations.[3][4][5]

In short: He is a fervent Trump supporter.[6]

Views and crankery[edit]

In his cartoons and writing on his blog, he has expressed strong opposition to Islam,[7] political correctness,[8] social justice warriors,[9] neoconservatism, gun control,[10] the Federal Reserve,[11] Basically, enough to give three in a row on any given crank magnetism bingo card.


Garrison has been the target of a sustained smear campaign[13] by members of 4chan, who have photoshopped many of his cartoons to combine them with strongly xenophobic, anti-semitic, and racist cartoons, most of which are culled from National Alliance newsletters published in the 80s, specifically A. Wyatt Mann cartoons, which often feature grotesque caricatures of Jews, gays, and racial minorities.

These fake Ben Garrison works still contain Garrison's signature, however - thus falsely giving the impression that he holds these views. He may be a crazy right-winger, but he isn't a Nazi or an overt race warrior of the 4chan kind.[14]

Despite this, his more recent cartoons have taken a decidedly alt-right friendly, racial and Islamophobic turn, often portraying Middle Easterners as rapists ready to destroy European culture,[citation needed] including a cartoon alleging an evil plot by Angela Merkel to replace Europe with foreign countries and implement Sharia Law. It seems as long as you limit your bigotry to non-Jews, you're totally not a Nazi.

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