Pro-Trump Cartoonist Files $10.35 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Anti-Defamation League

Ben Garrison
Pro-Trump political cartoonist Ben Garrison sues Anti-Defamation League for calling one of his cartoons anti-Semitic. Wikimedia Commons

Ben Garrison, a cartoonist known for lionizing President Donald Trump in his drawings, is suing the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for defamation after the organization called one of his cartoons anti-Semitic. 

Filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the complaint claims that the ADL ”trolled” Garrison and intentionally portrayed him as anti-Semitic and racist to harm Garrison’s business and reputation. 

Garrison is asking for $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

The cartoon at the center of the lawsuit depicts Democratic financier George Soros, former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and General David Petraeus as puppets controlled by a looming hand-marked “Rothschilds,” the name of a wealthy Jewish family and frequent subject of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Garrison is represented by lawyer Steven Biss, who has a history of filing lawsuits that don’t meet traditional standards for defamation. 

Biss is also representing Rep. Devin Nunes in five lawsuits against news organizations, Twitter, and anonymous Twitter accounts

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