The creator of Pepe the Frog, whose smiling green cartoon mug has been embraced by the alt-right movement and Donald Trump supporters this election, is voting for Hillary Clinton.
"I'm voting for Hillary for sure. I was a big fan of Bernie, but that fizzled out, so I'm all Hillary 2016," artist Matt Furie told Esquire in an article published Wednesday.
Furie first introduced Pepe to the Internet in "Boy's Club" cartoons in 2005 as a mischievous frog that looks perpetually stoned. Only later was it picked up by Internet trolls using the online community 4chan, who took the character to a whole new oftentimes inappropriate level, which Wednesday earned it a place on the Anti-Defamation League's list of hate symbols.
The artists blames the recent escalation of Pepe-related material, some of it racist and anti-Semitic, on Trump's candidacy.