(CARIBBEAN360) A Cuban artist’s depiction of US President Donald Trump decapitating the Statue of Liberty on the front cover of German magazine Der Spiegel (The Mirror) has ignited heated debate.
The ISIS-style illustration by Edel Rodriguez, who entered the US as a refugee from Cuba in 1980, has prompted an intense reaction from around the world.
Reaction to the Der Spiegel cover has been mixed. Some are praising the magazine for its stance, while others such as Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a member of Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP) and vice president of the European Parliament, are calling it “tasteless.”
The image on the publication, regarded as Germany’s most influential news magazine, shows a cartoon Trump brandishing a bloodied knife in his left hand, with the statue’s severed head in his right, while blood cascades onto the ground.
It is captioned “America First”, a phrase used by Trump as a slogan during his campaign and repeated in his inaugural speech.
The illustration comes against the backdrop of protests around the world over Trump’s travel ban. The controversial order, now embroiled in litigation, had banned foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days, suspended all refugee entry to the country for 120 days, and indefinitely suspended entry for Syrian refugees.
Rodriguez, a former political refugee, told the Washington Post: “It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol.”
The Cuban artist said he drew a link between ISIS and Trump, adding that “both sides are extremists, so I’m just making a comparison between them.”