Donald Trump 'beheads' Lady Liberty in controversial Der Spiegel weekly magazine cover on its Friday edition
VON PRESS Europe: On the cover of its Friday edition, Der Spiegel depicted the cartoon figure of Trump with a bloodied knife in one hand and the bleeding head of Lady Liberty in the other.
Edel Rodriguez, who designed the cover, told The Washington Post that the Statue of Liberty represents the United States' history of welcoming refugees.
Rodriguez, a Cuban refugee, who went to America as a political refugee in 1980, condemned Trump's order to ban entry of refugees to the US, seeing it as "a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol."
He argued that beheading is associated with the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group and "there's a comparison" between ISIL and Trump. "Both sides are extremists, so I'm just making a comparison between them."
"I was 9 years old when I came here, so I remember it well, and I remember the feelings and how little kids feel when they are leaving their country," Rodriguez told the Post. "I remember all that, and so it bothers me a lot that little children are being kept from coming to this country."
When asked why he pictured Trump with missing facial features, Rodriguez said, "That's the way I see him. I see him as someone that's very angry, and it's pretty much his mouth that's moving all the time, so that's how I tend to show him in some of my work."
Trump signed an executive order last week-after only a week in office- to bar all persons from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.