“It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” Rodriguez told the Washington Post.
He said he drew a link between ISIS and Trump, adding that “both sides are extremists, so I’m just making a comparison between them.”
Rodriguez’s comparison to immigration delays and 90 bans to the beheadings by Sunni Muslim terrorists is heinous and should be cause for outrage. Instead the bottom half of the CNN coverage begins under the heading: “Trump ‘dividing Washington'” with quotes from Der Spiegel.
German newspaper Die Welt said, “This Spiegel cover devalues journalism,” while Bild asked, “Are you allowed to compare Trump to the ISIS slaughterer Jihadi John?”
Der Spiegel editor Klaus Brinkbäumer wrote of Trump: “With his style of rule — his decrees, his appointments and his firings — he is dividing Washington and the rest of the country.”
Brinkbäumer added that he believes Trump “wants to establish an illiberal democracy, or worse; he wants to undermine the balance of power.”
that: “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 New York Daily News published a similar illustration
on its front page in 2015.
Rodriguez also drew a Trump illustration for the cover of Time Magazine during the 2016 campaign, without adding facial features.
“That’s the way I see him,” Rodriguez told the Washington Post. “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.”
The Economist also caused controversy with its front-page image of Trump throwing a Molotov cocktail along with the caption: “An insurgent in the White House.”