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Published On: Mon, Feb 6th, 2017

Der Spiegel cover portrays Edel Rodriguez art: President Trump beheading State of Liberty, holding the bloody knife

German magazine Der Spiegel has “sparked fierce debate” says CNN as they reported on the disgusting cover depicting President Trump holding the bloody decapitated head of Statue of Liberty and a bloody knife on the cover. Artist Edel Rodriguez proudly posted about the illustration on Twitter as the caption says “America First.”

Rodriguez’s image shows a cartoon Trump holding a bloodied knife in his left hand with the statue’s head in his right, while blood drips onto the floor.
“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.”
CNN notes 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.”

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email theglobaldispatch@gmail.com ATTN: BRANDON

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