Controversial “Der Spiegel” cover art designed by Edel Rodríguez


There has been a flurry of articles regarding the controversial anti-Trump artwork on the cover of Der Spiegel, drawn by Cuban-born artist Edel Rodríguez. The illustration, says the press, “perhaps sums up the pulse of many in Germany, depicting the new US president carrying a knife in one hand and holding the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty, the ultimate symbol of freedom, in the other.”

Diario de Cuba writes:  Edel Rodríguez was born in Havana in 1971; in 1980 he emigrated with his family from Cuba to Miami during the Mariel exodus. The designer graduated from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1994 and a program at Hunter College in 1998. He has exhibited at international exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Toronto, and Madrid. Rodríguez’s paintings and graphic art are regularly published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and on the covers of TIME, Newsweek and other important publications.

The Washington Post reports: Edel Rodriguez came to the United States from Cuba as a political refugee in 1980. Like many immigrants, he was angered by President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning entry to the United States for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world. “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 said. “I remember all that, and so it bothers me a lot that little children are being kept from coming to this country.”

Unlike most immigrants, however, Rodriguez channeled his anger into a piece of art that is now on the cover of one of the world’s leading magazines.

The German news magazine Der Spiegel on Friday unveiled its latest issue, bearing Rodriguez’s striking work. In the illustration, Trump wields a bloody knife with which he has beheaded the Statue of Liberty. His orange face is featureless, except for a hollering mouth. Two words appear beside him: America First.

“It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” Rodriguez said, noting that the Statue of Liberty represents the United States’ history of welcoming immigrants. “And clearly, lately, what’s associated with beheadings is ISIS, so there’s a comparison” between the Islamic State and Trump. “Both sides are extremists, so I’m just making a comparison between them.” [. . .]

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4 thoughts on “Controversial “Der Spiegel” cover art designed by Edel Rodríguez

  1. Well, there´s a lot of Trump bashing and surely he´s an ugly guy, but at least wants sort of Detente with Russia (provided the US Power Elite allows), but many forget that Killary (who boasted for example to have pushed Obama to dstroy Libya) is even much worse! Clinton is the spearhead of the Neocons in the democratic party. A staunch supporter of her is Robert Kagan. Robert Kagan is co-founder of the neoconservative “ Project For The New American Century”. The neocons are more and more in control of the democratic party and of the US administration. If one wants to know what is in the Neocon „pipe“, one should read their think tank papers. In September 2000 the US Think Tank “Project for the New American Century” issued the paper “Rebuilding America´s Defenses”. On page 60 you find the announcement of Fascist atrocities! It reads:
    „And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.“
    Surely it should not target white Anglo Saxon Protestants (WASPs)! About the possible consequences and background: “US Power Elite Declared War on the Southern Hemisphere, East Asia and all Non-Western Countries in September 2000”:
    Western Mainstream media left Clinton´s crimes systematically out of the frame. But no doubt, Trum surely isn´t a “Darling”!
    Andreas Schlüter
    Berlin, Germany
    PS: see: My articles on the USA:

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