Donald Trump‘s immigration ban targeting refugees from Muslim countries, the words of the Statue of Liberty don’t seem to burn with the same fervor they did before. Reality magazines around the world are showing through dark, sometimes violent depictions of America under Trump.
The New Yorker has released a solemn, rather depressing image of the Statue of Liberty for its issue next week. Her flame, much like the U.S.’s role as a refuge for those around the world, has been extinguished.
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“It used to be that the Statue of Liberty, and her shining torch, was the vision that welcomed new immigrants,” the artist, John W. Tomac, told the magazine. “Now it seems that we are turning off the light.”
Beautiful New Yorker cover for next week. https://t.co/oI5AaQ1BXz pic.twitter.com/0Dihek47Mf
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) February 3, 2017
German magazine Der Spiegel, graphic cover featuring the words “America First.”
Image, of a roaring Trump bloodily beheading the nation’s greatest symbol of its immigrant masses, was drawn up by a man who came to the U.S. as a political refugee. Edel Rodriguez arrived to the U.S. from Cuba as a child, so for him, the new president’s policies have struck an even more personal note, the Washington Post reports.
“I was nine 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.”
America First. The new @DerSPIEGEL cover by @edelstudio. @SPIEGELONLINE @SPIEGEL_English pic.twitter.com/P2b5d4GgBy
— Klaus Brinkbäumer (@Brinkbaeumer) February 3, 2017
Der Spiegel‘s cover is eerily reminiscent of a New York Daily News cover from more than a year ago, when Trump was just a candidate.
“It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” Rodriguez said. “And clearly, lately, what’s associated with beheadings is ISIS, so there’s a comparison” between that terrorist group and Trump.
Tomorrow's @NYDailyNews front page is… wow. pic.twitter.com/69M0DrDrvF
— Erin Ruberry (@erinruberry) December 9, 2015
You may recognize another Trump cartoon drawn up by Rodriguez — the infamous “Meltdown” image of an orange, screaming Trump.
TIME's new cover: Inside Donald Trump's total meltdown https://t.co/3YstGtYpDK pic.twitter.com/VQ2km55Cwy
— TIME (@TIME) October 13, 2016
Bloomberg Businessweek shows Trump holding up a page that’s edited to read “Insert hastily drafted, legally dubious, economically destabilizing executive order here.”
From Bloomberg Businessweek: pic.twitter.com/XYWWc4H4e1
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 2, 2017