The editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel on Sunday said a front cover illustration of U.S. President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty, which split opinion at home and abroad, was a response by the German magazine to threats against democracy.
Published on Saturday, the cover depicts a cartoon figure of Trump with a bloodied knife in one hand and the statue’s head, dripping with blood, in the other. It carries the caption: “America First”.
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a member of Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP) and vice president of the European Parliament, described the cover as “tasteless”.
Die Welt said it “damages journalism”, while another German daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, said it was “exactly what Trump needs – a distorted image of him, which he can use to work more on his distorted image of the press.”