Back in February 2017, as Ad Age reported at the time, the venerable German magazine Der Spiegel—the largest newsweekly in Europe—released an illustrated cover showing a knife-wielding Donald Trump holding the Statue of Liberty’s head, which he’d just chopped off. The headline was “America First” and the message was clear: Trump, in the view of the magazine’s editors, was a danger to democracy.
Now the magazine is out with a new cover in the wake of the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. It shows Biden, responsibly masked to prevent the spread of COVID-19, un-beheading Lady Liberty—restoring democracy—under the headline “Make America great again.”
Both illos are by Edel Rodriguez—the same artist who did Time magazine’s famous “Meltdown” and “Total Meltdown” Trump covers.