A billboard in Phoenix, AZ is stirring up controversy. Commissioned by a local art gallery and designed by California artist Karen Fiorito, the billboard depicts President Donald Trump scowling in front of a background filled with nuclear explosions. Not enough? Fiorito also included dollar sign symbols, drawn to resemble Nazi swastikas. Oh, that’s still too subtle? Well, the artist also painted some clown faces into the mushroom clouds, slapped some sign language onto the back, and wrote the word “UNITY” in big, block letters. And Trump is wearing a Russian flag pin on his lapel.
So, you’re anti-Trump, then…? It wasn’t quite clear.
“So this happened today,” Fiorito wrote on Facebook when the billboard went up. “Still awaiting the backlash, death threats, and the like.”
Awaiting? More like “begging for.” Please notice me, world! Look how shocking and outrageous I am!
We don’t know if Fiorito has had her art validated with any death threats yet, but she told a local NBC affiliate that her main goal was not to be controversial, but to be…funny.
She told the station that the billboard was her attempt to put “a little bit of humor” into what she felt was a “dark” situation.
Because who doesn’t get a good belly laugh from nuclear holocaust imagery?
“I think a lot of people are feeling this way and I’m just trying to express what I think is on a lot of people’s minds these days,” she said. “Something that really concerned us was this idea of a dictatorship where things were going in a certain direction.”
Of course, her dark warnings about Trump are undermined somewhat by the fact that she created a similar billboard – complete with the same Nazi dollar sign symbols – in 2004 as an anti-Bush installation.
Some Phoenix residents think it’s a bit much, but the owner of the billboard has said that it will remain in place for as long as Trump is in the White House.
“Some of these issues are so important you can’t not speak out,” said owner Beatrice Moore.
Yes, issues like…mushroom cloud clowns.
One of the sideline joys of the next four years will be watching liberals try to outdo one another when overstating the threat of the Trump presidency. When you’re already using Nazi imagery and nuclear bombs to make your point, there’s not much room for further exaggeration, but we have faith in the hysterical left. What if Trump is a threat not only to humanity, but to the galaxy? What if he’s the literal Devil?
Come on, Trump haters, show us what you’ve got.