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Meanwhile, In Germany…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:20
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The floats at Karneval parades across southern and western Germany are known for their biting satire. As The Local reports, this year the main target of their derision was only ever going to be one man.


One float in Düsseldorf appeared to show Trump raping the Statue of Liberty, while a neighbouring sculpture inverted a controversial recent Spiegel cover by having the Statue of Liberty behead the US President.

In Düsseldorf one of the central floats on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) showed US President Donald Trump standing next to French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen, Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders and Adolf Hitler – all of them sporting carefully coiffed blond manes.

The four populist leaders of past and present held a banner reading “Blond is the new brown”.

The US leader’s relationship to the the Green Goddess was also brought up in Cologne, where has was depicted groping the statue while pulling his election rival Hillary Clinton by the hair on his first day at school. Awaiting him as his classroom buddy was Vladimir Putin.

In Mainz, the US president was depicted as an elephant crashing through crockery. The sign on the float read Trumpel-tier, a pun on the word for a two-humped camel Trampeltier. The word (literally: lumbering animal) is also an insult meaning klotz or clumsy person.

Trump was portrayed, along with Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the leaders of Poland and Hungary, as a caterpillar munching away at the leaf of democracy.

But Trump was not alone – the German satirists had something special for UK PM Theresa May…

Pretty clear just what the Germans think of the anti-establishment types.


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