A menacing image of President Donald Trump, flanked by mushroom clouds and dollar signs shaped like swastikas.
It’s not the billboard you’d expect in a county that recorded more Trump votes than any other in the country, but it’s gone up in downtown Phoenix just in time for a lefty arts walk along Grand Avenue.
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The billboard was commissioned by owner Beatrice Moore, a fixture of the arts scene in the area. “Some of these issues are so important, you can’t not speak out,” she said.
And the billboard isn’t coming down anytime soon. Moore said it will stay up as long as Trump is president.
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The billboard’s artist also produced an anti-Bush sign more than a decade ago, 12 News is reporting.
In 2004, the billboard featured George W. Bush along with other government leaders and the words “Dear America, we lied to you for your own good. Now trust us.”
“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,” the billboard’s artist, Karen Fiorito, said Friday in an interview from her California home.
“Something that really concerned us was this idea of a dictatorship where things were going in a certain direction.”
But look closely at the mushroom clouds and you’ll see clown faces. There’s a Russian flag on Trump’s lapel.
“I tried to put a little bit of humor in things that are really dark and hard to take,” Fiorito said.
Fiorito said she received death threats when the Bush billboard went up. She said she also expects blowback from Trump supporters.
“I just hope that everyone involved in helping bring this message out is safe and that we all get through this unharmed,” Fiorito said.
What do you think? Is her outrageous billboard protected by the First Amendment, or is she going too far?