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Sign depicts Trump with swastika-like imagery

Phoenix billboard's designer says it is supposed to represent 'power, money and dictatorship'

A new billboard created by an artist depicting President Donald Trump with swastika-like imagery for dollar signs in downtown Phoenix, Arizona on March 18, 2017. (Screen capture/Reuters)
A new billboard created by an artist depicting President Donald Trump with swastika-like imagery for dollar signs in downtown Phoenix, Arizona on March 18, 2017. (Screen capture/Reuters)

Residents of Phoenix, Arizona, expressed shock Saturday over a billboard depicting US President Donald Trump alongside mushroom clouds and dollar signs that resemble Nazi swastikas.

Jeff Whiteman told Reuters the sign was “pretty drastic. I thought swastikas were very crude and violent.”

Another local, Cassandra Faustro held back a chuckle, saying the billboard “really got my attention.”

The billboard’s designer, Karen Fiorito, explained that the idea for its establishment came from deep frustration with the current US administration.

“I think a lot of people and I don’t feel like our voices are being heard,” she told the agency.

A children’s playground in Brooklyn Heights, New York was vandalized with a swastika in November 2016. (Screenshot from Twitter via JTA)
A children’s playground in Brooklyn Heights, New York, was vandalized with a swastika in November 2016. (Screenshot from Twitter via JTA)

“To me it says power, money and dictatorship,” Fiorito added.

Since the election of Trump, reports of swastika graffiti have seen a spike, with the symbol often seen together with praise for Trump or some of his campaign messaging.

Trump, meanwhile, has been accused of emboldening anti-Semitic elements by courting the white nationalism-infused alt-right movement.

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