Parade floats in both Germany and New Orleans, Louisiana, couldn’t resist poking fun of America’s thin-skinned President Donald Trump. However, this year both annual celebrations took their trollery to the next level particularly with two floats in Germany (one of which would have warranted a visit from the Secret Service had it been in the U.S.).
At Monday’s Rose Parade in Germany, they focused a lot on last year’s Brexit vote, connecting Trump with unpopular European leaders who campaigned for Great Britain’s exit from the European Union. One float featured Trump, Right-wing French politician Marine Le Pen, Dutch anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilder, and a blonde Adolf Hitler.
Trump’s Russian connections was a featured theme in both New Orleans and Germany, with one float depicting Trump taking instruction in a classroom setting from Russian President Vladimir Putin. On the float, Trump appears to be dragging a woman by the hair (maybe Hillary Clinton, but most likely a European politician) and reaching under the statue of liberty’s dress.
Another uber-bizarre German float features Trump as a half Trump half elephant hybrid wearing a U.S. Flag cape while trampling through a china shop.
Not all of Germany’s floats featured light-hearted humor. The two floats that drew the most attention both featured a battered Statue of Liberty with a bruised eye. On one float Lady Liberty was on all fours with Trump thrusting behind her. The other float featured the statue triumphantly holding Trump’s bloody severed head with the slogan “America Resist!” written across her gown.
Here are some videos featuring the floats in both New Orleans and Germany.
Humor, even dark humor, can be an effective tool to fight the anger and sense of helplessness many people still feel after 2016’s disastrous election. While Trump supporters still pat themselves on the back, Trump has been busy undermining national security, eliminating health care for millions of Americans, and waging war on immigrants. The consequences of 2016’s election are deadly serious. However, Americans and people around the world are coming together in unity to resist Trump’s assault on civilization.
It will be interesting to see Trump’s reaction to these parades; it’s likely he won’t find them nearly as amusing as most of the world did. Never the less, America’s #1 Snowflake-in-Chief had better buckle up for at least four years of global mockery before America decides to the resident con artist out of their White House.