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Row over Trump billboard with 'Nazi dollar signs'

Sky News logo Sky News 19-03-2017
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An anti-Trump billboard containingĀ a picture of the president, nuclear mushroom clouds and Nazi-like dollar signs has sparked controversy in Phoenix, Arizona.

The work is by artist Karen Fiorito who said she was expressing "tension in the air" among people "who don't have a voice".

She said: "I do feel like we are headed down a road of destruction and apocalyptic destruction."

She also told KSAZ-TV she did not regret the billboard, saying: "I got the opportunity to have a platform to say something and I took that opportunity and I take full responsibly for it."

Ms Fiorito said she was speaking for those "who feel they don't have a voice right now."

She said the limited liability corporation, an organisation in Phoenix that supports the arts, gave her a platform to make a statement about the President.

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The billboard contains an image of him, with post-atomic bomb mushroom clouds in the background, and dollar signs that bear a resemblance to swastikas on each side.

After it was put up, she said she was expecting a backlash and death threats.

On the other side of the same billboard is one showing five fists forming sign language letters with the word "unity" beneath them.

The billboard has, like Mr Trump himself, proved divisive among locals.

Mike Bolenbach said: "I think this is the greatest thing that I've seen in a long time. I think everything Donald Trump is doing is destroying America from the inside."

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He claimed freedom of speech was "the last thing we have left to fight against this guy. He's a nut".

But Jeff Whiteman said: "Take it to your house. I live right here, I have to wake up to this every day. Disrespectful."

He went on: "I don't necessarily agree with the leader of our country, all the things going on, but I wouldn't not disrespect him or even any leader."

Mr Whiteman added: "I heard some banging last night, I noticed they were changing the sign around. I woke up this morning and I had Donald Trump looking in my living room window."

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