Iranian cartoonist Hadi Asadi won the first prize Monday at Iran's International Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest. Asadi's work was one of thousands competing in the new competition, which ran the gamut from funny to insulting to downright apocalyptic, and followed in wake of the Islamic Republic's infamous annual Holocaust cartoon contest.
According to the Teheran Times, artists from over 70 countries submitted over 1,600 works to the competition, which organizers said sought to acknowledge Trump since “he represents the real image of America.”
“Trump’s behavior clearly sets out Iran’s reasons to distrust the U.S., consequently, we decided to use art’s capacity for displaying the behavior,” the competition's deirector, Ali-Asghar Jafari, said.
Another organizer is Masud Shojaei-Tabatabai, who was also among the leaders of the country's International Holocaust Cartoon Contest. Indeed, some of the Trump cartoons echoed the competition, which is infamous for showcasing anti-Semitic works which border on Holocaust denial.
“This contest considers Trump as a symbol of U.S. capitalism and hegemony that many intellectuals compare with Nazism,” Shojaei-Tabatabai said.
Indeed, one of the cartoons showed Trump corralled within a swastika-shaped wall.
Others focused on the U.S. president's social media habits, with Twitter featuring in a number of works.