Giant 'Trump Baby' balloon gets green light to fly over London during president's visit
Donald Trump's been president for 530 days, but it feels like 530,000. It seems like every week there's a new spate of scandals and outrageous comments. Trump supporters may be in seventh heaven from all the 'winning,' but for Trump critics, these are dark days. The Muslim ban, the baby jails, the bro downs with brutal dictators - January 2021 can't come fast enough.
Wherever President Trump goes, he draws adoring fans and massive protests. Usually these demonstrations involve catchy chants and creative signs, which get a lot of media coverage, but it's unclear if the president notices. Well, an activist group in London just came up with a Trump protest that is both hilarious and impossible to avoid.
On July 13, President Trump will fly to the United Kingdom for a "working visit" with Prime Minister Theresa May. (Maybe he'll finally apologize for retweeting those anti-Muslim videos from Britain First). However, when he looks at London's most iconic buildings, he'll get a unpleasant surprise: a 20-foot 'Trump Baby' balloon floating above Parliament Square, beside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
Mayor Sadiq Khan gave the green light for the balloon to fly after 10,000 people signed a petition. It will beautify London's famous skyline for two hours on July 13, starting at 9:30 local time. The flight will coincide with President's Trump's visit and a 'Stop Trump' march in central London. A spokesperson for the mayor of London told Sky News that Khan "supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms."
The giant balloon portrays the president as a baby in a diaper, sneering in rage, clutching a cell phone in one of his tiny hands. An activist group created the "Trump Baby," raising $20,000 through a crowdfunding campaign. On the campaign website, they describe their motivation:
"Donald Trump is a big, angry baby with a fragile ego. He's also a racist demagogue who is a danger to women, immigrants and minorities and a mortal threat to world peace and the very future of life on earth. Moral outrage is water off a duck’s back to Trump, but he really seems to hate it when people make fun of him."
The police still can veto the "Trump Baby" if they want. But come on, bobbies, this balloon is hilarious, so be cool about it! In the past, President Trump has avoided massive protests in Washington, D.C. by flying to his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida. But it's hard to avoid an image like this!
If the balloon does fly, President Trump could always stick it to the protestors by taking it in good humor. At a recent rally, he claimed, "I can laugh at myself and frankly if I couldn't I'd be in big trouble." However, at the same rally, he slammed all the late night talk show hosts for making fun of him, so who knows? We'll see how thick-skinned he is on July 13.