A massive 20-foot blimp depicting Pres. Donald Trump as an angry orange baby in a diaper was set afloat this morning above Parliament Square as protests against his visit to the UK continue.
Trump said he had “no reason” to go to London and felt “unwelcome.”
Meanwhile, as thousands protest in London, Trump Baby organizers want to fly the blimp over Trump’s golf course in Scotland while he’s there.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Graphic Designer & Activist Matt Bonner Created Trump Baby Balloon. A CrowdFunder Campaign Supported the Project
Some $40,000 was raised to help fund the creation by graphic designer and activist Matt Bonner of Revolt! graphic design firm. Bonner used Adobe illustrator to create the design, according to the UK Express. It’s reported Bonner considered adding a “tear to the blimp’s face” but settled on “Trump’s trademark pout, and colored the facial area a darker shade of orange compared to the rest of the body.”
The Express quoted protest organizer Daniel Jones as saying the mission was to send a message while making folks laugh: “It’s also about giving a boost to those in America resisting his policies.”
The blimp, with “noticeably small hands” holds a smartphone, a nod to Trump’s penchant for Tweeting. The Express reported Bonner’s design was realized in around $4,500 worth of thin plastic and is inflated with around $900 worth of helium. The blimp was approved, the Express reported, by the London Met Police and National Air Traffic Service. The blimp is not allowed to fly higher than 30 metres (around 98 feet) in the air.
2. Bonner’s ‘Revolt’ Design Firm Produces Subversive Advertising, Political Portraits, Posters & Radical ‘Propaganda’
Revolt produces posters and other materials for progressive and insurgent political movements including ‘Occupy.’ Bonner’s business has done political portraits, posters for the ‘Marx For Today,’ ‘Fuel Poverty Action,’ ‘No Pride in War,’ and numerous other progressive and insurrectionist and rebellious campaigns.
Bonner created posters for ‘Legally Black,’ a youth-led group that challenges the lack of black representation in the media.
His work includes newspapers and leaflets for ‘THE ROAD THROUGH PARIS,’ campaign Global Justice Now and “their mobilization in Paris at the COP21 climate negotiations.”
3. London Mayor Sadiq Khan Gave the OK for the Trump Baby Balloon to Fly Over London
The blimp mocking Trump flying over London was supported by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. While he personally did not approve it as it was permitted under rules from police and aviation authorities, Khan said he supported the balloon as an expression of free speech, the right to assemble and the right to protest.
Khan and controversial conservative talk show host Piers Morgan had a tête-à-tête over the provocative anti-Trump symbol.
4. Trump Said the Blimp Made Him Feel ‘Unwelcome’ & an Adversary or Two Has Posted Selfies With ‘Trump Baby’
Trump told The Sun, “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” he said.
“I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”
5. ‘Trump Baby’ Has Its Own Twitter Account & Tweets Mock the POTUS
“The Crooked Rigged System threw everything it could at Me. But I am the most successful baby at everything I do (unparalleled) – I told you I would fly and here I am! !!”
A petition on Change.org seeks clearance for the Trump Baby balloon to be flown near Trump’s golf course in Scotland during his UK visit:
“Trump is coming to Scotland and protestors going to Turnberry have managed to secure the blimp to fly in the area around Turnberry.
Due to the airspace restrictions in place for Trump’s visit, the protestors are seeking flight clearance to fly the blimp near the president on his visit to Scotland.
Police on the ground will allow it with the authorisation of pertinent parties. Emails have been sent to the Chief of Police in Scotland, National Air Traffic Control, the Civil Aviation Authority and the First Minister.
The purpose of this petition is to provide the link to these authorities to show that there is clear and substantive public interest in it flying as is the protestors right pursuant to the rights of Freedom of Assembly and of Association and the right to protest peacefully in a manner of their choosing under the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998.”
“Tremendous chance for First Minister @NicolaSturgeon to show great courage and let #TrumpBaby fly over my incredible golf hideout! Nicola is a very Special Lady, she can show my many friends in Scotland they have elected someone they can be very proud of!”