While Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the Louisiana State University versus University of Alabama game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon, where the both received a very warm welcome from the Roll Tide crowd, the iconic Baby Trump balloon was parked outside at the corner of Hackberry Lane and 15th street, widely known as a symbol to protest the President.
Just before kick-off between two to the top teams in college football, a man named Hoyt Hutchinson stabbed the 20 foot Baby Trump Balloon. His arrest was caught on camera and then shared on Twitter. In the video, you can see police officers holding him down on the ground.
Hutchinson Went Live On Facebook to Announce He’d Destroy the Peaceful Protest
Hutchinson, who’s a tire builder at BF Goodrich, and is not an alumnus of either Alabama or LSU, said in a live Facebook video, “So ya’ll watching the news. If you’ve got any balls, come join me. This is pathetic. It’s gonna get rowdy. So, pay attention. I’m shaking I’m so mad. I’m gonna go pop this balloon without a doubt.”
Afterward, he was taken into custody by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and held on $2,500 bond. Hutchinson then started his own Go Fund Me page entitled “Restitutions for Baby Trump Stabber.”
Typically, Go Fund Me campaigns are organized by those close to the person in need of assistance, but Hutchinson, who lives in Northport, Alabama, wrote, “Help raise money to pay legal fees and restitutions for Hoyt. He was charged with a felony criminal mischief after deflation of the disrespectful baby trump balloon. Hoyt made sure our beloved president didn’t have to see this disrespectful balloon on the streets of Ttown today!!”
The goal is to raise a total of $6K, even though his bail was posted at only $2,500. As of Saturday evening he’d only raised $175. By Sunday, Hutchinson’s campaign had earned over $11K in donations.
At 6:15 p.m. local time, Hutchinson sent out a personal video message to update those following his eventful day. Sporting a Trump 2020 t-shirt and standing in his living Hutchinson said, “Some liberals tried to come to my hometown and start some trouble, and that ain’t happening. I did get arrested and I got charged. But that’s alright. I’d do it again if given the opportunity. So, I’m glad ya’ll enjoyed that.” As for his Go Fund Me campaign, Hutchinson admitted that he needed help paying his charges, and asked people to “give what you can. I’m donating the rest to the Republican party. Trump 2020.”
How Did the Baby Trump Balloon Get To the LSU-Alabama Game In The First Place?
In order to obtain the Baby Trump balloon, Nic Gulas and Trace Fayard started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money to bring it to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The goal was to raise $4,000, as they needed funds for transport, set up, anchors, and staffing. With a promise to donate 2.9 percent of all funds raise, the campaign far surpassed their initial goal with a total of $7,882 donated in just two days.
Gulas told CNN via Twitter on the day of the big game, “So, the atmosphere is good, honestly. Have a lot of protesters out in front of it. Every now and then a car will shout out like ‘Trump 2020!’ or ‘Keep America Great!,’ but it’s been mostly positive.”
Trump & Melania Were Greeted With A Standing Ovation In Alabama, But A Live TV Pre-Game Segment Was Ambushed By Protestor
Trump’s reception in Alabama was much different than Trump’s reception at Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, D.C., where he was met with boos and chants of “Lock him up.”
After Game 7 in Houston, when Washington won the series against the Astros, a local FOX 5 reporter on the scene at a local D.C. tried interview one of the patrons, and it quickly went south.
“You’ve been such a gracious fan tonight,” she told the man, who was wearing an Alex Ovechkin jersey, “tell me what your thoughts are about this world series win?” He said, “I think this is huge for D.C., D.C. needed this, we got some a****** in the f****** white house…” — all of which took place on live TV before the reporter was able move the microphone.
In Alabama, a similar situation happened, minus the expletives. A reporter asked a student wearing , “Why do you like the President so much and what policies stand out to you?” He replied, “Mainly, the no nonsense policies and especially, because Jeffery Epstein didn’t kill himself. That’s awesome, yeah. It’s totally perfect.”
The reporter seems to gloss over the moment, and continues speaking with the other two students in the segment. In the background, the male student removes his Trump pin and throws it on the ground.