It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, Nope… It’s Trump Baby Balloon

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Fun interview with Leo Murray, creator of the Trump Baby Balloon that will fly over London’s Parliament building to greet President Trump in London on July 13, 2018. Although, Trumps’ handlers plan to keep him far away.

‘Trump Baby’: Meet the Mind Behind the Inflatable Infant Set to Greet Trump on London Trip
by Chantal Da Silva and Chiara Brambilla
July 10, 2018

When London activist Leo Murray first came up with the idea to put a 20-foot “Trump Baby” blimp in the sky in time for President Donald Trump’s trip to Britain this week, he never could have anticipated just how well the plan would take off.

Trump baby / Leo Murray

Within weeks, an online fundraiser aiming to generate £5,000 to help fly the giant balloon reached more than £28,500 in donations. The blimp, which depicts Trump as an angry smartphone-wielding infant, will be floating outside the Palace of Westminster on Friday.

Watch the interview with Leo Murray here:

“This has wildly exceeded my expectations,” Murray, 41, told Newsweek. The British activist said his Trump Baby balloon has not only “captured something of the essence of the president’s character,” but has also managed to encapsulate an important moment in Trump’s presidency.

A “Moment in History”
“I think there’s something important that it’s capturing about this moment in Trump’s presidency. That we’ve kind of turned a corner,” he said.

The activist said that for the British public, that corner came when Britons learned of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration practice of separating families at the border. (It has now been rescinded.)

“That was a moment where a line was crossed for most people in this country,” Murray said. “And we have managed to articulate that moment in history.”

The activist shrugged off criticism calling the demonstration a “stunt,” saying “stunts like this” can be “effective when they are articulating a wider movement. You can’t just do a stunt, or a prank, as some are calling it, and expect that to deliver change.

“What they are good at is drawing attention to an issue and allowing you to articulate it and that’s what I think we have managed to achieve here. Trump Baby is really just a mascot for a much wider movement that is ready to resist.

“There will be tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people on the streets on Friday protesting Trump and his awful politics,” Murray said.

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