Group wants to protest president’s July 4 speech with ‘Baby Trump’ balloon

Written by on June 12, 2019

The “Baby Trump” blimp will be making its stateside debut July 4.

President Trump’s plan to revamp the holiday festivities with “A Salute to America” at the Lincoln Memorial will be greeted with its first formal opposition, the Washington Post reports.

The 20-foot long “Baby Trump” made an appearance earlier this month at protests in London, where it was stabbed by an opposing protester, who was subsequently arrested for the act.

Code Pink, the activist group that owns the blimp, is the first to request a protesting permit from the National Park Service.

The permit application specifies that the group intends to fly “Baby Trump” over “any open grassy area nearest to Lincoln Memorial.”

Code Pink approximates 40 people, including its setup and tear-down crews, to attend the protest.

Crowdfunding efforts to raise the $10,000 necessary to import “Baby Trump” to D.C. began July 2018.

Co-director of Code Pink, Ariel Gold said, “We’ve just switched our plans from the military parade to the Fourth of July. We’re appalled that Trump is taking that day to spew his hateful and racist rhetoric … and we really hope this gets canceled, too.”

She later followed-up these comments with a tweet saying, “We see it as an image of Trump’s behavior, which is, as we all know, unpredictable and prone to tantrums about things that are really, really dangerous[.]”

No other protesting organizations have requested a permit from the National Park Service. These requests are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis, Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said.

Source: Washington Examiner – White House


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