London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s administration gave permission for a giant “Trump Baby” balloon to float near Parliament during President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom next week, Sky News reported.
Organizers initially faced resistance in getting the 20-foot inflatable off the ground. But thousands of people signed a petition and a crowdfunding campaign raised the equivalent of more than $21,000 for the stunt.
Khan’s office said in an official statement: “The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms. His city operations team have met with the organizers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.”
There are some rules, though. The balloon will be tethered to the ground at Parliament Square Gardens and restricted to flying no higher than 98 feet, the report states.
Baby Trump will take flight from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on July 13, the same time a “Stop Trump” march is scheduled in central London, according to the report.
Who is organizing the protest?
The event has been organized by a group that calls itself “anti-fascist art activists.” The group is working with Met police and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure the airspace is managed safely on the day. And while the plans have been cleared, officials reserve the right to veto the event on its scheduled day, Sky News reported.
“We didn’t get off to the best start with the Mayor’s office over this, who originally told us that they didn’t recognize Trump Baby as legitimate protest,” activist Leo Murray told Sky News. “But following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humor. Trump Baby will fly!”
The Trump Baby Twitter account tweeted the news on Thursday and took a shot at Khan.
“Huge news coming in: Donald J. Trump Baby will fly! @SadiqKhan tried to play hard ball – in the end he had to make a Deal. No surprise – he’s never won anything in his life! Sad – but True! London here I come!” it stated.
HUGE news coming in: DONALD J TRUMP BABY WILL FLY! @SadiqKhan tried to play hard ball – in the end he had to make a Deal. No surprise – he's never won anything in his life! Sad – but True! London here I come! https://t.co/j3KCPimHI2 pic.twitter.com/oc2VKWKSN1
— Trump Baby (@TrumpBabyUK) July 5, 2018
So, what’s next for the Trump Baby? He might be going on a “world tour,” organizers said on Twitter. The group’s goal is to have the balloon follow Trump around the globe.
Wow! Tremendous win for #TrumpBaby supporters! This is BIG news that nobody saw happening – I am going on a World Tour! Wherever little Donald goes, I will be close behind. There is so much good to do, the world needs #TrumpBaby! https://t.co/aZXE1uREl0? pic.twitter.com/3rkd21GMhL
— Trump Baby (@TrumpBabyUK) June 27, 2018
The group’s crowdfunding site states:
After a lot of discussion about what would be most in keeping with the spirit of why people have been donating to this project, we’ve decided that the very best thing we can do with the surplus is to send #TrumpBaby out to follow little Donald around the world on his diplomatic demolition derby.
Wherever the orange sex pest goes, #TrumpBaby will not be far behind, haunting the skies – and hopefully the dreams – of the stain on the office of President that is Donald Trump Senior.
If you are unfortunate to live somewhere that is expecting a visit from little Donald, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with World Tour in the email title.