Next week Donald Trump is scheduled to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May in London and, if all goes according to plan, he might see a familiar face looming in the sky above him.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has cleared a “six-meter-high, orange, inflatable baby with a malevolent face and tiny hands” to fly over the city when Trump visits 10 Downing Street next week. The balloon is a caricature of Trump complete with an open-mouthed sneer, a cell phone clutched in its hand, and, of course, a diaper.
The inflatable Trump Baby is the brainchild of Leo Murray, who secured £22,000 in crowdfunding for the project, along with 10,000 petition signatures asking for permission to float it over London. “[Trump] really seems to hate it when people make fun of him,” Murray told BBC News, “so when he visits the UK on Friday, we want to make sure he knows that all of Britain is looking down on him and laughing at him.”
An artist's rendition of Trump Baby above London
Though the Trump Baby had a rough start getting approved by the mayor’s office, which originally said it didn’t recognize the balloon as legitimate protest, Khan eventually allowed it.
After Trump’s London visit the baby is set to go on a world tour, with continued crowdfunding going towards travel and helium costs so the balloon can follow Trump around the globe to his meetings with other world leaders. The crowdfunding group said the baby “can become a permanent feature of this dreadful Presidency, a constant, miserable reminder of the contempt with which this embarrassment of a man is held by everyone outside of his deranged, bigoted base.”
Donate to the crowdfunder here.