The ‘Baby Trump’ Balloon Is Coming to the U.S.


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Fresh off of a stint in the United Kingdom, the “Baby Trump” blimp may be heading stateside. After flying high above London’s Parliament Square Garden last Friday and heading to Scotland on Saturday, an American activist has started an online effort to bring the balloon to New Jersey.

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New Jersey activist Didier Jiminez-Castro set up a GoFundMe page to bring the balloon to Bedminster, New Jersey, where the President often golfs, ABC reports. According to NJ.com, Jiminez-Castro teamed up with the People’s Motorcade, a local group that often holds protests at Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, to buy Baby Trump. He is also in contact with farm owners who own land not far from Trump National Golf Club.

The fundraising page had a goal of $4,500, but as of Monday, the page reached over $9,500 in donations. “All of the funds collected are being deposited in a dedicated account to cover future shipping fees while on tour, publicity, gear and other Baby Trump stuff,” Jiminez-Castro explained on the GoFundMe page. It’s unclear if the activists will buy a new balloon to fly in N.J. or if it will be the same one used in the UK.

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The activist also told NJ Advance Media why he wants to fly the ballon in the U.S. “The baby Trump is not just a piece of humor, but it is also a symbol of the administration,” he said. “It’s symbolic of the children that are in cages, it’s a symbol of racism, and we know that he hates to be ridiculed.”

Jiminez-Castro has lofty plans for the 20-foot balloon, which is set to arrive by mid-August. He tweeted NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio asking for permission to fly the balloon over Central Park.

Jiminez-Castro told Philly Voice that, “We plan to go on tour to New York City and down the East Coast. We plan to reach out to progressive candidates there and down the coast.” The tour would include cities like Philadelphia.

Donald Trump has already expressed disdain for the balloon. He told The Sun, “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London. I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”

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