Donald Trump baby blimp flown above Los Angeles

Donald Trump baby blimp flown above Los Angeles

Friday, October 19, 2018

A blimp of Donald Trump as an orange, nappy-clad baby holding a mobile phone has been flown above Los Angeles.

The 20ft inflatable, which first appeared in London in July, has been floated above Los Angeles to mark the beginning of a political convention.

Critics argued it was insulting to the US President and Mr Trump said it made him feel “unwelcome” during his UK visit.

As the blimp was inflated outside the Los Angeles Convention Centre on Friday, Simon Sidi, the founder of Politicon, said the stunt is not offensive.

He told the Press Association: "We're pretty excited they brought the balloon because it's a major part of the political landscape and I think not having baby Trump here at Politicon would be an omission.

"It's a balloon. If you are offended by a balloon I don't know what to say. We're not producing the balloon, we didn't make the balloon, we're just giving it a platform, the same as we give everyone a platform who comes to Politicon."

 

'All part of the political landscape' 

The giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as an orange baby floats next to the towers of Westminster Abbey during his UK visit

Mr Sidi said guests from across the political spectrum will appear over the weekend, including conservatives Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson as well as Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti and comedian Eddie Izzard.

Mr Sidi added: "They are all part of the political landscape, Politcon is an entertainment event for people to enjoy politics - for once.

"People who come and see it [the balloon], whether they like it or they don't like it - if they think it's insulting, that's great, if they don't think it's insulting, that's great too."

The activists behind the balloon's creation said there is a serious message behind the inflatable.

 

'Drawing attention to his fascist policies' 

Speaking in July, Sheila Menon, who is part of a group who crowdfunded the balloon, said: "We know that behind the humour of this, the Trump baby represents a whole multitude of campaigns and issues.

"This isn't just about mocking him.

"This is actually about drawing attention to his fascist policies, policies that he's putting into place like nobody's business since he's been in power.

"Policies that are having very real impacts on real lives not just in the US but all over the world."

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