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Donald Trump baby blimp reflects President's ‘childish and offensive’ personality, says team behind stunt

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/07/2018 Chloe Chaplain

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The team behind a giant inflatable parody of Donald Trump said their highly-anticipated stunt was perfect for the US President because it reflects his “childish and offensive” persona.

The baby blimp has been blown up to its full six-metre height ahead of its spotlight moment on Friday when it will be flown over London.

The caricature, which depicts the President as a giant baby in wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone, was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament.

It will soar above Parliament gardens from 9.30 to 11.30am on Friday as the streets below are filled with tens of thousands of people who will march through the capital as part of the Stop Trump protest.

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“To people who are saying this is a childish and offensive protest… Donald Trump is a childish and offensive President so this is an appropriate form of protest,” said.

“There is two things we are trying to achieve with this. The first is to put a smile on people’s faces. It’s been a very dark and troubling time in politics, both in the US and the UK.

“The second thing we are trying to do is, we just felt like this would be an affective form of protest against President Donald Trump.

“He had got such a fragile ego that a personal insult seemed like an appropriate thing to do.”

While Mr Trump will not see the blimp in person as his visit does not take in the historic Palace of Westminster, the group hope it comes to the Twitter-loving president's attention online.

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Mr Murray said the moment when the blimp takes to the skies will be “a joyous occasion”.

Protests are set to take place across the country in response to the President’s three-day trip to the UK.

He will only briefly be in London, before heading to enjoy a working lunch with Mrs May at her country residence Chequers on Friday.

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Demonstrators will be waiting there too, and have been encouraged to bring a "suitably pithy placard" to a child-friendly protest near the Buckinghamshire property.

A series of further demos are set to take place on Friday in London including an anti-Trump and anti-Tory 12-hour DJ marathon party in Soho, and a march at Cavendish Square Gardens by the Friends of Al Aqsa and Muslim Association of Britain on Friday afternoon.

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