Protestors are preparing in advance of Trump's visit to the U.K. on July 12 where he is scheduled to meet Theresa May and the Queen. To avoid public scrutiny, Trump plans to keep a low profile by avoiding an appearance in London during his 3-day visit.
However, activists are hoping a crowd-funded campaign that features a 19-feet tall balloon of an orange, baby Trump will more than make up for his absence in England's capital.
I am a giant orange baby with tiny hands. I just want to fly above Parliament on July 13th when little Donald visit… https://t.co/JYIcLyhxkm— Trump Baby (@Trump Baby) 1528890500.0
Unfortunately, British authorities took the proverbial pin to the Trump balloon idea, calling the project a breach of protesting guidelines.
British environmentalist Leo Murray, 41, spearheaded the Baby Trump campaign, and told Time on Tuesday: "This is how the world sees him."
This is what we tried to do here, encapsulate in a very simple graphic metaphor, what the world understands Donald Trump to be.
This is not a protest against America or Americans. This is a protest against what Donald Trump is turning America into.
@crisortunity This is a fine idea, but please don't give out 1000s of plastic balloons at the protest. What's going… https://t.co/xAdxQijCRM— rabithapa (@rabithapa) 1529088654.0
@rabithapa We agonised over this until we found someone who does biodegradable balloons 👍— Leo Murray (@Leo Murray) 1529089094.0
Activists are still negotiating with London authorities to obtain permission for launching the yuge balloon over Parliament Square during the protests while the president is visiting.
Hello twitter friends! Now, hear me out. I’ve got this blimp. Of Donald Trump. As a baby. With tiny hands.… https://t.co/4xgfzaAwpz— Leo Murray (@Leo Murray) 1528890802.0
London officials are calling the Trump Baby balloon "art," and is therefore, not qualified to be displayed as part of a demonstration.
We have asked the Mayor to let us fly him over Parliament when Trump visits Britain on 13th July. But officials at… https://t.co/7A9aKqNdx7— Leo Murray (@Leo Murray) 1528891011.0
We have been informed that “a protest is a gathering of people with banners and placards”, which is quite the clari… https://t.co/KjctezVT8d— Leo Murray (@Leo Murray) 1528891218.0
According to Time, the campaign exceeded its original goal of $2000 and collected $13,200 from 718 people.
It costs roughly $1,050 to inflate the balloon with helium. So what is Murray hoping to do with the excess money? Take the Trump Baby on tour, of course.
We're hoping the extra money is going to allow Baby Trump to go on tour, to visit the United States but also other assorted locations around the world where Donald Trump may be going. Hopefully Baby Trump is going to start haunting him, following him around.
People are skeptical over Saidq Khan's reasoning for prohibiting the balloon's appearance.
I am less than impressed by the reasoning of @SadiqKhan and co on this. I have been on PLENTY of demos, within and… https://t.co/YHXN4SBo8T— Tim Kiely (@Tim Kiely) 1528904187.0
Anti-Trump activists remain hopeful the project will soar over London's skies.
@crisortunity You should try really hard to comply and put it away and then “Ooooops! It flew away!”— Racelle Rosett (@Racelle Rosett) 1530027634.0
@crisortunity 🤔 this is a narrow definition of protest- what if you give him friends holding up signs... what if yo… https://t.co/CJFOsLQW69— 🤬! 🔥🦋 (@🤬! 🔥🦋) 1530035218.0
But no one is giving up. Trump Baby is not completely over yet.
Right need to snap out of my #HeathrowExpansion funk and concentrate on this morning’s very important site meeting… https://t.co/rPvxEmYeo6— Leo Murray (@Leo Murray) 1530001039.0
@fjrrl We have been advised there’s no legal basis to the grounds given for refusal to date. Might be getting somew… https://t.co/XCCQ4fG6hg— Trump Baby (@Trump Baby) 1529943151.0