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Sadiq Khan’s angry baby balloon has received mixed reception from the public. But either way, it doesn’t really matter.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has given approval for a large helium balloon to fly over the city during an upcoming visit from President Trump on July 13th to meet with Theresa May. The balloon is satirical effigy of Trump, depicting the president as a giant, angry baby.
The balloon has received fairly mixed reviews since it gained approval. Anti-Trump campaigners are pleased with the blimp, while some find it immature, childish and embarrassing for the city.
One new campaign has taken to Crowdfunder, in which some Londoner’s have decided to try and fly a Sadiq Khan balloon at the same time as the Trump balloon. While this city doesn’t exactly have free speech, and the Khan balloon is therefore unlikely to fly, it is still somewhat amusing.
Before any balloon can fly, permits are still needed from the National Air Traffic Service and Met Police. However, those working on the project remain confident they will gain the necessary permissions.
Now despite the balloon flying, it raises a question as to whether or not Trump and the U.S. should, frankly, care about these protests. No comment has come from Trump yet, but he (and the U.S. generally), seem to be doing just fine regardless. The meeting is still going to happen, and such a protest certainly won’t fix London’s actual problems of staggering increases in violence and crime.
In a way, it would actually be quite nice to have the baby Trump blimp fly. It’ll be a great opportunity to show Europe what it looks like to be the bigger person.