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When President Donald Trump arrives in London for his long-overdue state visit on July 13, he will have competition for the title of biggest baby in the UK. The city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, recently approved a request for the flight of a 6-meter-tall inflatable blimp caricaturing the hot-headed American leader that will linger above Parliament during his visit.
Garnering over 10,000 signatures and over £17,300 in fundraising, the so-called “angry baby” balloon has gained enough support to catch the Mayor’s attention. Khan’s office released a statement about angry baby Trump: “The mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms.”
In an opinion piece for Metro, the baby’s creator, Leo Murray, points out that the balloon will certain have “tiny hands and a malevolent, constipated expression on his face.” In photos of the blimp, you can also spot a small cellphone clutched in the baby’s right hand.
With the city’s permission, the blimp can be flown for two hours, but cannot go any higher than 30 meters off the ground; it will be grounded in Parliament Square Garden. The angry baby’s display will coincide with a protest march in London. Afterwards, the protest group tells Politico that they intend to take baby Trump on a world tour.
No love is lost between Trump and Khan. The pair have argued over social media and in the press for over two years since the then-presidential candidate expressed his desire to create a “Muslim Ban.” Shortly after winning office in May 2016, and expressing his dismay at Trump’s proposed ban in an interview with Time, Khan blasted Trump on the BBC:
I think Donald Trump has ignorant views about Islam. It’s not just about me … It’s about my friends, family, and others, from all around the world … and my concern is he’s playing into the hands of extremists who say it’s not compatible to be Western and mainstream Muslim.
After his comments, Trump attacked Khan, saying he was the one who was “ignorant” and challenging him to an IQ test. Relations have deteriorated from there, including one jab from Donald Trump, Jr., who criticized Khan’s handling of the London terrorist attacks of last summer.
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