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Revenge of the Blimp: Baby Trump Returns to Troll President’s First State Visit to UK

Protesters projected the bloated caricature of President Donald Trump on the Cliffs of Dover, much to the enjoyment of locals.

A giant projection of the Trump Baby lit up the White Cliffs of Dover this weekend (photo by Andy Aitchison, courtesy Matt Bonner)

Eleven months after protesters trolled President Donald Trump’s visit to British Parliament with a colicky, infant caricature of the business tycoon looming overhead, the cartoon baby has returned to haunt the American commander-in-chief from the White Cliffs of Dover.

“Trump is coming to Britain to commemorate the defeat of fascism after D-day while at the very same time pursuing a dangerous far-right agenda and fanning the flames of hatred,” Trump Baby’s designer Matt Bonner said in an emailed statement to Hyperallergic. “We lit up the White Cliffs of Dover this weekend to send a message to the world: Trump and his politics of hatred and division are not welcome here.”

The illumination also coincides with a crowdfunding campaign by the protesters ahead of the baby blimp being used in another demonstration in London during Trump’s first official state visit with Queen Elizabeth II, which begins today. The fundraiser has already surpassed its initial goal of £30,000 (~$37,905.00) and is now aiming for £50,000 (~$63,175.00). The money raised will go toward charities that support environmentalism, Muslim communities, and women’s rights, including Planned Parenthood, United We Dream, and Jawaab.

A close-up of the Trump Baby on the cliffs (photo by Andy Aitchison, courtesy Matt Bonner)

After successfully following Trump from London to Scotland last year, the baby balloon traveled across the pond to the United States where it staked out the president near his New Jersey golf club.

“Our motivation has always been to mock Donald Trump because we have seen world leaders try to negotiate with him and fail,” Bonner told Hyperallergic during an interview last summer. “Trump does not really respond to the kind of moral outrage that comes from his policies and behavior, but he does have an ego. So we’ve really managed to succeed in playing his own game by speaking directly to him in a language he understands.”

Speaking about the projection in Dover, Bonner told Hyperallergic via email that locals gave an overwhelmingly positive response to seeing the blimp baby on the white cliffs, which is an ecological landmark in Great Britain. The cartoon of Trump Baby looked exactly like its inflatable counterpart, with the president’s signature sneer, a large diaper tied together with a clothespin, a tuft of blonde chest hair, and a phone for excessive tweeting.

Ahead of his visit to the United Kingdom, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan released a video on social media publicly denouncing Trump, saying that his values are the “complete opposite of London’s values and the values in this country.”

“We think diversity is not a weakness, diversity is a strength, we respect women, and we think they are equal to men, we think it’s important to safeguard the rights of all of us, particularly the vulnerable and the marginalized,” Khan said.

The president responded on Twitter this morning, calling the British official “a stone cold loser.”

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