'Trump Baby' blimp to join Museum of London’s protest collection

Jan 18 2021, 10:49 am

The Trump Baby blimp that soared high in London’s skies during the 2018 protest of President Trump’s visit to the UK has been acquired by the Museum of London.

The oversized balloon of the president was flown above Parliament Square and appreciated by those worldwide.

“We hope the baby’s place in the museum will stand as a reminder of when London stood against Trump – but will prompt those who see it to examine how they can continue the fight against the politics of hate,” said the team behind the Trump balloon in a press release.

“Most of all we hope the Trump Baby serves as a reminder of the politics of resistance that took place during Trump’s time in office. This large inflatable was just a tiny part of a global movement – a movement that was led by the marginalized people whose Trump’s politics most endangered – and whose role in this moment should never be underestimated.”

The Trump Baby will be displayed alongside other remnants of public protests in the British capital, including objects relating to the Suffrage movement 100 years ago, banners, flags, and tents that belonged to Brian Haw, who used to actively protest outside the Houses of Parliament, as well as recent placards used by protestors against public spending cuts.

“By collecting the baby blimp, we can mark the wave of feeling that washed over the city that day and capture a particular moment of resistance – a feeling still relevant today as we live through these exceptionally challenging times – that ultimately shows Londoners banding together in the face of extreme adversity,” said Sharon Ament, Museum of London Director.

The Trump Baby blimp in London is not the only one in existence. In August of 2020, Seattle real estate agent Christian Castro purchased his own to fly in the PNW.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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