Code Pink to Protest Trump’s Independence Day Speech with Infamous ‘Baby Trump’ Balloon

A six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump is flown as a protest against his visit, in Parliament Square backdropped by the scaffolded Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London, July 13, 2018. (Matt Dunham/AP)
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The far-left activist group Code Pink plans to fly the infamous “Baby Trump” balloon in the nation’s capital in protest of President Trump’s pending Fourth of July address.

Trump is supposed to deliver an Independence Day address at the Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Park Police and city officials confirmed. Trump even teased the event in February.

“HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th,” he tweeted.

“It will be called ‘A Salute To America’ and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial,” the tweet continued. “Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”

Details on Trump’s plans– and speech, for that matter– are scarce.

“The city is scrambling to figure out what to do, because all they have is the outline of what (the White House) wants,” D.C.’s Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said, according to SFGate.

The White House and National Park Service have not provided any additional information on the event.

Code Pink is not waiting for details. The group reportedly filed for a protest permit with the National Park Service Monday and teased its intention of using “creative visuals.”

“The president is shifting the 4th of July festivities to celebrate his administration,” Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin said in a statement.

“We will bring together people opposed to the pain and suffering caused by this administration, from family separation at the border to supplying weapons used by Saudi Arabia to kill Yemeni children,” the statement added.

Evidently, the group plans to “bring people together” by flying the infamous “Baby Trump” balloon over a “grassy area” somewhere in the vicinity of the Lincoln Memorial. It remains unclear how that will, in effect, bring people together.


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