Nigel Farage really isn’t happy about the ‘baby Trump’ blimp. Ah well.

Nigel Farage and the baby Trump ballon
Fréa Lockley

A crowdfunding campaign successfully raised over £22,000 to fly a six-foot-high ‘baby Trump’ blimp over London when Donald Trump visits the UK. On 5 July, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan gave permission for the blimp to fly “close” to parliament on Friday 13 July. And Nigel Farage really isn’t happy about this.

Lots of people disagree and think the blimp is the perfect response to Trump’s visit. They’ve taken to social media to tell him this.

‘Baby Trump’ blimp

Over 157,000 people have expressed interest in a major protest against Trump’s visit. So there’s a lot of support for the ‘baby Trump’ blimp. But Farage is really quite upset:

Sorry, Nigey, but lots of people think the blimp is just perfect.

Cry, baby. Cry, baby.

As the blimp’s creators said, the blimp is actually meant to be an insult:

According to Leo Murray, creating the blimp was “a vital civic duty”:

As Murray explained:

To really get through to Trump, you have to get down on his level and talk to him in a language he understands: personal insults.

And lots of people – including Labour MP David Lammy – agreed:

Others, meanwhile, pointed out the similarities between Farage and Trump:

Some suggested that Farage really should listen to the “will of the people”:

But let’s not forget that Farage isn’t afraid to insult US presidents either. In 2016, he called Barack Obama a “loathsome creature”.

Peaceful protest

A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan said:

The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms. His city operations team have met with the organizers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.

The protests against Trump do pose other questions. As some people have noticed, Khan failed to speak out when Saudi Arabia‘s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman came to London:

Thousands will protest against Trump on 13 July. And because it also upset Farage, it’s likely that the Baby Trump blimp will get an even bigger cheer when it flies.

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Featured images via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia and screengrab

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