From a giant penis to mass protests, Donald Trump gets the perfect UK welcome

Donald Trump
Fréa Lockley

On 3 June, Donald Trump started his UK state visit. In response, thousands of people took action to show the US president that he’s really not welcome.

A giant penis

Before he even landed at Stansted airport, the perfect greeting awaited Trump.18-year-old Ollie Nancarrow mowed a giant penis into his parents’ land, directly under the Stansted flight path. In another field, he pointed out a stark truth for climate emergency sceptic Trump, with a picture of a polar bear:

Many people in the UK very much hope Trump sees this from the air. Because it sends out a clear message to a president whose actual penis has made headline news.

Ahead of his visit, Trump also endorsed Boris Johnson ahead of the Conservative Party leadership race. He reportedly told the Sun:

I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.

So the genius satire group Led By Donkeys projected some of Johnson’s choice words about Trump onto Big Ben’s Elizabeth Tower:

“A clear, orange, message”

Thousands of people are set to protest and demonstrate against Trump while he’s here on a three-day visit. This follows similar protests in 2018. Last year, a crowdfunding campaign successfully raised over £22,000 to fly a six-foot-high ‘baby Trump’ blimp over London during his UK visit. The balloon is set to fly again, as Anna Vickerstaff wrote in the Independent:

We know Trump isn’t a joke – he is responsible for rampant xenophobia, sexism and transphobia and the creeping rise of far right politics. His climate denial and persistent facilitation of the fossil fuel industry is a death sentence for communities in the global south. But if flying a balloon caricature is what gets under his skin – then that’s exactly what we’re going to do…

Our balloon is part of a proud history of political satire in the UK that sends a clear, orange, message to Trump and his politics of hate that they are not welcome here.

Sky News used the blimp balloon to introduce its coverage of the Trump visit:

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, voiced support for the protests:

#TrumpNotWelcome

As Trump’s plane landed, many people shared the #TrumpNotWelcome hashtag on Twitter to voice opposition. Labour’s David Lammy called the visit “Theresa May’s final humiliation”:

Green MP Caroline Lucas was also highly critical, voicing concerns about the US ambassador’s NHS comments:

LGBTQI+ campaigners spoke out too:

And there’s already a soundtrack for the protests, courtesy of Captain Ska:

So far, Trump’s visit has prompted the very best responses. On day one of the visit, he’s getting exactly the kind of ‘welcome’ that he truly deserves.

Featured image via Wikimedia – Michael Vadon

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