Baby Kahn Crowdfund Out-Raises Baby Trump, but Will It Be Allowed?
A crowdfunding campaign set up to counter-protest the “Trump baby” balloon due to fly over London when President Trump visits this week, has already raised over £36,000, crushing its £10,000 target goal.
The nearly 20-foot tall anti-Trump balloon "with a malevolent face and tiny hands" was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan last week. It is being allowed to fly over British parliament next Friday during the president’s three-day trip.
According to CNN, a spokesperson for Khan said of the "Baby Trump" blimp: "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."
We'll see if Khan's support for "peaceful protest" holds true when the protest targets Khan himself.
Yanny Bruere, a law student and free speech advocate, aims to counter the anti-Trump protest with a "Baby Kahn" balloon.
Bruere, who is originally from the UK but now lives in Spain, is hoping Khan and the London assembly will allow him to fly his balloon, which has already attracted more donations than the Baby Trump balloon.
The group behind the anti-Trump blimp -- which describes itself as "antifascist art activists" -- has thus far raised over £27,000 from over 1,700 supporters. The anti-Khan balloon crowdfunding campaign raised over £36,000 from over 2,200 donors in a much shorter period of time.
Bruere's crowdfunder page reads:
“In light of the Donald Trump ‘Baby Trump’ ballon [sic] being allowed to fly over London during his visit to the U.K., let’s get a ‘baby Khan’ one and see if FREE SPEECH applies to all and whether or not Mr Khan and the London assembly will also approve this.
Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime sky rocket to unprecedented levels. People in London don’t feel safe and they aren’t safe, 81 murders this year alone! Khan Out.
Any surplus money raised/any unneeded money for the project will be donated to a charitable cause to be decided by the majority of you. Of course transparency of all money will be available.”
With less than a week to go, Breure is scrambling to bring his project to fruition in time for Trump’s visit, but he assured PJ Media that "it will definitely be happening."
Brexit leader Nigel Farage blasted the mayor's decision to allow the anti-Trump balloon last week, calling it the “biggest insult to a sitting U.S. president ever.”
"I can't imagine any city in the world would treat a visiting American president with the amount of disrespect," he said on Fox and Friends Sunday. "The whole thing is a disgrace."
Former New York City mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani also scolded Khan over his decision to allow the "baby Trump blimp."
"Sadiq Khan should be ashamed of himself. He's so busy attacking President Trump's visit and, in the meantime, crime is spiraling in London. Maybe he should just do his job instead of attacking a world leader," he said over the weekend.
Giuliani also pointed out that the move could have a detrimental effect on the city's tourism industry. "Many people who come to London are Americans. More than half of us in the US now support the President and even those who don't support him, support his office," he said.
"I would not like to go to a country where someone with the authority of a mayor was rallying people against them. It's highly inappropriate. He's probably suffering from some of the criticisms that President Trump has made of him, which are valid."
Khan's London is quickly becoming the stabbing capital of the world, with at least 51 people fatally stabbed since the beginning of the year.
So far in 2018 there have been 1,296 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police.
A glut of cocaine flooding the country has been partly blamed for the country's violent crime.
In February more than 250 knives and swords were seized across London in just one week and 283 people, many of them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them.
By June, stabbings were reported on a nearly daily basis.
It's a good thing the mayor banned carrying knives in the city or someone might have stabbed Baby Trump before it got off the ground.