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.