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14th Jul 2018

Angry baby Trump blimp will take flight in Scotland today

James Dawson

You better believe it’s back

The 20-foot “angry baby blimp” depicting US president Donald Trump that made the president feel so “unwelcome” in London will take flight once again, following the US leader as he visits his ancestral home of Scotland today.

Trump’s journey to Scotland is part of the “private” leg of his four-day “working visit” to the UK and follows his meeting with Theresa May and the Queen yesterday.

The organisers of the protest had been refused permission to fly it at Holyrood or at the President’s gold resort in Turnberry, despite having been given permission to fly it in London’s Parliament Square. Instead today it will be launched into the air over The Meadows, Edinburgh around midday, following a protest in the city.

However you might feel about the blimp, it’s undeniable that it has become an iconic part of the president’s stay in the country and given he named it as a reason he felt uncomfortable about visiting London, it’s hard to deny it’s achieved its aim. It was built following a crowdfunding campaign that raised over £30,000.

“Donald Trump is a big, angry baby with a fragile ego and tiny hands,” the group’s crowdfunding page said. “He’s also racist demagogue who is a danger to women, immigrants and minorities and a mortal threat to world peace and the very future of life on earth.”

“Moral outrage is water off a duck’s back to Trump,” the group added. “But he really seems to hate it when people make fun of him.”

Trump arrived at his privately-owned Turnberry golf resort in Scotland earlier today and he expected to play a round or two during his stay there. His arrival in Scotland saw a Greenpeace protest against his visit, with a paraglider flying through the skies with a banner telling people to “resist”.