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Democrats plan to fly a giant inflatable Trump baby in South Florida to protest a Trump rally.


Democrats plan to bring giant inflatable Trump baby to South Florida counterprotest

Trump wants a welcome home party, but Democrats plan to throw him a retirement party.

Florida Democrats raised nearly $4,000 in less than one day to bring a giant inflatable of President Donald Trump as a crying baby to Florida Tuesday as Trump is expected in Sunrise for a campaign rally.

The giant balloon has been all over the U.S. and Europe for various protests and rallies and serves as a new icon of Democratic frustration over an embattled Republican President.

The balloon shows a plump baby Trump wearing a diaper wearing a scowl under the token yellow Trump hair and the skin has the orange hue Trump critics have come to enjoy mocking.

The balloon will be the center point of a counterprotest Democrats are organizing as Trump prepares to go on stage for a “welcome home” rally after he officially changed his state of residence from New York to Florida.

“This is a sign of Trump’s weakness in Florida. Democratic activists in Florida are fired up to send Trump packing in 2020. They are raising funds for a counterprotest, registering voters, knocking on doors, and volunteering with the party at unprecedented levels,” Florida Democratic Party chair Terrie Rizzo said.

“Trump may have moved to Florida expecting to be greeted with a red carpet, but instead, he is being greeted with a retirement party.”

The fundraising effort on a GoFundMe page brought in 163 donors who contributed an average of less than $23 each.

Iconic actress Bette Midler and social media influencers took to Facebook Tuesday to share the GoFundMe page and boost support. GoFundMe told the Democratic Party the page had been shared nearly 2,000 times.

The Trump baby balloon first appeared in London’s Parliament Square in the summer of 2018 as more than 100,000 people showed up to protest allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump and his controversial policies. Trump was in the U.K. at the time for an official state visit.

The balloon or replications have since made appearances in Edinburgh, Scotland, France, Argentina, Ireland, Denmark and the United States.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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