(SKY NEWS) – A giant balloon depicting Donald Trump as an angry baby, which hovered over parliament and protests during the president’s UK visit, is going to America.
A GoFundMe page set up to bring the blimp to the other side of the Atlantic has raised more than $6,000 (£4,529) – exceeding the original goal of $4,500 (£3,397).
The unflattering representation of the US president – with a bright orange complexion, tiny hands and snarling face – was approved to fly over London by mayor Sadiq Khan’s Greater London Authority.
It captured the attention of people around the world – including activist Didier Jimenez-Castro of Hillsborough, New Jersey – who decided to raise money with local organisers to help bring the blimp to his state.
“While watching the news I made the amazing discovery of Baby Trump blimp at the London protests,” he wrote on the fundraising page.
“I got together with local organisers and we agreed we need to bring Baby Trump to Bedminster where he plays golf.”
He later told Courier News: “Within 22 hours, we reached our goal. I contacted the manufacturer again and we will have our balloon by mid-August.”
The person behind the London crowdfunding campaign, Leo Murray, previously told Sky News that the stunt will hold up a “huge mirror of truth” to the president.
He described the balloon as “an obscene mutant clone of the president, brought to life through the unholy union of the 72-year-old’s toxic proto-fascism and his comically, tragically fragile ego”.
Other US states are also raising money for Trump Baby blimps – including Texas, Missouri, Maryland and New Mexico.
Trump Baby caused a stir in the UK capital and on social media when it flew on 13 July – coinciding with the president’s visit and a “Stop Trump” march.
A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan said: “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 organisers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.”