‘Baby Trump’ balloon slashed at Alabama appearance

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA (AP) — A towering ‘Baby Trump’ protest balloon was knifed and deflated by someone who was unhappy with its appearance during United States (US) President Donald Trump’s last Saturday trip to Alabama, organisers said.

The incident occurred during Trump’s visit to watch the University of Alabama football game. The balloon, which is over 6.1 metres tall, was set up in a nearby park.

Jim Girvan, the organiser of a group that ‘adopts’ out the Trump balloons for protests, said a man charged the balloon with a knife and cut a 2.4-metre-long gash in the back.

In a news release, Tuscaloosa police said Hoyt Deau Hutchinson, 32, was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal mischief.

The orange, diaper-clad, cellphone-clutching caricature of the president is often taken to Trump appearances as a way to protest him.

‘Baby Trump’ first rose over London when local activists brainstormed a way to troll Trump. Now several groups raise money to bring balloon replicas around the US.

Robert Kennedy, a volunteer ‘baby sitter’ who brought the balloon to Tuscaloosa, said the balloon immediately began to sag after it was cut.

A responding officer and an unidentified man stands by a ‘Baby Trump’ balloon deflated by someone at Monnish Park in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. PHOTO: AP