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Friday, 6 July 2018

'The biggest insult to a sitting US president ever': Nigel Farage leads critics condemning huge 'Trump baby' blimp that will soar over London while the President visits UK

Nigel Farage has claimed anti-Trump protestors' plans to fly a blimp portraying Donald Trump as a big baby is the 'biggest insult to a sitting US president ever'.
Mr Farage aimed his criticism at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who granted permission for the 20ft inflatable to fly above Parliament Square Gardens on July 13.
The former UKIP leader weighed in on the debate on Thursday, saying allowing the blimp to fly during Trump's visit was 'a step too far' and 'ridiculous'.
Nigel Farage has claimed anti-Trump protestors' plans to fly a blimp portraying Trump as a big baby is the 'biggest insult to a sitting US president ever' Pictured: The blimp behind organisers  Leo Murray (left) and Matt Bonner
Nigel Farage has claimed anti-Trump protestors' plans to fly a blimp portraying Trump as a big baby is the 'biggest insult to a sitting US president ever' Pictured: The blimp behind organisers  Leo Murray (left) and Matt Bonner
Mr Farage directed his criticism at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who granted permission for the 20ft inflatable to fly above Parliament Square Gardens on July 13
Mr Farage directed his criticism at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who granted permission for the 20ft inflatable to fly above Parliament Square Gardens on July 13
The former UKIP leader weighed in on the debate on Thursday saying allowing the blimp to fly for two hours during Trump's visit was 'a step too far' and was 'ridiculous'
The former UKIP leader weighed in on the debate on Thursday saying allowing the blimp to fly for two hours during Trump's visit was 'a step too far' and was 'ridiculous'
However, some Twitter users disagreed with Mr Farage, with one remarking: 'JFK getting shot in the head is probably more insulting than a flying a balloon.'
Another added: 'Obama endured an endless bombardment of racist caricatures for eight years.'
One said: 'Think there have been bigger insults to sitting presidents....from peanuts to bullets.'  
Four US Presidents have been assassinated while they were in office, including Abraham Lincoln in 1865, James A. Garfield in 1881, William McKinley in 1901 and John F. Kennedy in 1963.  
Ronald Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt in 1981 but survived. 
However, some Twitter users disagreed, with one remarking: 'JFK getting shot in the head is probably more insulting than a flying a balloon'
However, some Twitter users disagreed, with one remarking: 'JFK getting shot in the head is probably more insulting than a flying a balloon'
Speaking on LBC, Mr Farage said: 'Let me ask you, does any of you seriously think that if an application to fly an Obama blimp, of Obama as a young, crying baby above Parliament Square when he came here during the referendum to tell us to vote remain, do you actually think that would have been allowed? 
'You can't stop people from protesting, expressing their opinion, but I do think there's a never ending war of words, and it does cut both ways because the President invites a fair bit of it.
'But this never ending war of words between Sadiq Khan and Donald Trump is frankly ridiculous. 
'I say to the Mayor of London, you might not like Mr Trump, you might not like his style, you might find him very confrontational.
'But Sadiq, where were you when Obama introduced a total ban on refugees coming from seven predominately Muslim countries?'
He went on to claim he didn't see the outrage and protests over President Obama's policy, compared to Trump's. 
Mr Farage added: 'To allow this blimp is a step too far.'
Mr Khan and Mr Trump have engaged in a long-running war of words over issues like crime and terrorism.
The row between the pair began last June when the US President accused Mr Khan of having a 'pathetic' response to the London Bridge terror attack.
He tweeted: 'At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack,' the president wrote on his personal Twitter account, 'and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!' 
Speaking about Mr Trump's visit earlier this year, Mr Khan said: 'I think there will be protests, I speak to Londoners every day of the week and I think they will use the rights they have to express their freedom of speech.
'But they must be peaceful, they must be lawful.' 
Mr Farage added while on LBC on Thursday: 'To allow this blimp is a step too far'
Mr Farage added while on LBC on Thursday: 'To allow this blimp is a step too far'
Huge protests are expected in London for the first full day of Mr Trump's visit, which will begin next Thursday  when he flies in from the Nato summit in Brussels. Pictured: Farage and Trump
Huge protests are expected in London for the first full day of Mr Trump's visit, which will begin next Thursday when he flies in from the Nato summit in Brussels. Pictured: Farage and Trump
He added: 'As the Mayor of London it's probably inappropriate for me to join a protest when foreign leaders come into the UK.
'It's important though for me not to be scared to express my views about some of the things he's said.
'It's ironic that the architect of the hostile environment policy in this country has invited the architect of the hostile environment policy in the USA to London. 
Huge protests are expected in London for the first full day of Mr Trump's visit, which will begin next Thursday night when he flies in from the Nato summit in Brussels. 
His three day trip is thought likely to include a dinner with business figures at Blenheim Palace, meeting the Queen at Windsor and talks with Theresa May at her country retreat in Chequers. 
A computer-generated image shows what the balloon might look like during the protest
A computer-generated image shows what the balloon might look like during the protest
The group behind the balloon have raised £17,000 through a crowdfunding website to pay for the huge balloon and take it on a 'world tour'
The group behind the balloon have raised £17,000 through a crowdfunding website to pay for the huge balloon and take it on a 'world tour'
Mr Trump is also thought to be keen to play golf at his courses in Scotland.
The programme is being designed to ensure Mr Trump avoids London and the expected angry protests. He cancelled a trip last year for fear of demonstrations. 
Around 50,000 people are expected to march from the BBC building in Portland Place to Trafalgar Square as part of the 'Stop Trump' protest. 
The group behind the balloon have raised £17,000 through a crowdfunding website to pay for the huge balloon and take it on a 'world tour'.
The group stated: 'If we can troll Donald from the skies wherever he goes for long enough, he'll start seeing "TrumpBaby" in his dreams.'  

5 comments:

  1. A shot from a crossbow would take care of the problem without casualties.

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  2. Give them their due. Laugh it off. And then, get on with the meeting. There's plenty to get done. Britain is adrift.

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  3. Behaviour has consequences, in allowing the dissing of a sitting U.S. president, the mayor of London seems to be oblivious to that fact. Fortunately, President Trump comes down hard on those who mock him...The Mayor of London...what a laugh...it will be fun...

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  4. oh let it fly! if trump dares to complain then it only proves that he is indeed a giant crybaby full of hot air.

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  5. If I know Trump he will LOVE it.

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