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EXCLUSIVE: Inflatable Baby Trump Balloon Takes Flight at SDCC

An inflatable "Baby Trump" balloon protesting the current President of the United States -- Donald J. Trump -- has taken flight at Comic-Con International in San Diego 2019.

Initially, the plan was to launch the balloon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. However, organizers were asked to move the balloon to move the balloon to city property, so they moved it to between the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park.

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"We were trying to get set up here by one o'clock," Will Johnson, an organizer for the event, told CBR. "I had to cross from Tijuana, and my ride didn't get there quite in time and it took two hours to cross... This is one of eight [Baby Trumps]. The original one is still in the UK and kind of is dedicated to Europe. There are six owned by the Baby Trump Tour. And then this one is owned by Backbone Campaign."

Johnson explained the choice to show the balloon at Comic-Con saying, they'd decided a few days ago. "I mean, the thing is like one giant comic book cartoon character already, so we figured it was just kind of appropriate. And also, we're doing this as a fundraiser for the organization, because we're kind of strapped for cash right now."

You can see images of the balloon, which were obtained by CBR, below.

The non-helium Trump Baby balloon was first flown in protest of the President's visit to London in 2018 and is meant to protest the world leader. Since then, versions of the balloon have been flown outside the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey; near Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida; during an appearance by Vice President Mike Pence in Spokane, Washington; the Women's March in Chicago, Illinois; and in many locations inside and outside the United States.

In terms of the balloon at SDCC 2019, this particular version is the only one President Trump himself has seen, as it was flown at the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, when he visited there.

Backbone Campaign raises money through www.backbonecampaign.com/babytrump. The organization plans to stay set up throughout the rest of the convention. There are currently no plans for where to take the balloon next.

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