Sadiq Khan balloon to fly over London in protest at the ‘Trump baby’ blimp


Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A giant bikini-clad balloon of Sadiq Khan is set to fly over London in protest at the ‘Trump Baby’ blimp that the London Mayor allowed to be flown during US President Donald Trump’s London visit last month.

Organisers raised more than £50,000 for Khan’s balloon, which will be flown on Saturday (1) in the same Westminster location where ‘Trump Baby’ floated. The blimp shows Khan dressed in a yellow bikini, a nod to the Beach Body Ready advertisement that Khan banned last year.

A fundraising page for the Khan’s blimp read: “In light of the Donald Trump ‘Baby Trump’ ballon being allowed to fly over London during his visit to the U.K., let’s get a ‘baby Khan’ one and see if FREE SPEECH applies to all and whether or not Mr Khan and the London assembly will also approve this.

“Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime skyrocket to unprecedented levels. People in London don’t feel safe and they aren’t safe, 81 murders this year alone! Khan Out. Any surplus money raised will be used for a continuing campaign to remove Sadiq Khan from office and also for defending free speech which is constantly under attack.”

Last month, Khan allowed a 20ft-high blimp depicting the US leader as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone to be flown in London by anti-Trump protesters.

The Baby Trump Balloon floats in the middle of crowds holding anti-Trump signs while the U.S. President is visiting Trump Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort in Scotland as people gather to protest during his visit to the United Kingdom on July 14, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The London Mayor defended his decision saying blocking the inflatable would have been to inhibit freedom of speech.

“The UK, like the USA, has a long and rich history of rights and the freedom to protest and freedom of speech. The US ambassador himself commented that one thing [the] USA and the UK have in common is freedom of speech, and the idea of restricting that and [the] right to assemble because someone is offended by something is [a] slippery slope,” he said, according to The Guardian.

“When determining these things [it should be about] … whether it is safe and peaceful. As a politician, I should not be the arbiter of what is good or bad taste.”