Trump baby blimp effort in New Jersey draws trouble

 

A New Jersey effort to launch Trump Baby blimps modeled after one that was a central feature of London protests during President Donald Trump’s recent visit has hit some turbulence, according to news reports.

Activists Didier Jimenez-Castro of Hillsborough and Jim Girvan of Branchburg said they were captivated by images of the overinflated Trump Baby, with its snarling face, orange complexion and tiny hands, floating above the London protests. So, they launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $4,500 for a similar Trump Baby balloon that could be flown over protests near Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, where the president often spends weekends.

The fundraising campaign found quick success, raising more than $23,000 ―enough for four Trump Baby balloons ― before it stopped taking donations.

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Demonstrators slowly deflate a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump that had been floating over Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump above Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, behind a tourist bus in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, behind a police vehicle in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, next to a Union Flag above Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, behind a red tourist bus in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A balloon portraying U.S. President Donald Trump as a baby is attached to a man's rucksack during a protest in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, next to a Union Flag above Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, above Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Onlookers look at a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Onlookers stand in front of a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators stand in front of a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators stand in front of a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators inflate a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators prepare to inflate a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
The Trump Baby, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
The Trump Baby and Winston Churchill statue, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Protest singer and the Trump Baby, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Protest singer and the Trump Baby, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
The Trump Baby, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
People inflate a helium filled Donald Trump blimp which they hope to deploy during The President of the United States' upcoming visit, in London, Britain, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
People inflate a helium filled Donald Trump blimp which they hope to deploy during The President of the United States' upcoming visit, in London, Britain, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Trump supporter Kathie Kitt Conklin of Manchester took issue with the Trump Baby effort, and vowed to pop the balloons, the Asbury Park Press reported. She set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for bail in the event she was arrested. GoFundMe removed the page, saying it did not meet its terms of service.

Two other GoFundMe pages have since been posted by opponents of the Trump Baby balloons. One, set up by Michael Boland of Allenhurst, seeks $2,500 to prevent Trump Baby balloons from flying. The other, with no sponsor’s name on it, is seeking $4,500 for Make America Great Again balloons. As of early Friday, neither of those pages had received donations.

Meanwhile, Jimenez-Castro told the Bridgewater Courier News that Trump supporters have been calling and emailing the homeless shelter where he works in an effort to have him fired.

“I love my job. It is everything to me,” Jimenez-Castro, who works full time at the shelter and part time at a supermarket, told the newspaper. “I respect my full-time job. That’s where I get my happiness from. I was told to keep my work and my activism separate and I do.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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