TRUE! A giant, inflatable chicken with a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump was on display in all its glory, just south of the White House on the Eclipse, which sits between the Washington Monument and the White House.
The chicken was placed there by Taran Singh Brar, a documentary film maker, who said he wanted to make a statement about the president being a “weak and ineffective leader:”
“He’s too afraid to release his tax returns, too afraid to stand up to Vladimir Putin and playing chicken with North Korea,”
Brar was required to obtain permits from both the National Park Service and the Secret Service:
“The tallest thing they usually allow on the Ellipse is the national Christmas tree. They gave me a waiver for the 30-foot chicken Don.”
Similar balloons have been used in protest marches, but seeing this behind the White House was priceless!
It appears some protesters have inflated this behind the White House. pic.twitter.com/TduZC591BK
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) August 9, 2017
There's a giant inflatable Trump chicken behind the White House. pic.twitter.com/z41FJNAG6X
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 9, 2017
In January it was reported that a Chinese company was manufacturing these balloons – a beautifully coiffed gigantic chicken that looked startlingly like Trump. Never did we think we would see one on American soil, let alone where it appeared the other day! But apparently there are quite a few here being used for protests.
The company that manufactures the balloon claims that any likeness to Trump is simply coincidental. It is the Year of the Rooster on the Chinese calendar and they claim the balloons were made to celebrate that. -cough cough-
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 9, 2017
The balloon was designed by Seattle artist Casey Latiolais, who had this to say:
“I can definitely say Mr. Trump has a lot of similarities in that he likes to tweet. And he also likes to tweet at or around sunrise, and if you take away the fact that roosters are kind of loud and self-absorbed, then I think you can start drawing similarities that way.”
Kudos to all involved for totally making our day and giving us a much-needed giggle!
Featured image from Twitter video.