Trump re-election announcement prompts Orlando gay bar protest
A drag queen and a mariachi band will be among those performing at an Orlando gay bar in protest of US President Donald Trump’s official reelection announcement on Tuesday (June 18).
The Win With Love Rally wants to show solidarity with those victimised by the current administration, specifically Orlando’s LGBT+ community and large Puerto Rican population, and will be greeting the president with the famous orange baby balloon.
The organisers of the rally are the same people who raised money on GoFundMe to have the giant balloon, complete with tiny hands, fly over London in protest of Trump’s visit to the UK in 2018.
Trump protesters: “In the midst of darkness, we can find joy in a giant, inflatable baby”
“We plan to win with love, and we LOVE Baby Trump,” said organiser Ida Eskamani, according to Orlando Weekly.
“The Baby Trump balloon has become an internationally recognised symbol of President Trump’s regular temper tantrums that endanger this country and our desperate need for an adult in the White House. It is also a symbol of resilience; in the midst of darkness, we can find joy in a giant, inflatable baby.”
The rally’s Facebook event page states: “Join Floridians from across the state as we send a clear message to Donald Trump and the world: hate, division, corruption, and greed have no place in our city, state, or country. Together against Trump, we will #WinWithLove.”
Trump will hold his own rally in Orlando, Florida, which AP News describes as “the nation’s largest swing state,” to officially launch his bid for reelection in 2020.
Over the weekend, the Trump administration fired three pollsters who were conducting internal polls over information leaks. The polls showed Trump falling significantly behind Joe Biden, but Trump tweeted on Monday (June 17): “Only Fake Polls show us behind the Motley Crew.”