The Shrine in Tulsa, Oklahoma, put up the grumpy Trump float and asked supporters to donate to Vernon AME Church.
Over the past four years, we have seen United States President Donald Trump mocked and berated across the world in every which way possible. One of the popular ways, however, has to be the infamous Baby Trump blimp. After a long hiatus, the balloon has finally resurfaced in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ahead of the President's campaign rally, The Hill reports. The giant inflatable baby caricaturing Trump was on display at The Shrine, an auditorium space in Tulsa. The grumpy baby was inflated as part of a fundraiser to encourage donations to restore a historic church on Black Wall Street, a neighborhood that was home to many African-American businesses in the early 20th Century.
Kajeer Yar, who partially owns the venue space, directed folks to donate funds to the iconic Vernon AME Church's restoration efforts. The church is currently the only standing black-owned structure from the historic Black Wall Street era. It is also the only edifice that remains from the Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst race massacres in American history. Founded in 1905, the church is currently trying to preserve its structure through donations to their Bless the Basement campaign. All donations made to keep Baby Trump afloat were sent to Vernon AME Church.
Vernon AME church in historic Greenwood #Tulsa lit with Black Lives Matter. Post-Trump rally celebration here. pic.twitter.com/vGhVNLL8Yx— Brian Root (@brian_root) June 21, 2020
After Yar posted about his initiative, donors had gifted a whopping total of just over $10,000. However, that was only through online donations. The venue owner also received about $1,500 in cash donations. At present, the church has raised $25,000 (not including the donations from Baby Trump's supporters). They are looking to raise at least $1 million. The funds will be used to make much-needed improvements to the church as well as provide new playground equipment for their community. The church is still accepting donations through their GoFundMe fundraiser.
Meanwhile, the tantrum-throwing baby is still floating above The Shrine. Right beside the blimp are two signs that read: "Baby Trump" and "Bunker Baby." The latter is a nod to Trump's recent scare; As protestors took to Capitol Hill to protest systemic racism and police brutality, the President, spooked, retreated to a secret, high-security bunker in the White House. According to Yar, the blimp and the posters are a form of political satire. He claimed that while residents of Tulsa are respectful of the Presidential office, they simply could not excuse Trump's "fallacies of partisanship," among other things.
"The President of the United States has governed solely to his base and not to those who aren't necessarily predisposed to his points of view on issues such as immigration, social justice, and, frankly, wealth distribution," Yar stated. "We think the balloon calls to mind the childish nature of governance through partisanship." Since the first balloon was put up, a second one has appeared right next to it. Of course, this is not the first time that baby Trump has been spotted in the air—and it definitely will not be the last time. In the past, the blimp has floated over cities across the United States and even in the United Kingdom during his visit to the European country.