Donald Trump Baby Blimp Acquired by Museum as Reminder of 'Politics of Resistance'

The infamous Donald Trump Baby blimp has found a permanent new home in a London museum just days before the president steps down from the nation's top job this week.

The iconic 20-foot-high inflatable became a symbol of defiance against the president when it first took to the skies in London during protests over Trump's first presidential visit to the U.K. back in July of 2018.

After a world-wide tour, the helium-filled balloon effigy depicting the president as an angry orange diaper-clad infant is set to form part of the Museum of London's protest collection.

"By collecting the baby blimp we can mark the wave of feeling that washed over the city that day [July 13, 2018] and capture a particular moment of resistance—a feeling still relevant today as we live through these exceptionally challenging times—that ultimately shows Londoners banding together in the face of extreme adversity," the museum's director, Sharon Ament told Newsweek.

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A giant baby trump balloon flies over the Parliament Square during a demonstration against the visit to the U.K. by U.S. President Donald Trump on July 13, 2018 in London, England. TF-Images

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Ament, who previously called the Trump Baby a "shining example of political satire," hopes the new addition will serve as a reminder of the importance it played in the protests.

"We hope the baby's place in the museum will stand as a reminder of when London stood against Trump—but will prompt those who see it to examine how they can continue the fight against the politics of hate," the original team behind the creation of the Trump Baby said in a statement. "Most of all we hope the Trump Baby serves as a reminder of the politics of resistance that took place during Trump's time in office."

The oversized inflatable enjoyed a global tour across the skies of France, Argentina, Ireland, Denmark and the U.S.

Now it will join the Museum of London's protest collection which comprises objects hailing from the century-old Suffrage movement to banners and placards from more recent climate-crisis rallies.

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The Trump Baby blimp, a six meter-high helium-filled effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump, flies over Parliament Square in London, U.K. on Friday, July 13, 2018. Neil Mockford/Getty

The helium-filled balloon was the brainchild of London activist Leo Murray and was designed by Matt Bonner with final construction by Imagine Inflatables of Leicester.

Brexit party leader Nigel Farage called the blimp "the biggest insult to a sitting U.S. president ever" when it first took to the skies in 2018. Trump took the helium-sized hint as an indication it was "to make me feel unwelcome," adding there was "no reason for me to go to London."

Ament was quick to clarify that the museum is by no means political, and holds no political view about the state of politics in the United States. Rather, it signified the British response of satire.

"We use humour a lot. And we poke fun at politicians," she said. "This is a big—literally—example of that."

The blimp has only just arrived in the museum in a suitcase where it will quarantine over the coming days.

"It is timely, because it's coming to us in the final days of President Trump being President Trump," Ament said. "The most ironic and fitting thing now is that it's currently in quarantine in the museum. All objects have to be put into quarantine before they go into the collection because they could have insects."

Back in 2019, Ament said the Museum of London had planned to relocate to a venue that would have more space to house the 20-foot balloon.

"Once it does come to the museum, its active life will cease," Ament said of the Trump Baby balloon. "But it will then become part of the story of London."

The museum director said the balloon would likely be fitted over a mold and suspended from the ceiling "so it will look like its full-size."

Trump will step down as president this week as Joe Biden is set to be ushered into the White House on January 20.

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