A giant inflatable baby caricature of President Trump was displayed on a rooftop in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday ahead of his evening rally, with “Baby Trump” raising more than $10,000 to restore a historic church on Black Wall Street.
Kajeer Yar, who is part owner of the shrine location the ball sits on, asked those looking to donate to his cause to send funds to the effort to restore the historic Vernon church SOUL, Tulsa World reported.
The church was founded in 1905 and is the “only black-owned structure from historic Black Wall Street and the only building left from the worst racial massacre in American history,” according to its website.
The restoration cause is seeking to raise $1 million for the renovation of the church and has already raised $25,000 as of Saturday afternoon.
Yar added that the balloon has generated nearly $10,000 in online donations since he posted it on social media, as well as around $1,500 in cash donations.
Near the ball are two banners that read “Baby Trump” and “Bunker Baby,” a reminder of the president’s retreat to the White House bunker during recent protests in Washington.
Yar said the banners and inflatable are examples of political satire, adding that a group of concerned Tulsans respect the presidential office but aim to portray partisanship and Trump’s mistakes.
“The President of the United States has governed only at his base and not those who are not necessarily predisposed to his views on issues such as immigration, social justice and, frankly, the distribution of wealth,” Yar said. “We think the ball is reminiscent of the childlike nature of governance through partisanship.
According to a CBS affiliate in Tulsa, a second Baby Trump balloon appeared near the first.
WORLD RECORD: At 2 p.m., a second “Baby Trump” balloon is in place. According to organizers, Tulsa is now the first city to have two balloons in the air at the same time. @NewsOn6 pic.twitter.com/wsiSNUiLT4
— Amelia Mugavero (@AmeliaMugavero) June 20, 2020
The president’s inflatable baby cartoon is not a new entity for Trump events and has even been spotted in the UK before past arrivals of the president.