WASHINGTON — The president's inflatable doppelganger is coming to the capital.
The National Park Service issued a permit for Code Pink, a women-led grassroots organization, to protest President Donald Trump, with a Baby Trump balloon in tow.
The organization raked in close to $17,000 to get the orange blimp ready for the Fourth of July, thanks to a GoFundMe campaign.
But the 20-foot diaper-clad celebrity won't be the only inflatable on the scene. Code Pink will be handing out hundred of miniature Trump Baby balloons on Independence Day near the National Mall.
"We're definitely going to be handing them out," Tighe Barry, a Code Pink organizer who applied for the NPS permit said. "We only have a couple hundred. There is someone selling them somewhere on the mall."
Barry said he purchased the balloons from Amazon, where several vendors are selling them for under $10.
Balloons, however, are considered a 'prohibited item' and are not permitted at the President's Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4, according to the National Park Service. Balloons are prohibited from all National Mall access points.
Barry said he believes the balloons are allowed on National Park Service property because the balloons are filled with cold-air, not helium.
"We blew them up with our mouths with a straw," Barry said.
However, on Tuesday, July 3, NPS National Mall and Memorial Parks Chief of Communications Mike Litterst confirmed all balloons are banned in the secure area. The following is his full statement:
"Balloons are on the prohibited items list and will not be allowed past the checkpoints into the secure area (west of 14th Street). In the non-secure areas of the Mall (14th Street to 3rd Street) they will be allowed."