Twenty feet tall, 13 feet wide. Orange, with a flop of blond on top.
On Sunday, Trump came to Boston ahead of the midterms in the form of a giant, diaper-clad inflatable infant with smartphone in hand.
“It’s not how I would want to be portrayed myself,” said Lauren Piraino, the organizer of an event that brought the Trump Baby Balloon, a satirical portrayal of President Donald Trump, to Boston for the first time.
“But it would make me consider what I was doing that people are calling me a baby,” Piraiano said in a phone interview.
High winds during Saturday’s March to Save Democracy rally prevented the debut of the babe in the city that day, but the helium-filled presidential infant went into action Sunday afternoon in Boston’s Copley Square.
Piraino, who said she was an organizer behind the two Boston women’s marches and free speech rally counterprotest, said she thinks the balloon offered a good way to engage voters and promote liberal causes. In an hour, she said, she’d had conversations with about 250 people in Copley Square thanks to the stunt.
“It has a great visual effect on people they can carry with them that reminds them to continually engage in democracy,” said Piraino, who is the national human rights coordinator for the March to Save Democracy organization.
Young voters are particularly responsive to the balloon, she said. “They are the selfie generation, very driven by image and impact.”
The flying tot is one of a fleet of six owned by the Baby Trump Tour organization, inspired by a similar baby that took to the skies in the United Kingdom. On Sunday, it was on the sidewalk in Copley Square through the afternoon, according to Piraino.
As whether anyone she met was offended by the infantile portrayal of the president, Piraino said all her conversations in the shadow of the balloon have been positive and constructive. “It’s not harmful to anybody,” she said.
“People need to get a sense of humor.”Lucas Phillips can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.