The inflatable chicken of Donald Trump, stationed on The Ellipse in DC on August 9th.
By Mandel Ngan/AFP/.
In March, Slate published a piece that detailed the etymology of the inflatable “Trump rooster cock,” which made its first appearance at 2017 Chinese New Year celebrations in China (2017 being, yes, the “Year of the Rooster.”) Some inflatables, as writer Danielle Morton noted, were as tall as 60 feet.
Soon, Americans got ahold of these balloons and named them “Chicken Don” for tax-day marches in cities all over the country—the message being that 45 is a chicken who needs to release his tax returns. On Wednesday, “Chicken Don,” complete with a swoop of golden hair and a disapproving smirk on this face, returned to the public eye—with a remarkably up-close visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Spotted facing the Ellipse side of the White House, the chicken was noted by D.C. residents and the Internet . . . but not the president himself, who is still off on his 17-day getaway in Bedminster, New Jersey.
It’s safe to assume that the president is checking his Twitter feed while he’s away. If so, he’s going to see quite a few tweets informing him of the new lawn decoration.
As the Washington Examiner noted, Taran Singh Brar, a documentary filmmaker and organizer, is behind D.C.’s new avian friend. He told the newspaper that he kept persisting for a permit from the U.S. National Park Services until he was finally granted one on Tuesday.
“We are out here to criticize our president for being weak and ineffective as a leader and being too afraid to release his tax returns, too afraid to stand up to Putin and now engaged in a game of chicken with Kim Jong Un,” Brar said. “Yet he wants a military parade in D.C. It’s all incongruous, and we are here to make fun of him for that.”
He inflated the 10-foot-tall bird at 10 A.M. Wednesday morning, officially making Chicken Don just another ticked-off U.S. resident.
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