This was tailor made for social media, and it has gone viral. A 30-foot inflatable chicken with a Trump-like hairdo appeared on land just south of the White House. It was in prime territory, between the president’s home and the Washington Monument, for permanent television cameras to captured the rising chicken. The bird has now become known as “Chicken Don.”
The golden haired chicken was the brainchild of Taran Singh Brar, a documentary filmmaker. Getting the prop into such a prime location was the culmination of a five-month process to acquire a permit and permission to stage the protest.
“We’re here to criticize the president as a weak and ineffective leader,” said Singh Brar. “He’s too afraid to release his tax returns, too afraid to stand up to Vladimir Putin, and now he’s playing chicken with North Korea.”
Sing Brar established a GoFundMe page in March to raise money so that he could purchase and insure the $1,500 air-filled chicken balloon. Chicken Don was first used in April’s Tax March in Chicago, one of several protests aimed at Trump coinciding with Tax Day on April 15th.
Then Singh Brar contacted the Secret Service and acquired a permit to inflate the balloon on the lawn between Constitution Ave. and the White House South Lawn. The set up began on Wednesday at 10am. Seven hours later, the area was filled with people taking photos of the golden locked bird.
At first, the fact that Trump was not in D.C. frustrated the documentary filmmaker. “When the president went on vacation, I felt a little bit bummed,” said Singh Brar, referring to Trump’s ongoing 17-day stay at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. “And then I realized it’s actually better, because the [symbolism] works and the Secret Service won’t be as jumpy.”
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