‘Baby Trump’ balloon appears downtown for Pence visit

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SAN DIEGO — A giant balloon depicting President Donald Trump as a baby — a now-familiar protest symbol at presidential visits to the border and abroad — was displayed downtown Thursday outside the hotel of Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence, who arrived Wednesday for a San Diego visit that will include tours of local military bases, was greeted by the balloon outside the Hilton Bayfront Hotel Thursday morning.

The balloon was part of a protest by the group Backbone San Diego, a self-described group of “experts in making protest bold, fun, visible, and effective.” The group’s Facebook page invited others to join the protest and “come with signs and protest props to show your displeasure with the VP and the Administration.”

First appearing during widespread protests of Trump’s visit to London last year, Baby Trump balloons are available online and have since been seen during the president’s visit to Calexico and a 4th of July Parade in Washington D.C.

Vice President Pence will visit U.S. Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and Naval Air Station North Island Thursday.

He was welcomed to town by the Republican Party of San Diego County, with Chairman Tony Krvaric wrote in part that, “all fair-minded San Diegans will acknowledge that the Trump-Pence administration’s policies have ushered in unprecedented economic growth and support for our military service members.”

The San Diego visit is part of a three-day swing through California and Texas. Friday, Pence will visit the Donna immigrant detention facility in McAllen, Texas, with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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