Published 4:37 PM EDT Oct 13, 2018
CHICAGO – Critics sometimes complain President Donald Trump’s rhetoric often resembles that of a toddler.
Those at a March on the Polls rally Saturday in Chicago took the idea and ran with it, bringing along a massive inflatable that depicts the president as a diaper-wearing child and selling miniaturized versions to help pay for the gathering.
The march in Chicago is the first of several planned across the United States aimed at sending Republicans a message of dissatisfaction ahead of the midterms. Another gathering was also planned Saturday in Massachusetts.
Jenn Galdes, a volunteer for the rally that drew thousands, pitched the idea to organizers of bringing a giant inflatable baby Trump to the march and smaller balloons of the same caricature.
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At $10 a pop for a baby Trump balloon – one that includes the 45th president in a diaper and clutching a smartphone in tiny hands – Galdes hopes the idea would help defray the cost of the rally and give some of her left-leaning brethren a laugh.
"I heard one woman say to her daughter: ‘Yes you can buy one. Then I’m going to take it home and I’m going to punch it, and then I’m going to poke it and then I’m going to throw it in the trash," said Galdes, who owns the Chicago-based public relations firm Grapevine PR.
Galdes said that allies of the march have purchased six of the giant inflatables and plan to use them for get-out-out-the-vote efforts around the country ahead of next month’s midterm elections.
Protesters have used the giant baby Trump inflatable at other demonstrations since he was elected, including outside the president's resorts in Bedminster, New Jersey, London and elsewhere.
Those who didn’t want to shell out $10 for a baby Trump balloon were asked to donate $1 to take a selfie with the giant inflatable. Volunteers selling stickers of the giant Trump inflatable reflecting in Chicago’s iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, better known as “The Bean,” in the city’s Millennium Park.
Kathleen Moraert, of Palatine, Illinois opted to take a photo with the giant Trump inflatable along with her son and daughter.
For someone who disagrees with Trump vehemently on most issues, Moraert said that balloon – and the rally – offered a moment of respite in what’s been a frustrating interlude for many Americans on the left.
“It made me laugh,” she said. “I know a lot of people (who opposed Trump) say we’d be better off being out canvassing for Democrats (candidates competing in next month's midterm congressional election) today. But I think we need the energy and being with each other at an event like this to keep going.”