Someone flew a giant inflatable chicken with Trump hair next to the White House.
I’m not sure why someone flew a giant inflatable chicken with Trump hair next to the White House, but apparently it made an important political statement. Perhaps something about animal rights, vegetarianism, or the importance of free-range conditions. Or that Trump is chicken for not doing something that the balloon owners want him to do. Maybe a basic cable channel is premiering a show that has something to do with flying poultry.
Regardless, the picture was passed around social media by people thinking it was a “sick burn,” as the kids liked to say a decade ago. But, as with most silly protests, I was left with a simple question: Why?
Really Dumb Political Stunts have long been a feature of the American political system. Candidates are regularly followed by sad oppo interns dressed as ducks, gorillas, or TV characters. At Barack Obama’s inauguration, someone inflated a giant George W. Bush effigy and invited attendees to toss shoes at it. But when a dedicated protestor donned a papier-mâché Dick Cheney head and a blood-spattered prison outfit with $100,000 bills falling out of its pockets, did a single undecided voter think, “that fellow makes a good point?”
Considering the cost and effort involved (custom inflatables run up to $25,000), political activists must mistakenly believe that Really Dumb Political Stunts help their cause. But will a giant inflatable chicken with Trump hair change one voter’s mind about whatever point the rogue ballooners are trying to make?