You probably heard about the baby Trump balloon being flown in protest of Trump's visit to London. In addition to flying it over Parliament Square during his visit with the Queen, video and stills of the balloon have been all over the news, and protesters have been filling Trump's Twitter feed with video of the balloon to ensure he sees it as much as possible.
I would've done the same but the damn coward blocked me on Twitter and has yet to lift the block despite a court order.
The balloon is funny, and I'm thrilled to see the people of Europe protesting the same vile policies that so many Americans are protesting as well.
Trump appears to be of two minds on the subject. On Thursday he told reporters, "I believe that the people in the UK - Scotland, Ireland, as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property all over - I think that those people they like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration."
Yes. Apparently Trump thinks that Ireland is part of the UK. He's been getting blasted about that stupid comment for the last day or so.
But Trump also told reporters
"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London."
Whether or not he feels welcomed or not in the UK, the most telling remarks came from the protesters responsible for the balloon.
"The only thing that Donald Trump hates is being ridiculed, so that's what we're trying to do."
"Whilst representing Trump's inflated ego and his thin skin, this is also about opposing his hate-fueled, misogynistic politics."
"You can hurt Donald Trump by making him feel stupid, so that is what we are doing."
It's true. Trump seeks praise at every turn. He's desperate to appreciation and approval. He lauds himself with self-congratulation like no other President before.
Honestly, I've never heard another human being offer himself so much self-praise before.
It's remarkable, appalling, and frightening to think that the President of the the United States is incapable of brushing off criticism. Unable to ignoring ridicule. Unwilling to allow divergent opinions to be expressed openly.
It's why he has blocked me and so many others from Twitter. It's why he refuses to speak to news outlets that don't offer him praise. It's why he repeatedly and constantly lies about accomplishments that never happened and attacks previous Presidents for things that never happened.
Think about it: His first act as President was to lie about crowd size.
It's why this Trump balloon is undoubtedly going to hurt his fragile ego and enrage his prickly temper.
The one thing to take solace in from this racist, misogynistic, baby-caging liar of a President is that unlike previous chief executives, Trump is easy to hurt and easily embarrassed.
Stage the largest protests in the history of the world on the day after his sparsely-attended inauguration.
Mock him using skits and monologues on late night comedy shows.
Make him so uncomfortable that he cannot attend the Kennedy Center Honors or the White House correspondents dinner.
Refuse to visit the White House after winning the NBA championship or the Super Bowl.
Tweet uncomfortable truths at him until he's so upset that he must block you.
Fly a Trump balloon outside Parliament while he is inside, mistaking Ireland as part of the UK.
It doesn't make up for banning religious groups from our country. Separating families. Caging babies. Equating counter-protesters with Nazis. Enacting policies that will destroy our environment. Pardoning racists. Giving enormous tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Attempting to strip away healthcare from millions of hard working people. Denigrating the free press. Violating the emoluments clause. Bragging about sexual assault. Lying again and again and again.
Still, it's something. When you can't get rid of a bully, poking him where it hurts is at least a little satisfying.
This balloon is a little satisfying.