Trump Chicken Appears Next to White House

'Seriously?' asks Fox anchor
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2017 12:11 AM CDT
An inflatable chicken on the Ellipse, just south of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A giant inflatable chicken with President Trump's hairstyle appeared next to the White House Wednesday afternoon, causing squawks of dismay or clucks of approval, depending on political affiliation. The balloon is owned by documentary filmmaker Taran Singh Brar, who says he wanted to make a point about Trump being a "weak and ineffective leader," USA Today reports. "He's too afraid to release his tax returns, too afraid to stand up to Vladimir Putin, and playing chicken with North Korea," says Brar, who has brought the Trump chicken to protests around the country and given it its own Twitter handle: @TaxMarchChicken.

Brar placed the balloon on a grassy area known as the Ellipse after securing permits from the National Park Service and Secret Service. The chicken attracted the attention of dozens of tourists and even made it into the background of Fox anchor Shepard Smith's interview with the AP's Josh Lederman on North Korea, Mediaite reports. "Before we go, right over your shoulder. We see this shot all the time, but what is that?" Smith asked Lederman. "Shep, it appears to be a very large chicken display," Lederman said. "A what? Seriously?" asked Smith. "I don't have a lot of information to give you except that chicken is not normally present at that location behind the White House," Lederman told him. (Read more White House stories.)

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