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Baby Trump Balloon Has Met Its End

Protest symbol stabbed as president gets warm welcome at Alabama-LSU game
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2019 5:42 AM CST
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People standing by a Baby Trump balloon at Monnish Park protest President Trump's visit to a college football game between Louisiana State and Alabama nearby in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.   (Stephanie Taylor/The Tuscaloosa News via AP)
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(Newser) – President Trump appears to have found his sports sweet spot after getting booed at the World Series and a mixed reception at an MMA fight: The commander in chief got a warm welcome in the Deep South at a college football game between Alabama and Louisiana State, reports CNN. Per the AP, Trump "smiled, gave a thumbs-up a few times and threw a couple of fist bumps into the air as the Alabama fans waved red and white pompoms in response." The notable sign of protest to the president's presence in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was the "Baby Trump" protest balloon about a mile from the stadium but it did not run into Southern hospitality: Just before kickoff, a man slashed an eight-foot hole in the balloon.

"It was a random dude just ran up to the balloon, stuck a knife in it, and ran off. We had police close by because of another driver earlier, so they went over and arrested him and his getaway driver," protest organizer Nic Gulas tells CNN. Police say a 32-year-old man has been charged with criminal mischief. The balloon is the same one that made its debut in London when Trump visited Britain. Gulas spearheaded a $4,000 GoFundMe campaign to bring it to Tuscaloosa; the effort collected $7,882 in two days.

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