Perturbed that President Trump “is shifting the 4th of July festivities to celebrate his administration”, according to The Hill, by making what will likely be a political speech on July 4th at the Lincoln Memorial, protesters are planning to be at that speech. They also plan to bring with them an emblem of protests against Trump both here and abroad, namely a baby Trump blimp depicting Trump as a diaper-clad, sneering, cellphone-clutching toddler. The protest group in question is Code Pink, whose co-founder Medea Benjamin said, according to The Hill, “The president is shifting the 4th of July festivities to celebrate his administration. We will bring together people opposed to the pain and suffering caused by this administration, from family separation at the border to supplying weapons used by Saudi Arabia to kill Yemeni children.”
Many people share Code Pink’s sentiment that President Trump is endeavoring to make the July 4th holiday this year about him and his administration, rather than about the country. Normally, the National Mall, which includes the Lincoln Memorial, is the site of the national fireworks display for the 4th, but this year the fireworks are being moved to West Potomac Park to accommodate Trump’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial. According to The Hill:
An activist group is hoping to protest President Trump’s planned Lincoln Memorial 4th of July address with an orange, yellow haired “Baby Trump” blimp that also appeared during his visits to the U.K. Feminist anti-war group Code Pink announced in a statement last week it planned to protest the president’s speech. …According to The Washington Post, Code Pink requested a protest permit on Monday. The group wants to fly the blimp over “any open grassy area nearest to [the] Lincoln Memorial,” the Post reported, citing the National Park Service permit application. …The Post last week reported that the president intends to speak at the memorial during Independence Day, which will result in the city moving its annual fireworks from the National Mall to West Potomac Park.
Code Pink applied yesterday for a protest permit for the July 4th Trump speech, and reportedly indicated in that application that it expects just 40 people to be involved in their protest, but it seems quite likely, given the crowds for the 4th of July and the sentiments against Trump, that many more people may join in with the protest in an impromptu manner.