A man was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on November 9 after allegedly stabbing a “Baby Trump” balloon that was inflated to coincide with President Donald Trump’s attendance at a college football game in the town.
The balloon was inflated next to a road at Monnish Park, while the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide was ongoing less than a mile away at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Prior to the incident, the suspect, Hoyt Hutchinson, streamed a selfie video from a car on Facebook Live, saying: “They got that Baby Trump balloon down here […] right now, and I’m going down here to make a scene.” He goes on to say that he was going to “get rowdy” and that he was “going to pop” the balloon.
Hutchinson identifies himself at the start of his selfie video as a Republican, and is heard in the arrest footage shouting “Trump 2020” repeatedly as he is placed inside a police vehicle.
Following the incident, Hutchinson started a GoFundMe fundraiser, titled “Restitutions for Baby Trump Stabber,” seeking to raise $6,000. “Help raise money to pay legal fees and restitutions for Hoyt,” the description of the page said. “He was charged with a felony criminal mischief after deflation of the disrespectful baby trump balloon. Hoyt made sure our beloved president didn’t have to see this disrespectful balloon on the streets of Ttown today!!”
The Baby Trump balloon was inspired by the Trump Baby balloon that flew over London during anti-Trump protests in 2018, its owners wrote on the BabyTrumpTour.org website. Credit: Anonymous via Storyful