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Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Slashing ‘Baby Trump’ Balloon At Alabama-LSU Football Game



Police arrested a man Saturday for allegedly slashing and downing a “Baby Trump” balloon that was used to protest the president’s attendance at the Alabama-LSU football game.

Authorities arrested Hoyt Hutchinson, 32, and charged him with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony, the Tuscaloosa News reported. The media outlet claimed that Hutchinson had announced his intentions to bring down the Trump balloon in a Facebook live video.

“I’m going down here to make a scene, so y’all watch the news,” he said in the video. “This is pathetic. I’m fixing to get rowdy.”

The crowd heartily cheered and chanted “U.S.A.!” when the president and First Lady Melania Trump  arrived at the college game.

Hutchinson has sought public support to help him fundraise to pay for any legal fees, according to A GoFundMe page has been set up that’s raised almost $25,000 by late Sunday morning, well beyond the initial $6,000 goal.

“Hoyt made sure our beloved president didn’t have to see this disrespectful balloon on the streets of Ttown today!!” a message on the page read.

Anti-Trump activities first used the blimp when the president visited London. The protest vehicle has now become a fundraiser for groups opposed to the Trump presidency.

The bill to bring the ‘Baby Trump’ blimp to the Alabama football game was $4,500, according to Fox News. Donations above and beyond that sum went to the Equal Justice Initiative. About 12 supporters showed up to demonstrate their opposition to the president.

“I’m shaking, I’m so mad right now,” Hutchinson said, in his video, according to the News. “I’m fixing to pop this balloon, without a doubt. Stay tuned, this should be interesting.”

The court has set Hutchinson’s bail at $2,500.

Robert Kennedy, one of the protesters, told Fox News that the balloon quickly lost air after being cut.

Kennedy said the blimp was not generating a lot of negative comments but many fans shouted “Trump 2020” as they entered the stadium.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Caller website.

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  • stevor says:

    mentally ill liberal HATERS

    • Mavis Watts says:

      I have yet to see anything useful the libs have done. If you really know something good they have done n tell me??????????

  • Charlotte says:

    12 anti Trumpers, a stadium of Trump supporters…..hope everywhere goes like this! 👍🏻

  • chrisVN says:

    Well done, Hoyt, it’s a wonder they didn’t charge you with having an offensive weapon or some other BS??? I’d say it’s only willful damage, a misdemeanor.

  • scot_belle says:

    To be candid, I don’t think that any juvenile effigies are appropriate, which is why…I didn’t like the naked Hillary effigy… either.
    For the last 3 years, the real adult in room has been President Trump, the (D)Rats have shown their maturity at more Kindergarten level. Temper tantrums, whining and crying…seem to be their Shtick!!
    So…when a balloon effigy of President Trump…sprang a quick leak …………I found myself cheering. Oops, but it’s so satisfying. *S*

  • Ljp says:

    😃 Good for him!

  • RWF