The Rise and Fall of ‘Buttnik’

Given CNN’s breathless coverage, you’d think it was the launch of Sputnik.

But, no, it was the launch of “Buttnikthe orange, diaper-clad “Trump Baby” balloon that took flight over London during the president’s visit.

On Friday morning the 20-foot-high (or six meters for metric fans) dread specter of Trump loathing wafted 98 feet into the air and spent two hours or so menacing several statues near the House of Parliament, including Millicent Fawcett, much to the delight of protestors. (Curiously, we are never given an estimate of the number of protestors, but only told they were “widespread.”)


What is instructiveif not newsis this is yet another article proving that the Left accuses its opponents of what the Left is doing.

First, the 30-meters high aerial view: While the Left claims Trump is infantile, it is the people who think a diaper-clad Trump Baby balloon will sway public opinion who should be wearing diapers (and, one hopes, were doing so after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement).

Second, a news network that spends an entire article covering Buttnik’s launch as if it matters is being silly; and, contrary to its loud protestations, might just be evincing a tad bit of bias against the President?

Third, it is also supposed to matter that a British subject, “Holly,” complains “no one really wants him to be in power”? In fairness, this is, in fact, news to the millions of American citizens who voted to put President Trump in power. On the other hand, what isn’t news is that Holly exhibits the lack of tolerance and inclusiveness of which the Left accuses everyone else: “[Trump’s] not welcome in the UK.” Fortunately for President Trump’s visit, Holly wasn’t working Heathrow’s passport desk when he arrived in-country. Doubtless, British leftists like Holly would also not want President Trump’s deplorable supporters coming to visit, either.

Fourth, there is a type of American visitor of which British leftists like Holly would approve. Enter the scene, straight from central casting, the American leftist, “Katie,” who on her grand European tour bumbles into the protest and casually dumps on her home team, a la Bill Clinton at Oxford: “It’s a great response. I don’t blame them.”

And, because no leftist has to accept responsibility for his behavior or lack of civility or sanity because Trump! Leo Murray, the “Trump Baby Daddy/Blimp Organizer” argues that the President’s policies mean “normal diplomatic rules have become very much suspended…I don’t think we need to be civil to this man.” This explains why he spawned Buttnik to talk to Trump “in a language he understands, which is personal insults.” Like his other ideologically deluded comrades, Murray believes that hurling personal insults doesn’t make him rude but righteous. Uh, no.

But the Left’s delusion doesn’t end there. Murray claims that Buttnik is “about lifting the spirits of the nation and it’s already doing that, you know. It’s just putting smiles on the faces of people who had started to despair about the state of politics.” That right, leftists, if you want to elevate the political debate, elevate a diaper-clad inflatable of a U.S. president.

Like his fellow self-aggrandizing leftists, Murray’s ego is even more inflated than the Trump Baby balloon. And though he feigns disinterest and insists he “doesn’t really care” if Trump sees Buttnik or sees red,  Murray makes sure to tell his story to an American cable network reporter.

The laws of physics being immutable, Buttnik’s passing gas is destined to necessitate its fall from the heavens. But what of the Left’s hope for Trump’s fall?

The article includes a few sage words of caution that, perhaps, Murray and his fellow Leftists should care if Trump sees Buttnik.

As the chairwoman of Republicans Overseas UK, Sarah Elliott, explained: “I think whenever [President Trump’s] detractors go after him, it makes him double down and it actually encourages him to keep going and prove everybody wrong. So I think that’s the effect the balloon will have.”

Talk about the law of unintended consequences. Buttnik’s leftist nurses better get their diapers readyagain.

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."

Photo: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13: Demonstrators raise a six meter high effigy of Donald Trump, being dubbed the 'Trump Baby', in Parliament Square in protest against the U.S. President's current visit to the United Kingdom on July 13, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The President of the United States and First Lady, Melania Trump, touched down yesterday in the UK on Air Force One for their first official visit. Today the President will visit Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers and take tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

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