A 30-foot inflatable chicken with a hairdo to match President Donald Trump appeared on the plot of land south of the White House, perfectly situated for the permanent television cameras on the roof across the street to capture it between the chief executive’s home and the Washington Monument.
"Chicken Don" as the fowl is known, flew to the top of social media feeds Wednesday afternoon as images of the prop sitting in one of the United States' most famous locations began to circulate. The bird’s presence was the idea of Taran Singh Brar, a documentary filmmaker, and the culmination of an five-month process to acquire a permit and permission to stage the protest.
In March, Singh Brar established a GoFundMe page to raise money to purchase and insure the $1,500 air-filled balloon to be used during April's Tax March in Chicago -- one of several protests of the president around the country coinciding with Tax Day.
Once the chicken was in hand, Singh Brar communicated with the Secret Service and acquired a permit to inflate the balloon on the grass between Constitution Avenue and the White House South Lawn, He arrived at 10 a.m. Wednesday to set it up.
Seven hours later, the area was still flooded with people taking photos and marveling at the golden-haired inflatable, but one notable Washington, D.C. resident missed out.