By Chris York
Donald Trump is here.
If those words send a shudder down your spine then you may be wondering what you can do about it.
Well, the President isn’t making it easy for anyone wanting to make their voice heard having already forgone a motorcade through the streets of London and flown to Regent’s Park by helicopter where he spent the night instead.
Despite these savvy manoeuvrings, plenty of people took part in demonstrations on Thursday. There were the YUGE crowds at Blenheim Palace…
— Sara Livadeas (@saralivadeas) July 12, 2018
And the slightly smaller but also very loud crowd in Regent’s Park…
So the ‘Keep Trump Awake’ protest in Regent’s Park ended around 9pm when Regent’s Park closed and a park official with a megaphone made everyone leave… https://t.co/PC1cKQVPw6
— Chris York (@ChrisDYork) July 12, 2018
And that was just the warmup – today things really get going and an all-day nationwide Carnival of Resistance is planned.
What’s It All About?
The Carnival of Resistance is a “coalition of organisations and individuals” who think Trump’s presidency is “dangerous and divisive”.
Their goal is to organise “one of the biggest demonstrations in British history” today, Friday July 13.
That Doesn’t Sound Like My Cup Of Tea At All…
That’s fine, not everyone is against Trump. If you want to spend the day surrounded by like-minded people then you could do worse than head to the newly-christened Trump Arms in West London.
Not everybody in Britain is down on Donald Trump’s visit. The Jameson pub in Olympia, West London, has become the Trump Arms, for instance. pic.twitter.com/wFHs4ozQOK
— Freddy Gray (@Freddygray31) July 11, 2018
Sod It, I’m Down For The Carnival – Where Is It?
The main event is inevitably in London where a rather large crowd is expected to assemble outside the BBC building in Portland Place at 2pm and make its way to Trafalgar Square for a rally from 5pm to 7pm.
But I Don’t Live In London…
No problem at all, you have two options – there are special coaches from all over the country ferrying people to the capital or, if you prefer to stay put, there are hundreds of smaller protests around the UK.
What Should I Pack?
Well, the folks behind the big day have helpfully compiled this list of tips for newbies.
Will I See Anyone Famous?
If politics is your bag then you’ll likely see many faces you recognise. Journalists Owen Jones and Shaista Aziz will be there as well as the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas.
Oh, and Sheffield’s incredible new Mayor, Magid Magid is taking part too.
I Magid Magid, Lord Mayor & first citizen of this city hereby declare that not only is Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) a WASTEMAN, but he is also henceforth banned from the great city of Sheffield!
I further declare July 13th to be Mexico Solidarity Day! 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/qYehdHYDEt
— 🚀MΛG!D (@MagicMagid) July 4, 2018
Will I See Trump?
No, he’s a bit sensitive around people who don’t like him very much so he’ll be elsewhere.
If you head down to Westminster between 9am and 11am on Friday you may well spot this in the sky…
Yup, the Trump Baby is go.
Speaking ahead of the baby’s first flight, Nona Hurkmans, a spokesperson for the group behind the blimp, said: “On Friday we’re holding a mirror up to the toddler in chief – and showing the President that we deplore his tantrums.
“This protest has already been successful at highlighting the President’s cruel politics, and how those politics have also taken root here in the UK too.
“We look forward to seeing the baby fly on Friday.”
The President is expected to avoid areas where major demonstrations are planned in protest at his visit.
After spending the night at Winfield House, Trump will join the PM at a military base on Friday to observe a joint counter-terrorism exercise involving UK and US special forces.
They will then hold talks at the Prime Minister’s country residence of Chequers where Russia, Brexit and the Middle East will top the agenda.
Trump will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before heading to Scotland for a private part of the four-day visit, ahead of travelling to Helsinki for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
I’m A Lady And I’m More Into Comical Urine Receptacles Than Blimps
Well, whadya know, someone’s even though of that…
Introducing the Trump Disposable Lady Wee Device. He take the piss – so now you can piss off Trump (literally!).
— Piss Off Trump (@TrumpLadyWee) July 12, 2018