A giant, inflatable balloon resembling President Donald Trump dressed in a diaper did not fly above Los Altos, as some Bay Area media outlets reported it would. Instead, the balloon floated over Portola Valley Tuesday (Sept. 17) to coincide with the re-election fundraising event Trump attended in that area.
A Facebook video posted at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday by political organization Backbone Campaign showed the balloon flying over Rossotti Field, 3919 Alpine Road, which the presidential motorcade passed en route to a luncheon fundraiser at Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy's Portola Valley mansion.
Backbone Campaign volunteer Chris West estimated that 100 people attended the rally.
"I know it was visible to the motorcade,” West said. “I think there's a good chance (Trump) saw it.”
The Backbone Campaign deflated the balloon and packed it up by 1:15 p.m., West said. The organization needeed to drive it to San Diego in time for a demonstration scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.
At least a dozen people hoping to gaze upon the balloon showed up Tuesday morning at the intersection of Foothill Expressway and San Antonio Road in Los Altos, where they anticipated the spectacle would unfold. The hunt continued to Lincoln Park, where – inexplicably – a homemade sign affixed to the ground indicated the balloon site had been moved to Rossotti Field.
West said Backbone selected a new launch site after learning that the Trump Administration had moved the site of the luncheon to Portola Valley.
The Backbone Campaign is a Vashon, Washington-based group that describes itself as a “progressive movement-building organization.”