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    ‘Prisoner 00045’ Transported to Alcatraz

    On Sunday, July 22, The Trump Chicken organization sailed a 33-foot President Donald Trump-resembling balloon around Alcatraz, in front of AT&T Park and at other Bay locations from 11:30 am to 3 pm. “Trump Chicken” wore striped prisoner’s garb with the number 00045 on it. A sign on the side of the “Alcatraz Prison Transport” boat read: “Release Your Tax Returns, the Republic Demands It.” In smaller letters below was: “Inquiring Minds Want to Know #ShowUsYourTaxes.”

    The San Francisco Tax March first brought the Trump Chicken—symbolizing resistance to the U.S. leader and his administration—to America for the April 15 march last year. Similar displays have since spread throughout the world. After the April 15 march, the organizers, who call themselves the Chicken Wranglers, were left with four Trump Chicken balloons, including the 33-foot big bird.

    The Chicken Wranglers previously raised more than $10,000 to float what they have dubbed the “Chicken of the Sea” behind the planned August 2017 pro-Trump rally at Crissy Field, but that rally was canceled. Another occasion was therefore sought to deploy the bird. He was first sailed around Alcatraz this year in his specially designed prison shirt on President’s Day weekend in February before the July event.

    This latest display followed President Trump’s meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during which the former seemingly accepted Putin’s denial of U.S. election meddling. “They said they think it’s Russia; I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump told reporters at a press conference following the meeting in Helsinki. “I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

    Although President Trump has since tried to backpedal bigly on Russia, those attempts have failed, with many now viewing him as treasonous. Even members of his own party have expressed dismay. For example, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said on July 19: “The findings of our intelligence community regarding the Russian aggression are not matters of opinion, no matter how powerful and strong Putin’s denial. To reject these findings and to reject the excruciating specific indictment against the 12 named Russian operatives in deference to the word of a KGB apparatchik is an act of will on the part of the president, and that choice leaves us contemplating the dark mystery, ‘Why did he do that? What would compel our president to do such a thing?'”

    Senator Flake added, “The president let down the free world by giving aid and comfort to an enemy of democracy. In so doing, he dimmed the light of freedom ever so slightly in our own country.” 

    Many of us would say that the light is more than dimmed, given the current U.S. president’s record against LGBT individuals—especially those in the transgender community—his administration’s gutting U.S. environmental laws, separating families at the border and so much more. As one of the Go Fund Me donors wrote about the Trump Chicken displays: “I hope you can continue doing this until the commode-in-chief is out of office. Thank you for your resistance.”

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