Alabama man charged over slashing 'baby Trump' balloon

A US man has been arrested for an attack on a giant baby Donald Trump balloon.

Hoyt Hutchinson slashed the balloon with an unknown weapon in Alabama on Saturday (local time) before trying to flee.

"I am going down here to make a scene, so y'all watch the news," Hutchinson said in a Facebook Live video before the game. "I'm just gonna pop this balloon, without a doubt. Stay tuned."

The six-metre-high balloon had been set up for a protest near a football game the President was attending, and depicted Trump as an orange petulant baby wearing a white diaper and holding a cellphone.

The cut was around 2.5 metres long, and the nonprofit group which provided the balloon said the balloon looked unrepairable.

"It's a rather large gash," People's Motorcade president Jim Girvan told the New York Times. "Some cuts can be repaired, but this one looks to be too big."

Another video showed Hutchinson being led to a police car after his arrest while being heckled by the crowd.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department said Hutchinson has been charged with criminal mischief and is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a US$2500 (NZ$3946) bond.

Hutchinson has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for his legal fees, with the goal of US$6000 (NZ$9470).

"Hoyt made sure our beloved president didn't have to see this disrespectful balloon on the streets of Ttown today!!" the page reads.

"All proceeds not needed for legal fees will be donated to the Trump2020 campaign to further support this great country."

So far it has raised over US$30,000 (NZ$47,000).


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