-- The scene was custom made to go viral on social media.
"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.
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.
"When the president went on vacation, I felt a little bit bummed," said Singh Brar, referring to Trump's ongoing 17-day stay at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. "And then I realized it's actually better, because the [symbolism] works and the Secret Service won't be as jumpy."