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Officials with the Iowa State Fair originally said they wouldn't allow Donald Trump to (a) bring his helicopter to the fair or (b) give helicopter rides to children of voters.
Sadly for Trump, and the many cable television producers looking forward to video of him being mobbed by hordes of helicopter-crazed children, state fair officials say a Trump touchdown “will not be happening” at the fair. “Trump did not ask for permission to do so, nor would he be granted permission if he does indeed seek it,” according to the Des Moines Register.
Then they caved, of course, The Donald arrived in his fancy hopped-up helicopter, and took unsuspecting kids up in the air like a latter-day Pied Piper, or perhaps the Child-Snatcher from Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang. And once in the air, Trump told a little boy that he is Batman. Yes, Batman.
So, happy children got to ride for free in a $7 million Sikorsky S-76 helicopter – N76DT, by numeral – from which they, too, could look down on senators, former senators, former governors, one former First Lady-senator-Secretary-of-State, and a whole mob of people eating Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bombs. And that's your metaphor. Trump is smart. So are you. So are your kids. You can look down on all the other "stupid" people.
~ Charles P. Pierce on Esquire
The pilot cut the engines. A man got out of the helicopter. He wore white shoes and white khakis with sharp creases and a red baseball cap that said MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. He strolled across the searing asphalt and stood at the edge of a field, where nearly 100 people waited to find out what he would do or say next.
"We have quite a few children gonna take rides today," said Donald Trump, billionaire, celebrity, entertainer and Republican candidate for president. "Where are the children? Get them over here."
. . . Into the helicopter went William, 9; Sean, 6; Brendan, 5; and Henry, who just turned 3. Their mother went with them. Henry got scared just before takeoff and left the aircraft to be with his father. The other boys remained. William brought a GoPro camera to capture the experience; a clip later wound up on Facebook.
"Mr. Trump," he said, aiming the camera at his benefactor.
"Yes," Trump said, pulling on the lapels of his jacket.
"Are you Batman?" the boy asked.
"I am Batman," Trump said.
Donald Trump is needlessly circling Iowa State Fair at low level in a helicopter with TRUMP on the side. AM... https://t.co/bJEkaG4XEg— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) August 15, 2015
There's gotta be a Trump's Helicopter Twitter account, right?— GottaLaff (@GottaLaff) August 17, 2015
At the Iowa State Fair, Trump gives kids a trip on his helicopter. Ultimately, he plans to take the whole country for a ride.— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) August 16, 2015
If Hillary Clinton arrived at Iowa State Fair in her private helicopter, and gave rides to the kids like Trump did - the @GOP would SCREAM!— RiskyLiberal (@RiskyLiberal) August 16, 2015
Surprised there's room for all those kids in the Trump helicopter as his bloated ego takes up all the room?— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) August 15, 2015