Hoyt Hutchinson has had some ups and downs over the last few days.
On Saturday, the 32-year-old Trump supporter said in a Facebook video that he was “so mad” over a baby Trump balloon in Tuscaloosa he’d decided to pop it, the Tuscaloosa News reports.
The balloon was on display at Moonish Park to protest President Trump’s visit to the Alabama-LSU football game, and Tuscaloosa Police arrested Hutchinson for felony criminal mischief shortly after he shanked the two-story monstrosity – Trump depicted as a diaper-wearing baby with a cell phone.
Hutchinson was free on bail by the third quarter, and by Sunday he’d raised nearly $40,000 through a GoFundMe page for his legal defense. But that all came crashing down the next day, when his enemies convinced the fundraising site to shut him down.
“We have been reported by the sympathizers,” the GoFundMe page read Monday. “Apparently we didn’t read the fine print. GoFundMe is not going to allow these generous donations to help Hoyt. They will soon likely refund all your support.
“Apologize for the inconvenience folks. Thanks for the kids words, prayer, and financial support. Reach out to Hoyt on Facebook we love hearing from fellow patriots #Trump2020.”
Folks online pointed to number nine on GoFundMe’s list of “prohibited conduct,” which includes any “campaign that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases.”
Hutchinson said in a Facebook video posted after his release that he has no regrets.
“Some liberals tried to come to my hometown and start some trouble, and that ain’t happening,” Hutchinson said. “I did get arrested and I got charged. But that’s alright. I’d do it again if given the opportunity. So, I’m glad ya’ll enjoyed that.”
Robert Kennedy, a volunteer “babysitter” who travels with the baby Trump, told The Associated Press the 20-foot inflatable instantly deflated from the 8-foot-long gash in its backside.
“It is rare to see that kind of anger,” he said.
Just watched a guy get arrested for stabbing this balloon lmao pic.twitter.com/m4D5n4YOUy
— beach glass babe (@delovelylany) November 9, 2019
Ironically, the baby Trump balloon made its way to the game as the result of a GoFundMe campaign that generated nearly $8,000 in two days, Heavy reports.
Regardless, President Trump and First Lady Melania received a standing ovation in the packed Bryant-Denny Stadium, where they watched the big game from a box suite near the 50 yard line, Newsweek reports.
President Trump pic.twitter.com/3j6PdiOFvO
— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) November 9, 2019
The roaring applause at his introduction eventually gave way to chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”