Pigeons Wearing MAGA Hats ‘Protest’ Democratic Debate In Las Vegas
A flock of pigeons donning mini “Make America Great Again” hats and Donald Trump wigs took to the streets — and skies — of Las Vegas late Tuesday.
The birds were released by a group called Pigeons, United To Interfere Now (or P.U.T.I.N) in protest of the Democratic debate that occurred in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
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“The release date was also coordinated to serve as a gesture of support and loyalty to President Trump,” a group member who goes by the alias Coo Hand Luke told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Pigeons wearing MAGA hats and Donald Trump wigs released across Las Vegas by a shadowy protest group calling themselves P.U.T.I.N.—Pigeons United to Interfere Now.
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The group, who requested anonymity because “P.U.T.I.N. values its cause over celebrity,” said its mission was inspired by a Cold War operation, in which the CIA tried to use camera-bearing pigeons to spy on Soviet operatives.
They also said no pigeons were harmed in their stunt and many were actually rescued from poor living conditions.
A pigeon coop was built somewhere in Las Vegas where the birds were fed, bathed and tended to for months leading up to their release.
“We wash them with Dove (detergent) and get the grease off that usually accumulates from being underneath cars or near grease traps at restaurants while they’re looking for food,” the group said. “A lot of the time they are found with stringfoot (a condition in which a bird loses circulation in its foot after a string becomes wrapped around its leg), and we nurse them back to health. A lot of them are malnourished, and we feed them a variety of seeds.”
The hats and hairpiece were attached to the pigeons using eyelash glue, which will typically make the hats fall off within a day or two.
The group will continue to care for the birds and expects all of them to return to the coop.
“The hats usually stay on for a day or two, depending on the bird’s movements,” Luke told the Review-Journal. “We can also remove them ourselves as they fly back to the coop. They could be gone for a day, two days or a week, but they always come back.”
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