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Of Course Donald Trump’s U.K. Visit Prompted a Milkshaking

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Donald Trump’s U.K. visit led to milkshaking, the new political protest used on Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Donald Trump was always going to cause some milkshaking

Donald Trump’s U.K. state visit: banquet with the Queen and royal family; lunch with Theresa May from celebrity chef Jason Atherton; burrata and beef for Prince Charles. Not on the menu: milkshake, the sweet, creamy protest drink of 2019, weaponised against far-right figures Tommy Robinson — twice — Carl Benjamin — thrice — and then Nigel Farage — sadly, once. Milkshaking landed in America this week, and a milkshake landed in London this week, too — on a supporter of Donald Trump during protests against the president’s visit in London. The man in question — gamely, foolishly — caught the beverage and threw it back; it was not one of London’s best milk-based drinks, but a McDonald’s shake. It marks a moment in the evolution of the milkshake as a tool of political protest: no longer a direct projectile against individual politicians, but a symbol of a broader movement. No news on the flavour as yet.

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