A prankster group has unleashed a flock of pigeons wearing miniature “Make America Great Again” hats in Las Vegas, Nev., in a stunt that puts a pro-Trump spin on an earlier viral incident involving cowboy hats.
The group, which calls itself Pigeons United To Interfere Now (PUTIN), sent video of the MAGA flock to several news outlets in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
The video features several shots of a middle-aged man releasing the hat-wearing pigeons into the sky. It also includes footage of at least 21 hat-wearing pigeons together in a coop bedecked with tiny American flags. All of the birds appear to be wearing the MAGA hat except for one, which has a glued-on puff of golden hair in the style of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Dialogue from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror film The Birds can be heard playing throughout the clip.
PUTIN’s anonymous leader, who calls himself “Coo Hand Luke,” told KVVU-TV that the birds were an act of “aerial protest” against Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, which took place in Vegas.
“The release date was also coordinated to serve as a gesture of support and loyalty to President Trump,” Coo Hand Luke said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
He said he was inspired by Cold War-era operations in which the CIA used pigeons to spy on Soviet targets. He specifically cited Operation Tacana, which involved attaching tiny spy cameras to the birds.
The incident comes two months after several pigeons were seen wearing cowboy hats in Las Vegas, sparking concerns for their well-being.
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