Cyclist Flipping Off Trump's Motorcade Becomes Viral Sensation

There have been a number of off-putting developments in the era of President Donald Trump, and there’s plenty of fingers that can be pointed as to why that’s the case. We can certainly look at the commander-in-chief himself, as there have been a number of times in which he has come across as less than presidential. We can also look towards both Trump supporters and detractors, as civil discourse has gone by the wayside for far too many folks.

How did we get here? After most presidential elections, winners rejoice, losers lick their wounds, and everyone goes on about their business. It hasn’t been that way this time around, as one of the more contentious presidential campaigns in modern history seems to have never officially ended. Add that all together, and that’s led to one of the more off-putting developments: respect for the office of the presidency has declined dramatically.

We see that every day in a number of different ways. It happens on social media, on the television, and even in the halls of Congress. Someone that has a bone to pick with Trump will pull absolutely no punches, and they’ll proceed to say and do as they please to get their point across.

All the while, the concepts of civility and respect become nothing but quaint reminders of a bygonera. Another example of that popped up over the weekend, and this one became a viral sensation.

As the Guardian shares, the presidential motorcade was making its way through Virginia when it passed by a lone cyclist, who would proceed to flip it off. There was no mistaking what the cyclist did, as a photo was snapped - and the action was even captured in the White House pool report.

“POTUS’s motorcade departed the Trump National Golf Club at 3.12pm, passing two pedestrians, one of whom gave a thumbs-down sign. Then it overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger,” the report read.

“The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction. Motorcade is now gathering speed and heading for DC.”

The snap quickly appeared on social media, and various memes began making the rounds soon thereafter.

“Lone cyclist responds to @POTUS motorcade shortly after departing Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va.,” shared one user.

“My hometown of Sterling, VA doing me proud,” wrote one commenter.

"Superheroes don't all wear capes. Sometimes they wear safety helmets," added another poster.

In short, the cyclist is being celebrated as a hero for making a crude gesture to the president’s motorcade. Since Trump has plenty of detractors out there, this is somehow being presented as if it’s perfectly fine and normal.

Let’s suppose that this was being done to Trump’s predecessor. Would it be okay then too? We’re going to go out on a limb and suggest that it wouldn’t be viewed in the same light.

Either way, there’s zero reason to be celebrating such behavior towards the President of the United States - and that’s true regardless of who may be occupying the Oval Office. Respect and civility should not be something we have to long for in any era. Sadly, they’re both a casualty of the current one we’re living in.

Source: The Guardian, Daily Dot
Photo: Twitter, Gage Skidmore

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