Hail to the chief: cyclist gives Trump the middle thumb

Woman induces her impressions clear as she is overtaken by the US chairmen motorcade on its way out of one of his golf clubs

The president of the United States is used to being saluted, but a cyclist in Virginia set her own particular slant on the tradition on Saturday when she was overtaken by Donald Trump’s motorcade.

The woman on her motorcycle was photographed raising her middle finger when Trump’s vehicles passed her on their way out from the Trump National Golf Club on the banks of the Potomac river, on the outskirts of Washington DC. She recurred the gesture when she caught up with the motorcade.

As noted in the White House pool report,” POTUS’s motorcade departed the Trump National Golf Club at 3.12 pm, 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 devoting the middle finger.

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

Social media users responded to the image of the cyclist with messages such as “Heroine!” and “Her2020”.

Earlier on Saturday, as Trump’s vehicle entered the luxury golf club in northern Virginia, a region where he has little subsistence, a woman stood at the entrance with a handwritten sign that said: “Impeach.”

A Twitter user called ” Trump’s Nanny” subsequently came forward to identify herself as the protester. Her Twitter profile says:” I am Donald Trump’s babysitter, and you are, too. He is a deranged despot who needs constant supervising from all of us .”

In the afternoon, as the presidential motorcade pulled out of the club, two pedestrians were walking by. One energetically dedicated a thumbs down sign. Moments afterwards the motorcade passed the cyclist. All three demonstrates of disagreement emerged from women.

A protester holds an’ impeach’ sign outside the Trump National Golf Course as the presidential motorcade arrives. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/ Getty Images

America is more accepting of such protests than some republics. In 2010, in South Africa, the political activist Chumani Maxwele was out jogging when he was accused of raising his middle thumb to President Jacob Zuma’s motorcade. Arrested and bundled into a vehicle by three policemen, he allegedly had his hands tied behind his back and a black hood placed over his head.

The South Africa Human Right Commission afterward ruled that Maxwele’s rights had been violated. Four years following the incident, the security forces pastor sent him a letter of apology.

Trump has visited his Virginia golf club on four consecutive weekends. He often criticised Barack Obama for playing golf while he was president and has faced accusations of hypocrisy for doing so even more regularly himself.

Trump has use golf as a means to woo senators, playing recently with Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham, among others. Both reported that the president beat them, Paul telling reporters this month:” The chairperson never loses, didn’t you know ?”

The White House did not disclose the identity of Trump’s playing partners on Saturday at the 800 -acre property along the Potomac river in Sterling, Virginia, but NBC News broadcast long-range footage of them on the course.

The president could be seen in a white cap and grey sweater. Subsequently that night “hes been gone” for dinner with the first lady, Melania Trump, at the Trump International hotel in Washington- the second time in a day that he had patronised one of his own properties.

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