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Cyclist Flips Off Trump Motorcade in Virginia October 2017

We Are Forever Indebted to This Cyclist Who Flipped Off Trump's Motorcade

Update: On Nov. 6, it was reported that the female cyclist, Juli Briskman, had been fired from her job as a government contractor after the photo went viral in October.

Original story:
Following the news that his former campaign manager would likely be indicted in just a few days, Donald Trump decided to hit the golf course. On Oct. 28, as the president visited the Trump National Golf Club outside Washington DC to hit a few rounds, he was given a taste of the world outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. when a female cyclist proudly raised her middle finger as she rode alongside the presidential motorcade.

Fortunately, a photographer was able to capture the defiant moment. Though the cyclist has yet to come forward — nor has she been identified — she quickly became an internet sensation, embodying the frustration, hopelessness, and anger many Americans feel about the current political state.

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The Guardian's David Smith was also thankfully on the scene and able to document the events as they unfolded. After the motorcade passed by a pedestrian giving a thumbs-down sign, Smith reported, "It overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger. The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction."

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