It is no surprise that unhinged liberals who have formed screaming mobs targeting Trump administration officials or tackling Republican senators peacefully mowing their own lawns would also give the "finger" directed at the same people or President Donald Trump himself. However what is unusual is that a supposely professional reporter for Politico would be equally as unhinged and full of TDS hatred as to not only glorify such activity but to even angrily justify it.
Such a reporter would be Ben Schreckinger who invokes the "finger" over and over so many times that a reader could be excused for misreading his name as "Schreck-finger." Picture after picture, including a multi-finger Politico illustration at the top, of the "one finger salute" accompany Schreckinger's glorification of vulgarity directed at anyone associated with Trump in an October 10 article titled, "Saluting the Trump administration, not so nicely":
Forget the bald eagle. The unofficial mascot of Donald Trump’s capital is a very different kind of bird.
At the White House, the nearby Trump International Hotel and wherever the presidential motorcade goes, Washingtonians are greeting this presidency with an extended middle finger.
As episodes like the separation of migrant families and the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court continue to inflame passions in Washington, D.C., these one-fingered salutes have become a pervasive marker of an administration under siege in its own city.
With a certain Politico reporter hailing that activity via detailed coverage:
Tourists posing for photos, passengers in the cars that drive by the White House off Lafayette Square and pedestrians caught unaware by passing motorcades have all made increasing use of the vulgar gesture since Trump came to town. Some flip the bird subtly. Others make a show of it.
Stand by for Schreckinger's angry justification of that vulgar gesture which reveals his bias in all its glory:
Of course, no one has done more to foster vulgarity in politics in the Trump era than Trump himself. He made a habit of cursing on the campaign trail and has generally disregarded all norms of civility, practically daring his critics to respond in kind. So they have.
Keep in mind that Schreckinger is supposedly a reporter... A reporter! Not a deranged leftwing opinion columnist although that is exactly how he sounds:
When Trump’s aides do show up in public in or near Washington, the reception can be hostile. This summer, during the height of protests against the administration’s policy of separating migrant families detained at the border, senior presidential adviser Stephen Miller, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders each drew notice at restaurants. They were variously heckled, shouted at and asked to leave.
In this frenzied atmosphere, silently raising a middle finger has almost taken on an air of dignified restraint.
One wonders how Schreckinger would react to such "dignified restraint" directed at him.