October 02, 2018
Warning: explicit language is used in images throughout this story.
President Donald Trump visited Philadelphia on Tuesday for the National Electrical Contractors Association at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City.
Like Trump's previous visits to the city, protests were plentiful.
And among the throng of protesters, a common symbol kept popping up: the Philadelphia Flyers new mascot and all-around weirdo, Gritty.
Here’s the sign I made for the Trump protest in Philly today pic.twitter.com/gKi2zsDEbA— Brodfard (@bthny) October 2, 2018
Yes, that Gritty.
The mascot has gripped sports fans and general zeitgeist consumers alike after being unveiled on September 24, and now he’s somehow been rolled into residents’ protest tactics, joining the hooded women from Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."
How this happened is anyone’s guess, but it seems like Gritty is having his “Welcome to The Resistance” moment as we type.
A protest against Trump’s visit to philly is about to take the streets led by Gritty. “Fuck Trump, Fuck Pence, Fuck Your Wall and Fuck Your fence.” pic.twitter.com/r7Vf5wslF6— Joshua Albert (@jpegjoshua) October 2, 2018
A gritty suit for every Philadelphia resident so when we want to protest scum people coming to our city, we’re a giant unified googly-eyed front— ray j (@vagabonderie) October 2, 2018
“Gritty hates Trump” chants — I think that counts as number four pic.twitter.com/Dj6mXuTByY— Michaela Winberg (@mwinberg_) October 2, 2018
Somehow, this Pittsburgh Twitter user saw Gritty’s political turn coming from the very day Gritty was introduced to the world:
Why Gritty is the Resistance Hero America Needs Right Now— Jesse LE (@JesseL_E) September 24, 2018
Of course, maybe we should’ve seen this as inevitable after he showed up on John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” to portray Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, complete with a Bud Light.
Where will Gritty end up next? It’s almost impossible to predict.
As for his actual whereabouts on Tuesday afternoon, Gritty was… occupied.
What a guy.