Apparently the bird is the word for the flagging Terry McAuliffe gubernatorial campaign in Virginia.
The Democrat’s 21-year-old daughter Sally took a break from campaigning for her dad to flash the middle finger in front of a Republican office with signs for her dad’s suddenly surging rival, Glenn Youngkin.
A photo of Sally giving the profane gesture was posted to Instagram and then shared with The Post by a tipster.
Sally McAuliffe struck the pose in Lynchburg, Va., where her dad campaigned on Wednesday night.
Grinning pals gave a thumbs up alongside Sally in the photo outside the Lynchburg Republican City Committee.
“Terry McAuliffe’s campaign has been a giant ‘f– you’ to parents, so it’s no surprise his divisive, hate-filled campaign is being up front about how he really feels,” a senior Virginia Republican adviser said.
The McAuliffe campaign declined to comment.
Although some Republicans were upset by the rude display, others shrugged.
Lynchburg Republican City Committee Chairman Eric Harrison, whose office was the site of the flip off, told The Post that “we’re not really interested in what McAuliffe’s children do.”
“What we’re interested in is that he doesn’t think Virginia parents have a say in our children’s education,” Harrison said. “So we’re working to elect Glenn Youngkin governor this coming Tuesday because he’s gonna stand up for Virginia parents and for our children.”
The race had recently been tied in a state where President Biden won by 10 points but a Fox News poll out late Thursday had Youngkin with a sudden eight-point lead going into Tuesday’s election.
Education has been a major issue in the campaign and Youngkin released a video ad this week attacking McAuliffe for stating parents should not have a say in what their children are taught in school.
“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said in a debate against Youngkin. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
The McAuliffe campaign sought to turn the tables by pointing out that the Youngkin campaign ad featured a mother who sought to have the book “Beloved” by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison banned from classrooms.
The mother’s advocacy led to legislation McAuliffe vetoed in 2016 and 2017 that would have let parents opt out of having their children study classroom materials with sexually explicit content.
McAuliffe’s campaign and fellow Democrats blasted Youngkin’s ad and accused him of trying to “silence” black authors, which McAuliffe said amounted to a “racist dog whistle.”
Sally McAuliffe, the fourth of five children, has actively campaigned for her dad and is scheduled to host a door-knocking event Saturday in Arlington, Va., to encourage Democrats to vote early.
Her Twitter feed features photos of herself campaigning this week with President Biden and former President Barack Obama.
She is a student at Syracuse University and is scheduled to graduate next year with a degree in communications and rhetorical studies, according to her LinkedIn profile.
No Republican has won statewide office in Virginia since 2009 and Biden carried it by a comfortable 10 percentage points in 2020.
A loss by McAuliffe on Nov. 2 — or even a narrow victory — would be an ominous sign for Democrats already facing tough elections next year, when their narrow control of the House and Senate will be on the line. The party that wins the White House historically loses congressional seats in the next election.
In 2009, Republican candidates won the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races in a significant blow to Obama during his first year in office following his 2008 landslide victory. The wins gave Republicans momentum going into the 2010 midterms.