Woman Fired for Flipping Bird at Trump's Motorcade Wins Election

Julie Briskman

Julie Briskman

She gave Trump the middle finger and then ran for office. "So they were calling flipping him off 'obscene, '" she told the news outlet at the time. Her employer, government contractor Akima, fired her saying she had violated its social media policy by using the photo on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The cyclist who flipped off President Donald Trump's motorcade in 2017, and lost her job because of it, has won her bid for local office in Virginia.

"Isn't that sweet justice?" she asked, her cackle suggesting that she knew the answer to her own question.

A woman who was sacked for flipping off President Donald Trump now has a new job - representing a county that's home to one of his golf clubs. Briskman said in an interview in 2018 that she was incensed by Trump's ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and his reaction to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. But, she added of the 800-acre property being in her district, "I take a little bit of enjoyment in that, of course".

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Juli Briskman, a Democrat from Virginia, ran against the Republican incumbent Suzanne Volpe for the seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Though Briskman acknowledged that the high-profile incident helped her fundraising, she said her campaign wanted to focus on the issues - prioritizing education, the environment and women's issues - and not on her 15 minutes of internet fame. And while knocking on thousands of doors, only sometimes did she mention her famous single-digit gesture.

"That feels great", she said, laughing.

Two years ago, Briskman, 52, made national news when she was photographed raising her middle finger at Trump's motorcade while she was riding her bicycle in Northern Virginia. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated".

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She filed a lawsuit over her firing but it was dismissed by a state judge.

On Tuesday night, Ms Briskman celebrated her election in a tweet linking to the offending image.

Republicans have dominated the board in an otherwise blue county that has largely voted for Democratic candidates in state and federal elections.

Loudoun County has not been shy about enforcing the law on Mr. Trump's golf course.

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