Cyclist Who Was Fired For Flipping Off Trump’s Motorcade Wins Local Election
Virginia resident Juli Briskman lost her job in 2017 after an image of the cyclist flipping off President Donald Trump’s motorcade went viral — but something positive also came of the incident.
After being fired from her job as a marketing executive at Akima LLC, a construction company that held government contracts, Briskman opted to run for a local position in the Algonkian District in Loudoun County, Virginia.
The 52-year-old used the photo as a selling point during her campaign, Newsweek reported, writing in her announcement: "You might know me as the woman who was fired for flipping off the Presidential motorcade. And while it may be the most public display of my political opinion and activism, I have been deeply involved in the Loudoun County community for nearly 20 years."
Upon winning her race to become supervisor of the district, Briskman tweeted: “Looking forward to representing my friends & neighbors in #Algonkian District who backed me up today! So proud that we were able to #FlipLoudpun #FlipVA #LOCO219 Thank you Loudoun!”
Briskman told CNN in 2017 that she flipped off Trump’s motorcade because she was angry over his policies on health care, gun control and his refusal to criticise white supremacists in Charlottesville.
"My finger said what I was feeling," she told the network at the time. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated."
Briskman was fired after posting the photo on her social media accounts. She sued for severance pay and won, Newsweek noted.