Juli Briskman, the Virginia cyclist who became an internet sensation after she flipped off President Trump’s motorcade last month, has now raised close to $100,000 after a GoFundMe campaign was set up in her honor.
Briskman was fired from her job for violating company policy after the photo went viral.
Instead of trying to get #AkimaLLC to rehire Juli Briskman, let’s get her a job with a company that will support her rights.
Anyone hiring? pic.twitter.com/Io8J1HyyK3
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 6, 2017
When HuffPost asked her why she gave Trump the finger, she said, “He was passing by and my blood just started to boil. I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again.”
The photo was taken by a White House photographer but when Briskman got ahold of it, she posted it to her own social media. Akima LLC, her employer and a government contractor, took issue with the gesture.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you.’ Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene,’” she said.
Obscene gestures and gross misinformation aside, things now seem to be looking up for Briskman. The GoFundMe page set up by Rob Mello says, “Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all. This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights. You can show your support by donating here.”
No word yet on whether the angry liberals who exercised their First Amendment rights by shouting hopelessly at the sky last week have also received any handouts.