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Woman Who Flipped Off Trump Gets Fired

07 November 2017, 12:32 | Rufus Hill

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The Washington Post reports Juli Briskman was on her bicycle last month when President Trump's motorcade drove by her on a northern Virginia road.

The image went viral after it was taken on 28 October in Virginia, close to a Trump golf resort.

"He was passing by and my blood just started to boil", she said. During an interview with the Huffington Post, Juli Briskman, 50, said that she had been let go from her government contractor job at Akima LLC. Late-night talk show hosts told jokes about the encounter and people on social media began hailing the unidentified woman as a "she-ro", using the hashtag #Her2020. They told her that because Akima was a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business, she said.

According to Briskman, this unidentified colleague had "Akima LLC" as his cover photo on the social media platform.

The official reason Briskman was given was for violating the company's social media policy, as she had changed her Facebook and Twitter profile photos to the now iconic photo. She was upfront with her HR department about what had gone on and the ensuing online attention, and they fired her for it.

Ms. Briskman told the website that the consequences for her violation were unfair since another employee was permitted to keep his job after deleting a Facebook post calling someone a "a f-ing Libtard a-hole".

"I think I gave money for clean water once", she said.

After the cyclist admitted to her bosses at Akima LLC that she was the one in the photo, she was sacked. Briskman also talks to the Washington Post, explaining that she is indeed a critic of Trump's political policies and behavior as president.

Briskman has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union about her case, according to WaPo, and although she lost her job over that one reflexive moment, she doesn't seem to regret her decision. He pulled ads for open for open enrollment in Obamacare.

An Akima representative said the company would email a statement about firing Briskman, but hasn't done so by the time of publication. "Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power.' I'm thinking, 'he's at the damn golf course again'".

Briskman said that that day on her bike was not something that she had planned, but she had been increasingly frustrated with Trump's behavior and his performance (or rather, lack thereof) as the leader of this country. "I am apalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something".

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