The cyclist whose picture went viral after she raised her middle finger at President Donald Trump’s motorcade as it drove past her has lost her job because of the gesture, she said on Monday.
Juli Briskman, 50, was cycling in Virginia last month when she found herself sharing a lane with President Trump’s motorcade. She realised that it was an opportunity that she could not afford to miss and raised her middle finger in a gut reaction to Trump’s policies.
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” the mother of two, told HuffPost.
“I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again.”
A White House photographer travelling with the motorcade captured Briskman’s gesture on October 28, and the picture became viral on social media in no time.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 29, 2017
The photo only showed Briskman from the back, but it didn’t take her long to realize that she was the person in the photo. She proudly posted it as her profile picture on her Facebook and Twitter pages.
Briskman, who had been working with Virginia based federal contractor Akima for past six months, thought it was best to notify Akima’s HR department about the fuss over the photo on social media. She was then called into a meeting by her bosses, she said.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'” Briskman told HuffPost.
“Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.'”
Despite her dismissal, the Democrat supporter said she did not regret her show of defiance.
“In some ways, I’m doing better than ever,” she said. “I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”