Juli Briskman: Cyclist Fired For Flipping Off Trump Wins Virginia Election
Written by admin on November 6, 2019
famously known for being the cyclist who was fired in 2017 for flipping of President Donald Trump‘s motorcade is now forging in her own political path. On November 5, she defeated Republican incumbent, Suzanne Volpe, and earned herself a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for the Algonkian district.
Briskman captured 52 percent of the vote to Volpe’s 44 percent, and wins the award for best movie-worthy comeback. It was only two years ago that Briskman was let go from her government contractor job at Akima LLC. After the photo taken outside Trump International Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, went viral, Briskman contacted her employers to let them know that she was the cyclist in the photo, giving a middle finger to Trump’s row of SUVs.
They said, ‘We’re separating from you,‘” Briskman told the Huffington Post. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
State law in Virginia indicates that employers can fire employees at any time for any reason. Afteward, Briskman said that she may look for a new job at “an advocacy group that she believes in,” and worked with the ACLU to sue her former employers for wrongful termination.
In January 2018, she founded Long May She Wave, which allowed followers to learn and follow along with the new developments in her case against Akima, which shifted into a page she posted news about her campaign.
The cyclist’s campaign tagline on her official website reads, “We live in a great community and we deserve a Board of Supervisors that does more to support our schools, first responders, working women, and families. That’s why I’m running.”