Juli Briskman, cyclist who flipped off Trump motorcade, wins Virginia election

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2019

A woman who was axed when a photo of her flipping off President Trump's motorcade went viral won a local election in Virginia.

Her employer wasn't impressed, however, and the single mother of two was sacked from her job at government contractor Akima LLC.

Though she was active in Loudoun County politics before that now-famous moment, Briskman said her action and what happened after it propelled her to work at the polls and later on Jennifer Wexton's congressional campaign before she made a decision to run for office.

She ran as a Democrat and defeated the eight-year Republican incumbent, Suzanne Volpe.

In a tweet, she wrote she was "looking forward to representing my friends and neighbors".

That same day, she signed up to work at polling stations in the 2017 state elections, she said.

Briskman, who was sacked from her job for violating its "code-of-conduct policy" after making the photo her social media profile photo, won the race with 54 percent of the vote, according to the Virginia Department of Elections website. She later won a severance claim in court but had a wrongful termination suit dismissed.

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If voters expressed their displeasure with the president, Briskman said she always had the flawless response: "I'm the woman who flipped off the motorcade and lost my job".

"I've gotten some feedback that folks say you should respect the president".

The Washington Post reports Briskman now represents the district where the Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C.is located in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

Briskman was cycling by when she spotted the line of black vehicles and, realizing who was likely inside one of them, raised her middle finger in defiance.

"I don't imagine there's going to be very much coming across my desk relating to his golf course", Ms. Briskman said. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated".

Virginia also elected its first Muslim state senator yesterday, and Democrats took control of both the state senate and house for the first time in over 20 years. She campaigned on updating the county's environmental plan, adding affordable housing and increasing pay for teachers and firefighters.

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