‘An inspiration’

Woman fired after flipping off Trump in viral photo gets big support from crowdfunding campaign

Juli Briskman gestures at President Donald Trump’s motorcade in Sterling, Va., Oct. 28, 2017. Briskman says she was forced out of her job after telling her employer of her spontaneous gesture as the president’s motorcade passed her on the road. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)

A crowdfunding campaign has raised nearly $50,000 and counting in just four days for a 50-year-old mother of two who was fired after being seen giving President Trump’s motorcade the finger in a viral photo.

“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all,” reads the GoFundMe campaign, which is titled Thank You Juli Briskman. “She was fired from her employer for exercising her First Amendment rights.”

In an interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly, Briskman said she was on a bike ride when she saw Trump’s motorcade passing by her.

“All my frustration about this administration just welled up inside me and I started thinking about the things that I think are going wrong right now in the country,” Briskman told Kelly. “That was the only way I had to give him the message I wanted to give him. It felt great. It was like I got to tell him how I really feel.”

Briskman had told The Huffington Post that she was fired from her company, government contractor Akima LLC, after she made the viral photo her cover image on Facebook. She said company officials told her that posting “obscene” images in social media violated company policy. But speaking with Kelly, Briskman noted that she had once flagged a colleague’s obscene Facebook behavior.

“He did not get fired,” she told Kelly. “He was allowed to clean up his Facebook page. They clearly treated me differently. It was not equal application of their social media policy.”

Watch an excerpt of Briskman’s interview with Kelly below.

Read the full story at The Hill.


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