A woman who famously lost her job at a government contracting firm after she was seen flipping off President Trump’s motorcade while riding her bicycle is running for a position in her local government in Virginia after being inspired by her experience to get more actively involved in politics. Juli Briskman, a 51-year-old marketing executive, will run as Democrat for a spot on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in 2019 in a bid to oust Republican Suzanne M. Volpe as representative of the Algonkian District and help flip the board, which is currently controlled by Republicans, blue.
Briskman, who has a journalism degree from Ohio State University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a social media certificate from Georgetown University, told The Washington Post that she would never apologize for expressing her disgust with Trump and those who advocate for his policies.
“We have a right to peacefully protest and criticize and express dissent toward our government,” she explained. “I’ve gotten some feedback that folks say you should respect the president. Even if you don’t like what they’re doing, you shouldn’t show this sort of disdain. And I simply disagree, and I think the Constitution grants me that privilege.”
Asked if she would flip Trump the bird again if she had the chance, she replied, “Probably,” noting that she continues to help organize protests every time Trump comes to Loudoun to visit the Trump National Golf Club. She says if Trump comes to her neighborhood, “I think he should see some resistance.”
Volpe, a Trump supporter who has held her position on the board since 2012, has said that she doesn’t believe national politics should impact the local election.
“Right now, I’m focused on doing the job that my constituents elected me to do,” said Volpe. “Needless to say, I’ll focus on the race at the appropriate time.”
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