Back in 2017, Juli Briskman was fired after a photo of her flipping off Donald Trump’s motorcade in Virginia went viral. Briskman didn’t let losing her job get her down instead she made the decision to turn her political frustrations into action and on Tuesday she won a local election.
Briskman captured 52.4% of the vote to win a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Beating out the incumbent Republican.
Back in October of 2017, Briskman, who is a longtime resident of the county, which borders Washington, DC, was riding her bicycle past Trump’s motorcade as it was leaving Trump National Golf Course. A news photographer following the motorcade happened to catch a photo of Briskman just as she flipped Trump the bird and the image quickly went viral.
Briskman shared that at the time she was angry about Trump’s plan to end the immigration policy Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as well as his lack of response to the devastation created by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“I don’t employ that gesture very often but I wanted to express my opinion, and I was faced with tinted, bullet-proof glass, and I was assuming the person in the car was who I thought it was,” Briskman told BuzzFeed News in 2018.
Soon after the image went viral Briskman was identified as the cyclist. Her employer at Akima, a federal contractor, told her that she had to resign her position as a marketing analyst. In 2018, she filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that the company forced her out because it feared that the Trump administration would retaliate against the company and end its contracts with the company because of the viral image.
In her lawsuit, she argued that her firing violated her right to freedom of speech. In the end, she won a severance from the company.
I am running to serve as Supervisor for the Algonkian District where I have worked, volunteered, organized and raised my kids in public schools. I have launched my campaign on @Crowdpac because… if not now, when? Let's Do this! https://t.co/zeYn4QR1pR
— Juli Briskman (@julibriskman) September 12, 2018
In her campaign, she ran on issues that included funding local schools as well as expanding green space in the community. Her opponent was a very vocal Trump supporter and Briskman stated her opponent did not reflect the values of the community.
The campaign gave Briskman the opportunity to take a real political stand against Trump’s policies that had inspired her one-finger salute.
“It’s not like I can run against him,” she told the Washington Post in July. “But I can run.”