The woman who lost her job for flipping off Donald Trump’s motorcade in a 2017 photo has had the last laugh.
Juli Briskman, who went viral after a snap of her raising her middle finger at the former US President from the seat of her bicycle, was fired from her job with a government contractor as a result of the gesture.
Ms Briskman said her company’s HR department told her initially it would not be a problem. But on the Tuesday after her hand gesture went gangbusters, she was given the boot, with her employer saying she had violated their social media policy.
“They walked me to my desk and then out the building. I was even told I could not get photos of my children from my computer before they bleached it,” Ms Briskman said at the time.
“It was like I had embezzled a couple of million company dollars.”
Ms Briskman told reporters she was “really frustrated” at her country’s president on the day the photo was taken.
“It was just sort of like, here I am on my bike. I’ve got nothing, right?” she told The Guardian.
“This is pretty much the only thing I had to express my opinion. He wasn’t going to hear me through bulletproof glass … So that was pretty much how I could say what I wanted to say, right?
“The only thing I had at my disposal that day was my finger,” she said.
The exhaustive ordeal, which included a lawsuit against her former employer, ultimately sparked Ms Briskman’s ambitions to enter politics and opened “a lot of doors”, according to the passionate Democrat.
Extraordinarily, Ms Briskman has since been sworn in as supervisor for the Algonkian District of Loudoun County, Virginia.
And in a blow to the former president, the 53-year-old now also sits on the Local Board of Supervisors that oversees legislation for leisure facilities in her county, which includes Mr Trump’s National Golf club.
Despite her folkloric status as the “Trump flipper”, Ms Briskman refused to bring attention to the matter throughout her campaign, unless directly questioned by locals in the wealthy US county.
“The last two years have been quite a ride. Now we’re helping to flip Loudoun blue,” Ms Briskman told The Washington Post in 2019.
Ms Briskman has since spent her time in office in Virginia working to remove a confederate statue, introduce bike lanes and officially apologising for historic school segregation.
The 53-year-old announced this week her new gun ordinance bill will go up for approval in the following weeks.