Cyclist fired for flipping off Trump motorcade running for local office

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The woman who was fired from her job after flipping off President Trump’s motorcade is running for local office.

The Washington Post reported that Juli Briskman, who flashed her middle finger at Trump in 2017, filed paperwork to run for a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Northern Virginia in 2019.

Briskman will reportedly challenge Suzanne M. Volpe (R) in a race to represent the Algonkian District.

{mosads}Republicans currently control the board, 6 to 3. But the Post noted that the county historically votes for Democrats at the state and federal level.

Briskman told the Post that she didn’t consider running for office until last October, when she was dismissed from her government contracting job after a photo of her flipping off the president in Sterling, Va., went viral.

“We have a right to peacefully protest and criticize and express dissent toward our government,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday.

“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.”

Briskman added that she’d probably flash the middle finger toward the president again if given the opportunity.

She also told the newspaper that she’s planning on running on a platform that calls for adequately funding the county’s schools and curtailing unchecked development. She also said she wants to improve transparency in local government. 

Briskman had told Huffington Post that after the photo surfaced, her bosses told her she had violated the company’s social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture.

“I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled,” she said at the time. “This was an opportunity for me to say something.”

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