The woman who gave the finger to U.S President Donald Trump’s motorcade in a viral photo that did the rounds last week has been fired.
Marketing executive Juli Briskman was canned by government contracting Akima LLC after she told her bosses she was the unidentified cyclist in the photo.
Briskman told The Washington Post that she was fired for violating the company’s code of conduct policy, specifically the section covering actions on social media.
Ironically, one of Briskman’s responsibilities at Akima was to monitor the company’s social media presence.
The photo was taken by a White House photographer as Trump’s motorcade left the President’s golf course.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 29, 2017
After hitting Twitter and Facebook, the pic quickly went viral with many saluting Briskman’s efforts using the hashtag #Her2020.
— laurie burman (@laurie_burman) November 6, 2017
Briskman told The Washington Post that in her time at Akima, she saw another employee post an obscene thing without facing consequences.
Earlier this year, Briskman claims a senior director wrote “You’re a f@#$ing Libtard asshole” in a Facebook discussion regarding Black Lives Matter.
She says she flagged the comment but the senior director went unpunished.
So what was she thinking when she gave Trump the finger?
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” she told The Huffington Post. “I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again.”
Although she lost her job, the 50-year-old mother of two says she has no regrets for the incident.
“In some ways, I’m doing better than ever,” she added. “I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”
Briskman has reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) regarding her dismissal.