A woman says she was fired from her job after a photo of her giving President Trump’s motorcade the middle finger went viral on social media.
Juli Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two, said she was ousted from a communications and marketing role with Akima LLC, a government contractor, after the image circulated online.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,’” she told The Huffington Post last Saturday. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media.”
“So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene,’” Briskman continued. “He was passing by and my blood just started to boil.”
“I’m angry about where our country is right now. I’m appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”
A White House photographer snapped the picture of Briskman performing the gesture while she was riding her bicycle on Oct. 29 in Sterling, Virginia.
Trump was leaving his nearby golf course, and the photograph quickly became an online sensation afterwards.
Briskman said she decided to tell Akima’s HR department about the incident last Monday as the photograph became increasingly shared on the internet.
The former Akima employee added her bosses told her last Tuesday that she had violated the company’s social media guidelines by utilizing it as a profile photo on Facebook and Twitter.
“I’m thinking, [Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals] recipients are getting kicked out,” Briskman said of her reaction to seeing Trump pass her by.
“He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare,” she added. “Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power.”
“I’m thinking, he’s at the d—n golf course again. I flipped off the motorcade a number of times. In some ways, I’m doing better than ever.”
Briskman noted that she had worked for Akima just over six months before visibly displaying her displeasure to Trump.
The Democrat added she intends on searching for a new job with an advocacy group she supports, such as Planned Parenthood or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).