An ongoing online fundraiser has attracted over $57,000 donations for a woman who was fired from her job after recently giving President Trump’s motorcade the middle finger.
The GoFundMe page attempting to help Juli Briskman on Monday had collected $57,000 out of a $100,000 goal.
“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all,” the fundraiser’s description says. “This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights.”
“I have connected with Juli and she has been officially setup as the beneficiary on this GoFundMe campaign,” added Rob Mello, a Hudson, Massachusetts man who created the page on Briskman’s behalf.
“All proceeds are being donated directly to Juli. As the campaign beneficiary, she will be able to post updates and comments, so stay tuned!”
Briskman said earlier this month that she was fired from her job after a picture of her flipping off Trump’s motorcade went viral on social media.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,’” she told The Huffington Post on Nov. 4 while discussing Akima LLC’s reaction to the image.
“Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media,” Briskman noted of the government contractor’s policies.
“So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’ He was passing by and my blood just started to boil. I’m angry about where our country is right now. I’m appalled.”
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 photo quickly became an online sensation afterwards.
Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two, said she was booted from a communications and marketing role with Akima after the image circulated online.
The Democrat – who worked for the company for just over six months – has since said she intends on finding a new role with an advocacy group she supports.