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Woman Who Gave Trump The Finger Gets A Helping Hand
Juli Briskman, the cyclist who was snapped extending her middle finger to President Donald Trump as his motorcade went past her on October 28, is about to come into some major cash.
After the image of the 50-year old marketing executive went viral she was fired by her company Akima.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Briskman, a mother of two, expressed how shocked she was that anyone had taken a picture of her giving Trump the bird.
Explaining to her HR department what was occurring online, Briskman was met with little sympathy.
Her bosses called her in to inform her that she had violated the company’s social media policy as she had been using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'” she explained. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
Briskman was compelled by recent news to flip off Trump. “He was passing by and my blood just started to boil. 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. I flipped off the motorcade a number of times,” she said.
Briskman was especially surprised by being let go as she was obviously not on the clock when the picture was taken.
“I wasn’t even at work when I did that. But they told me I violated the code-of-conduct policy,” she said, according to the Washington Post.
Things seemed bleak, but as news of her misfortune spread a man named Rob Mello set up a set up a GoFundMe account for Briskman.
“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all. This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights,” Mello wrote.
With the understanding that all the proceeds would go to Briskman, the donations have so far come to over $75,000.
The goal is $100,000 and in 8 days over 3,000 people have donated; some have giving $5, some have given $250.