Supporters of a woman who was forced to resign after flipping off President Trump‘s motorcade have raised more than $57,000 for her.
Juli Briskman was riding her bike near her home in Sterling, Virginia late last month when the President’s motorcade passed.
The 50-year-old mother-of-two told Megyn Kelly in an interview last week about how all her frustrations with the current administration boiled over when she saw the president passing on the way to play golf.
Giving him the middle finger was the ‘only way I had to give him the message that I wanted to give him’.
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Supporters of Juli Briskman, the woman who flipped off President Trump’s motorcade, have raised more than $57,000 for her, after she was fired for the silent act of protest
A Go Fund Me for Briskman had raised $57,630 as of Monday morning, and it was growing
Briskman appeared on Megyn Kelly last week to speak about the experience
A photographer in the president’s press pool captured the moment and the picture quickly went viral.
But for Briskman, the lighthearted form of protest ended with her losing her job at Akima, a government-contracted marketing firm, two days later.
The single mother, who has two teenage children at home, claims that she was pulled aside at work and told she violated her company’s social media policy by posting the image on her Facebook and Twitter. She was then sent packing.
Luckily Briskman won’t have to worry about paying the bills.
A man named Rob Mello started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for Briskman, and the fun has already raised more than $57,000 as of Monday.
‘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 on the page. ‘You can show your support by donating here.’
Meanwhile, Briskman continues to fight her forced resignation from Akima.
Family: The single mother (above with her teenage children) is filling a suit with the ACLU and said a senior director was not fired a few months ago for calling a BLM supporter a ”f****** Libtard a******’
Where’s Juli: Briskman got involved in the Woman’s Day protest by standing outside the CIA with a ‘Not My President’ sign (protesters outside the CIA in January above)
Briskman said she is looking to file a lawsuit against Akima.
She is currently working with attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union.
That case could be bolstered by Briskman’s claim that one male employee posted a highly offensive comment on Facebook just a few months prior to her violation.
She was aware of the comment because monitoring Facebook was one of the tasks that fell under her purview at the company.
Briskman flagged the post to higher-ups in the company when the man commented that an individual who was showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement was a ‘f****** Libtard a******.’
That man was able to keep his senior director position at the firm after editing his post said Briskman.
Her Halloween-day ousting came eight months into her employment at the agency.
She described her position at the firm in her Linked In profile, where she identifies herself as a marketing specialist.
Akima did not respond to a request for comment
‘As a member of an internal, agency-style marketing team that supports more than 35 government contracting companies, I wear many hats from writer to marketer to WordPress editor and social media strategist,’ writes Briskman.
‘As part of Akima’s shared services, our team is responsible for web sites, marketing collateral, events, public relations materials and more.’
As for why she got so enraged, Briskman said that even she was surprised, while explaining the limited extent of her activism prior to motorcadegate.
‘I think I gave money for clean water once,’ said Briskman, who also got semi-involved in the Woman’s Day protest by standing outside the CIA with a ‘Not My President’ sign.
As for her reason for all that anger towards President Trump, Briskman quite bluntly stated that his love of leisure has been filling her with a growing rage.
‘Here’s what was going through my head that day,’ said Briskman of her bike ride bird.
‘”Really? You’re golfing again?”‘
That realization came during a bike ride where Briskman had been thinking about the devastation in Puerto Rico, recently introduced immigration bans by the current administration and the mass shooing in Las Vegas which had claimed the lives of over 50 people just a few days earlier.
And so she flashed up her middle finger and in response it was Briskman who was let go, as according to her company she was unable to ‘be professional.’