Juli Briskman became somewhat of an internet sensation in October last year, after she gave the middle finger to Trump’s motorcade, when it travelled past her while she was riding a bike in Virginia.
She said she never regretted the gesture, despite the fact she was fired within days of the photo going viral, by the government contractor she worked for.
Now the marketing executive is running for local office in Northern Virginia, according to the Washington Post. She’ll run against Rebublican Suzanne M. Volpe, who currently represents the Algonkian District on the area’s Board of Supervisors.
The Washington Post says the county usually votes Democrat at a state and federal level but this board has long been controlled by Republicans.
Briskman says she got the idea to run after being fired. She said Americans have a right to peacefully protest and express dissent towards government. She added that she would “probably” flip the bird again.
“I’ve gotten some feedback that folks say you should respect the president. Even if you don’t like what they’re doing, you shouldn’t show this sort of disdain. And I simply disagree, and I think the Constitution grants me that privilege,” she told the Washington Post.
She added she’d run on a platform of aiming to better fund the county’s schools and on increasing transparency in local government.
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” Briskman told the Huffington Post after the photo went viral. “I’m thinking about the Daca recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrolment in Obamacare. Only one third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again,”
This cyclist flipped off Trump’s motorcade pic.twitter.com/HBgVHeIari
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 29, 2017