Last week, a photo went viral of a woman making a crude gesture toward President Trump’s motorcade. Julie Briskman was cycling past President Trump when she flipped him off twice.
The motorcade was coming back from the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia when the incident took place.
A reporter on the scene said, “POTUS’s motorcade departed the Trump National Golf Club at 3:12 p.m., passing two pedestrians, one of whom gave a thumbs-down sign. Then it overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger.”
They continued, “The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction. Motorcade is now gathering speed and heading for DC.”
When the incident took place, Briskman talked about what was going on in her head and what compelled her to make the crude gesture.
She said, “He was passing by and my blood just started to boil. I’m thinking, DACA recipient are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power…I flipped off the motorcade a number of times.”
After a photo was taken of the cyclist and it was posted online, it went viral. Additionally, Briskman posted the photo on her Facebook profile. Now, the cyclist is suffering the consequences of her inappropriate actions.
Briskman reportedly worked for Akima LLC in marketing and communications. The company is based in Virginia and holds many government contracts.
Now, Briskman has been fired. The company announced that Briskman violated the company’s social media policy by posting the photo.
Briskman said, “[Akima] said, ‘We’re separating from you.’ Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
The company said that because they deal with government contracts, the photo could reflect poorly on their business.
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