'Sweet Justice': Juli Briskman, Who Lost Her Job After Flipping Off Trump, Unseats GOP Incumbent on County Board

On Tuesday, two years after she was fired over a viral photo of her giving President Donald Trump’s motorcade the middle finger in Sterling, Virginia, Juli Briskman was elected to the state’s Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in her first foray into electoral politics.  

The first-time candidate unseated eight-year Republican incumbent Suzanne Volpe by a vote of 5586-4721.

“It’s feeling fantastic, it’s feeling surreal,” Briskman told The Washington Post Tuesday night. “The last two years have been quite a ride.”

A photo of Briskman, on her bicycle, flipping off the president’s motorcade as it left Trump’s golf course in Sterling went viral in Ocotober 2017. Briskman said in an interview in 2018 that she was incensed by Trump’s ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and his reaction to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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Shortly thereafter, Briskman lost her job as a marketing executive at government contracting service company Akima LLC. 

Briskman said in September 2018 that the experience of losing her job for political expression spurred her run for office and dismissed the idea that the office of the president is inherently worthy of respect.