Woman Who Flipped Off Trump Wins Board of Supervisors Seat in Virginia

By Melanie Arter | November 7, 2019 | 9:34am EST
(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Virginia woman who gave the finger to President Donald Trump’s motorcade won a seat on the Loudon County Board of Supervisors, unseating Republican eight-year incumbent Suzanne Volpe.

Juli Briskman’s crude gesture was shown in a photo that went viral in 2017. As a result of the photo, Briskman, was fired from her job as a marketing executive at Akima LLC. 

Briskman announced her campaign in September 2018 on Twitter, sharing a Washington Post article, titled, “The cyclist who flipped off Trump's motorcade is running for public office."

"There's no doubt that that photo and me getting unjustly fired from my position at work kicked off my drive and kicked off my desire to become active politically," Briskman told CNN's Erin Burnett on "Erin Burnett OutFront" Wednesday. "That day that I got fired I went home and signed up to work the polls during the statewides in 2017."

"And, you know, I don't know that it helped my name recognition in my community," she added. "I'm very active in my community, but it definitely jump-started my activism."


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