This woman was fired after giving Trump's motorcade the finger. https://t.co/6a5lP2cCCe— VICE (@VICE) November 6, 2017
UPDATE: A woman who expressed her First Amendment view to the president by “flipping him the bird” while biking as his motorcade drove by her has lost her job due to her company’s strict (and inconsistent) social media policy.
Juli Briskman previously worked for Akima LLC, a government contractor that “engages in construction, information technology, data communications, systems engineering, software development, cyber security, space operations, aviation, fabrication, facility management, hospitality, and logistics businesses,” according to Bloomberg’s profile of the company.
Briskman was out biking in Sterling, Virginia, when President Donald Trump’s motorcade came up next to her. At a traffic light, she flipped her middle finger right to his vehicle, a moment that was captured by the White House photographer and distributed widely.
When news of Briskman’s gesture to the president went viral, the company apparently didn’t take it too well. After she posted her image on Facebook, Akima found a way to terminate her, citing their social media standards for current employees.
“Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media,” Briskman explained after her termination. “So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
The 50-year-old mother of two performed marketing and communications work for the company. Although she is now jobless after working for Akima for just six months, she explained that she doesn’t have any regrets about what she did.
“In some ways, I’m doing better than ever,” she said. “I’m angry about where our country is right now...This was an opportunity for me to say something.”
Briskman also pointed out that her company’s policy seems to be incredibly one-sided. A man within the organization had apparently responded to an online comment by name-calling someone else a “f---ing Libt--d a--hole,” according to the A.V. Club.
“How is that any less ‘obscene’ than me flipping off the president?” Briskman asked. Indeed, her punishment seems more severe, especially when considering that the man from the example above used Akima’s company logo in his unhinged rants.
So don’t expect so-called conservative defenders of the First Amendment to say much about this instance. Their adherence to that ideal apparently stops when the person involved is progressive.
President Donald Trump and his motorcade were making their way out of the Trump National Golf Club in what was his 76th visit to a golf course during a presidency that has witnessed a shocking rise in hate crimes, white supremacy, deadly hurricanes and threats of a nuclear war.
Anyway, while on his way, the POTUS was suddenly joined by a lone bicyclist.
She continued to trail Trump and when the president’s car stopped at a traffic light, the bicyclist made her way right next to his car.
And then, she flipped the bird at him. Just like that.
"A female bicyclist along the motorcade route, just outside the golf course, traveling in the right lane repeatedly extended her middle left finger towards POTUS," the pool stated.
The cyclist’s identity and likely motive remain unknown. However, that hasn't stopped the internet from hailing her a hero.
God Bless America. And this cyclist. https://t.co/maNeXajePI— Trump Twïtter Finger (@TrumpSacrifices) October 29, 2017
This woman is my fucking hero ?? https://t.co/xqbxSncgMM— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 29, 2017
The incident comes a few days after a protester showered Russian flags on the POTUS as he arrived at the U.S. Capitol building. Also, it is important to mention here the New Hampshire woman from last year known as Jane yelled at him, saying, “Enjoy your burger, racist”.
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