Virginia elects woman who gave president the finger

Julie Briskman

Julie Briskman

Getty Images Juli Briskman, who was sacked from her job after giving President Trump's motorcade the middle finger while cycling in 2017, won a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

In 2017, Briskman was engaged in a different form of flipping, this one involving her middle finger, which she raised as she rode a bicycle alongside the presidential motorcade as Trump departed his golf club in Sterling.

Juli Briskman, a Democrat from Virginia, beat Republican incumbent Suzanne Volpe to win a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Though she was active in Loudoun County politics before that now-famous moment, Briskman said her action and what happened after it propelled her to work at the polls and later on Jennifer Wexton's congressional campaign before she made a decision to run for office.

"Looking forward to representing my friends & neighbors in #Algonkian District who backed me up today!"

"Isn't that sweet justice?" she asked, her cackle suggesting that she knew the answer to her own question.

Though she was active in Loudoun County politics before the now-famous moment, Briskman said her action and what happened after it propelled her to work on Jennifer Wexton's congressional campaign and later to run for office.

Herndon-based Akima, a government contractor where she had worked as a marketing executive for six months, fired her saying the photo barred its Internet-use policy.

Columnist Petula Dvorak wrote that Briskman "wasn't an activist, a protester, a radical or a meddler", rather Dvorak described the 52-year-old as "just a mum going to swim meets, racing to meetings for her contracting job, getting her workout in and tiring of the hatred and division swirling around her".

Last September, Briskman announced that that she was opposing Volpe in the upcoming election. She later sued and won severance pay.

"I couldn't sit at home anymore and bite my nails and watch Rachel and Anderson", she said in an interview Wednesday, referring to the cable news hosts Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Anderson Cooper of CNN.

"I just got angry", she said then.

Her victory coincided with Democrat success in Virginia's statehouse in which they won control of the House and Senate after overturning narrow majorities that had been held by Republicans.

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