Friday 20 July 2018

Woman fired after showing Donald Trump the middle finger as his motorcade passed

Juli Briskman didn't think twice when she gave President Donald Trump the finger as his motorcade passed her while she was cycling on a road near his golf club. But the obscene gesture, captured on October 28 by AFP White House photographer Brendan Smialowski, who was riding in Trump's convoy, quickly went viral. And it has now cost the single mom her job. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Juli Briskman didn't think twice when she gave President Donald Trump the finger as his motorcade passed her while she was cycling on a road near his golf club. But the obscene gesture, captured on October 28 by AFP White House photographer Brendan Smialowski, who was riding in Trump's convoy, quickly went viral. And it has now cost the single mom her job. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Harriet Alexander

An American marketing executive has been fired from her job after giving the finger to President Donald Trump as his motorcade passed.

Juli Briskman, 50, was cycling through Sterling, Virginia last month when she was passed by the president, en route to his golf course on the weekend.

“Here’s what was going through my head that day: ‘Really? You’re golfing again?’” she said.

During her bike ride she said she was thinking about the devastation in Puerto Rico, was furious that young immigrants brought to the United States as children could be deported, was despondent over the deaths and devastation in Las Vegas, and concerned about her friends in the diplomatic corps who worried about their job security.

“I was thinking about all this, tooling along, when I see the black cars come and I remember, oh, yeah, he was back on the golf course,” she told The Washington Post.

When the motorcade passed, she had no idea her one-fingered salute had been captured by photographer Brendan Smialowski, working for Agence France-Presse and Getty Images.

The image quickly went viral.

“I said ‘Yeah, that’s me. Isn’t it funny?’ ” she said, when her friends asked if it was her.

She posted it as her Facebook cover photo and her Twitter profile picture. However, the owner of the yoga studio where she worked part-time asked her to remove the image, and she began receiving emailed threats.

She told her bosses at Akima, a government contractor, that she was the woman in the photo.

“It was just a heads-up,” she said.

But, to her surprise, on Halloween she was fired, and escorted from the building, with her bosses saying they wanted her to “be professional” – despite the fact that the incident was at the weekend, and she was not wearing anything that identified her.

“I wasn’t even at work when I did that,” she said. “But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy.”

Ms Briskman, mother to two teenagers, was unrepentant, however. 

“I’d do it again,” she said.

Telegraph.co.uk

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News