A woman is cashing in on her disrespectful act. Juli Briskman, a 50-year-old marketing executive from Virginia who was fired after she gave President Donald J. Trump’s motorcade the finger, is reaping the monetary benefits of her obscene gesture via a GoFundMe campaign.
In October, Briskman happened to be riding her bike alongside the president’s motorcade when inspiration struck. Unhappy with the president over various issues, she raised her middle finger and flipped the president’s motorcade off several times.
A photographer captured one of the “salutes” and the image went viral, with Briskman using it as her profile picture on Facebook and Twitter. She was fired by her employer, Akima LLC, a government contractor, as the “lewd” and “obscene” gesture was a violation of their social media policy.
After receiving public support, and even a shout out from liberal late-night host Stephen Colbert, Briskman was further supported via a GoFundMe campaign, which has raised over $73,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
Rob Mello began the campaign upon learning of Briskman’s firing.
“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all,” the GoFundMe page says. “This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights. You can show your support by donating here.”
Briskman, a Democrat, worked in marketing and communications for Akima. She has said that when Trump’s motorcade passed her, she just reacted.
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” she said, as reasoning for her defiant act.
In a message on the GoFundMe page, Briskman wrote: “Through your generous donations, heavy burdens have been lifted. Thank you!”
“I am not sure what the future holds, but I am buoyed by your support,” she continued. “For now, I can just say THANK YOU and promise to be a good steward of these funds.”
The online fundraiser has a goal of $100,000.
Perspective | Flipping off President Trump has changed Juli Briskman’s life — and exposed our divisions https://t.co/joQtB8GWQb
— juli_briskman (@julibriskman) November 10, 2017