The woman who flipped off Trump has raised over 70,000 dollars
Julie Briskman has become somewhat of a household name in recent months. Briskman, a former Washington DC employee of Akima LLC, was biking when she was passed by the President's motorcade. As the cars went by, she flipped off President Trump and his cars, and an eager journalist snapped a photo.
The White House press pool described:
“POTUS’s motorcade departed the Trump National Golf Club at 3:12, passing two pedestrians, one of whom gave a thumbs-down sign. Then it overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger. The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction.”
However, the plot thickened for the 50-year-old mother of two. She was fired from Akima LLC for her 'lewd' and 'obscene' gesture.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you.' Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things on your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
Briskman was thus fired from her DC job for a simple moment of protest. After that, Briskman explained why she did it:
“I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in ObamaCare...Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again...I flipped off the motorcade a number of times.
"In some ways, I'm doing better than ever. I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”
Now, Briskman is indeed doing well - she's earned over 70,000 dollars on GoFundMe.
A message on the GoFundMe page reveals, among other things:
"After I was terminated from my job on October, 31, I was driving home and as you can imagine, my thoughts were racing. I never imagined that my "one-finger salute" to the Presidential motorcade and its occupant would cost me my job. The actions of my company were swift and unexpected...Through your very generous donations, many of those heavy burdens have been lifted."
To make up for her lost salary, people have generously chipped in help her, totaling somewhere around a full year's salary. It's quite the gesture - and it's not lewd or obscene at all. She promised to be a "good steward" of the funds, and would use it to pay for healthcare and to take care of her children.
What do you think of this? Was it wrong for Briskman to be fired for her free speech? Would you donate to her GoFundMe, or have you already done so? Do you think Trump saw the middle finger, and if so, did it promptly lead to an angry tweet?
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