Juli Briskman, who was in a viral photo in which she flipped off president Donald Trump’s motorcade — and subsequently lost her government contract job — is now running for office in Virginia.
According to the Washington Post, Briskman will submit official paperwork to challenge Republican Suzanne M. Volpe, who represents the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Republicans currently control the board. However, Briskman might have an advantage. The county reliably votes for Democrats at the federal and state level. Briskman informed the Washington Post that she wasn’t all that interested in getting into politics, much less running for office. That changed last October when she lost her job as a marketing executive. She thought that her firing was an issue about free speech. In a phone interview, Briskman released a statement that succinctly explains her position:
We have a right to peacefully protest and criticize and express dissent toward our government. I’ve gotten some feedback that folks say you should respect the president. Even if you don’t like what they’re doing, you shouldn’t show this sort of disdain. And I simply disagree, and I think the Constitution grants me that privilege.”
She then reiterated that she would’ve gladly flashed the middle finger towards Trump if given the opportunity.
Democrats are hoping that anti-Trump hostility will help Briskman win in November and turn the Board of Supervisors blue in 2019 county elections. She hopes to run on a platform that calls for adequate funding for local schools and putting a stop on unauthorized developments. Briskman has also called upon an initiative to make government more transparent.
Briskman had told Huffington Post that after the photo became viral, her supervisor told her she had violated the company’s social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture.
“I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled,” she said at the time. “This was an opportunity for me to say something.”
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