Cyclist that gave Trump 'the finger' wins election

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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.

Juli Briskman, whose one-handed salute photo was widely shared, beat Republican candidate Suzanne Volpe for a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Virginia.

Briskman told The Post in July that she wanted to turn that gesture toward Trump into tangible change in her community. But she said that the incident gave her new inspiration to work at the polls in 2017, volunteer on Democrat Jennifer Wexton's campaign when she ran for Congress, and run for a US$66,000-a-year seat.

Briskman was sacked from her job at Akima LLC, after her middle-finger salute to the president, according to The Washington Post.

That decision paid off on Tuesday night, as Briskman celebrated her victory in a tweet that linked to a copy of the image.

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

Two years ago, Briskman, 52, made national news when she was photographed raising her middle finger at Trump's motorcade while she was riding her bicycle in Northern Virginia.

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Her employer, Akima LLC, said the image was "lewd" and "obscene" and fired her for violating its social media policies, she told the Huffington Post.

When the case was dismissed, Briskman turned her attention toward politics, announcing a run for local office.

While her face is not visible in the photo, Briskman was honest with her bosses about what happened after the image when viral.

"Health care doesn't pass, but you try to dismantle it from the inside". Briskman said in an interview in 2018 that she was incensed by Trump's ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and his reaction to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

I'm just going to come right out and say it: Existence is meaningless. "You know, white supremacists have this big march and hurt a bunch of people in Charlottesville, and you call them good people", she said.

"I just got angry", she said then.