Her name is Julie Briskman and she just got fired for flipping the President while cruising on her bike.
According to the official White House press poll here is what exactly went down:
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.
No need to say that the 50-year old mother of two children was surprised to find out that the whole incident was photographed and stunned when she lost her job at AkimaLLC. She used to work in the sales and marketing department.
Briskman gave the following statement about this incident:
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.
Reportedly Briskman was using the photos of the incident as profile images for her Facebook and Twitter accounts.
As Hill reported, she saw her actions as conscience driven and she does not regret them:
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.
Employers can fire anyone for any reason in the state of Virginia and her company thought that her social media profiles may put off potential clients. On the other hand, it`s very upsetting for someone to get fired for an act of protest, which means that her former employers are holding hypocritical double-standards.
When her colleague “stepped out of line” by using bad words to call someone out, he was asked to delete the post, but still kept his job. Seems to me like Briksman has become more of an anti-Trump symbol when compared to her male colleague post.
I`m sure the reaction to this is very predictable, Trump supporters will consider it as an obscene act and call it an act of justice, while the Liberals will say she got fired for exercising her freedom of speech.
In a way this whole incident triggered a series of questions like: Do companies have the right to fire their employees for their political views or the act itself was likely to politicize the company?