A photo of a woman giving President Donald Trump’s motorcade the middle finger went viral more than a week ago.
People on social media hailed Juli Briskman as a “she-ro.” A hashtag, #her2020, arose.
However, her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, was not pleased with the middle-fingered salute.
They fired the 50-year-old mother of two over it.
A White House photographer traveling with the president snapped a picture of Trump’s motorcade passing a bicyclist when he left a golf course in Sterling, Va., last week.
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” Briskman told HuffPost. “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.”
The Democrat followed her instincts while she was on her usual biking path.
“I flipped off the motorcade a number of times,” Briskman told HuffPost.
The photo immediately went viral.
Briskman decided to give her job’s HR department a heads up when she went to work last Monday.
On Tuesday, her bosses told her that she violated the company’s social media policy by using the viral image as her profile picture on Facebook and Twitter.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'” Briskman told HuffPost. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.'”
Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications at Akima for just over six months, argued that she didn’t mention her employer on social media and was off-duty when the photo was snapped.
She was still canned because the government contractor said the incident could hurt business.
Briskman questioned how the company’s policy is enforced, saying a male colleague was recently allowed to keep his job after calling someone “a f–cking Libtard a–hole” on Facebook.
“How is that any less ‘obscene’ than me flipping off the president?” she said to HuffPost. “How is that fair?”
Akima did not comment on the situation.
Despite losing her job, Briskman doesn’t regret her form of protest.
“I’d do it again,” she told the Washington Post.
She has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union about the situation, according to the Post.