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Woman Who Gave Trump the Finger Wins Local Election

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Two years ago, Juli Briskman was fired from her government contractor job after flipping off President Trump’s motorcade. Last week, she won a local election in Virginia that places her in the County Supervisor seat representing his golf club.

“Isn’t that sweet justice?” she told The Washington Post. “It’s feeling fantastic, it’s feeling surreal.”

The 52-year-old Democrat went viral in 2017 after a photograph of her giving the middle finger to the President’s motorcade as he was going from his golf course back the the White House found its way to Twitter and set off a social media storm. Briskman will be overseeing that same golf course in her new position.

“My finger said what I was feeling,” Briskman said to CNN in 2017. “I’m angry and I’m frustrated. … Health care doesn’t pass, but you try to dismantle it from the inside. Five hundred people get shot in Las Vegas; you’re doing nothing about it. You know, white supremacists have this big march and hurt a bunch of people down in Charlottesville and you call them good people.”

Briskan’s lawyer said she was forced to resign from her job as a marketing executive at Akima LLC over the photo. She told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “Erin Burnett OutFront” that the incident inspired her to become more involved in the polls; one of the first things she did after the scandal was to volunteer on Democrat Jennifer Wexton’s campaign, when she ran for Congress. Nevertheless, she maintains that even though the picture became a central theme in her campaign, she has always been an active community member.

“I don’t know that it helped my name recognition in my community,” she told Bunnett. “I’m very active in my community, but it definitely jump-started my activism.”

Since the victory, Birkman is now the supervisor for the Algonkian District in Loudoun County, Virginia, beating the incumbent Republican in her county. Her win, along with her political party counterparts’, flipped the state house and state senate, too, turning Virginia into a blue state. 

“We just made history,” wrote the official Twitter account of the Democratic party in Virginia.  “For the first time in 26 years, Democrats will have full control of state government thanks to all of your hard work and support!”

Alexandra Tirado Oropeza is a Venezuelan journalist covering politics, immigration, entertainment and social justice. She moved to the U.S. in 2014 to pursue a Writing degree at The University of Tampa, and after graduating, she moved to Los Angeles where she works in broadcast and as a freelance writer. She’s passionate about equality, freedom of speech, art and dogs.