Woman Who Famously Flipped Off Trump’s Motorcade Is Running For Local Office ❤

If the American President can launch a political career off a racist and easily debunked lie about the birthplace of Barack Obama, why can’t a County Supervisor jump into the public sector off of a raised middle finger? 

You might recall the collective sentiment of the majority of this country distilled into this image from October of last year:

That’s Juli Briskman of Sterling, Virginia, whose cycling route happened to coincide with the Presidential Motorcade. She took the opportunity to communicate her displeasure at its occupant. The viral photo cost her her job – though she successfully sued her employers over the firing – but shot her into the public sphere, including appearances on Megyn Kelly and Stephen Colbert. Well, nearly a year later, Juli is stepping up from being an iconic protester to a political candidate, launching a campaign for Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County, Virginia. 

The county regularly votes Democrat at the state and federal level, but a Republican is on their seat of the Board of Supervisors. Hillary Clinton won Loudon County with 55% of the vote in 2016, and the next year Ralph Northam earned 59%. Briskman hopes to ride the growing anti-GOP resentment that she exemplified last year to a local victory.

She said she hadn’t considered running for office until losing her job over her anonymous protest last year, telling the Washington Post, “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.”

Plenty of folks online who draw a distinction between the rudeness of a middle finger and the actual calls to violence made by our sitting president applauded Briskman’s chutzpah. 

Being a first-time, working-class candidate without a vast bankroll, she’s asking for crowdfunded donations to run her campaign. 

The enthusiasm wasn’t entirely universal, of course. Here’s one of the current Republican members of the Loudon County Board of Supervisors offering his personal tsk-tsk to his potential colleague. 

Good to see the protestor stepping up in such a big way. 

 H/T: Twitter, Washington Post