The cyclist who was fired for famously flipping off Donald Trump’s motorcade in 2017 is now an elected official after winning her race for supervisor in the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County, Va., Board of Supervisors, according to CNN.
A photo of Juli Briskman flipping off Trump’s motorcade as it passed her while she was riding her bike near his golf course in Sterling, Va., in 2017 went viral. She was then forced to resign from her marketing executive position at Akima LLC.
In what is being hailed as a rebuke to Trump and his policies, Democrats flipped both houses of the Virginia legislature blue on Tuesday. Briskman beat the Republican incumbent with 52.4 percent of the vote, according to BuzzFeed News.
Briskman leaned into the viral moment when she announced her bid for the supervisor seat on Twitter in 2018. She shared an article from The Washington Post that bore the headline "The cyclist who flipped off Trump's motorcade is running for public office."
"Today, I am filing my organizational papers in a bid for local office in Loudoun County, Va. Loudoun deserves transparency in government, fully funded schools & smarter solutions to growth," she said. "It's time for a change."
Regarding her viral moment, Briskman said in 2018, "I don't employ that gesture very often but I wanted to express my opinion, and I was faced with tinted, bullet-proof glass, and I was assuming the person in the car was who I thought it was.”
After she was fired from her job, Briskman filed suit against Akima LLC on the basis that it violated her freedom of speech and was awarded severance, according to the Post.