Woman Who Flipped The Bird To Trump Wins Election

Juli Briskman gave Donald Trump a one-fingered salute in a photograph that went viral. Two years later, she won election in a district that includes Trump's golf course.

Back on October 27, 2017, Northern Virginian Juli Briskman was cycling in the area near President Trump’s Loudoun County, Virginia golf course when she decided to respond by giving the President a one-fingered salute that was captured by a photographer who posted the photograph on social media where it unsurprisingly went viral. Subsequently, Briskman, who worked for a government contractor at the time, lost her job due to the incident, in response to which she sued her employer for wrongful termination. Last night, she won a seat on Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors, ironically representing a district that includes Trump’s golf course:

A legion of reasons propel political neophytes to run for office, but none may be as unusual as what inspired Juli Briskman, the cyclist who gave President Trump the finger two years ago and found herself without a job and at the center of a national uproar.

On Tuesday, Briskman got a new job, winning a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors — ousting a Republican in the process.

“It’s feeling fantastic, it’s feeling surreal,” Briskman, 52, a Democrat, said by telephone as she celebrated her victory. “The last two years have been quite a ride. Now we’re helping to flip Loudoun blue.”

In 2017, Briskman was engaged in a different form of flipping, this one involving her middle finger, which she raised as she rode a bicycle alongside the presidential motorcade as Trump departed his golf club in Sterling.

The moment was captured by a photographer, whose picture of Briskman — her back to the camera, finger raised — found its way to Twitter and set off a social media storm. Days later, after she told her bosses that she was the woman behind the finger, her employer, Akima, a government contracting firm, fired her.

By then, Briskman was already active in local politics. But she said that the incident gave her new inspiration to work at the polls in 2017, volunteer on Democrat Jennifer Wexton’s campaign when she ran for Congress, and run for a $66,000-a-year seat.

A single mother of two, Briskman, who began her campaign for supervisor eight months ago, said she was intent on basing her campaign on issues and not the incident involving her finger.

“I’ve lived in the district for over 20 years,” Briskman said. “We were a little concerned about that being the platform. Voters want to know you understand their issues.”

But she acknowledged that her notoriety helped her raise $150,000 for the race.

If a voter expressed opposition to the president, Briskman said she would mention, “I’m the woman who flipped off the motorcade and lost my job. And they would say, ‘Oh yeah, that woman!'”

Briskman went on to call the fact that her district includes the area where Trump’s golf course, “sweet justice,” but did not suggest that she intends to pursue any kind of anti-Trump agenda. In any case, good for Briskman for using the incident to propel herself into a political career, and wishing her good luck in the future. And, yes, there is sweet justice in the fact that she won the election just over two years after the day that made her famous.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Mister Bluster says:

    Trigger Warning!
    1960’s Sexist Humor!
    Fickle Finger of Fate

  2. senyordave says:

    It will be even funnier if Trump is impeached and were actually to be convicted (not holding my breath on that one). Then he would be the one out of a job while she was in office.

  3. Scott says:

    Almost make one believe in a Supreme Being, doesn’t it. Or at least Karma.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    This is only appropriate, considering that Trump has been flipping the bird at a large portion of our country, as well as a large portion of the world, for some time now…

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Good things happen to good people.

    I must be a horrible person.

  6. gVOR08 says:

    It’s a shame she got fired for doing what, given the opportunity, any responsible citizen should do.

  7. SC_Birdflyte says:

    On the day Trump leaves the White House permanently, whether by conviction in a Senate trial or by being voted out, I’d love to see a flash mob on the National Mall singing, “Na na na na, na na na na, hey-hey-ey, good-bye.” It would make me feel young again.

  8. Tyrell says:

    She will probably be selected as chairman of the Tricycle Safety Committee or head of the kindergarten recess patrol.