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The image was taken by a White House photographer as Trump left a golf course in Sterling, Virginia. It wasn’t long before it began picking up traction online, providing a succinct summary of the frustrations felt by many Americans in an increasingly volatile political climate.
Now, the cyclist has been identified as Juli Briskman, and she has now spoken about her role in the iconic image. Giving us an insight into her mindset at the time, she said that “he was passing by and my blood just started to boil. 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.”
“I flipped off the motorcade a number of times.”
Moreover, the 50-year-old mother of two also stated that she had been fired from her job over the incident and increasing publicity, after making it the profile picture on her Facebook and Twitter accounts. Her previous employer, government contractor Akima LLC, said that she had violated the company’s social media policy.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you.’ Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene,'” she said. Still, it seems like Briskman gives absolutely zero fucks, and has no regrets about her actions.
“In some ways, I’m doing better than ever. I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something,” she said.