Cyclist that gave Trump 'the finger' wins election

Juli Briskman gestures with her middle finger as a motorcade with President Trump passes by in Virginia in 2017

Juli Briskman gestures with her middle finger as a motorcade with President Trump passes by in Virginia in 2017

The cyclist who went viral for flipping off President Donald Trump's motorcade (and was subsequently fired from her job) just won an election for a seat on her county's board of supervisors, The Washington Post reported.

Her employer wasn't impressed, however, and the single mother of two was sacked from her job at government contractor Akima LLC.

Juli Briskman, 51, ran against Suzanne M. Volpe, a Republican who represents the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

When fighting her campaign in Loudoun County - the wealthiest in the US - Briskman didn't bring up the image that sparked her 15 minutes of fame unless homeowners started "talking about the administration" or commented on her bicycle pin.

She celebrated the victory with the same image in a tweet and said: "Looking forward to representing my friends and neighbors in Algonkian District who backed me up today!"

After her case was dismissed, she announced that she would run for local office "because I feel I can more successfully effect change by serving in local government than by fighting an uphill battle in unfriendly courts", she wrote in a post on her crowdfunding page.

Herndon-based Akima, a government contractor where she had worked as a marketing executive for six months, fired her saying the photo barred its Internet-use policy.

Briskman, 52, won severance pay after she sued her former employer and the incident spurred her to run for office.

Two years later, her district now includes Trump National Golf Course.

Briskman told CNN that she doesn't typically resort to vulgar displays or language, but couldn't hold back when Trump drove by her cycling route.

"My finger said what I was feeling", Briskman said at the time.

"I just got angry", she said then.

An individual on behalf of Briskman launched a GoFundMe campaign for her, which raised almost $140,000 in donations, and Briskman unsuccessfully sued the company for violating her First Amendment rights.

Virginia also elected its first Muslim state senator yesterday, and Democrats took control of both the state senate and house for the first time in over 20 years.

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