A cyclist who was sacked from her job after she gave former President Trump the middle finger as his motorcade passed by on his way to the golf course is now building bike lanes, among other things, after deciding to enter local politics and winning election to a local board of supervisors.
Juli Briskman sprang to fame when a picture snapped by a White House Press Pool photographer in 2017 showed her flipping the bird to the 45th President of the United States in Sterling, Virginia.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 29, 2017
The photo went viral on social media, and shortly afterwards Briskman – who in her newly elected role will among other things be pushing for bike lanes – was sacked from her job in marketing and communications with government contractor Akima.
She said afterwards that she had no regrets about what she had done, adding: “I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”
The 53-year-old subsequently said that she would enter local politics, and after being elected in 2019 was sworn in to sit on the Local Board of Supervisors in the Algonkian District of Loudoun County, Virginia.
Each of the eight districts of the county elect one supervisor to the board, which operates in a similar way to county councils in the UK, and in a reply to a Twitter user over the weekend, Briskman outlined some of her achievements to date – including building bike lanes within her district.
✅Took down Confed Monument & passed leg to ID other racist symbols
✅apologized for segregated 🏫
✅Passed $3b budget & distributed millions in COVID relief
✅Built 🚴 lanes in my district
✅ gunsense ordinance coming to PH next week
✅work on fin cmte & 2 regional BDs
— Juli Briskman (@julibriskman) February 7, 2021
In a rather delicious twist, part of her role includes overseeing leisure facilities in the county – including the former President’s National Golf Club that he had been heading to the day she made her feelings about him clear.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.