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GoFundMe For Woman Canned For Flipping Off Trump Raises $57k

If you lose your job for irresponsible behavior that’s in violation of company policy, it’s incredibly rare that you would find yourself being branded as someone that’s noble in nature. However, that’s what’s going on in 50-year-old Juli Briskman’s world these days.

The woman became a viral sensation as photos made the rounds of her flipping off President Donald Trump’s motorcade as it drove by her while she was cycling in Virginia.

Briskman would eventually come forward as the woman in the photo, and she would even celebrate what she had done by changing her social media profile to include the picture of her extending a one-fingered salute to the commander-in-chief.

However, the balloon of her instant celebrity status was soon popped. She was let go from her job with Akima, a government-contracted marketing firm. The company informed her that she was no longer needed, as the photo she posted violated the company’s social media policy.

Her story has gained even more traction since that point, and there has been an outpouring of sympathy for the mother-of-two. Absent in that sympathy has been a mention of the fact that she lost her job due to her own actions, nor is there any mention of the example she has set for her own children.

Nevertheless, there are apparently a lot of folks out there that feel her actions were perfectly fine. In fact, some folks even felt the need to raise money on her behalf.

As the Daily Mail shares, a GoFundMe page was started in the woman’s name, and it has raised more than $57,000 thus far.

“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all. This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights,” touts the page. “You can show your support by donating here.”

Politics aside, it’s unclear how displaying a crass gesture towards the President of the United States has somehow become an ‘inspiration.’ Briskman is certainly entitled to her opinions, but there’s still something to be said for carrying yourself with dignity and showing some respect for our nation’s leaders.

She did neither in this case, and she was so proud of herself and the attention that she reflected it on her social media profile.

Her employer, which deals with sensitive government contracts, did not share her enthusiasm. How could the company possibly be expected to be taken seriously in government circles if they employed the services of someone that has shown a blatant lack of respect for the office of the president?

They couldn’t, and Briskman’s insistence on sharing her ‘accomplishment’ on social media gave them even more just cause.

Briskman is working with the ACLU to make a case against her employer that other instances of inappropriate employee behavior on social media have not been handled in the same way. If that’s the case, then her case may very well hold up in a court of law.

If not, it will wither up and go away. Regardless of how that turns out, there’s nothing to be celebrated in regards to her actions.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Twitter, GoFundMe

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