A cyclist sacked by her employers for flipping off Donald Trump's presidential motorcade as it drove by looks set to receive more than $70,000 from a GoFundMe campaign. She worked for government contractor Akima LLC, which was apparently not pleased at the attention Briskman brought to the company.
The episode started when Ms Briskman was cycling through Sterling, Virginia, in September and President Trump's motorcade passed her on the way to one of his golf courses.
Over 3,000 donations, ranging from $5 to $250 have rolled in over the past week.
On Oct. 31, her bosses called the 50-year-old mother of two into a meeting and fired her, saying she had violated the company's social media policy by using an obscene photo on her Twitter and Facebook pages. "Thank you!" reads a quote from Briskman on the page.
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A GoFundMe campaign with a $100,000 goal was set up eight days ago. Created by Rob Mello, the brief description refers to Briskman as "an inspiration to us all" and that all proceeds will go to her. "You can show your support by donating here". She may be out of a job for her bold (and some would say profane) display towards the president, but she can take some comfort in knowing that in addition to serving as a minor hero to Trump critics, she'll have some cash on hand while she seeks a new job. "As the campaign beneficiary, she will be able to post updates and comments, so stay tuned!"
Despite losing her job, Briskman said that she did not regret the incident, adding that she would do it again, and since then she had made the photo her profile on social media.
The US president was making his 96th visit to one of his properties when Briskman saw red and flipped him the finger.