Juli Briskman didn’t intend to be a hero — but she is. She went viral for a photo showing her passing the presidential motorcade, middle finger high in the air. We loved seeing Briskman flip off Trump — but not everyone did. When she told her employer that it was her in the photo, they fired her.
Briskman formerly worked for Akima, LLC. Akima is a government contractor — though it’s not especially clear what they actually do. Their about page says:
Akima, LLC is a holding company that supports a diverse portfolio of Federal and Commercial service providers. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, our operating companies play leadership roles in information technology, data communications, systems engineering, software development, cyber security, space operations, aviation, construction, facility management, fabrication and logistics….
Each of Akima’s employees have one overriding strategic goal: enabling superior outcomes at every critical point across our customers’ missions.
We’re not exactly sure what any of that means, but apparently flipping off the president doesn’t “enable superior outcomes.” Briskman worked in marketing and communications for the company.
Was Akima really fired for deciding to flip off Trump?
According to Briskman, the real reason Akima fired her was for posting “lewd or obscene things” on her social media. She points out she wasn’t on the clock when she flipped off Trump. Nor does she have any links to Akima on her social media. However, Akima said that since they were a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business.
The firing may be politically motivated however. Briskman tells Huffington Post a male colleague got in trouble for calling someone “a fucking Libtard asshole” on Facebook — but he was allowed to delete the post to keep his job.
When she was asked why she did it, she said:
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.
Briskman says she has no regrets, despite losing her job.