Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

$57k Raised For Bicyclist Who Gave Trump The Finger

$57k Raised For Bicyclist Who Gave Trump The Finger

Briskman later told NBC's Megyn Kelly that she is speaking out about what happened because she witnessed another Akima employee simply receive a warning for posting vulgar language on Facebook.

Over 3,000 donations, ranging from $5 to $250 have rolled in over the past week. "This week we learned that she was sacked from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights", he wrote on the page.

The campaign was started last week by a man named Rob Mello on behalf of Briskman after news broke that she had been fired from her job over the incident.

Former marketing professional Juli Briskman was cycling near Trump National Golf Club on the banks of the Potomac River, about 40 kilometers northwest of the White House when the President's convoy passed her. "You can show your support by donating here".

Echoing her previous remarks to the Post, Briskman said the middle finger was the only way to send Trump the message she wanted to give him.

Titled "Thank You Juli Briskman", the crowdfunding page describes her as an "inspiration". The photo quickly went viral.

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.

"They said, "We're separating from you, '" Briskman had told the Huffington Post".

She said: "I was shocked and anxious about many things: How would I pay for healthcare?"

"Basically, you can not have "lewd" or "obscene" things in your social media".

"Through your very generous donations, many of those heavy burdens have been lifted. So they were calling flipping him off 'obscene'".

The online fundraiser has a goal of $100,000.

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