Juli Briskmans brush with the president inspired her to political action: I dont regret it. I never would have run without it
Two years ago, Juli Briskman stimulated headlines when she gave thefinger to Trump as she cycled alongside the president’s motorcade in Virginia. The marketing company she worked for swiftly fired her.( She sued them .)
She couldn’t have imagined it at the time but Briskman, 52, has just won a local election– and she credits the incident for motivating her to run for office.
I catch up with her on the phone to talk about her victory. Briskman starts by reminiscing about the morning of Saturday 28 October 2017, a day like any other. She was aching from operating a marathon the week before, but forced herself out of the door for a bike ride.
As she cycled up the Lowes Island Boulevard by Trump’s golf course in Virginia, she saw the motorcade on the left.” I knew it was him- he’s there all the time ,” she says. That was just one of the things that annoyed her about him:” There were all these crises happening in our country and he was just off golfing all the time .”
Her temperature rose as she thought of his presidential record. She was still reeling from his comments over Charlottesville( that there were” fine people on both sides “); Puerto Rico still didn’t have power after Hurricane Maria laid garbage to the island, and Obamacare was being dismantled.
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