A woman who once lost her job for making an obscene gesture at President Donald Trump’s motorcade will now hold a local government seat in northern Virginia.
Juli Briskman, whose infamous middle finger salute to the commander in chief cost her a communications job at federal contractor Akima, was elected to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Tuesday night’s Democratic off-year election takeover.
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” Briskman told HuffPost about her gesture in 2017. “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.”
On Tuesday night, Briskman claimed victory in her bid for the county’s Algonkian District seat and said that she was looking forward “to representing my friends & neighbors” in a social media post.
Looking forward to representing my friends & neighbors in #Algonkian District who backed me up today! So proud that we were able to #FlipLoudpun #FlipVA #LOCO219 Thank you Loudoun! https://t.co/vRcDUih1AP
— Juli Briskman (@julibriskman) November 6, 2019
Briskman is just one of many Democrats who was propelled to victory in the Old Dominion’s Tuesday night elections. Indeed, it seems that this year’s controversy surrounding Gov. Ralph Northam’s comments on infanticide, his blackface scandal, and the threat of new gun control weren’t enough to help Republicans hold onto their razor-thin electoral majority.