It was an unusual way to gain notoriety, to say the least, and an even more unusual beginning to a political career. Juli Briskman gained instant fame for a photo showing her flipping off Donald Trump’s motorcade as it passed her a couple of years ago while she rode her bike in northern Virginia. The Democrat used her popularity from the now-viral photo to run for, and win a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. The Washington Post wrote:
Briskman wasn’t totally sure she should run for public office. But after a lot of thinking and some time door-knocking for other candidates, she realized she had to do it. She wanted to turn that infamous gesture into something. Anything. To resist. To persist.
Briskman who ran on the slogan, “A leader who’s not afraid to stand up for us,” beat the Republican incumbent who held the seat for the Algonkian District. CNN says:
The win comes just over two years after a photo of Briskman flipping off the President’s motorcade as it made its way back to the White House from Trump’s golf course in Sterling, Virginia, went viral in October 2017. Her lawyer said she was forced to resign from her job as a marketing executive at Akima LLC over the photo.Briskman was able to leverage her viral rebuke of Trump into Tuesday’s win with a campaign that made the image central to her political message.
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