The Woman Who Was Fired for Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade on Her Bike Just Won Election in Virginia
Democrats enjoyed a wealth of victories on Tuesday night, narrowly winning a gubernatorial race in Kentucky and flipping both chambers of Virginia's state legislature from Republican to Democratic.
The night wasn't without some full circle moments either. Among them was Juli Briskman.
In 2017, Briskman flipped off President Donald Trump's motorcade to show her frustration with his bungled relief efforts in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria and his treatment of immigrants. After a photo of the gesture went viral, Briskman's employers feared they'd lose their federal contract should Trump retaliate, leading them to fire her.
Now, Briskman has a new career path: she just won a local election, beating a Republican incumbent for a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Looking forward to representing my friends & neighbors in #Algonkian District who backed me up today! So proud tha… https://t.co/UOvyzptWT5— Juli Briskman (@Juli Briskman)1573012404.0
Unlike the incumbent she beat, Briskman is a fierce advocate for education funding and environmental awareness.
The poetic justice of her victory had people cheering.
@kylegriffin1 “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it,she stands… https://t.co/AEQu6km7vx— Encinitas99 Ⓥ (@Encinitas99 Ⓥ)1573010934.0
@kylegriffin1 Most heroes ride bikes.— Andrew Roy (@Andrew Roy)1573010809.0
@kylegriffin1 My God, when good prevails over evil that is winning!!!— Lori Ann Holmquist (@Lori Ann Holmquist)1573011092.0
What's more, Briskman's win was just one of many triumphant moments in Virginia that night.
BREAKING: @shelly_simonds just flipped Virginia's HD-94! Shelly's race for this seat in 2017 resulted in a tie, and… https://t.co/H0lJpFmeOF— Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (@Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee)1573003437.0
Ratification of the ERA, and gun reform (in a key gun-supplying state where clearly the @NRA has lost its mojo) are… https://t.co/pHi7oS0CFW— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid)1573010093.0
Danica Roem has made history for a second time, becoming the first out transgender person to win reelection to a st… https://t.co/e1SrjHk9od— The Daily Beast (@The Daily Beast)1573009505.0
BREAKING: @Hashmi4VA just flipped Virginia's SD-10, making her the first Muslim person to serve in the Virginia Sen… https://t.co/ExtFmsWrBq— Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (@Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee)1573007021.0
Democrats hope with this momentum that Virginia will be able to combat gerrymandering and pass gun reform. Many also hope the blue wave in the state represents a growing exasperation with Trump's behavior in office, signaling good news for 2020.