People raise over $55K for woman fired for giving Trump the finger

Aris Folley, AOL.com

Supporters have raised nearly $60,000 for the woman who lost her job after giving Trump the middle finger last month.

The GoFundMe campaign, which is titled “Thank You Juli Briskman," raised more than $50,000 for the former government contractor in the first several days.

“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all. This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights,” the crowdfunding campaign reads. “You can show your support by donating here.”

So far, almost 2,500 people have donated to the campaign.

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Briskman grabbed headlines in late October after a White House photographer captured a photo of her cycling past Trump's presidential motorcade as it departed from the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia to give him with a one-finger salute.

Though the 50-year-old was reportedly overtaken by the president's convoy of cars, she managed to eventually catch up to him to give him the finger a second time.

Last week, Briskman was fired from her job at government contractor Akima LCC because of the incident. Briskman told The Huffington Post her bosses told her she had breached the company's social media policy because she later used the viral image as her profile picture.

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“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'" she said told the outlet.

“Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things on your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”

She told the Huffington Post her "blood just started to boil" when she saw Trump's motorcade pull up beside her.

“I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in ObamaCare," Briskman said.

“I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled," she continued. "This was an opportunity for me to say something.”

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