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Well, this stinks. Juli Briskman, the shero who flipped off Trump’s motorcade as they sped past her during a weekend bike ride is suddenly out of work. Her employer, government contractor Akima LLC claimed the photo crossed the companies loosely defined obscenity rule. From the Huffington Post:

“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,‘” said Briskman. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”

Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications at Akima for just over six months, said she emphasized to the executives that she wasn’t on the job when the incident happened and that her social media pages don’t mention her employer. They told her that because Akima was a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business, she said.

Briskman reacted as many of us would while seeing Trump on his way back from yet another round of golf:

“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” she said. “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.”

She was in charge of her company’s social media accounts. Briskman is perplexed about the reasons behind her firing. She wasn’t wearing company apparel and was never linked to the company, especially since a male employee was not fired after offensive comments.

From the Washington Post:

As she was monitoring Facebook this summer, she found a public comment by a senior director at the company on an otherwise civil discussion by one of his employees about Black Lives Matter.

“You’re a f****ing Libtard a**hole,” the director injected, using his profile that clearly and repeatedly identifies himself as an employee.

In fact, the person he aimed that comment at was so offended by the intrusion into the conversation and the coarse nature of it — he challenged him on representing his company that way.

That man was not fired, he merely had to delete the comments and stayed with the company.

Briskman said she wants to work for an advocacy organization, so if you are in Virginia or the D.C. area and have a marketing and communications gig available, give her a call!

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