Washington, November 14: A cyclist who got fired from her job for making a rude gesture to the United States President Donald Trump’s motorcade raised more than USD 70,000 in donations into a crowdfunding site set up.
In last one week more than 3,000 donations – from USD 5 to USD 250 – have rolled in, when the GoFundMe campaign was set up on behalf of Juli Briskman.
Briskman was sacked from her position in marketing for government contractor Akima LCC on Halloween after the picture of her showing middle finger to Trump’s motorcade went viral.
At the time, the 50-year-old woman said she was escorted from her building and told by her bosses that they wanted her to be professional.
“I wasn’t even at work when I did that. But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy,” Briskman said to media.
Despite losing her job, Briskman said that she did not regret the incident, adding that she would do it again, and since then she had made the photo her profile on social media.
Moments after she was sacked, a GoFundMe page was set, urging people to donate to “show support” for the mother of two teenagers.
In last one week, the campaign has raised more than $ 70,000 and says it aims to raise a total of $100,000 for Briskman.
The whole incident took place when Briskman was cycling through Sterling, Virginia in September and President Trump’s motorcade passed her on the way to one of his golf courses.
As the vehicle passed she made the gesture towards the presidency, which was captured by several photographers.
The image quickly went viral after which she was sacked.