She Lost Her Job For Flipping Off Trump's Motorcade. Now She's Running For Office.

"We have a right to peacefully protest."

Almost a year after she was photographed flipping off President Donald Trump's motorcade, outspoken cyclist Juli Briskman announced she is running for local public office in Virginia. The marketing executive is also sharing a powerful message about free speech.

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According to the Washington Post, Briskman will challenge incumbent Republican Suzanne M. Volpe to represent the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors next year. The county reportedly tends to vote Democrat in state and federal elections, but Republicans are the majority on the board.

"Loudoun deserves transparency in government, fully funded schools & smarter solutions to growth. It's time for a change," Briskman wrote on her Twitter page, where she has been vocal about politics since going viral for giving Trump's motorcade the middle finger as she rode her bike.

As she wrote on her website regarding the incident, "I just wanted to go for a bike ride."

She lost her job for the gesture but gained the support of many who also object to the current administration's policies. She reportedly won a severance claim against her former employer, but a wrongful termination suit over the matter was dismissed.

Briskman, who has volunteered in her community for years, wrote on her crowdfunding page that she is "not one to sit idle," adding, "I do not back down when I see something is not right." When the president returns to her area to visit the Trump National Golf Club, Briskman and others hold signs in protest. 

"We have a right to peacefully protest and criticize and express dissent toward our government," Briskman told the Washington Post. "I've gotten some feedback that folks say you should respect the president. Even if you don't like what they're doing, you shouldn't show this sort of disdain. And I simply disagree, and I think the Constitution grants me that privilege."

Briskman said she hadn't considered running for office until the incident last year. Other current and upcoming candidates have similar stories, including two parents of students killed in the Parkland shooting earlier this year who are running for the local school board.

(H/T: Hello Giggles)

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