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$57,000 Raised For Bicyclist Who Gave Trump The Finger (Photos)

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A fundraiser for the bicyclist who was fired from her job after giving President Donald Trump's motorcade the finger is paying off handsomely.

So far, a GoFundMe campaign for Juli Briskman has raised more than $57,000, reports Daily Mail.

On Oct. 28, the 50-year-old Briskman was riding her bike near her home in Sterling, Virginia, when the president's motorcade passed, having just left Trump National Golf Club.

As the motorcade drove by her, she was photographed "flipping the bird" in its direction.

As a reporter in the press pool described the scene, the motorcade "overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger."

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She repeated the obscene gesture again when she caught up with the motorcade at a traffic signal.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Briskman said the gesture was "the only way I had to give him the message that I wanted to give him, which was: 'Really? You're golfing again?'" 

It was the fourth consecutive weekend Trump had spent at his golf club.

When campaigning for president, Trump promised that he wouldn't be golfing if elected, The New York Times reported. "I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to play golf. Believe me." 

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He also frequently accused President Barack Obama of spending too much time on the golf course.

Although Briskman's gesture went viral and made her something of a hero to opponents of the president, her employer was not amused.

Akima, a government-contracted marketing firm, fired her two days later.

Briskman says she that she was fired for violating Akima's social media policy by posting the image on her Facebook page and Twitter account.

A fan named Rob Mello responded by starting the GoFundMe campaign. "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," he wrote on the campaign's page. "You can show your support by donating here.'"

Despite the unexpected influx of funds, Briskman is looking into suing Akima and is receiving counsel from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ironically, she has never been much of a political activist.

"I think I gave money for clean water once," she said. She also said that she participated in a feminist protest in January by holding up a "Not My President" sign at CIA headquarters.

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Juli Briskman/Facebook via Daily Mail

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