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Cyclist Who Flipped Off Trump's Motorcade Fired (Photo)

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The woman who flipped off President Donald Trump's motorcade as it passed her on her bike has been fired from her job as a government contractor.

Juli Briskman, 50, had no idea she was being photographed when she biked past the presidential motorcade in Sterling, Virginia, in late October. 

"He was passing by and my blood just started to boil," she told HuffPost. "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."

A White House pool photographer captured her expression of anger toward the president and the photo swiftly went viral.

Now, Briskman has been fired from her job at Akima, LLC, a government contractor. 

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"I wasn't even at work when I did that," Briskman told The Washington Post. "But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy." 

Akima's social media policy warns that posts containing "discriminatory, obscene, malicious or threatening content" can lead to employees being fired, according to The Washington Post.

Although Briskman's face can't be seen in the photo, several of her friends suspected she was the mystery cyclist and tagged her in the photo on Facebook. 

"I said, 'Yeah, that's me. Isn't it funny?'" Briskman told The Washington Post. She then posted the photo as her Facebook cover photo and her Twitter profile picture. According to The Post, neither of those accounts identify her as an employee of Akima. 

However, Briskman's Facebook profile did mention that she was a part-time yoga instructor. After she admitted to being the woman in the photo, Briskman's studio started getting threatening emails, according to The Washington Post.

"They told the owner of the studio she should fire me," Briskman said.

Knowing that people might connect her to Akima, Briskman gave her bosses a heads-up that she was the woman in the photo.

The next day she was fired. 

Briskman doesn't believe that Akima fairly applies its social media code of conduct, citing a previous incident involving a male executive.

The man, whose Facebook profile identifies him as an Akima employee, posted a comment in a discussion about Black Lives Matter calling someone a "f**king Libtard a*shole," Briskman told HuffPost. 

The man kept his job and was only forced to delete the post. 

"How is that any less 'obscene' than me flipping off the president? How is that fair?" Briskman said. 

Despite being fired, Briskman is looking forward, telling HuffPost she's searching for a new job with an advocacy group that shares her ideals. 

"In some ways, I'm doing better than ever," she said. "I'm angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something." 

Sources: HuffPost, The Washington Post / Featured Image: A1C Perry Aston via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images via The Washington Post, MoBikeFed/Flickr

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