She was sacked shortly thereafter, reportedly because she posted the photo on her social media accounts, which qualified as "obscene" content and supposedly violated her company's employee conduct guidelines. "So they were calling flipping him off 'obscene'". Echoing her previous remarks to the Post, Briskman said the middle finger was the only way to send Trump the message she wanted to give him.
"Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all", wrote Rob Mello, who created the GoFundMe campaign that lists Briskman as a beneficiary.
Ms Briskman said the firm was angered she had used the image as her profile picture on Facebook and Twitter, informing her it went against social media policy and could therefore damage the company's reputation as a government contractor.
Akima did not respond to requests for comment via email and phone.
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She previously said that when Trump's motorcade passed her it was her initial reaction to flip the bird.
"He was passing by and my blood just started to boil", she told Huffington Post. I got fired from one because I was really, really bad at selling mobile phone plans to people, which is not really something to be super proud of. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Shortly after the virality peaked, Briskman lost her job. "I'm thinking, he's at the damn golf course again".
Despite getting fired, she said she has no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure with Trump received. Traditionally when the internet goes a bit overboard with donating money to individuals after things go viral they end up donating to charity but it's yet to be seen how this will go - you can have yourself a pretty good year off with that amount of money, or even two if you go somewhere cheap.
"In some ways, I'm doing better than ever", she said.