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Woman who flipped off Trump motorcade wins election

Juli Briskman gestures with her middle finger as a motorcade with US President Donald Trump departs Trump National Golf Course

Two years after she was sacked for giving President Trump the finger, Juli Briskman has a new job - a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, representing the county in which Trump's Virginia golf club sits. But the viral incident in 2017 also encouraged her to get more politically active.

Juli Briskman seen flipping off the motorcade of President Donald Trump on October 28, 2017 in Sterling, Virginia.

Juli Briskman, 51, ran against Suzanne M. Volpe, a Republican who represents the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

"It's feeling fantastic, it's feeling surreal", Briskman, 52, a Democrat, said by telephone as she celebrated her victory.

"Looking forward to representing my friends and neighbours in Algonkian District who backed me up today!" she wrote on Twitter after the win, adding middle-finger-related hashtags like #FlipLoudpun and #FlipVA as well as a link to the famed photo.

But as a result, Briskman lost her job as a marketing analyst for Akima.

The board acts as an administrative body for county government and includes in its oversight the Trump National Golf Club Washington D.C., which is located in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

Ms Briskman told AFP she ran on a platform prioritising education, woman's rights and environmental issues.

Following her firing, a GoFundMe campaign was set up in Briskman's name - called "Thank You Juli Briskman" - and raised $142,000 (£110,250). Her employer - a government contractor - summarily fired her on the grounds that the gesture was "obscene", and that using it as her Facebook profile picture contravened their social media policy.

News photographers captured images of her protest, and they quickly spread around the internet.

"I didn't necessarily want to lean on that [viral moment] because voters want to hear you talk about the issues that they care about", she said.

"I couldn't sit at home anymore and bite my nails and watch Rachel and Anderson", she said in an interview Wednesday, referring to the cable news hosts Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Anderson Cooper of CNN. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated".