In America, we have this thing called the First Amendment. This gives every American the right to freely express themselves. However, they must also be ready to accept any consequences and backlash as a result of expressions that may be deemed offensive. In other words, free speech is a two-way street.

This is important to take note of in the context of Julie Briskman, whose name is now fairly well known after expressing a political opinion using a rather obscene gesture.

On Halloween, Briskman was riding her bike down a Seattle road when multiple motorcades passed by. One was carrying President Trump, who was returning from the Trump National Golf Club. As the vehicles zipped by, Briskman gave the middle finger. The photo was released on social media circles and went viral.

As Briskman is now learning the hard way, actions do have consequences. After coming forward as the bicyclist, she was let go from her job at Akima LLC, a Virginia-based marketing and communications firm.

According to the company, Briskman violated company policy prohibiting "obscene" or "lewd" conduct on social media. The company was also concerned that her actions could hurt the company's ability to land government contract work.

In an interview with Huffington Post, Briskman was unapologetic and said she would do it again. In her own words:

"He was passing by and my blood just started to boil. 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."

From the above statement, it's clear Briskman is your typical pro-amnesty distribute-the-wealth lefty.

While she was fully within her right to give the POTUS the bird, her employer is also within its right to terminate her if it feels her actions can hurt the company's reputation.

Did Akima LLC do the right thing by parting ways with Briskman?

 
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