“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert defended the woman who was fired from her job with a government contractor after a photo of her flipping off President Trump’s motorcade went viral.
“Her name is Juli Briskman, and she just got fired for flipping off Trump’s motorcade. Wait a second, if you can’t give people the finger in traffic, then what’s the point of driving?" Colbert asked Monday night.
"That’s how we say ‘hello’ in New York! Especially if you’re from out of town. Hey, welcome to Manhattan.”
Colbert said, “No one has summed up the mood of the country better than” Briskman.
Akima LLC fired Briskman last week after she alerted her employer that the photo had gone viral.
Briskman said her bosses told her she had violated the company’s social media policy by making the image her profile picture on Facebook and Twitter.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'” Briskman said. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
Briskman countered that she had not been on the job while flipping off Trump, nor do her Facebook and Twitter pages mention her employer.
Akima told her the image could hurt their business, Briskman said.