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The Badass Lady Who Flipped Trump Off Is Winning At Politics Cos Karma

*chefs kiss*

In what I’m going to call the most poetic event the universe has given us for some time, a woman who was fired for flipping off Trump has just won a local election in Virginia.

Juli Briskman was riding her bike back alongside the Trump National Golf Course (yep, that’s a thing) in 2017 when Trump’s motorcade left after a hard day of golfing. She was photographed giving the bird to the cars as they drove past, and the photo went all over the internet almost overnight.

After losing her marketing analyst job once she’d been recognised in the photo, she took the company to court for unfair dismissal, saying that by kicking her out of her job they were violating her freedom of speech.

And she won.

Me @ everything Juli does

So, now cashed up with a severance payment, Juli did what I would absolutely not have had the guts to do and decided to run for supervisor in her county of Loudoun.

“It’s not like I can run against him,” she said earlier this year, talking about Trump. “But I can run.”

And run she did. She’s just won a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors with 52.4% of the vote. She’s also replacing a Trump supporter, Suzanne Volpe, who has been on the board for eight years.

See? The universe aligns perfectly sometimes.

Thankyou, universe

Her campaign website talks about what she’s been working towards, and what she’s going to support now that she’s there.

“We live in a great community and we deserve a Board of Supervisors that does more to support our schools, first responders, working women, and families. That’s why I’m running.”

Look, it’s a small victory and it’s not like this is the event that’s going to swing the whole 2020 election by any stretch of the imagination. Of course it isn’t. But if we don’t celebrate the small victories, we’re all going to go nuts, and this is certainly the most fun small victory I’ve seen in quite a while.

Only Four US Presidential Candidates Think That Sex Workers Deserve Safety

You've got to be JF-Kidding.

Sex work is legitimate work, we should all know that by now, and as we close in on the 2020 USA election the topic of decriminalisation is one being raised loudly and clearly. But it turns out that our new potential ~ leaders of the free world ~ aren’t quite as on board with letting sex workers just live their lives as we’d hoped. 

My face while reading these statistics

At the moment, the only state that brothels can legally operate in is Nevada, and even then it’s still illegal if you’re working somewhere that isn’t a brothel. You can be arrested and thrown in jail for it everywhere else.

Clearly this hasn’t stopped anything. You won’t be surprised at all to find out that sex work is still very much happening across the country, but the lack of any legal protection is making the job far more dangerous than it needs to be. One Colorado study estimated that the death rate for active sex workers in the state was 5.9% higher than that of the general population. 

So what are the people who want to be put in charge of the country going to do about this? Disappointingly… not a lot. 

FFS

Buzzfeed asked every single one of the 26 candidates whether or not they were in favour of decriminalising sex work. All but four either said no or dodged the question. 

Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, and Mike Gravel were the ones who said they’d absolutely support decriminalisation of sex work. The fact that I’ve been following the US presidential race relatively closely and still had to Google all of these people doesn’t bode well for my hopes of a President who would stop people arresting sex workers for their job.

Now for the ones you’re more likely to have heard of. 

Elizabeth Warren tweeted that she was “open” to decriminalising sex work. Bernie Sanders says he’ll consider it. Maybe I’m just cynical, but it doesn’t fill be with hope tbh. As for Donald Trump, he didn’t even reply to the question, so there’s your answer.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that we’ll see some movement on this. Realistically thought, I’m worried that if the States are still arguing over whether or not the President should have his Twitter account taken away, the safety of sex workers might be forced into the background, like so many other aspects of their lives. 

I’m hoping not.

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