Woman who gave President Trump the finger is fired by employer

On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, President Trump was in a motorcade leaving the National Golf Club on the banks of the Potomac river, on the outskirts of Washington DC.

At 3:12 pm, the motorcade passed two female pedestrians, one of whom gave a thumbs-down sign. Then the motorcade passed a female cyclist in a white top and cycling helmet, who gave the President her middle finger. The motorcade slowed down and the cyclist caught up, still giving the finger, before turning off in a different direction. (The Guardian)

A White House photographer traveling in the motorcade took this picture of the cyclist, which went viral almost immediately.

As recounted by HuffPo, Nov. 6, 2017, late-night talk show hosts told jokes about the cyclist and people on social media began hailing the unidentified woman as a “she-ro,” using the hashtag #Her2020.

The woman’s name is Juli Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two and a Democrat.

Briskman told HuffPo it was a gut reaction to flip President Trump off: “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. I flipped off the motorcade a number of time.”

Briskman is so proud of giving a sitting President of the United States the F-you finger gesture, she posted the pic as her profile pic on her Facebook page.

Since April 2017, Briskman had been working as a marketing specialist for Akima, LLC, a federal government contractor. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Akima describes itself as “a holding company that supports a diverse portfolio of Federal and Commercial service providers.”

As her “finger” photo circulated online, Briskman decided to tell her employer’s HR department when she returned to work on Monday.

On Tuesday, her bosses called her into a meeting and fired her because she had violated the company’s social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook. Briskman said:

“They said, ‘We’re separating from you.’ Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”

Briskman said she emphasized to the executives that she wasn’t on the job when the incident happened and that her social media pages don’t mention her employer. They told her that because Akima is a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business.

Virginia is an employment-at-will state, which means employers can fire people anytime and for any reason. But Briskman said Akima LLC is being unfair because a male colleague kept his job after recently calling someone “a fucking Libtard asshole” on his Facebook page that featured Akima LLC as his cover photo. He was allowed to delete the post and keep his job.

Briskman bristles: “How is that any less ‘obscene’ than me flipping off the president? How is that fair?”

Despite getting fired, she said she has no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure with Trump received. In fact, she said she’s happy to be an image of protest that resonates with many Americans: “In some ways, I’m doing better than ever. I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”

Briskman, a Democrat, said she plans to look for a new job with an advocacy group that she believes in, like Planned Parenthood or PETA.

Her LinkedIn page says she has been a Sunday School teacher for the Galilee United Methodist Church for nearly 12 years since April 2006. God help us.

The United Methodist Church is notoriously pro-abortion. See:

Update (Nov. 9. 2017):

An article on Medium claims Juli Briskman has received 453,673 job offers.

~Eowyn

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58 responses to “Woman who gave President Trump the finger is fired by employer

  1. Good riddance.

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  2. I’m sure that Hillary is proud of her!

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  3. Looks like she should consider a tractor seat for her double wide behind.

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  4. Just another deluded dingbat! It’s crazy that anyone would want her teaching a Sunday School class. This is a great example of actions having consequences. It would be most interesting to see what kind of employment she is able to come up with. It is said that in our society, people who are in her age bracket often have trouble find jobs. I wonder if that will the case for her. I would think that her behavior may well be a turn-off to at least some of the prospective employers she may contact.

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  5. Planned-murder-hood will be glad to have her.

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  6. Ms. Briskman seems unable to discern that she specifically targeted the POTUS whereas her co-worker’s comment about “a fucking Libtard asshole” was not directed at the POTUS.

    Witnessing the financial punishment that NFL team owners are seeing due to employees’ political expressions, other businesses are likely nervous about employee political expression.

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  7. Rowan and Martin Fickle Finger Award 🖕remember? She owns one now and unemployment, food stamps, Medicaid, and we pay for all that with TAXES, TAXES amd more TAXES.while she pedals her ass all over D.C.

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  8. hmmm…
    which person deserves firing?
    the person who called someone a “f*ing libtard ahole” on social media vs. the person who gave the POTUS the middle finger while bike riding her ‘wide load’ on the street and posted it to social media to brag about?

    I do wonder why a White House photographer would take a picture of a female denigrating the POTUS…it wasn’t because the photographer took the picture that she was fired, it was because she bragged about it.
    is this ‘photographer’ an obama holdover?

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  9. “In some ways, I’m doing better than ever. I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”

    Well, I’d say you aren’t doing that good. You’re “angry” and “appalled.” Better up your meds.

    You said something? Oh, youz such a brave womyn!

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  10. I’m probably the odd man out here but I don’t think she should lose her job because of the ‘finger’. It isn’t a threat per se. It’s not even close to a real threat really. I think she was stupid to post it as her FB page, but that’s just stupidity and hubris. I don’t agree with her politics and I don’t think she understands the very grave danger this country faces at this moment in history. But that doesn’t mean I think her free speech should be taken away, even if she is an employee of a gov’t contractor. She would have been smarter to ride alongside the cars for as long as possible and try to engage the President even in a few words. That would’ve made a bigger impact than simply flipping him off. Yes, it’s a “at will” situation and the employer may fire her, but I think she should be fired for poor work performance and not for her political stance.
    WE MUST ASK OURSELVES, where will this censorship end?

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    • 2x4 to the head

      The average wage slave never realizes the full scope of contract law, employment does not equal entitlement.

      Also, she informed on herself which led to her undoing.

      Then we are able to read her own diatribe in the press, so there was no censorship as you suggest.

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      • You’re correct. She was able to post and say and do what she wanted but the result was termination of her employment. Therefore, her free speech right were infringed. Some think that since she works for an ‘at will’ employer that the employer is within its rights to terminate her employment. I don’t necessarily disagree, but I disagree with their reasons for terminating her in this instance. Could they have lied about why they were terminating her? Sure. And I’m rather sure it’s done all the time. My main point was to ask, ‘where will this sort of thing end’? If I were to have a FB page (which I don’t) but if I were to have one, and if I were to post a crucifix on my FB page and if next to that crucifix I were to state that the Talmudic Pharisees plotted and conspired to have Jesus Christ killed, could my employer terminate me for what they might deem to be ‘inappropriate’ political speech? To me, flipping off the President and posting the photo are within her free speech rights regardless of the vulgarity. She didn’t yell the word, “fire” in a crowded building when no fire existed. And as far as vulgarity, well, we’re going to have to start banning a lot of speech then, if we’re going to ban ‘the finger’.

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    • Nobody “took away” her free speech. She was quite able to speak freely. But free speech doesn’t mean you can’t be held accountable for what you say by, someone else who has freedom of association.
      Frankly, if I had employees with killary bumper stickers I might have to have a ‘reduction in force’ due to impendending uncertainy about the economy under leadership such as hers.

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    • I disagree. I’ve NEVER given “the finger” to anyone, have you?

      Businesses have their public image to protect. Juli Briskman not only has an anger management problem, she’s lewd — definitely not someone any employer would want as a “marketing specialist” or in any position, especially a business like Akima that is a federal government contractor.

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      • She may have an anger management problem but likely she has a judgment problem and especially in the heat of the moment. She lays all the social ills at Trump’s feet is a non-starter. Another commenter stated it best that having a civil discussion with Trump would have had a greater impact than what she did. She did set the kindling would to get fired.

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  11. Kudos to Akima for firing the dimwit. Unfortunately, she may not have a real hard time finding a new job since the man she hates so much has improved employment opportunities in the US.

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  12. The United Methodist Church is apostate.

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  13. How Absolutely Delightful. I love it when there’s instant justice. Disrespect deserves consequences. I never would do that to any sitting President, even Hussein, but this bitch from the commie left thought she could do it without any negative results. SURPRISE!!!!

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  14. Linda Lawson Bruton

    I am, and always have been, a staunch conservative Republican and I think that Trump is the best president we’ve ever had. I believe God put him in that position to shake the bad apples from the trees.
    Having said that, I work in San Jose, Ca. and have had more than 1 discussion about the differences with my liberal Democrat friends.
    Let’s add to that and tell you I am a God-fearing Christian.
    So, above and beyond all else, I will stick up for what I believe is correct. Here in San Jose, Ca. it’s actually dangerous to be a Republican and there’s been plenty of bloodshed to prove that point. I have first-hand knowledge of being hesitant to express my political beliefs and conviction and there are many others’ that feel the same way, up to and including, the chance of losing our jobs. We are just not tolerated here.
    All that to say I think Akima LLC is way out of line for firing Ms. Briskman. Are you also of the ‘intolerant’ ranks? She was on her own time expressing her opinion. Although I don’t agree with that opinion and especially not the method of deliverance, I must fight for her right to express them. So, whoever is pressuring you in the government, ignore that and do what a moral person would do for a 50+ yo mother of 2. Bring her back with a bonus of lost wages.
    This is my first rant – the most timid and gentle.

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  15. Liberals always keeping it classy. Sarc. The disrespect she showed to the sitting President is what is so galling. She brought it on herself, I have no empathy. And she was wrong about the aid given to PR, we did outstanding work and she should get her facts straight.
    Many years ago I went to what was then called a EUB church, it was the only one in our valley and not a better place to worship. It was eventually absorbed and became the United Methodist Church, and I can guarantee not a parishioner would follow the abortion approval. It is heartbreaking to see where our religion is being taken.

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  16. Many years back, two yellow cab drivers had an argument over a near collision. The offended party gave the offender the middle finger. This was observed by Taxi & Limousine Commission police, who gave both drivers citations, including one for the middle finger.
    The judge at the offended driver’s hearing expressed his empathy for his situation, but ruled that by giving the other driver the middle finger, the driver endangered the public safety, insomuch as that when one flips the bird at another, he cannot predict how the recipient of that will respond. He fined the driver $250–. (I agree with the judge’s decision for this reason: He endangered the public safety, although he did not realize it at the time. I do think the fine was excessive, however).
    Briskman has also endangered the public safety, although she may not have realized that at the time. To begin with, she actually endangered herself: I am surprised the Secret Service did not stop to talk to her, as would have been within their rights. So I’m no friend of Briskman’s, even if she flipped Obama or George W. Bush the bird.
    However, there is the First Amendment issue here. It is true that one is free to speak in whatever manner (s)he chooses, and, at the same time, not be immune from the consequences of that speech. But the issue of employment at-will—which I support—conflicts with Briskman’s First Amendment rights: I do not believe ANY employer has the right to determine what any employee shall post on her social media (absent incitement to violence). I do not believe Briskman’s employer was within his rights, for this larger reason:

    In China, they are experimenting with a social media score, whereby one’s social media content shall be graded for loyalty to the State. The idea is simple: When one’s score reaches a certain point for a certain length of time, he would lose his internet and social media rights. This could extend to cell phone use, also. There are forces at work in THIS COUNTRY to implement this heinous abrogation of everyone’s First Amendment rights, and this matters. Incitement to violence is not at issue in Briskman’s case; Obscenity is, as her employer has admitted. Censorship of pornography is also not the issue here. Again, Briskman endangered the public safety, beginning with herself. Yet at the same time, no employer should be allowed to appoint itself arbiter of that; A judge has to make that determination.
    Mussolini defined fascism as “the merger of the State and corporate powers.” We have already witnessed this in America, and Briskman’s employer’s self-determination of what is obscene forges a link between State and corporate power, in and of itself: She was not criticizing her employer; She was criticizing (and antagonizing) an elected official which, in principle, any citizen is allowed to do under the First Amendment.

    I’m no liberal progressive and I’m no friend of Briskman. But her right to post on social media—absent content inciting violence or criminal activity—is sacrosanct, and her rights were violated.
    I look at it this way: My Facebook friends are free to call me an idiot, if they choose. They ARE NOT FREE to tell me to shut up or stop criticizing any public figure on my own Facebook page. They are free to disagree and rail; They are not free to suppress my speech! And whatever I post on my social media is NONE of my employer’s—or the Government’s—business, absent incitement to violence or breaking the law.

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    • I see your points Steven, but may I add that she not only posted the offending photo of POTUS to her social media account, she also was the person in the picture who was disrespecting the POTUS in ‘real time’ and then was (and still is) bragging about it at her, now, ex-job and on social media (she was/is so proud and full of herself).
      I believe she deserved it…people have different social/political opinions, but part of being an adult is the restraint and caution that should be taken when expressing them on social media or when out in public; when there is a lack of such, then we have ‘consequences’.
      I do wonder if that photo was staged, given the timing of her presence with the motorcade and the photographer snapping the picture. I am surprised the motorcade would allow anyone near them.

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    • and she’s still free to post what eve she wants. No gov’t agency told her she couldn’t say what she wants. But the company that paid her has EVERY right to decide who will work for them and under what conditions. The employer didn’t fire her from the job market. Just the job they were paying for.

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      • And the people who pay her company for service contracts — likely their biggest client — are indeed the U.S. Government, the head of which is… DJT. They HAD to fire her.
        Had she kept her mouth shut over it, and not posted it, and not gone and told her boss she’d done so, I think maybe she’d still be working there. That would be the difference in acting out as a private citizen versus bragging about it as an employee of a government contractor.

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      • You are hitting on a Constitutional point I often pound when teaching. The 1st amendment does not apply to citizens or businesses. Before I am crucified, let me explain.

        The amendments tell the government what it can and can not do. It does not apply to this liberal or her employer.

        The government had nothing to do with her speech/expression. It also had nothing to do with her employer’s actions.

        She works in a state where the employer can release you without stating a cause. If she doesn’t like it, she needs to move to one her more socialist friendly union controlled states.

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    • It is not what Briskman said or posted on social media. It is that she has such poor impulse control, and so lewd, that she gave the finger in traffic to a sitting president of the United States. At least have some respect for the office, if not for the occupant.

      Much as I object to and dislike Obama, I would not resort to giving him the finger. It’s a childish lewd gesture that demeans the “giver” as much as the recipient.

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      • Would you give Obama the finger now he is not president.

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      • I see your point about “respecting the Office,” Dr. Eowyn, and it harkens back, in the Natural Law, to the Original Source of all Lawful Authority. The Original Source of all Lawful Authority is GOD, and we are morally bound to respect the authority, and not the person behind it.
        In other words, I may detest the police officer giving me a phony ticket, but I am bound, legally and morally, to respect the authority behind the police officer, which, morally, is not the State, but God.
        Be that as it may, even this argument has its limits in the real world. Do I have any respect for Queen Elizabeth Saxe-Gotha-Coburg of England? No, I do not: The woman is a satanist and a murderer and, on the backs of her “subjects,” a parasite. As a matter of fact, as a Christian, I may be bound to respect her person and treat her with civility and outward respect, but for the reasons I just stated, I detest her personally, and I believe that, given my knowledge of her, I am morally bound to detest her.
        But Constitutionally, the issue is a bit larger, in practical terms: As a citizen of the United States, I am NOT the “subject” of ANY sovereign, regardless of their wealth, accomplishments, longevity of rule, or any other consideration: I am a “citizen” and NOT her “subject.” (And, given both her record and the History of England awash with blood, being a citizen of the United States is, in my humble opinion, the greater honor).

        You also mention her “poor impulse control,” and your point is duly noted. But let us also keep in mind the poor impulse control of the Bushes, the Clintons and the Obamas: Briskman has not killed anyone, nor has she suborned murder or perjury, or taken a trip to Jeffrey Epstein’s island, and the like. We can also keep in mind Donald Trump’s poor impulse control re.: his comment to a friend about “grabbing her p*ssy” some 11 years ago.
        But back to the main point: Yes, she did disrespect a sitting President, which is her constitutional right to do—and her legal right, up to a certain point. Again, the Secret Service did not make any attempt to stop her. That’s their act of negligence.
        I imagine that Miss Briskman is a very nasty and vulgar person. But, not to beat a dead horse, her employer WAS NOT within his rights to terminate her employment, I believe. (But Donald Trump would have been within his rights to stop her and interrogate her, both as President and as a person.)

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        • “her employer WAS NOT within his rights to terminate her employment”

          Virginia is a “fire at will” state. Briskman’s employer, Akima LLC, has EVERY right to fire her.

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        • Basically, unless Miss Briskman takes her employer to court over this, it’s a moot point as to whether her rights were violated by her employer. The employer stated the reason for her termination was her FB post. It’s up to her to defend or not to defend her freedom of speech in this instance. Perhaps her terms of employment, or her employment contract, assuming she signed one, specifically stated that actions such as those she took that day would subject her to termination. And perhaps that’s why she isn’t bringing suit. Or maybe she just doesn’t have the money or want to go through the hassle.

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    • Thanks Steven. You always are able to cogently and eloquently write what I have going on in my head but am unable to express.

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    • They must be doing some sort of “contest” this week. It’s one thing to have poor judgement and impulse control, quite another to have fantasies from the dark side of Uranus.

      Why do I think they’re on script for the end?

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    • Maybe he’s related to the anesthesiologist that beat down Rand Paul. I suppose when your “righteousness” exceeds your intellect it’s OK to assault people. That’s the whole theory behind “Antifa”.

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      • Love the Freudian slip…maybe “he” is related?…

        Not judging, just sayin’.

        As for antifa…the name just sounds gay. I mean, who thought that one up? Sounds like a fucking can of soda.. Fanta Fanta Fanta!

        Perhaps that was the only beverage available for purchase with their school lunchroom meal allowances?

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  17. Last year abt 3 mo . after Trump took office, I had my “elmo” overhead projector on in my classroom and had to step away in order to get some more instructive materials to use with it…..and…in the split second while I was gone, a middle school (6th grade…maybe 11 – 12 yrs. old) had written on paper, “F__K Trump” and thrust it up into the Elmo projector to “flash” in full view of the entire classroom. #1…This came from this 11-yr-old kid’s home. In the words of my sainted grandfather…..”He did not suck this out of his thumb.” He brought this from home, and # 2, Like all the lately “BEHAVING BADLY DEMOCRATS,” he felt empowered and RIGHT to do what he did…..feeling that he would not suffer recourse, and # 3, He felt there would be no repurcussions…AND that the “majority” would approve of his actions or even “laud” or agree with him. I’d say that all the ADULT Dems who are behaving badly feel just the SAME as this, my 11-year-old student. This woman might have been the mother of this student. This woman taught her own children how to behave badly as an 11-year-old Democrat……..

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  18. “it was a gut reaction to flip President Trump off: “He was passing by and my blood just started to boil”
    The hate and anger that is constantly festering in these people. (Reason # 8261523 that modern American Liberalism is a mental illness)
    Stay classy Democrats.

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  19. Just curious.

    How long has Juli been in transition?

    Man….she’s fierce. How brave of her? I didn’t realize she fought for our country and our freedoms.
    What a HE-ro.

    Oh wait, she’s none of these. She’s a lib-tard who wants to not be held accountable.

    F U too Juli.

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  20. If her employer could legally fire her for ANY reason, as the law states, I can’t think of a better reason than, “WE NO LONGER REQUIRE YOUR SERVICES. PERIOD”. I wouldn’t have given her any other reason than THAT. Now she’ll drag them through the courts.

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  21. Pretty damned hypocritical of her to say anything about Pres. Trump’s time on the links! Google former Pres. Sotoro’s total time golfing while he was in office. Oh, the internet! Ain’t it just grand!

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  22. I did not vote for nor support Barak Obama but during one of his visits to a site I happened to be working I did come into proximity with him. I was polite and did nothing of this sort. Mainly because I was taught to be a decent human being and act with the same modicum of decency in public. This is simply an indicator of how vile this woman is and how she deserves to be disiplined for showing her wretchedness to the world.

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  23. Okay, how was this loony tune even allowed to get that close to the motorcade? Can anyone just cycle on by? I thought that traffic was usually blocked …..or is that just for Willies haircuts and BJ’s? Or Obummer’s golf trips?

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  24. Update:

    An article on Medium claims Juli Briskman has received 453,673 job offers. Commenters on Medium are calling her a hero.
    https://extranewsfeed.com/woman-fired-for-flipping-off-trumps-motorcade-receives-453-673-job-offers-ad9df89bdbe2

    Conservatives and liberals really have nothing in common.

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    • yeah, not a surprise…I’m thinking this was set up from the beginning.

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    • Great.

      No doubt all of the jobs offered will be taxpayer subsidized and she’ll still complain that her birth control pills would cost around 10 bucks a month…

      I’m going to start a new business…it’s going to be a new fangled form of veterinary animal care. Bring in your pregnant pet, you know, the one that got knocked up by the junkyard dog, and we’ll help you abort the entire litter.

      Let’s see how long it takes the lib-tard SJW’s to protest.

      End an animals life? No F’-ing way….humans? Sign them up!

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    • Matthew 25: 31-34: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

      Matthew 25: 41: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

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    • Anyone who would give her a job offer deserves her. That’s what employers look for you know. Employees that have no manners, grace or self-control. I hope that whoever hires her goes bankrupt.

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