When, two years ago, Julie Brizkman saw the President's motorcycle driving while she was riding her wheel, she was furious.
"At this point, I lost all hope," Briskman told NBC News on Wednesday, the day after the election of the Loudon County Board of Supervisors in Virginia. "Things went from bad to worse."
So she threw away the presidential caravan. Her anger was captured by a photographer and the image went viral, which cost her a job with a government contractor. But she also received a new one as an elected official.
"I came to the realization that I could not run against (President Donald Trump), but I could make a change locally," she said. "Every country counts, every vote counts. I put my head down and go to work."
So Brickman backed up ̵
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part of Trump's National Golf Club, a little proud of her.
While her new fame undoubtedly stimulated fundraising and received her name in the paperwork – she raised over $ 150,000 in her application for a position – it was not always helpful.
"People made assumptions that I was everything," she said. "Some people say she's just stupid. There's nothing for her. She's got a big mouth, she won't be able to work with the other side."
But Briskman said she was committed to proving voters wrong by focusing on issues important to her – such as public school funding, teacher pay and housing. Her campaign knocked on 15,000 doors.
"It takes a lot of stamina to apply for a position," says Brizkman, a marathon runner and an ultramarathoner.
Asked if he regretted starting his political career with the middle finger, Brizkman said no.
"I feel the same as in 2017, if not more strongly, what is happening in our country," she said.
Well, maybe she's running a little thing.
"Maybe a tiny, tiny regret that the nation seems to know me from a photo on my back," she joked. "But it really isn't."