On Thursday morning, Fox-News-veteran-turned-NBC-host Megyn Kelly conversed with bicyclist and viral sensation Julie Briskman, who gained fleeting fame by flipping off President Trump’s motorcade in northern Virginia.
Briskman was welcomed to the set of Megyn Kelly Today with thunderous applause, telling Kelly that it “felt great” to send the leader of the free world an obscene gesture. Kelly — who informed her audience in September that she was “done with politics” — introduced Briskman magnanimously and with a laugh:
“Her picture splashed across Twitter, Facebook, national and international newspapers and websites. Why? Because Julie Briskman decided, on a whim, to give the bird to President Trump’s passing motorcade.”
Cheers erupted, and Kelly continued:
"And there goes President Trump’s motorcade. And what inspired you in the moment to communicate with him in that manner?”
Briskman unleashed (her version of) the beast:
“Well, all my frustration about this administration just welled up inside of me, and I started thinking about all the things that I think are going wrong right now in our country. And that was the only way I had to give him the message that I wanted to give him.”
Asked by Donald Trump's debate nemesis how it felt to give the middle finger to the President of the United States, Briskman said, “It felt great.” More cheers sounded from the audience, after which she added:
“Actually, I don’t think anyone’s asked me that question before, but it actually felt great. It was like I got to tell him – hopefully got to tell him how I really feel.” Kelly remarked, "“I’m sure he’s heard about it now."
Kelly wasn’t exactly critical of Briskman’s act of disrespect to the Office of the President. She pined:
“I mean, to me, it speaks uniquely to what America is all about. You can do that. Like, that’s the beauty of a free society. Whether you love President Trump or hate him, you are allowed to tell the president how you feel about him. Whether it’s President Obama or President Trump. That’s one of our core ideals.”
Then the conversation turned to the downside of Briskman's disrespect, as Kelly reminded, “However, you got fired, were forced to resign because of it. Why?”
According to Briskman, “They cited the social media policy of the company, saying that my action was obscene and basically my content on my social media was obscene.” Nevertheless, she admitted how eager she was to promote the picture: “I posted it on my Facebook cover photo and I posted it on my Twitter profile picture and my cover photo on Twitter.”
“She was proud of it,” Megyn beamed. “‘That was me.’”
Our liberties are indeed at the core of the beauty of America; that is absolutely true. But at a time when disrespect for the President of the United States is at an all-time high within our media, do we really need to glorify a woman who shoots him the bird? Leftists would say yes, as long as that President is a Republican (imagine the reaction had this woman flipped off Barack Obama). On Wednesday, Megyn Kelly -- former Fox News star and current NBC ratings disaster -- showed where she stands on the issue by giving a thumbs up to the middle finger.