A young Trump supporter who is set to graduate from college has triggered rage on Twitter after she posted photos of herself flaunting her pro-Trump views and love of the Second Amendment.
Brenna Spencer is a 22-year-old senior who will graduate in May from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in communications.
While most soon-to-be graduates pose for traditional photos wearing a cap and gown, Spencer flaunted her Trump support with T-shirts that read “Women for Trump” and “Proud Member of the Basket of Deplorables,” a reference to the infamous nickname former Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton gave to Trump voters.
In one photo posted Saturday, Spencer posed with a handgun tucked into the waistband of her jeans.
I don’t take normal college graduation photos… pic.twitter.com/eI1NvLFYHs
— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 7, 2018
In yet another image, she posed in front of a banner advertising the College Republicans.
“I don’t take normal college graduation photos,” Spencer wrote in a tweet.
As of Tuesday afternoon, her gun post had been liked 76,000 times and retweeted more than 10,000 times.
But not everyone was happy about Spencer’s posts. Several Twitter users ridiculed her.
“I’m 100% pro gun but brandishing a firearm for a photo shoot or showing it off to try and look cool is just stupid,” said a user named Reed. “They are tools. Why brag about carrying a gun?”
Spencer replied: “Because I’m proud of my second amendment right, and I want to empower other women! Absolutely they are tools, but I will always brag about being able to carry a gun to protect myself, my friends and my family!”
Others accuser Spencer of breaking the law and even ridiculed her looks.
Spencer told ABC News she was stunned by how much attention her posts received.
“I did think that it would get a little attention, but not to this degree,” she said. “It was really, really surprising to see the amount of hate that I got.”
Spencer said she’s also received quite a few comments of support. But she doesn’t dwell on people’s responses.
“I try to stay off the comments, to be honest,” she said. “I just know that I got a lot of hate.”
Tennessee passed a gun law in 2014 that allows citizens to openly carry firearms without a state permit. However, gun users are required to submit to background checks and undergo concealed-carry training.
Still, Twitter users and even ABC News apparently alerted police to Spencer’s post. Some people noted that Spencer appeared to be on the grounds of the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, an establishment that prohibits concealed carry. But Spencer said she took the photo outside the museum.
“[Chattanooga Police Department,] would you like to give us your two cents?” asked Twitter user Victoria Silva. “Per the thread, this young female is taking a photo w/ a firearm, in an area w/ a posted ‘no-weapons’ policy. This showboating behavior is irresponsible, reckless, & potentially dangerous.”
Even a writer for the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” named Cullen Crawford weighed in with his own unusual “graduation” photo.
In Crawford’s satirical post, instead of a handgun, he stuffed his puppy into his waistband. The dog was apparently unimpressed.
I don’t take normal graduation photos pic.twitter.com/4pDTEQe5BS
— Cullen Crawford (@HelloCullen) April 8, 2018