On Saturday, soon-to-be college graduate Brenna Spencer posted a graduation picture on Twitter that is rare among students. In her picture, Spencer wore a “Women for Trump” shirt and showed she was carrying a firearm.
The photo, which as of Tuesday had been retweeted over 8,000 times and liked over 65,000, drew praise from gun rights advocates and condemnation from others.
“I did think that it would get a little attention, but not to this degree,” Spencer told ABC. “It was really, really surprising to see the amount of hate that I got.”
Spencer told ABC that she owns several handguns and carries “everywhere that I’m allowed to carry.”
“I don’t take normal college graduation photos…” she wrote.“It was really, really surprising to see the amount of hate that I got.”
Spencer said she also received some respectful messages directly from people who disagreed with her politically, but most users took to the public thread to respond to her photo.
“I try to stay off the comments, to be honest,” she said. “I just know that I got a lot of hate.”
Others applauded her knowledge of Second Amendment rights.
Spencer, who also works as a field representative for the conservative nonprofit Turning Point, said she owns several handguns in addition to the one featured, which she has owned for about six months.
“I carry everywhere that I’m allowed to carry,” she said, which excludes her college campus.
I don’t take normal college graduation photos… pic.twitter.com/eI1NvLFYHs
— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 7, 2018