A photo of Holly Fisher celebrating Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court victory posted on Twitter was supposed to be lighthearted. But when the Christian mother of three from Charleston, West Virginia, realized she was under attack from liberals, she followed it up with a photo of herself standing with a gun and a Bible on Independence Day — that's when all hell broke loose.
"Attention liberals: do not look at this picture. Your head will most likely explode," Fisher tweeted on July 1 posing in a pro-life T-shirt with a Chick-fil-A cup in front of a Hobby Lobby store.
The tweet came just a day after the Supreme Court had struck down the HHS' mandate when it ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties, stating that corporations are not required to cover, under their healthcare plans, birth control methods that can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy.
Emotions were still very raw about the ruling and conservatives praised her while liberals skewered her. Three days later on Independence Day, Fisher, despite her detractors, followed up with another tweet including a photo she says was celebrating the First and Second Amendments.
"Biggest complaint I'm getting about my #HobbyLobby pic is there's no gun, Bible or flag. Tried to make up for it," she tweeted.
That tweet was so explosive Fisher triggered death threats and oodles of vitriol. But in an interview with the Joe Pags Show, she said that was never her intention.
"It was the day of the ruling and we [she and her husband] were out and we had just gone through the Chick-fil-A drive-thru. Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby happen to be right beside each other and my husband looked at me when we were leaving Chick-fil-A and said, 'you look totally right-winger right now,'" she said.
"So we just pulled over to Hobby Lobby and I told him we should take a picture, and he did. And I thought it would be a little funny thing with my Twitter followers. I never thought that this would happen. It definitely wasn't orchestrated or I would have brushed my hair," she quipped.
Fisher says she had about 20,000 followers on Twitter before she made the tweet and now she has more than 41,000 and counting.
She said she had a lot of positive support from the first tweet, but acknowledged that some of the negative ones include threats of rape and murder.
"One of the very first tweets I got was some guy telling me that if he would have been there he would have shoved the Chick-fil-A cup down my throat and made the world a better place," she told Joe Pags.
And she has responded with dry wit to some of them.
When asked how comments by her detractors, who have branded her a violent fame-seeking terrorist make her feel, she had this to say:
"It's not that they just don't know me. Apparently, they don't know America and what we were founded on. It was Independence Day. I'm standing in front of a flag that represents our freedom; I'm representing the First Amendment and the Second Amendment on the day that we are celebrating our independence. And they are comparing me to someone who despises this country and hates this country, and would kill all of us, if given the opportunity."