Holly Fisher, a 27-year-old mother of three, became the subject of liberal ire after she posted a photo of herself in front of a Hobby Lobby store holding a drink from Chick-fil-A and wearing a pro-life t-shirt.
The photo was later edited with the caption: “How to make a liberal’s head explode.”
And explode heads it did.
The photo went viral, prompting the kind of hate only found from nameless, faceless Internet users who most likely would never say something so vile to the face of who they are attacking.
Things like this threat:
@HollyRFisher If I were there, when that pic was taken, I would've shoved that cup of soda down her throat. That is 1 life not needed.— Kent Manthie (@kmanthie) July 2, 2014
Or this tolerant person, who chose to attack her for her weight (by the way, she’s not even overweight):
@HollyRFisher Didn't explode, and I hope you didn't invest in too many of those ugly t-shirts. I see that one is XXL— JC 308 (@Colnajoe) July 2, 2014
Fisher was not surprised by the reaction at all, since the week before this photo she had posted a blog post about her 10-month-old losing her cardiologist due to Obamacare.
In the post, Fisher said her husband’s employer was dropping Cigna for a new insurance plan because the premiums were tripling.
Fisher told the Washington Examiner in an e-mail exchange that people started “wishing death” on her daughter because of the blog post.
“It helps that the support greatly outweighs the nastiness,” Fisher said. “It also doesn't bother me when some coward is sitting behind their keyboard saying such awful things, knowing they would never have the guts to say it to my face.”
Responses to her Obamacare post mainly came from one blog I had never heard of until people started sharing their posts on Twitter. The writer claimed that it was because Cigna “DIDN'T follow Obamacare by the letter” by applying for a waiver, her health insurance premiums rose and her husband's employer dropped their plan.
But as mainstream media outlets wrote at the time waiver anger hit a fever pitch, those waivers only allowed companies to set lower annual caps on a small number of health care plans, called “mini-med” plans. And even then the waivers only lasted until 2014 -- the current year, if you needed a reminder.
Fisher was informed of the plan change in late May.
Fisher is now — because of a new photo she posted where she’s holding a bible and an assault rifle and standing in front of an American flag — being compared to Islamist extremists, using a photo of the Palestinian suicide bomber Reem Riyashi, holding a Quran and an assault rifle and standing in front of a banner.
The Images are not similar because Fisher is not violent or advocating the use of guns to enforce a religious-based ideology while Riyashi is doing just that. In fact, Riyashi committed her suicide bombing in 2004 under a joint operation between the militant groups Hamas and the al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade.
In a video taped before the bombing, Riyashi said, "It was always my wish to turn my body into deadly shrapnel against the Zionists and to knock on the doors of heaven with the skulls of Zionists."
But Fisher is apparently just as dangerous, working in local politics a few days a week and as a stay-at-home mom the rest.
“The world is an evil place, and I speak out so like-minded people will know they aren't alone,” Fisher said. “Maybe I'll inspire someone else to speak up and stand for what's right, even if it's not popular.”