Weeks before Audrey Hale gunned down six people at a private Christian school in Nashville, Kayla Denker had a stern warning for any “transphobes” with sinister ideas.
Denker, a transgender activist who runs a YouTube channel with 700 subscribers, loaded rounds into an AR-style rifle while staring into the camera during the clip, which went viral in the aftermath of Monday’s massacre at The Covenant School, where Hale, 28, fatally shot three students and three adults before being killed by responding cops.
“While advocating just for trans people to ‘arm ourselves’ is not any kind of a solution to the genocide we are facing, I do want to say that if you transphobes do try to come for me I’m ta … ,” Denker captioned the clip, which led to instant blowback online, including calls for authorities in Colorado to investigate.
Earlier Thursday, Denker’s Twitter profile, Pinko Scum, claimed FBI officials contacted her – but that they indicated they were monitoring “YALL [sic] harassers” instead of her. “Because I didn’t do anything wrong,” the profile read, prior to being deleted later Thursday afternoon.
FBI officials declined to comment on any “specific claims” when reached Thursday by The Post, but said agents remain vigilant to “detect, disrupt and dismantle” any threats that may emerge related to Saturday’s “Trans Day of Vengeance.”
“As always, we ask members of the public to report anything they consider suspicious to law enforcement,” the FBI’s national press office said in a statement. “Additionally, membership in a group is not illegal in and of itself. In fact, it is protected by the First Amendment.
“The FBI will never open an investigation based solely on protected First Amendment activity. We focus on individuals who commit or intend to commit violence and criminal activity that constitutes a federal crime or poses a threat to national security.”
Denker, who did not respond to multiple requests for comment, insisted in a new video Thursday that she had made her self-defense promise weeks before Hale – a former student at the school who identified as transgender – finalized a manifesto to attack the Christian academy.
“The video, I posted that video on March 5,” Denker said in the 9-minute video of the viral clip. “And it had nothing to do with [Nashville], obviously. It couldn’t have. And all it was – was I have been getting death threats from transphobes for quite a while, as most trans people do. And it just got to me, and so, I do have that rifle.