Vice President Mike Pence visited Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past week, stumping for Republican candidates and holding fundraisers. For one gay Democrat in Philly, however, it was an opportunity to go low.
Brian Sims, a state representative representing the city of Philadelphia, “welcomed” the vice president to town by posting a picture of himself on social media, giving Pence the middle finger.
It has become a common tactic for Democrats to use social media to make a theatrical show of resistance against the Trump administration. While some Democrats cheer such displays, many wonder if such petulant behavior will only turn off many middle-of-the-road voters.
Sims appears to use social media often for political grandstanding, and his picture flipping off the Vice President included a lecture accusing Pence of being a bigot.
“OFFICIAL WELCOME: Vice President Mike Pence let me be the first person to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love, and to my District in the State House,” Sims wrote on the Facebook post, included below.
“To be clear, we’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people to live and to contribute: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, Immigrant, we want you and we’ll respect you.
“So keep that in mind while you’re here raising money to attack more families, spread more lies, blaspheme with your bible, and maybe even talk to a woman without your wife in the room. We have plenty of them, and they’re pretty much all more powerful and more real than you have ever been.
“So…get bent, then get out!”
Here is the original post, with uncensored picture.
OFFICIAL WELCOME: Vice President Mike Pence let me be the first person to officially welcome you to the City of…
Sims, however, is feeling the backlash for his crude gesture. He keeps ducking the media who seeks him out to answer questions, choosing to only be a keyboard warrior and make comments on social media rather than answer questions from reporters.
Mr. Sims‘ Center City office was locked when a local Fox affiliate tried to get him on camera. A rep later said Mr. Sims had no comment, but he wound up spending a considerable amount of time defending himself on Twitter. It appeared that the Trump administration’s immigration policies at the border are what set him off.
Ironically, this is the same person who, when profiled by USA Today just days ago, said people should have more empathy.
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Vice President Pence did not comment on the gesture or the protests.
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