A Democratic Pennsylvania representative posted a hateful message on social media on Tuesday to “welcome” Vice President Mike Pence to his district — by flipping off the vice president.
The full message by Rep. Brian Sims, Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state representative, appeared on Facebook, where Sims wrote:
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!
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!
Sims posted a shorter version of his message on Twitter, where he thought he tagged Mike Pence’s official Twitter account but instead tagged a fan parody account of the vice president.
OFFICIAL WELCOME: @MikePenceVP let me be the first to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love and to my District! We’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, & Immigrant. So…get bent, then get out! pic.twitter.com/G9eLrXgeVn
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) June 19, 2018
Sims received mixed reactions to his tweet with those who were strong supporters of LGBT rights applauding him while everyone else essentially mocking him:
He's so brave and edgy! He also looks like the cokehead douchebag in Die Hard and has a really ugly tie.
Never forget, liberals hate you. They don't want to debate or even defeat you, they want to destroy you. https://t.co/frRvET4QPg
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 19, 2018
OMG! HE TOOK A PICTURE OF HIMSELF FLIPPING OFF A CAMERA, UPLOADED IT TO TWITTER AND THEN DIRECTED IT TO MIKE PENCE. SO MUCH BRAVERY! HONESTLY, THIS LEVEL OF HEROISM IS OVERWHELMING. MIKE PENCE HAS PROBABLY RESIGNED BY NOW. https://t.co/X5ATxE0CD2
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) June 19, 2018
THAT's going to convert a lot of people to your position. https://t.co/Noub6N3ib3
— Michael Berry (@MichaelBerrySho) June 19, 2018
Democrats: "Trump is so divisive."
Also Democrats: https://t.co/olINu8KUNQ
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2018
He is not flipping off Trump.🤔
He is flipping off YOU.
When I tell you they hate you, you protest.
You don't want it to be true, so you convince yourself that what you see is an illusion.
But it isn't.
They really hate you.
And they will hurt you if they can.
Be prepared. https://t.co/aeN06CePn7
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) June 19, 2018
— Conservative Review (@CR) June 19, 2018