Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims has let his opinion be known of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to his home district. No ambiguity here.
Sims, a civil rights attorney and LGBTQ activist who was elected to the 182nd district of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012, offered Pence a welcome message on Twitter that was, well, not so welcoming. Presumably angry at Pence's very vocal opposition to same-sex marriage and his archaic views on reproductive rights, Sims gave him a not-so-subtle finger—yes, THAT finger—in what has to be the most unwelcoming welcome message anyone has ever received.
In the tweet Sims said:
@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!
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
In another social media post, the 39-year-old Democrat, known for calling out conservatives, wrote:
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.
Sims seemed happy to engage in debate, taking on Rep. Steven Smith (R-GA) and his anti-LGBTQ/pro Chick-fil-A stance:
Bigotry isn’t funny or cute, Representative. Using it in such a flippant and callous way is gross. Shame on you.— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) June 20, 2018
Sorry to disappoint you, but I don't care who you have sex with. Grow up.— Rep. Steven Smith 🇺🇸 (@RepStevenSmith) June 20, 2018
You clearly do or you wouldn’t have made this reference. Denying it is both obtuse and intellectually dishonest. At least have the courage of your broken convictions.— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) June 20, 2018
Oh, and aren't you the classy one? I am sure your parents are so proud of you ... not. Mike Pence has more class in his pencil shavings that you have evidently gathered in your career and life this far. Good luck in your life ahead. Clearly, you are going to need that, and more— RJ Kelly (@WealthLegacyGrp) June 19, 2018
My parents are both retired Army colonels who are extremely proud of me. They also can spot a fake Christian from a mile away so save your virtue signaling and your broken morals for someone that thinks anything you say is of value. You won’t find that here.— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) June 19, 2018
And Sims brought the burns, too...
You excluded straight, white and Christian so it’s not that diverse.— Jonathan Profitt (@jonprof) June 20, 2018
I know thoughtfulness isn’t exactly your set’s strength but Queer people, trans people, and immigrants can all be white and Christian. You all just use Christianity as a white racist weapon so that confuses you. Pretty sure atheists like me are White too. You’re not good at this.— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) June 20, 2018
Imagine how embarrassed you’re gonna be when you learn that you live in Ohio and I’m not your State Rep.! 🤦🏻♂️— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) June 20, 2018
If you are going to insult someone along with half the nation that support the President and Vice President, at least use the right handle.— Marshall Brentnall (@MarshBrentnall) June 21, 2018
But don't worry, Brian! With all the attention the post has gotten, we're sure he's seen it by now!