Rep. Brian Sims’ office, social media go dark after blowback for filming himself harassing pro-lifers

By Calvin Freiburger

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at LifeSiteNews and is reposted with permission.

PHILADELPHIA, May 14, 2019 – The Pennsylvania Democrat lawmaker infamous for filming himself berating peaceful pro-life protesters has disappeared from social media and barring the public from even entering the building where he keeps his office following intense backlash for his antics.

Two weeks ago, Brian Sims drew national attention by posting a video in which he followed a woman who was quietly walking and praying a rosary outside of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood, attempted to shove his phone in her face, and repeatedly called her “shameful,” “disgusting,” “racist,” and an “old white lady.”

Another video shows him approaching three girls, who he calls “a bunch of pseudo-Christian protesters who’ve been out here shaming young girls for being here,” then offers “$100 to anybody who will identify these three.” Afterward, he approaches a male protester and asks, “What makes you think it’s your job to tell women what to do with their bodies?” But before the man can answer, Sims declares, “The truth is, I’m not really asking, because I don’t care. Shame on you,” and walks away.

The lawmaker at first responded to his critics with defiance, eventually conceding only that he was overly “aggressive,” while continuing to frame pro-lifers as “harassers.”

The videos sparked widespread outrage among pro-lifers, who in a matter of days organized a pro-life rally outside that Planned Parenthood location on May 10. Drawing hundreds of attendees, it featured pro-life speakers such as Lila Rose and Abby Johnson, conservative commentator Matt Walsh, area pro-life activists Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richard Krajewski, Ashley Garecht, the mother of two of the girls seen in the video, and more.

The pressure has apparently compelled Sims to keep a low profile. Over the weekend, he locked his personal Twitter account.

The Daily Wire notes that his personal Instagram and legislative Twitter accounts are still accessible, but haven’t been used since May 1 and May 6, respectively. Additionally, he has not posted to his Facebook account since May 4.

Editor’s note. Sims did post the following one-sentence yesterday to his Facebook and Legislative Twitter accounts.

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