Philadelphia lawmakers stirred controversy for a social media post of him flipping off Vice-President Mike Pence.
A Pennsylvania state legislator posted a mocking “welcome” Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, accompanied by a stiff middle finger salute.
The post came by state Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat from Philadelphia, Pence was reported in the city for a fundraising event for the Republican Governors Association, Philly voice. The event attracted scores of demonstrators.
Sims, 39, of Pennsylvania ‘ s first openly gay state legislator, apparently recognized the opportunity to please his base of supporters.
“OFFICIAL welcome: @MikePenceVP let me be the first to officially welcome you in the city of brotherly love, and to my district.” Sims Facebook and Twitter post read. “We are a city of increasing diversity. We believe in the power of all people: Black, brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, & Immigrant. So…bent, then get out!”
Social media reactions to Sims’ post fell along party political lines, with some of his boldness applauding and others criticizing what they saw as a lack of respect for the vice president of Philadelphia’s FOX 29 reported.
“Thank you. More of the same please. Anger is necessary for change,” a user.
Another found it “troubling that a publicly elected representative of this type of social media content.”
Also, it seemed to lengthen, a trend that is on the political left of the extensive vulgarity and profanity, as the recent comments about the Trump management of comedian Samantha Bee and actor Robert De Niro.
Despite the public backlash, Sims is not the post to be deleted. As of Wednesday afternoon it had received more than 5,000 retweets and 25,000 likes.
Sims has trolls have a reputation for taking on the Internet.
Last year, when a Facebook-identifies the user as “David” something offensive posted on the Sims page Sims by the name of David’s grandmother, to tell her what had been done to her grandson.
“David, I can’t tell if you just made a really stupid little boy, or a furious zealot, but I know for sure that you should not have booked, your grandmother, the phone number on their Facebook page,” Sims replied to the post. “You and I just had a very disappointing chat about you.”
The Trick deserves Sims awards.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.