A Democratic state representative from Pennsylvania is turning heads after filming himself harassing an elderly woman who was peacefully protesting outside of a Planned Parenthood in his district.
In a video making its rounds on social media this week, Brian Sims can be seen and heard lecturing the woman, who was praying, about her Christian beliefs and telling her to “pray at home.”
“She is an old, white lady who’s going to try to avoid showing you her face,” Sims says as he attempts to walk around the woman to catch her face on camera before firing off a round of questions for her.
“How many children have you clothed today?” he asked. “How many children have you put shoes on their feet today? Have you fed any children today, or have you just stood out in front of a Planned Parenthood shaming people for something that they have a constitutional right to do?”
Watch the shocking video below:
He continued on by calling her actions “extremely racist” and saying, “Shame on you.” He even went so far as to tell viewers that “if you know who this woman is, and if you can give me her address, we’ll protest out in front of her home. […] This is what they deserve.”
Sims later bragged about his harassment on Twitter, calling those angered by his video “Bible Bullies.”
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 5, 2019
However, conservatives — including the Republican Party of Pennsylvania — were quick to call out the “pro-abortion bully.”
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The State Democratic Party should support a primary challenge to Brian Sims. Get behind a Democrat who doesn't hate religious people. https://t.co/o0wPiSqXzy
— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) May 6, 2019
in case anyone is concerned I will indeed have a piece very soon on pro-abortion bully Brian Sims stay tuned
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) May 6, 2019
Democrat state lawmaker Brian Sims (PA) harasses an elderly woman for her Christian faith, tells her not protest Planned Parenthood in public, calls her racist, asks for her address so he can show up to her home as an elected official and harass her https://t.co/vJPDQz3YwY
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 5, 2019
Pennsylvania State Representative @BrianSimsPA harasses a woman using her American freedom to peacefully protest a Planned Parenthood.
A State Rep?? Classless and shameful.https://t.co/7uTfhJdiKY
— Jessica Schultz (@jesnjas) May 5, 2019
Intimidation & harassment instead of peaceful engagement with those who disagree is the opposite of what democracy is all about. Have a respectful conversation with those who disagree, do not harass and berate them. Behavior like @BrianSimsPA ‘s does not belong in public office. https://t.co/rPqeG9Sjf6
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 6, 2019
State Rep. Brian Sims must apologize for his despicable conducthttps://t.co/eHrZjLEmB6
— PA GOP (@PAGOP) May 6, 2019
I love that she’s quietly praying for him and others while he’s being hysterical and awful to her.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 6, 2019
Sims’ stunt comes as many conservatives call attention to states like New York, which recently passed a late-term abortion bill allowing for abortions up until the moment of birth, and Virginia, which recently considered a similar bill that did not ultimately pass.
President Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to protecting life during his February State of the Union address, during which he called on lawmakers to “work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life.”