Most political figures have to deal with a fair number of hateful social media posts — and they all handle it in different ways.
Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel (R), for example, responds to his critics almost daily — and often with a snarky sense of humor.
But Pennsylvania House Rep. Brian Sims (D) may have just upped the ante …
According to the Huffington Post, Sims (who is openly gay) routinely deletes the hateful comments from his social media pages. But on Wednesday, he tried something a little different.
Dear Bigots, posting your grandmother's telephone number all over the same page you use to post slurs on other people's pages is not going to end well for you. Brian
He shared a screenshot of a message from a man named David. The message read simply: “Ni**er fa**ot.”
And with the screenshot, Sims shared the following caption:
Dear Bigots, posting your grandmother’s telephone number all over the same page you use to post slurs on other people’s pages is not going to end well for you. Brian
But then he went a little further …
The Huffington Post reported:
When Sims checked the poster’s Facebook page, he didn’t find much info or a clear-cut motive for the troll’s actions.
“What caught me about it was there wasn’t a reference to something I said or something I’d done or some policy,” Sims told HuffPost. “And when I looked at his page there was very little there ― but he’d posted a telephone number a number of times.”
So Sims decided to call the number at 6:15 a.m. ― and the person on the receiving end turned out to be none other than the troll’s grandmother.
”I explained to her exactly who I as and what he had done,” Sims told HuffPost. “Like any grandma she was very embarrassed at having this kind of convo and very ashamed at the actions of her grandson. The conversation ended with me telling her that I wanted to hear from him.”
Sims said that he did eventually speak to David, although nothing was resolved: “It is the ultimate calling card of a coward to ― under the guise of night and behind a keyboard ― use the kind of language that in person would cause most decent people to respond in anger and frustration.”