Tucker Carlson attacks ‘frothing extremist’ Brian Sims over pro-abortion clips, roasts CNN’s silence
A video of Democratic lawmaker Brian Sims confronting pro-life protesters has sparked outcry, including from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who said Sims might look like a “mentally-ill panhandler,” but is really a “Democratic star.”
Carlson’s biting comments came during his Tuesday show, where he replayed the now viral clip of Sims confronting a protester he repeatedly calls an “old white lady” who was silently praying outside a Planned Parenthood in the representative’s home district in Pennsylvania.
The video was originally published on Twitter by Sims, who implored “righteous opposition” and “push back” against pro-life protesters who “prey on young women,” “use white privilege,” and are “racist, classist, bigots.”
Push back against Planned Parenthood protestors, PLEASE! They prey on young women, they use white privilege, & shame. They’re racist, classist, bigots who NEED & DESERVE our righteous opposition. Push back, please! #YouAreStrongEnoughhttps://t.co/rYQOiAhC0D— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 2, 2019
The Fox host was not exactly convinced that there was anything “righteous” about an elected official harassing an elderly woman for 9 minutes, and offered some “push back” of his own.
Despite the video you have seen – and despite all appearances – state Rep. Brian Sims is not a mentally-ill panhandler or a vagrant with a drug problem screaming at strangers. It looks like it. But he is not. He is an elected lawmaker.
Carlson also called out CNN for failing to even cover the story, saying their silence was indicative of the fact that they don’t see Sims’ behavior as a problem. Planned Parenthood, however, disagrees, releasing a statement Tuesday distancing themselves from the lawmakers’ actions.
It’s not the first time that Sims has sparked controversy for his confrontational style with the protesters. In a video posted to his Facebook page on April 18, he offers $100 dollars to help identify teenage girls protesting outside the same Planned Parenthood while openly taunting them.Also on rt.com Twitter eats ‘every last drop’ of Tucker Carlson’s weird moment on air
Sims’ progressive credentials are extensive: winning re-election in 2018, he is the first openly-gay elected state legislator in Pennsylvania history. He’s also an LGBTQ activist, and won a top award from the lobbying group “NARAL Pro-Choice America” in 2014.
After the widespread scandal spread and put Sims in national headlines, he offered an “apology” on Facebook. In the video, he promises to do better and admits he was too aggressive, but also said he should have shown how the protesters “pray at” and “harass” patients.
I will fiercely protect a woman’s right to make the best choices for her health & her body, unimpeded. I also know that two wrongs don’t make a right, especially on the front lines of a civil rights battle. I can do better, and I will do better, for the women of Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/jURL1UX9qE— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 7, 2019
The tone of Tuesday’s apology was more conciliatory than a couple days earlier when he mocked his critics calling them “Pussy Grabbers and Baby Cagers.”
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