Brian Sims Accuses GOP Senator of Endangering His Life

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday January 14, 2021

Brian Sims on Instagram
Brian Sims on Instagram  (Source:Instagram)

Rep. Brian Sims (D-PA) has accused a Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker Doug Mastriano of endangering his life in a Twitter post.

Last week, Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania called for an investigation into Mastriano, alleging the Republican took part in the violent insurrection at the U.S. capitol on Jan. 6, according to FOX43. Mastriano organized a bus trip from Pennsylvania to D.C. so that "friends" of the Republican senator could participate in the rally-turned-riot.

Sims, who supports the investigation into his colleague, said "I believe Doug Mastriano's actions meet the elements required for seditious conspiracy. He should be indicted, tried, and convicted."

Yesterday, Sims shared a screenshot of a comment by one of Mastriano's Facebook followers — a "top fan" — who threatened, "Brian Sims has been rubbing me the wrong way for a few yrs. Maybe I'll pay him a visit"

Along with the screenshot, Sims wrote: "MY LIFE: Trying to get me killed, @SenMastriano?!?" Sims tweeted. "You're a retired @USArmy colonel who already got people killed on the 6th. This is criminal and you should be court marshaled and prosecuted."

Sims then followed it up with another tweet: "Hey @Facebook, Senator & retired Colonel, @DougMastriano helped to promote & coordinate the attack on the Capitol & is STILL USING YOUR PLATFORM to put lives in direct danger! PLEASE shut this account down & save the next life that this monster and his followers will try to take."

When the insurrection happened, Mastriano claims he didn't enter the capitol and left the vicinity. He had publicly denounced the violence on Jan. 6 in D.C., though he told right-wing radio host Eric Mataxas only days before, on Jan. 4, that "Basically, we're in this death match with the Democrat Party where we're playing by all these, you know, Chatham House Rules and what have you." Mastriano was also in a photo posted to social media by Rick Saccone, a former Pennsylvania lawmaker who shared another photo that was captioned "we are storming the capitol. Our vanguard has broken thru the barricades. We will save this nation. Are u with me?"

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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