Gay Lawmaker Shares Screenshot Accusing GOP Colleague Of “Trying To Get Me Killed”

Rep. Brian Sims, the first-ever openly gay legislator ever elected to the Pennsylvania legislature since its inception in 1682, is accusing a fellow Pennsylvania lawmaker Doug Mastriano of endangering his life on social media.

Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army colonel and a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, helped organize buses to Washington, D.C. last week for what would become a deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

Days earlier, Mastriano spoke openly about his plans to help overturn November’s election, telling ring-wing radio host Eric Metaxas that the Republican party is “basically … in this death match with the Democrat Party.”

“This is an essential fight here,” Mastriano said, adding later, “I do believe that enough of us have been stirred to action–at least 75 million, maybe 80 million of us–have been stirred to action.”

Sims condemned Mastriano’s dangerous rhetoric, telling local media last week, “I believe Doug Mastriano’s actions meet the elements required for seditious conspiracy. He should be indicted, tried, and convicted.”

After calling on him to resign, Sims is accusing his Republican colleague of endangering his life.

On Tuesday, Sims shared a screenshot of a comment made by one of Mastriano’s top fans on Facebook, who threatened to “pay [Sims] a visit” for speaking out publicly against Mastriano.

“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.”

In a follow-up tweet, Sims added, “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.”

Following last week’s deadly Capitol riot, Mastriano issued a statement condemning violence, explaining he “went to Washington, DC, today to support President Trump” but that he didn’t “enter the Capitol building, walk on the Capitol steps or go beyond police lines.”