As I wrote yesterday, Daily Wire‘s Matt Walsh and pro-life warriors like Abby Johnson and Live Action’s Lila Rose will be at a Friday rally in Pennsylvania to stand up to Democratic state Rep. Brian Sims’s (D) recent bullying of an elderly woman and praying teenagers in front of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood.
The rally is planned for 11 AM on Friday at the Planned Parenthood on 1144 Locust St in Philly. A bunch of different pro-life groups reached out to me minutes after I sent that original tweet and this all came together quickly. We invite @BrianSimsPA to come with his camera!
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 7, 2019
Because there has been so much backlash and pushback against Sims from conservatives and pro-lifers, he issued a non-apology on Twitter yesterday. As Red State‘s Brandon Morse pointed out, Sims tried to paint himself as a misguided hero for his gross mistreatment of the pro-life women in front of the Planned Parenthood.
Another angle to the Sims story that has frustrated a lot of people is the Democratic party’s non-reaction to it. You can best believe that if this had been a Republican state representative harassing liberal women and infringing on their First Amendment rights, it would be on the front pages of the NY Times and the Washington Post.
All the major news news networks would be angrily discussing it and how it fits the GOP’s “anti-women” agenda, and talking heads and feminists would be demanding Republicans from Trump on down condemn the Republican state representative’s actions.
The Democratic party’s silence on this matter has not gone unnoticed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who took to the Twitter machine yesterday to ask a question:
Hateful, angry Dem state rep videoed himself offering a $100 bounty for the identities of three teenage girls praying outside Planned Parenthood. These young girls showed more maturity than this self-described “College Football Captain.” Will Dem Party condemns this abuse? https://t.co/updd6BLue7
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 7, 2019
I suspect Cruz’s question is rhetorical in nature. Because they’ve had plenty of time to respond to this story – but they haven’t.
And while the Democratic party has been silent on Sims’s repulsive actions, the mainstream media haven’t been much better, as Newsbusters reports:
It takes one “smirk” from a conservative teen in a MAGA hat to generate a national news meltdown, yet prolonged verbal harassment from a Democratic state representative towards an older woman praying in protest at a Planned Parenthood clinic hardly gets any mainstream attention. Neither ABC, CBS or NBC nightly news programming paid any attention to Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims’ 8-minute plus video of him bullying a peaceful pro-life protester.
While this media behavior is certainly not shocking — what self-aggrandizing mainstream journo would want to sell out a pro-choice lawmaker? — it is absolutely disgusting and betrays a horrific double standard.
Neither ABC, NBC nor CBS national programs picked up on the story. But let’s not pretend that stories like these aren’t in their wheelhouse. Recall that during the week of January 21, two out of the three networks, both ABC and NBC, rushed to judgment over an ambiguous “smirk” by pro-life supporter and MAGA hat-wearer Nicolas Sandmann.
On top of that, Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania’s “condemnation” of Sims’s behavior has to be one of the lamest in history:
“While we do not condone Representative Sims’ approach, our patients deserve to have access to health care without shame and stigma. Nobody should have to face shaming, judgment, harassment, or intimidation in order to get or provide health care,” [president and CEO Dayle] Steinberg said in the statement.
“At Planned Parenthood, we work every day to ensure every patient receives high-quality health care they need – including abortion services – in a safe, respectful environment,” he continued. “It’s important to know that in Pennsylvania, we’re facing several abortion ban bills that are being pushed by politicians who want to roll back the right to safe, legal abortion. We thank our champions – including Representative Sims – for their unwavering opposition to these bans.”
This is what they do – from the Democratic party, to the mainstream media, to feminist groups. Conservative women who come under attack don’t count in the left’s “war on women” narrative. Only liberal women do, because conservative women refuse to bow down to the left’s dogma on the issue of abortion, and for that, liberals believe conservative women deserve whatever punishment they get.
—Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–