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Lawmaker goes after internet troll by calling his grandmother

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker on Wednesday hit back at an internet troll who called him the n-word and a “fa—-” by calling his grandmother and telling her what her grandson had done.

Pennsylvania House Rep. Brian Sims, an openly gay lawmaker, posted on Facebook Wednesday with a screenshot of his interaction with the troll.

“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,” Sims wrote in the post.



{mosads}Sims told The Huffington Post that he saw the comment and clicked on the user’s page where he had listed his grandmother’s phone number multiple times.

“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 The Huffington Post. “And when I looked at his page there was very little there ― but he’d posted a telephone number a number of times.”

The Facebook user’s grandmother picked up the phone.

”I explained to her exactly who I was and what he had done,” Sims said. “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 he did talk to the person who posted the comments.

“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,” Sims said. “The reason people do things like this is they don’t have the courage, the education or gumption to do this kind of thing in person.”


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