Republican Missouri State Sen. Brian Nieves’ history of wild online rants took another turn on Monday when, during a conversation on Facebook, he questioned if liberalism is a “mental disorder.”
After initially publishing a photo of his .308 pistol on Facebook and bragging about the rave reviews it received from a police officer, Nieves got into a heated conversation with some of the people posting comments on his page.
Eventually, Nieves posted the following: “Barry ... I honestly wonder — and I'm being sincere about this — if liberalism is indeed a mental disorder. A person commits a heinous crime, the kind we hear about in the news, and they are not allowed to be executed but an innocent baby who is wrapped in the comfort of his/her mother's womb — having been created by God — can be literally ripped apart, viciously murdered, and this "Man of God" supports it?!?!?! WOW!!”
Sean Soendker Nicholson, executive director of Progress Missouri, a progressive advocacy group, told The Huffington Post that Nieves "should think twice before accusing anyone else of mental instability."
The Facebook comment is just the latest in a series of bizarre behavior by Nieves. A few months ago, he engaged in an email exchange with a constituent who asked to be removed from his email distribution list. He accused the constituent of being in love with him and questioned his sanity. The constituent dismissed Nieves as a "douchetard."
In 2011, three constituents filed a complaint about Nieves' behavior during a private meeting. Nieves then called the consituents "subhuman" and "evil" on his radio show. A year earlier, Nieves was accused of assault by Shawn Bell, the campaign manager for the candidate whom Nieves defeated in the Republican primary, although no criminal charges were filed as a result of the apparent incident.