Lawmakers Read Mean Tweets

A Jimmy Kimmel-style video encourages Paul Ryan and others to embrace some of the nastiest insults they’ve seen on Twitter.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI.) offers remarks while joined by others form the GOP leadership, during a media availability following a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol, December 11, 2013, in Washington, DC. House Speaker John Boehner responded to conservative groups opposing the newly announced bipartisan budget deal, saying 'They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous.' 
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Jack Fitzpatrick
Jan. 14, 2014, 10:20 a.m.

It’s not un­usu­al for law­makers to in­ter­act with con­stitu­ents via so­cial me­dia, but it’s not every day that Paul Ry­an looks be­grudgingly in­to a cam­era and calls him­self “Satan in­carn­ate.”

In­spired by Jimmy Kim­mel’s series called “Celebrit­ies Read Mean Tweets,” Now This News filmed the Wis­con­sin Re­pub­lic­an and three oth­er mem­bers of Con­gress read­ing in­sult­ing tweets about them­selves, some­times re­luct­antly, though oth­er times with a sur­pris­ing amount of en­thu­si­asm.

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., wins the award for the most pos­it­ive at­ti­tude, cheer­ily ask­ing him­self wheth­er he is “stu­pid or will­fully de­ceit­ful.”

And Rep. Eric Swal­well, D-Cal­if., took it a step fur­ther, car­ry­ing on an ima­gin­ary con­ver­sa­tion about play­ing quar­ter­back for the San Fran­cisco 49ers after a tweeter ac­cused him of hear­ing voices.


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