I’ve blogged about my favorite Taiwanese American Congressman, Ted Lieu. I’ve never watched The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Show, but I saw this interview with Congressman Lieu I think on Facebook. The last time I saw Congressman Lieu on TV I think was on 60 Minutes.
This time around, Lieu is interviewed by comedian Jim Jefferies about Lieu’s infamous trolling of President Donald Trump on Twitter, as reported in this Washington Post article this past Spring:
“Since the beginning of the year, followers of his personalÂ @tedlieuÂ account have exploded, going from fewer than 10,000 to more than 122,000. (The officialÂ @reptedlieuÂ account, managed by his staff, is generally more cautious, like Lieuâ€™s former public profile.)
His frequent barbs have gotten the far rightâ€™s attention. Breitbart News has wondered whether, as a colonel in the Air Force Reserve,Â he could be court-martialedÂ for persistent criticism of the commander in chief. (He canâ€™t be, and he doesnâ€™t tweet on duty.)
In conversation, Lieu is far more cautious and earnest than he is in his Twitter ripostes, and polite to a fault. Born in Taiwan, he projects a conservatism in manner and dress that seems at odds with many of his constituents.
After a dozen years serving in local and state politics, he succeeded Democrat Henry Waxman, who retired in 2014 after representing Californiaâ€™s 33rd District for four decades, more than three-quarters of Lieuâ€™s life. The district is among the nationâ€™s wealthiest and includes Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu and Lieuâ€™s more middle-class home of Torrance.
Lieu was elected president of his Democratic freshman class, but his first two years in Congress were comparatively quiet on social media. â€śWe had a Democratic president who could stop stupid ideas and unconstitutional ideas,â€ť he says. Now, Democratic members of Congress â€śare basically the last line of defense.â€ť
Trump and his administration unleashed Lieuâ€™s mojo. â€śWas charged $2.99 for coffeeÂ listed at $2.59,â€ť ran one tweet. â€śThatâ€™s why I have trust issues. Oh, and the fact that @seanspicer at #WhiteHouse makes s— up.â€ť
I love following Congressman Lieu and do wonder if his tweets are to give himself a higher profile. This past July, I did see Lieu speak at Politicon 2017 in Pasadena, and was able to ask him if he was going to run for Senate if California Senator Dianne Feinstein was going to retire (she’s 84 and her current term expires in 2018) – he stated he was focused on getting re-elected and helping elect a Democratic House for 2018 (note:Â Feinstein has since stated she’s going to run for re-election).
You can follow Congressman Lieu’s latest tweets here: