California Congressman Ted Lieu has made quite the name for himself on Twitter by calling out President Trump. So this week, Jim met with the congressman to talk about his developing internet stardom. (As Jim jealously points out, with over 400,000 followers, Lieu has a way bigger fan base than he does.) During their chat, Jim got a crash course in what to say (and what not to say) when criticizing the commander-in-chief on his favorite platform.
COMEDY IS YOUR FRIEND
Lieu says that he tries “to use humor” as a major element in his tweets and points to this post as an example.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 13, 2017
Granted, this isn’t exactly a lightweight topic to joke about, but it’s still hard to quibble with Lieu’s clarity here. What’s more impressive: Lieu doesn’t even need 140 characters to deliver a good zing. Sometimes he just needs one word.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 15, 2017
BE SPECIFIC WITH YOUR INSULTS
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 25, 2017
There’s one tweet Congressman Lieu regrets sending to Trump, and it’s when he called the president “evil.” The sentiment wasn’t the issue — Lieu just wishes he was clearer about his intent. As Jim points out, evil is a “fluffy” word, and it’s always better to go for a more pointed critique. (Jim helpfully suggests calling the president racist or bigoted instead. Much cleaner that way.)
COMPARE THE PRESIDENT TO SCOTT DISICK
I prefer Scott Disick to Trump because he also knows nothing about government policy but has the decency to not be President. #JefferiesShow
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 17, 2017
This one’s really more of a quick grab for followers, but it works all the same, since for Lieu, it makes as much sense for a member of the Kardashian clan to hold office as it does for Donald Trump. Also, side note: the fact that Jim suggested this tweet bodes well for him passing that 400k mark himself one day. Seven thousand likes and counting can’t be wrong, right?