Brutally honest Congressman Ted Lieu publicly called out brutally dishonest White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, making for a bizarre spectacle on Twitter which attracted quite a bit of attention. Lieu has a brilliant legal mind, while Huckabee Sanders has no skills of any kind beyond being a creative liar, so the outcome should have been fairly predictable. However, in the process Huckabee Sanders said something so stupid, it may end up causing her some real trouble.
It all began when Ted Lieu tweeted “Dear [Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders]: You don’t serve in Congress. I do. And I can say with absolute certainty that you are lying.” This led her to fire back: “Dear Ted Lieu: I don’t serve in Congress, but I can read. If you had read the story, not an incorrect tweet, you would see that what I said was Dems should be begging to help Americans keep more of their money. You should spend less time tweeting, more time doing your job.” Wait, what?
That’s right, Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to win a proxy battle on behalf of her boss Donald Trump by telling someone else to spend less time tweeting. This may qualify as the stupidest thing she’s ever said, even though it surely has some competition. More importantly for her, Trump may not like this tweet when he sees it. After all, she just unwittingly criticized Trump for tweeting too much as well. But Congressman Lieu wasn’t done.
One of Ted Lieu’s followers replied “Dear Ted, Everybody knows she’s lying.” Lieu responded by simply saying “That is a fair point.” After the manner in which Sarah Huckabee Sanders had just forfeited the Twitter feud, perhaps Lieu realized he didn’t need to keep the argument going. By that time he had already won by default.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report