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Zing! Politicians read mean tweets about themselves

Jan. 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM ET

Video: Sen. Chris Murphy, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Jason Chaffetz read scathing tweets about themselves for NowThis News’ “DC Mean Tweets.”

Politicians are encountering some harsh words, thanks to a new segment that went viral on Tuesday.

Based on Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” series, our partners at Now This News kicked off “DC Mean Tweets,” a segment in which politicians read less-than-pleasant tweets from the public aloud.

Video: Rep. Sean Duffy, Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Adam Kinzinger play along with NowThis News, reading harsh words tweeted about themselves online for the “DC Mean Tweets” series.

"'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' recently asked celebrities to read mean tweets,” reads the opening sentence in the videos. “We decided to try the concept on a different kind of celebrity.”

The first three episodes ran on Now This News on Tuesday and featured Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and others taking turns reading scathing tweets out loud.

Video: Sen. Claire McCaskill, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Jim Himes and Rep. Eric Swalwell take turns reading cruel tweets as part of NowThis News’ “DC Mean Tweets” series.

“Paul Ryan has such pretty blue eyes, sometimes it’s easy to forget he’s Satan incarnate,” Paul Ryan said while reading a tweet from @RagBagUSA. Ryan took to Twitter this afternoon after the videos began making the rounds to emphasize that feedback is "always appreciated."


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