Ted Lieu invites Kyle Kashuv to California

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Congressman faces backlash after suggesting Parkland teen should smoke pot

This is getting willfully misinterpreted.


David Covucci


Published Apr 16, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 6:26 pm CDT

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has received criticism for his suggestion that Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland shooting survivor and vocal gun rights advocate, get stoned in California.

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Lieu’s tweet was in response to a Kashuv¬†tweet calling California a “kakistocracy.”

People online thought it was a bit odd for a sitting congressman to suggest a teenager get stoned, even if he said Kashuv should wait until he’s 21.


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Others pointed out that those upset were being willfully misleading about the contents of Lieu’s tweet.

In response to the backlash, Lieu deleted the tweet and issued an apology. “While I am proud of California’s legal cannabis law, I can see why saying this to you can be misinterpreted because you are not 21,” he wrote. “I hereby apologize. You should listen to your parents.”

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*First Published: Apr 16, 2018, 4:32 pm CDT