It's not unusual for lawmakers to interact with constituents via social media, but it's not every day that Paul Ryan looks begrudgingly into a camera and calls himself "Satan incarnate."
Inspired by Jimmy Kimmel's series called "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets," Now This News filmed the Wisconsin Republican and three other members of Congress reading insulting tweets about themselves, sometimes reluctantly, though other times with a surprising amount of enthusiasm.
Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., wins the award for the most positive attitude, cheerily asking himself whether he is "stupid or willfully deceitful."
And Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., took it a step further, carrying on an imaginary conversation about playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers after a tweeter accused him of hearing voices.
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Jack Fitzpatrick is a staff correspondent at National Journal. He has previously written for USA TODAY, NBCNews.com, Slate, The Arizona Republic and other newspapers and websites. He graduated from Arizona State University with a master's degree in mass communication and a bachelor's degree in journalism.