Lawmakers Read Mean Tweets

A Jimmy Kimmel-style video encourages Paul Ryan and others to embrace some of the nastiest insults they've seen on Twitter.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI.) offers remarks while joined by others form the GOP leadership, during a media availability following a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol, December 11, 2013, in Washington, DC. House Speaker John Boehner responded to conservative groups opposing the newly announced bipartisan budget deal, saying 'They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous.'  (National Journal)

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.