Lieu: 'People who are geniuses don't go around saying they are'

Lieu: 'People who are geniuses don't go around saying they are'
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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) responded on Saturday to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE's claim that he's a "very stable genius," arguing that people who are, in fact, geniuses don't feel the need to boast about it.

"Human experience tells us that people who are geniuses don't go around saying they are geniuses," Lieu wrote on Twitter. "Same also applies to people who are very stable."


In another tweet, Lieu shared an exchange he had with his son, in which his child said Lieu sounds "mental" and "weird" when he said that he is "stable" and "really smart" — a reference to Trump's claim.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Trump lashed out at critics who have raised questions about his mental health, saying that he's not only "really smart," but a "very stable genius."

"Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” he wrote in one tweet. 

The tweet came after the release of a new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by author Michael Wolff, which includes provocative and unflattering claims about the president, including doubts among Trump’s senior aides about his mental fitness for office.