Ted Lieu fires back at Twitter critic: I served in the military to defend your right to say 'stupid, racist s---'

Democratic Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuWyden urges FCC to secure 5G networks against cyber threats Democrat hits White House spokeswoman after Trump appointee changes testimony PETA asks DOJ to stop conducting training that harms animals MORE (Calif.) fired back at a Twitter user who criticized his visit to Cirque du Soleil, saying he "served on active duty" to defend the other user's "racist" comments.

"I served on active duty in the United States military to defend your right to say stupid, racist shit," Lieu wrote in response to the Twitter troll. 

The user had written, "What is Ted 'China Spy' Lieu doing about homelessness in major California Cities? When he is enjoying Cirque du Soleil while our President Works in Japan!"

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The critical tweet came in response to Lieu posting a photo after watching a Cirque du Soleil performance Friday night.

Lieu served in the Air Force from 1995 to 1999 and has been in the Air Force Reserve since 2000.

He previously swiped at Fox News host Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement Biden town hall on CNN finishes third in cable news race MORE with a similar quip in 2018 after she said the "America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore" because of immigration. 

"Dear Laura Ingraham: I served on active duty to defend your right to make racist statements," Lieu wrote on Twitter at the time.