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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. LieuHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Mark Cuban asks voters to 'reconsider' donating to Georgia run-off elections 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 IngrahamThe evolution of cable TV news — after Donald Trump Fox News Channel confronts criticism from right-of-center viewers Momentum grows for Biden despite lack of projections 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.