Kyle Kashuv, the conservative Parkland survivor who took Washington by storm last month after winning a battle to make his voice heard, engaged in a war of words with Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) over the weekend.
This time, it wasn't over gun control. The two discussed the legalization of marijuana. Lieu, proud of his state's policies, tweeted that Kashuv should come to California and try some cannabis once he comes of age. The student was a bit taken aback.
Was I just encouraged by a Congressman to smoke weed when I am 21? Yes, legally, but still. Holy smikee, batman! pic.twitter.com/a2kExgeUPx— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 15, 2018
Social media users were just as shocked that Lieu was "trolling and soliciting marijuana to a boy under 21."
Even Lieu admitted it was kind of creepy and deleted the tweet.
I have now read the comments to my response to you. While I am proud of California's legal cannabis law, I can see why saying this to you can be misinterpreted because you are not 21. I hereby apologize. You should listen to your parents. I will hereby delete the prior tweet.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 15, 2018
The exchange did leave Kashuv with one glimmer of hope.
After going at it with @tedlieu on Twitter, I am scared at who this country elects. But on the bright side, I am confident I will be able to, one day, serve as a member of Congress!— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 15, 2018
Kashuv's conservative take on the Second Amendment has left him minimal time in the spotlight when compared to his classmates David Hogg and Cameron Kasky. Hogg and Kasky, who have called for gun control in the wake of the school shooting, have been awarded several media hits and speaking slots on the National Mall.
Still, thanks to an interview with Townhall's Guy Benson and his strong Twitter game, Kashuv won meetings with top lawmakers on Capitol Hill and President Trump.