As we told you earlier today, Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu, speaking on CNN, admitted that he’d “love” to regulate free speech, but the First Amendment prevents politicians like him from doing so:

Naturally, Lieu sparked a lot of facepalms with what he accidentally admitted out loud:

However, responding to the criticism, the congressman from California tweeted some attempted defenses of his comments. Here are three:

Notice how Lieu artfully dragged Trump and Republicans into the conversation about what HE said he’d like to regulate. That spin, however, is proving to be a tough sell:

Um, yeah, just a little.

He tried.