Anthony Weiner’s message is clear: don’t call it a comeback.
Well, don’t worry, I won’t. But if it’s all right with the man formerly known as “Carlos Danger,” I’d say that’s rude. Worrying. Pathetic. Revolting.
How else to describe the bad news that the former Democratic congressman who disgraced his office, family, political party, and New York City with a sinister — even criminal — sex scandal is now co-hosting a new radio with ex-mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa on WABC-AM radio?
Addressing what he called ‘the elephant in the room’, he assured: ‘No, it’s not some kind of comeback…sometimes a radio show about New York is just ‘a radio show about New York.’
If you’ve buried the memory of Weiner’s sordid transgressions in the deepest recesses of your brain, I will sadly refresh it.
Weiner represented a New York City ward in the United States House for nearly 12 years when in 2011 he used his public Twitter account to send the link to an explicit photo to a woman.
Weiner spent days indignantly denying the photo was of him or sent by him, blaming the media, saying it must have been hacked.
Then he admitted that the image was his and that he had exchanged similar messages and photos with about six women over three years. As the photos continued to surface, mounting pressure from Democrats led him to eventually resign.
This was all bad enough for Democrats — not to mention the humiliation it brought to his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Once the saga was sorted, New Yorkers thought he was done with it. However, Weiner, the consummate narcissist, just couldn’t help it.
In 2013, he was back, running for mayor. Amid that campaign, it emerged he had inappropriately texted with 23-year-old Sydney Leathers. He again apologized to his wife and to his humiliated constituents. On primary day, finishing with only 5% of the vote, he conceded.
Completely suited to his sociopathic ego, all that indignity happened on camera, thanks to the documentary film crew Weiner had allowed to follow his ill-fated campaign.
In 2016, new photos and text messages, including racy language and a half-naked photo cradling her newborn son, surfaced, eventually leading Abedin to announce that she was separating from Weiner.
But the final and revolting blow was yet to come. Less than a month later, reports surfaced that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl. In 2017, Weiner surrendered to the FBI and pleaded guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison with three years of supervised probation and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. It seems to be just the American way. Misogynists and sexists, abusers and harassers will eventually find protection and solace somewhere. Bill Clinton, accused by several women of harassment and by one of rape, is still loved within the Democratic Party. Donald Trump, accused by several women of harassment and assault, is a cult leader of the Republican Party.
Several #MeToo violators have attempted to return with varying degrees of success.
So why wouldn’t a convicted sex offender who embarrassed his party and ruined his family get a radio show?
But don’t feel bad for Abedin or Weiner’s teenage victim, because remember, Weiner insists this isn’t a comeback. Just “a radio show with a friend of mine”. How nice for him.
SE Cupp is the host of “SE Cupp Unfiltered” on CNN.
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