A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to watch the documentary "Weiner."
It tracks the life of disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner as he tries a political comeback in New York’s gubernatorial race. It is absolutely fascinating, in large part because you get to see Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin (who is also Hillary Clinton’s protégé and right hand) trying to handle the horrible circus that is her husband as best she can.
I wanted to write about my impressions after watching the documentary, but other things took precedent, and (I kid you not) I figured Weiner would do something else soon that would give me the opportunity to write about it.
Well, I’m afraid the time has come. Headlines are popping up everywhere that he is, not surprisingly, embroiled in yet another sexting scandal.
If you watch "Weiner," you will clearly see why I was confident he would do something stupid again. There is no repentance or remorse in this man following his famous scandals. He has no shame. Sure, he regrets getting caught sending lewd messages to several women on Twitter. But everything seems to be a game for this man.
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Still, if the reports are true, he has managed to shock me once again. He has gone lower than I thought him capable.
The report is that he has been communicating and sending sexually explicit photos with yet another woman for the past 19 months. Nothing new there.
But when you read this sentence, “One of the photos Weiner sent the woman showed his underwear-clad crotch as his son Jordan slept next to him in bed,” and you gasp.
This man needs help.
This takes me back to the documentary.
The pain that Weiner brings upon his family with his reckless behavior is real. You can see it written in Huma Abedin’s face all throughout. There is a short but very revealing scene where she is getting coffee in the kitchen of their New York apartment one morning, and the camera man asks her, “How are you feeling today?”
She puts on a brave face with all the strength she can muster, as she is seen doing all through the movie, smiles, and says, “It’s like living a nightmare.”
But she stays with him. At one point, Weiner reveals that she was the one who wanted him to run. He says she, “wanted the life I took away from her.” But he goes from bad to worse, embarrassing her at every turn.
Everyone knew he couldn’t win, after more women had come out to accuse him. Most people wanted him to quit. But he kept going, culminating in an infamous interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that has been aptly described as a complete train wreck. It is.
It’s painful to watch. To see him running to avoid an encounter with “Sydney Leathers,” the women who first exposed him, is simply pitiful. Abedin seems numb by that point.
Then there is the scene of him taking his kid to vote, reporters accosting him from every angle as the kid cries the entire time. I assume everyone watching at home is screaming at the television, “Why are you putting your son in that position?”
It’s beyond bad judgement. You wonder about his mental state, clinically speaking, the entire time. You get the feeling this will not end well.
By the end, even the camera person, who is really benefitting from the incredible access he has gotten, cannot believe what he is filming. The scene is really symbolic.
Weiner has just conceded the race at a press conference, making his way to the car through the sea of reporters, only to turn to them from inside and give them the middle finger. He is watching the reports from the incident on television in his living room, when the cameraman asks him, “Why did you let me film this?”
Not even the filmmaker believes what he’s watching. Abedin is seen eating pizza in the back.
Early reports this week are that she will leave him after this latest episode.
Will this finally make him stop? I doubt it. Something more than his marital status needs to change for that to happen.
Mario Diaz, Esq. is Legal Counsel at Concerned Women for America, the nation's largest public policy women's organization. His book Be Spent: Winning the Fight for Freedom's Survival is available now at Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @legalblurbblog.
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