UPDATE: Weiner Fight Started by Racist Remark

Voter to Weiner: “You’re married to an Arab”

National Journal
Patrick Reis
Sept. 4, 2013, 10:41 a.m.

An­thony Wein­er on Wed­nes­day was caught on cam­era after en­ga­ging in an ex­plos­ive de­bate with a Brook­lyn voter, but the ini­tial video edit re­lease left out a key part of the ex­change — and one that paints Wein­er as the fight’s more sym­path­et­ic fig­ure.

New foot­age of the al­ter­ca­tion, re­leased by the Wein­er cam­paign, in­cludes a clip of the voter launch­ing a ra­cist at­tack at Wein­er, who was at a cam­paign stop in a Brook­lyn deli.

“You’re mar­ried to an Ar­ab,” the voter says.

While the word “Ar­ab” is not in it­self derog­at­ory, com­ing in con­text, it is clear that the voter makes men­tion of Wein­er’s mar­riage as an in­sult. Wein­er is mar­ried to Huma Abedin, a long­time aide to former Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton. 

The un­cut video, re­leased by the Wein­er cam­paign, in­clud­ing the anti-Ar­ab re­mark:

Un­titled; from An­thony­Wein­er on Vimeo.

; ;

The ori­gin­al video, be­gin­ning shortly after the re­mark:

New York City may­or­al can­did­ate Wein­er called a voter a “jack­ass” at a Brook­lyn deli Wed­nes­day, and the con­ver­sa­tion got weirder from there.

The con­front­a­tion began while Wein­er was leav­ing a cam­paign stop. A voter shouted something in­aud­ible at the scan­dal-prone former con­gress­man, who shot back, “It takes one to know one, jack­ass.”

Wein­er then reentered the deli to con­front the voter, a middle-aged man, who ripped in­to Wein­er over his mar­it­al in­dis­cre­tions and un­con­ven­tion­al use of Twit­ter.

Wein­er, chew­ing throughout the ex­change, replied that the voter had no right to judge him, telling him re­peatedly that “you are not my God.”

The voter countered, “You’re fine. You talk to God and work out your prob­lems, but stay out of the pub­lic eye.”

Tem­pers and voices rose on both sides, and the dis­cus­sion con­tin­ued for sev­er­al minutes as the two, fre­quently in­ter­rupt­ing each oth­er, sparred over ques­tions of judg­ment and com­munity ser­vice.

Wein­er then ex­ited the deli, telling re­port­ers: “I don’t back down.”

What We're Following See More »
TAKING A LONG VIEW TO SOUTHERN STATES
In Dropout Speech, Santorum Endorses Rubio
3 days ago
THE DETAILS

As expected after earlier reports on Wednesday, Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid. But less expected: he threw his support to Marco Rubio. After noting he spoke with Rubio the day before for an hour, he said, “Someone who has a real understanding of the threat of ISIS, real understanding of the threat of fundamentalist Islam, and has experience, one of the things I wanted was someone who has experience in this area, and that’s why we decided to support Marco Rubio.” It doesn’t figure to help Rubio much in New Hampshire, but the Santorum nod could pay dividends down the road in southern states.

Source:
‘PITTING PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER’
Rubio, Trump Question Obama’s Mosque Visit
3 days ago
WHY WE CARE

President Obama’s decision to visit a mosque in Baltimore today was never going to be completely uncontroversial. And Donald Trump and Marco Rubio proved it. “Maybe he feels comfortable there,” Trump told interviewer Greta van Susteren on Fox News. “There are a lot of places he can go, and he chose a mosque.” And in New Hampshire, Rubio said of Obama, “Always pitting people against each other. Always. Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims.”

Source:
THE TIME IS NOW, TED
Cruz Must Max Out on Evangelical Support through Early March
3 days ago
WHY WE CARE

For Ted Cruz, a strong showing in New Hampshire would be nice, but not necessary. That’s because evangelical voters only make up 21% of the Granite State’s population. “But from the February 20 South Carolina primary through March 15, there are nine states (South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Carolina) with an estimated white-Evangelical percentage of the GOP electorate over 60 percent, and another four (Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri) that come in over 50 percent.” But after that, he better be in the catbird’s seat, because only four smaller states remain with evangelical voter majorities.

Source:
CHRISTIE, BUSH TRYING TO TAKE HIM DOWN
Rubio Now Winning the ‘Endorsement Primary’
3 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Since his strong third-place finish in Iowa, Marco Rubio has won endorsement by two sitting senators and two congressmen, putting him in the lead for the first time of FiveThirtyEight‘s Endorsement Tracker. “Some politicians had put early support behind Jeb Bush — he had led [their] list since August — but since January the only new endorsement he has received was from former presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham.” Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that fueled by resentment, “members of the Bush and Christie campaigns have communicated about their mutual desire to halt … Rubio’s rise in the polls.”

Source:
7 REPUBLICANS ON STAGE
Carly Fiorina Will Not Be Allowed to Debate on Saturday
2 days ago
THE LATEST

ABC News has announced the criteria for Saturday’s Republican debate, and that means Carly Fiorina won’t be a part of it. The network is demanding candidates have “a top-three finish in Iowa, a top-six standing in an average of recent New Hampshire polls or a top-six placement in national polls in order for candidates to qualify.” And there will be no “happy hour” undercard debate this time. “So that means no Fiorina vs. Jim Gilmore showdown earlier in the evening for the most ardent of campaign 2016 junkies.

Source:
×