UPDATE: Weiner Fight Started by Racist Remark

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

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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.”

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