UPDATE: Weiner Fight Started by Racist Remark

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

National Journal
Patrick Reis
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
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 »
ISIS INVOLVED
Niger Attack Possible Terrorist Set-Up
10 hours ago
THE LATEST

"An emerging theory among U.S. military investigators is that the Army Special Forces soldiers ambushed in Niger were set up by terrorists, who were tipped off in advance about a meeting in a village sympathetic to local ISIS affiliates...The group of American Green Berets and support soldiers had requested a meeting with elders of a village that was seen as supportive of the Islamic State, and they attended the meeting at around 11 a.m. local time Oct. 4...Such meetings are a routine part of the Green Beret mission, but it wasn't clear whether this meeting was part of the unit's plan."

Source:
TRUMP’S COMMENTS AT ISSUE
Bergdahl’s Sentencing Delayed Until Wednesday
10 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The long-awaited sentencing of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was delayed Monday after a legal battle erupted over the word 'but' in President Donald Trump's most recent remarks about the case. Bergdahl's defense team argued that their client could not get a fair shake from the court because Trump, during a Rose Garden appearance on Oct. 16, at first said he couldn't talk about the case and then added: 'But I think people have heard my comments in the past.'" Trump has called him a traitor and suggested he should be executed.

Source:
PROBE CAME FROM INQUIRY INTO MANAFORT’S FINANCES
Mueller Investigating Tony Podesta and His Firm
19 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group are now the subjects of a federal investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, three sources with knowledge of the matter told NBC News. The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort."

Source:
SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY
House Intel Will Interview Trump Digital Director
21 hours ago
THE LATEST

"President Donald Trump’s campaign digital director, Brad Parscale, will be interviewed Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee, his first appearance before any of the panels examining the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mr. Parscale confirmed his scheduled appearance. The Senate committees also probing interference haven’t scheduled time with Mr. Parscale, he said, declining to comment further."

Source:
CONGRESS MAY HAVE DIFFERENT IDEAS
Trump Promises No Changes to 401(k) Plan
21 hours ago
THE LATEST
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login