The day went from bad to worse for Democratic New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, when MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews spewed angry rants about the candidate on their respective shows Tuesday evening.
Weiner held a press conference earlier in the day, with his wife, Huma Abedin, by his side, acknowledging new sexting activity and confirming he would not drop out of the race.
“I heard him make some news there by saying this behavior continued, quote, ‘after his resignation from Congress,’” Matthews said. “He also in that last little exchange there, the second-to-last exchange, he said it continued through last summer. And it seems to me that the ending of this behavior, this sexting of naked pictures of himself or whatever, continued right up until the time he decided to begin to run for mayor. In other words, the only reason he stopped doing this is because he was putting himself in a very precarious position electorally.”
“Why would anybody ever believe him ever again?” Maddow asked, slamming Weiner for his “online, no-pants exchanges that he was still having after he supposedly came clean and apologized and resigned from Congress.”
Matthews criticized Weiner for including his wife at the press conference.
“When you drag your spouse out before the public only for this,” Matthews said, “never before did he use her in this way, only for this, to cover his butt, drag out a very nice woman, a great public servant, very respected, and drags her out to stand there next to him — it makes Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon look like it was a royal marriage.”
Watch Matthews angry rant here via MSNBC:
Watch Maddow’s rant here via MSNBC:
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