Weiner mocks British reporter
August 9th, 2013
09:02 AM ET
8 years ago

Weiner mocks British reporter

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(CNN) - Stopping on the campaign trail for a sidewalk interview, a clearly agitated Anthony Weiner mocked a British reporter Thursday and laughed as she asked him questions.

"It's hard to take you seriously," he said after being asked whether he was pursuing his New York City mayoral bid out of "ambition" or "hunger for the job." He then appears to repeat her question in a British accent.

Standing with his hands on his hips, Weiner jokingly sneered as the ITV reporter, Lucy Watson, asked how he plans to carry out his political campaign following his admission last month that he continued to send lewd messages following his 2011 congressional resignation.

Asked if anything could stop him, Weiner replied: "I just have a feeling I've like stepped into a Monty Python bit."

The former congressman has vowed to stay in the race, with a little more than a month to go before the September 10 Democratic primary.

"I don't know, would anything stop me? Now is a rock going to fall on my head?" he continued. "No, nothing is going to stop me. I'm going to win this election."

In the roughly two-minute interview, Weiner struggled to hold eye contact and grew distracted with passers-by on the street.

"Anything else I can do for ITV? You want me to do the weather or something?" he asked.

As the reporter complied, he then turned to the camera to deliver his fake forecast for England.

"It's going to be raining, cloudy and gray. So do what you can guys. Try to keep your head up. Keep a stiff–what is it? A stiff upper lip," he said.

He thanked his campaign volunteers and said he had to leave to go home and feed the baby.

A new poll released Thursday indicated Weiner remains behind three of his opponents in the Democratic contest. He also made headlines earlier in the week for referring to a Republican candidate as "grandpa" during a confrontation shortly before an AARP forum.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Oh Weiner, stop being so arrogant. You're beginning to tick me off. Sit down and shut up. People are going to ask you about the scandal with you running for mayor. If you don't want to hear it you shouldn't be running. After all journalism is dead and gossip is alive and well.

    August 9, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Taking lessons from Rand Paul, I see.

    August 9, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Right now, Weiner is polling in fourth place in a field of four. I expect after this week's performances, he will be polling fifth, behind "Uncertain".

    August 9, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    So I can bash Weiner, but I'm not allowed to say anything good about the First Couple.

    August 9, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    When is he going to figure out that none of this would be happening to him if he had the humility to drop out.

    August 9, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Tom

    You have to wonder if Weiner were 20 points ahead in the polls would this story get the same spin? Clearly when every interview shifts to Weiner's personal problems, the tone changes. This is starting to look kind of sad watching this guy, who has no chance of winning, try to dodge the same questions every day with same predictable result. He needs to withdraw from this race. I think we're past doing what's right for his party or his career at this point. He should get out just to show some self respect.

    August 9, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Data Driven

    Well, this is a new approach: insult reporters' accents and countries of origin.

    It's kinda funny, actually. Call Weiner the Don Rickles of politics.

    August 9, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine


    Wow... liberals attacking the poor women who didn't initiate the sexting.... nice. Continue that war on women, along with Spitzer, Weiner and Filner.
    Nice to see the people who sponsor forums like " The Values Voters Summit" are so committed to defending the latest porn star. I guess the only time the Right cares about women is when they can get some mileage out of it. By the way, have you been tracking David Vitter to see if he is behaving? How about Sanford, or Chris Lee, or any of the other GOP stars who have failed? How about Arnold?

    August 9, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Weiner is even despised by the UK media.......a socialist country.

    August 9, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Sniffit

    " Howard C. Samuels, author of "Alive Again: Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction," is the founder and president of The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles."

    And legalizing marijuana and de-stigmatizing its use would put a serious cramp in his business.

    August 9, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. ST

    Am not offending Anthony Weiner on what he did, BUT I do think these journalists are really annoying. Weiner is not asking the job to work for them. The voters have known his problem already. They might forgive him or otherwise. What is the use of these journalists continuing asking same questions again and again if not bullying Weiner!

    August 9, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Sniffit

    I have no problem with this. She was asking stupid questions. The MSM deserves abuse every time it opens its freekin mouth and pulls this crap. A major reason underlying the puerile, substanceless nature of our political discourse is the MSM's relentless pursuit of and focus on the puerile and substanceless. Childish twits with microphones traipsing about drunk on scandals about whose genitalia was where and other nonsense. Never a sober moment to consider the policies each candidate is pushing and whether there are good, factual, evidentiary bases for those policies in the first place. No no...must perpetuate the nontroversy.

    I don't blame him one bit for being rude to her. She was being rude to him first. Yeah, we get it, he's had some scandals, but the effort to highlight the scandals as the only story is damaging not just to Wiener's (or whoever's) campaign but to the entire political process and our policy debates. More politicians should give reporters a ream of sh-t when they do this...challenge the dependency and the sickening symbiosis between politicians and the MSM. The MSM shouldn't be able to hijack campaigns and candidates' messages...no matter which side they're on...under threat of non-coverage, just so the coverage they can produce is all nontroversies and fluff.

    August 9, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. kris

    Hard to take anything he says seriously.......come on your last name is Weiner.

    August 9, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Robert Camacho - California

    I support Anthony Weiner, he will be a great Mayor for Nw York, I like his ideas.

    The media needs to stop, his personal life is his business not ours, yes he admits he did mistakes and has apologize many times, now we need to move on what the issues are.

    Tell me someone that has never, ever made a mistake and is a saint???

    I wish him and his family all the best!

    August 9, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. the hippies were right

    Poor Weiner...at the rate he's falling, I'm afraid tomorrows headline is going to read, "Weiner clocks British repoter".

    August 9, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. kirk

    Hostile indeed. What is he expecting really? K know mark Sanford is an even lower life form than you but you still stink

    August 9, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Thomas

    Weiner lied , he told us his email " Twitter " was hacked , he lied.

    His credibility belongs on a used car lot .

    August 9, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. kirk

    The sense of entitlement from these types is amazing

    August 9, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Dixie

    I can't believe this person is even still around. He can't seem to understand that he needs help not an elected post where people that elected him should be able to trust him. He is clueless. I hope he gets the help he needs not an election win.

    August 9, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. the hippies were right

    Joke of the day. Journalist to Anthony: Weemer what are you photoing under there? Anthony replies with a suprised puzzled look: It's Weiner.....under wear??

    August 9, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Data Driven

    Good points about the MSM, Sniffit, but because it's Weiner, the point gets lost by those not paying attention.

    I'd like to see politicians, actors, athletes, and other celebrities go on strike - "go Galt", if you will - against the media, but not by avoiding the media, but rather by INSULTING the media. Invite George Clooney or Peyton Manning or Michelle Obama on and let them insult the network, the host, the owning interest, the graphics ... an endless barrage of withering scorn. Create a sense of an armed camp. Perhaps then the media will stop stupid, petty interviews, cultivating "reliable sources", and focusing on gossip rather than news.

    Well, ok, probably not. But I'd love to see Morning Joe get taken apart. I guess I'm feeling bloody today.

    August 9, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    It's like a train wreck...

    August 9, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |