Guest Post by Mara Zebest
Oh the irony: An exchange between Anthony Weiner and a Jewish voter at a bakery was caught on video after a man called Weiner a “scumbag” as Weiner exited the bakery.
Weiner claims his voters have no right to judge him. It should be noted that this exchange is on the eve of Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year. The holiday that follows is Yom Kippur—which is considered a time to start the new year with reflection on our life choices and actions and atone for sins.
TalkingPointsMemo reports the following:
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner got into an explosive confrontation with a man who brought up his sexting scandal on Wednesday while in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Boro Park, Brooklyn.
“Takes one to know one, jackass,” Weiner responded before shouting, “What’s that? You wait till I walk out to say anything that’s courage.”
The man subsequently approached Weiner directly.
“You have the nerve to even walk around in public,” the man said. “You’re disgusting.”
“You’re my judge?” Weiner asked the man, who was wearing a yarmulke. “What rabbi taught you that you’re my judge?”
“You talk to God and work out your problems, but stay out of the public eye,” the man answered. “You’re a bad example for the people. ….Your behavior’s deviant, it’s not normal behavior.”
Weiner and the man continued arguing for nearly two minutes.
“That’s your judgement. … That’s why they have elections,” Weiner shouted. “Go visit with your rabbi. Shows you how much you know. …. You obviously think you’re superior. … You’re not. … You have shown no signs that you’re superior to me and you’re not my God.”
“Stay out of the public, go home, and get a job,” the man said.
Before leaving the bakery, Weiner told the man, “Nice talking to you.” As he walked into the street, Weiner declared to a group of reporters and onlookers, “I don’t back down.”
This is not the first angry moment from the Weiner campaign since revelations of his latest sexting scandal emerged in July. At a debate in August, Weiner argued with Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald, who he called, “grandpa.” In late July, Weiner’s communications director Barbara Morgan went on a curse-filled rant to TPM in which she called a former intern who wrote unflattering stories about the campaign a “slutbag.”