Anyone who thought Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign had nowhere to go but up was sorely mistaken. The shamed candidate got into a heated argument with a voter in Boro Park, Brooklyn on Wednesday, essentially melting down in an angry confrontation.
The verbal battle began when an Orthodox Jewish man called Weiner a “scumbag” as he was walking out of a bakery. A blogger named Jacob Kornbluh was on the scene, and recorded the event.
Upon receiving the insult, Weiner responded, “Takes one to know one, jackass. What’s that? You wait till I walk out to say anything — that’s courage.”
The man took the bait, walked back into the bakery to confront Weiner face to face and said, “You have the nerve to even walk around in public? You’re disgusting.”
Weiner replied, “You’re my judge? What rabbi taught you that you’re my judge?”
The man came back, “You talk to God and work out your problems, but stay out of the public eye. You’re a bad example for the people ... Your behavior’s deviant; it’s not normal behavior.”
The back-and-forth continued for almost two minutes before Weiner finally left the building. Explaining the incident to the press, he boasted, “I don’t back down.”
That statement could explain much of Weiner’s campaign strategy, as the candidate has decided to tough it out through the race despite revelations of numerous “sexting” incidents. While his poll numbers have plummeted to a distant fourth, Weiner has vowed not to drop out, despite public scorn.
On Tuesday, Weiner participated in the final mayoral debate until the Democratic primary on Sept. 10. Although he was polite for much of the discussion, his machismo came out briefly when he said “I took Peter King and beat him like a rented mule.”
Ed. Note: As noted by Gawker, the man appears to have said “You’re married to an Arab.” Check it out for yourselves.