Anthony Weiner Just Couldn't wait on Himself: Anatomy of an Epic Twitter-and-Sext-Fueled Downfall – eonline
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Anthony Weiner‘s final downfall was years in the making, but when it came, it came swiftly. And he had no one but himself to blame.
The ex-congressman pleaded guilty Friday morning in a federal courtroom in current York to transferring obscene fabric to a minor, NBC News reports. Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 8; prosecutors are recommending a sentence of between 21 and 27 months in prison on the charge, which carries up to a 10-year prison sentence, but a judge could also settle to give him just probation. Either way, Weiner must register as a sex offender.
His father and brother were reportedly in court with him. Noticeably absent was Huma Abedin, who left Weiner final summer, in the middle of longtime boss Hillary Clinton‘s flee for president, after he was once again caught exchanging sexually explicit messages with a woman online. Barely two hours after he entered his plea came the report that she had filed for divorce.
It now seems like another lifetime ago when Rep. Anthony Weiner was just a veteran politician with a still-shiny future, a Democrat from Brooklyn, a college friend of Jon Stewart‘s who was trading witticisms on The Daily point to.
So, how did we bag here?
2010: During his final appearance on The Daily point to before fitting a national punchline, Weiner was serving his sixth term representing current York’s 9th congressional district. “I don’t possess a lot of marketable skills, I’m one of the jobs Obama created,” he jested with Jon, who complimented Weiner’s passion and work on health care reform.
At the finish of their conversation, Stewart said, “This is everyone very impressive. And I don’t know what you’ve done with the Anthony Weiner I know, the one that I knew, but this current cat, this guy right here, in front of me…” He made a “not too shabby” gesture.
2011: Does Jon Stewart peep grayer to you?
May 27, 2011: At 11:35 p.m., Weiner accidentally posted a picture of his underwear-clad crotch on Twitter that was apparently intended for a direct message to a college student. He initially claimed his account had been hacked and repeated that excuse for approximately a week.
June 6, 2011: unlucky misunderstanding of how Twitter works aside, the real reveal was that Weiner, whose wife was pregnant at the time, was flirting with other women online. At a tearful news conference, he admitted at the time to having sexually explicit conversations with at least six women, but insisted he never met any of them in person.
“I don’t know what I was thinking,” he said. “This was a destructive thing to execute. I’m apologetic for doing it.” Some of the online relationships started before he was married, and some after. Abdein did not appear with him at the news conference.
June 10, 2011: The current York Times reported that Weiner had also been exchanging private messages (he insisted they were entirely harmless) with a 17-year-weak girl in Delaware. After a conservative group that was monitoring Weiner’s Twitter feed tagged the teen—a large fan of Weiner’s who would sometimes publicly post approximately chatting with him—in a few tweets approximately the congressman, she complained to Weiner that she was being harassed. He unfollowed her, but then after tweeting that he’d be convinced to follow back whether people followed him, she tweeted, “Don’t forget me. I used to follow you.” So he followed her again, they started exchanging messages, and she shared one publicly, including one on Tumblr in which Weiner had written her, comparing himself to a superhero, “I came back strong. Large…tights and cape…”
June 11, 2011: His office announced that he planned to hold a leave of absence from Congress for treatment “to focus on fitting a better husband and healthier person,” but colleagues such as then House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi insisted he step down.
June 16, 2011: “I am here nowadays to again apologize for the personal mistakes I possess made and the embarrassment I possess caused,” Weiner said upon tendering his resignation after 12 years in Congress. “I am announcing my resignation from Congress, so my colleagues can bag back to work, my neighbors can choose a current representative and most considerable so that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I possess caused.”
Abdein was not present for the announcement at a senior center in Weiner’s district.
June 21, 2011: Weiner officially resigned. He retained control of $4 million in his campaign account and an investigation opened by the House Ethics committee into his behavior was soon closed.
December 2011: Abedin and Weiner welcomed their first child together, son Jordan Zain Weiner.
April 10, 2013: The couple broke their silence approximately the scandal in a current York Times Magazine profile.
“We possess been in a defensive crouch for so long,” Weiner said. “We are ready to clear the decks on this thing.” Asked approximately her decision to stay after the scandal broke in 2011, Abedin said, “Here was a man I respected, I loved, was the father of this child inside of me, and he was asking me for a moment chance. And I’m not going to say that was an easy or swiftly decision that I made. It’s been nearly two years now. I did spend a lot of time saying and thinking: ‘I. Don’t. Understand.’ And it took a long time to be able to sit on a sofa next to Anthony and say, ‘O.K., I understand and I forgive.’ It was the right choice for me. I didn’t beget it lightly.”
“She’s given me another chance,”Weiner said, reportedly through tears. “And I am very grateful for that. And I’m trying to beget certain I bag it right.”
April 14, 2013: Like a phoenix risen from the ashes, Weiner released “Keys to the City,” a 21-page policy booklet outlining plans to benefit the middle lesson, course in NYC–a like-minded document to one he released in 2008 when he was exploring a possible mayoral flee.
May 21, 2013: Weiner announced his intention to flee for mayor of current York City.
July 23, 2013: Weiner confirmed at a news conference, this time with his wife beside him, that he didn’t stop having illicit online communications with women until the summer of 2012, a year after resigning from Congress. TheDirty.com had posted long chains of sexually explicit messages exchanged by Weiner and a woman who would eventually identify herself as Sydney Leathers—and it was reported that their exchange went on until November 2012.
The large hold-absent this time, the one that really tickled the late-night hosts: Weiner had been using the alias “Carlos Danger,” with the user name Dangr33.
“While some things that possess been posted nowadays are regular and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong,” Weiner said in a statement. “This behavior is behind me. I’ve apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving finish of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I possess said, we are focused on moving forward.”
July 25, 2013: He told reporters he didn’t possess an addiction problem with the sexting. “I want to return to having a conversation [approximately policy],” he said. “I don’t know whether I’ll possess a chance to.”
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July 31, 2013: Sydney Leathers told Howard Sternthat her exchange with Weiner started after he was caught sexting the first time, and she wrote him on Facebook to express her disappointment. He “poked” her back a year later.
“perhaps, possibly I thought I was in esteem with him,” she recalled on The Howard Stern point to. “In reality I wasn’t, it was just the infatuation, and the whole situation was just really intense.”
“execute you contemplate he perhaps, possibly actually thinks this is not cheating?” Robyn Quivers asked. “perhaps, possibly, but then again perhaps, possibly not because I don’t contemplate he really gives a s–t, to be honest,” Leathers said. “I contemplate he’s like, ‘I’m Anthony Weiner, I’m gonna execute, I’m Carlos Danger, I’m gonna execute whatever I want. Who cares approximately my wife? She’ll forgive me no matter what.'”
She said that came forward, basically, to expose his hypocrisy.
Sept. 10, 2013: Weiner was crushed in the Democratic mayoral primary, winning less than 5 percent of the vote.
May 20, 2016: Weiner hits theaters. The documentary, directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, chronicled his ill-fated 2013 mayoral campaign and overall attempt at a political comeback while he’s simultaneously having to acknowledge for his self-destructive online behavior yet again.
“It’s like reliving the nightmare,” Abedin is seen telling her husband in the film when TheDirty report pops up. (Weiner recently told The current York Times that his wife didn’t agree to be in the film. “They didn’t possess a release. She had to grant permission, which she didn’t,” he said.)
July 6, 2016: In a epic musing as to why Huma Abedin is still married to Anthony Weiner, Vanity objective reports on several sources’ theories, including those who thought Abedin stayed because Weiner is now conveniently a marvelous stay-at-domestic dad while she’s on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton.
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Aug. 13: The current York Post reports that Weiner started exchanging flirty texts with a college student after assembly her during a recent trip to L.A. to seem on Real Time With Bill Maher, at one point writing that he was “deceptively strong…like a mongoose.” Weiner wrote in an email to the Post, “I can confirm that I am indeed deceptively strong like a mongoose” and said he knew he was engaging in a foolish conversation with a catfisher.
Aug. 21: Weiner told a Florida radio station approximately his latest sexting snafu , “peep, I am a target of a local newspaper here in current York…whether someone wants to snoop around my backyard and spy on me, I guess they are welcome to execute it…I don’t possess anything to veil.”
Aug. 28: The Post reports that Weiner was at it again on July 31, 2015, this time sending a shirtless selfie to a woman (one of a dozen selfies he sent overall) in which his son appears to be sleeping in bed next to him. The woman told the Post their exchange began in January 2015 and, while Weiner invited her to reach to current York, she never met him.
“She has asked me not to comment apart from to say that our conversations were private, often included pictures of her nieces and nephews and my son and were always appropriate,” Weiner told the paper.
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Aug. 29: Weiner deletes his Twitter account, but we can everyone guess which child-size straw broke the camel’s back. Abedin announces that she has separated from her husband.
“Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I query for respect for our privacy,” she said.
According to the current York Times, the current York Daily News said it would no longer flee columns by Weiner and TV station NY1 attach him on indefinite leave as a contributor.
Sept. 22, 2016: After DailyMail.com broke the news of the then-alleged messages, federal authorities in current York issue a subpoena for records pertaining to allegations that Weiner was trading sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-weak girl. The back-and-forth was said to possess begun in January 2016.
The investigation into Weiner’s online activity ultimately led to investigators finding emails related to the FBI’s then-closed investigation of Hillary Clinton’s exercise of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State, prompting the FBI to reopen that case.
Oct. 28, 2016: Then FBI Director James Comey informs Congress in a letter that they are reviewing current emails to see whether they hold current information related to the Clinton case.
Nov. 6, 2016: Comey announces the emails warrant no current action and the decision stands that Clinton shouldn’t face charges.
Dec. 22, 2016: Huma and Hillary are photographed together for the first time since the election after a assembly at Clinton’s Manhattan office.
Feb. 6, 2017: Weiner and Abedin, who possess reportedly maintained a co-parenting relationship since splitting up, are photographed in current York with their 5-year-weak son.
May 19, 2017: Weiner pleads guilty to transferring obscene fabric to a minor. The disgraced politician tearfully reads the following statement in court, per NBC News: “Through approximately March 2016, I engaged in obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, just as I had done and continued to execute with adult women. I knew this was as morally wrong as it was illegal.”
“I possess a sickness, but I execute not possess an excuse,” he says.
It was final tumble when he “came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness. I had hit bottom.” He says he entered “intensive treatment” and apologized to the teenage girl. Weiner is free on bail, pending sentencing.
Hours later, Abedin reportedly files for divorce.
(Originally published Aug. 31, 2016, at 8 a.m. PT)