Former Rep. Anthony Weiner hit a new low Wednesday when he was videotaped getting into an argument with an Orthodox Jewish man at a Borough Park, Brooklyn, bakery on Rosh Hashanah Eve.
The New Yorker called the mayoral candidate a “scumbag.” The exchange that ensued was one for the books and Weiner didn’t back down, despite speaking in a condescending manner in front of dozens of people and a camera in his face.
The footage begins with the mayoral hopeful spinning around after the man, who has been identified as Saul Kessler, according to Politicker.com, said Weiner was “disgusting,” most likely referring to his two very public sexting scandals. He was most recently caught having an inappropriate exchange with Sydney Leathers, the woman who exposed “Carlos Danger.”
Instead of bowing out gracefully, the former congressman shot back at Kessler. "Yeah, it takes one to know one, jackass,” Weiner said, before entering the bakery again. “What’s that? What’s that? You wait until I walk out to say anything, that’s courage, that’s courage!”
Kessler tries to explain himself, “You have the nerve to walk around in public … ” but Weiner cut him off. “You’re a perfect person? You’re my judge? What rabbi taught you that you’re my judge?”
“I’m not running for office, I’m not out there in the public,” Kessler said. “Think about your wife. How could you take the person you’re closest to and trusts you and betray her?”
The two then begin to argue about who is, or who is not, superior before Weiner takes a giant leap onto his high horse. “By the way, I fought very hard for this community and delivered [more] than you ever will in your entire life,” he said.
Check out their entire exchange in the video below:
Twitter, not too surprisingly, has had a stronger reaction to Weiner’s public meltdown:
Can we just ensure that Anthony Weiner is permanently running for office?
— Rohit Danger (@Noompa) September 4, 2013
Everyone defending Anthony Weiner in my feed is getting a big fat unfollow. Sorry, folks. Gotta hold public office to a higher standard.
— Madeleine Perry (@madeleineperry) September 4, 2013
Anthony Weiner going berserk on a Jewish dude made my day!
— Turki Al-Marzooqi (@Turki_SM) September 4, 2013